Bust out your sunscreen and reusable water bottles, because this weekend's forecast is calling for clear, sunny skies and scorching temperatures.
Whether you plan on spending your weekend by the lake, in the backcountry or at one of the many events taking place in the resort over the next three days, here's some useful information to keep in mind for this weekend in Whistler.
Temperatures will reach 27 degrees Celsius on Friday-though it will feel more like 30. Saturday's forecast will also feature a high of 27, while temperatures will reach 30 degrees on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures will drop to 13 degrees overnight throughout the weekend.
The hot, sunny weather is expected to continue throughout the week and into next weekend, though a few clouds may roll in towards the end of the week.
There are currently no campfire bans in effect for the Coastal fire centre, which includes Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. However, a campfire permit is always required within the Resort Municipality of Whistler's boundaries.
It is still wildfire season, so exercise caution when in the outdoors, especially when it comes to cigarette butts, matches and campfires. Visit this link for more wildfire prevention tips: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/outdoor-recreationalist
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WHISTLER
As always, there's no shortage of local events to keep you busy over the weekend. Here's a sampling of some of the many fun things to do in Whistler between July 13 and 15.
The Whistler Presents: Concert Series is taking over Whistler Olympic Plaza with free performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
Country-roots group the Washboard Union will take the stage Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by Toronto-based reggae-pop act Bedouin Soundclash on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
(Read what happened when Pique caught up with the Washboard Union
and Bedouin Soundclash (https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/bedouin-soundclash-heeds-the-call-of-the-mountains/Content?oid=9701749) here).
The Red Bull 400-also known as the steepest 400-metre race in the world-is returning to Whistler Olympic Park on Saturday for its third installation, after being cancelled due to low air quality last year.
Individuals and four-person relay teams will race from the bottom to the top of the ski jump constructed for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, tackling a challenging 400 vertical metre-elevation gain and 35 degree slope in the process. Spectators are welcome up the ski jump to cheer on the runners.
Solo heats run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the single-heat relay event. The women's final is set for 2:30 p.m. while the men's final will go at 3 p.m.
The race will for the first time qualify the respective men's and women's winners for the World Championships in Austria on Aug. 25, as well.
For more extreme sports action, the Callaghan Creek Race is continuing its reign as the "flagship class V whitewater (kayak) race" in the province with its ninth annual event. Two-man teams will race down the full length of the course, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Spectators are welcome to watch from the sidelines. Access is available through a "moderately strenuous trail" leaving from the road, accessible through the Cal-Cheak Campground parking lot. It takes between 40 and 60 minutes to hike to the waterfalls-"the most exciting portion of the course," according to organizers-so spectators are encouraged to leave 90 minutes before the race starts to avoid missing the action.
For more information, check out the event's website: http://www.liquidlore.com/callaghan/
Looking for an indoor activity to get out of the heat? The Audain Art Museum's newest exhibition, POP, opened on June 30. The exhibition features 37 works drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection, augmented with a suite of "Marilyn" prints by Andy Warhol from the Vancouver Art Gallery collection.
Here are a select few of our docents taking a picture in front of the selfie wall in our new special exhibition POP!, organized by the Smithsonian. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers as a part of our museum family! Docent lead tours of POP! are Fridays at 5:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm. These tours are free to members and with admission.
Quicksilver and Roxy wrap up their Boardriders week, celebrating the re-opening of their renovated location in Whistler village, with the premiere of the Quiksilver Generations surf movie. Quiksilver Pro team and Canadian National Team athlete Cody Young will be on hand, hosting a Q & A on life as a professional surfer and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
We won't blame you if your only plans for the weekend include spending it by one of Whistler's many lakes.
However, parking at Whistler's lakes is limited, so why not take advantage of Whistler's free weekend transit initiative? All routes are free on Friday and Saturday (If you're leaving from the Village, the 32 to Emerald will take you to Green Lake, while the 20 Cheakamus, 21 Spring Creek and 25 Whistler Creekside routes will drop you off at Creekside, where it's only a short walk to both Alpha and Nita Lakes. Free daytime parking is also available in Creekside's underground lot.)
Looking to get to Lost Lake? The Lost Lake Shuttle is free every day. It runs from Gondola Transit Exchange to Lost Lake Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
(For more information about Whistler's bus routes: https://bctransit.com/whistler/)
If you're keen on driving, keep in mind Lost Lake Park's parking lot is restricted to a five-minute drop off zone between 10:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. throughout the summer.
As always, the Valley Trail is a great option to access Whistler's parks by foot or bike, including Wayside Park, Lakeside Park, and Rainbow Park, all located on the shores of Alta Lake.
For a map of the Valley trail: https://www.whistler.com/pdf/maps/whistler-hiking-biking-map.pdf
Aside from the events and places listed here, there's an endless list of activities to occupy your time in Whistler-from biking, golfing, kayaking and sailing to ziplining, off-roading, patio hopping and even summer bobsledding. Pick up a copy of the Pique for more ideas.