Spring is now in full swing and although May is considered the shoulder season in Whistler, there is still plenty of stuff to do! The month of May makes way for a plethora of activities to choose from and is the only month you can ski, snowboard and downhill mountain bike on the peaks of Whistler Blackcomb while at the same time enjoy the lakes, trails and dining specials on the Valley floor- if that doesn’t have your head spinning with options then I don’t know what will! To keep it simple we have narrowed it down to five things to do in Whistler this May.

Mother’s Day

Whistler takes mother’s day to the next level. The natural setting of flowers blooming, animals re-emerging and pallets of green coming to life make the Mother’s Day backdrop as beautiful as it gets. There are also numerous activities and events to spoil mom on this special weekend. Choose from a decadent brunch at one of the many fine Whistler restaurants catering for the day, indulge in a day at one of Whistler’s many spas offering Mother’s Day packages, or spend quality family time adventuring on the Village stroll, at the lake or on the mountain. Whistler is a place that brings people together and delivers five star experiences for all tastes which makes it a perfect place to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day.

Go Fest

Whistler Great Outdoor Fest (GOFEST) takes place during the May long weekend (May 19th– May 22nd) and offers more activities than you can wrap your head around. Choose from sporting events, arts and cultural events, music, clinics and special events in the village and in the valley. Some notable events during the festival include free GOFEST concerts in the Village, stand up paddle boarding, yoga classes, healthy eating workshops, sailing clinics, beach volleyball tournaments and more (check out the full schedule here). This action-packed, family-friendly event is fun for the whole family and is an excellent way to kick off the summer season.


Dining specials return for the month of May! Foodies can delight in acclaimed multi course menus from some of Whistler’s finest restaurants, but for a limited time only. Top rated restaurants like the Bearfoot Bistro, Araxi and Rimrock offer drool-worthy specials at a fraction of the cost of their regular rates. This is a great time of year to try that restaurant you’ve always wanted to. While you here you may as well spend the night, there are some great accommodation specials in May too (check out ours!).

Whistler Bike Park

In May we say goodbye to the skis and boards and hello to the bikes with the Whistler Bike Park officially opening on May 17th. This award-winning park is considered the best in the world for downhill mountain biking and attracts riders from all over the world. The varied terrain means there is something for all levels, and if you’re new to the park there are lessons to join and become acquainted.

Ice Caves

One of the most beautiful displays of mother nature, the Whistler ice caves are perfect for viewing in May. The Blackcomb ice cave is considered one of the seven wonders of Whistler and forms differently each year depending on snowfall and other conditions. It is yet to see if this year’s ice caves will be as impressive as last, but May is often a great time to get a glimpse of these jaw-dropping earth formations.

Have we convinced you to come check out Whistler this May? It really is an excellent time to be here. The best part is you can save money on accommodation by staying in the off season without compromising on stuff to do. Check out our rates at Adara Hotel and see you in Whistler this May!

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