Whistler, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful mountain towns regardless of season. An idyllic location for summer travel, Whistler offers countless festivals and activities. Here is a list of several festivals that would give the perfect reason to travel to beautiful British Columbia.

Canada Day July 1

July 1 marks Canada Day for our neighbors to the north. Canada Day is a four-day celebration, starting June 28, commemorating Canada’s first step towards independence. This year’s celebration will mark Canada’s 145th birthday with festivals, music and of course, food. The weekend leading up to July 1 is jam packed with events throughout Whistler to help celebrate the holiday.

Whistler’s Intercultural Main Street Festival celebrates the multicultural nature of Canada. This June 28, 2013 celebration will transform Main Street into an ethically diverse showcase with culture, music, food and dance. This is a free event open to everyone! To be Canadian is to be open and accepting and what better way than with this multicultural experience.


Spanning the entire weekend of June 28 to July 2 is a Canadian Carnival that is sure to get anyone in the Canadian Spirit. This family friendly event features costumed performers, face painting, games, crafts, and more! The weekend also features a variety of free concerts, a parade, and even a pancake breakfast. For a full list of events and event details visit their website.

Whistler Children’s Festival July 13 and 14


This fun-filled weekend features activities that will entertain the whole family. With a myriad of hands-on art workshops led by professional artist, you and your child will leave feeling like the next Picasso. There are workshops for every member of the family featuring a focus in crafts, theater, multimedia, dance and music. The Whistler Olympic Plaza will come alive with free activities and entertainment by popular children’s performers, roving musicians and zany characters. This festival will bring out the child in anyone and will leave you and your family with the feeling of youthfulness and excitement. For more information visit their website.

Believe Freedom Festival July 11-15

A rhythmic experience filled with culture, music and ideas is calling all those who believe in the celebration of live, freedom and self-expression. This five day celebration at the Olympic Park in the mountains of Whistlers is more than just a music festival. It is an exciting collective of people who love to dance to the beat, listen to the rhythm, and overall have a good time.


The performance lineup boasts artist from around the world in numerous genres including world, reggae, hip-hop, progressive, drum and bass, and electronic.

Come for one day or stay for the whole week. Whistler is located just 15 minutes from the festival site, accessible by continuous shuttle (included in festival tickets). Rest your dancing feet in Whistler where shops, restaurants and accommodations are surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes and forests. For more information about the festival, visit their website.

Wanderlust Whistler August 1-4

Reconnect mind and body this summer at Wanderlust Whistler, the festival that brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, artists and more. This four-day festival is sure to relax the soul and you enjoy the beautiful sights of Whistler.


Wanderlust is about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and gettin’ your down dog on at the top of the mountain. Sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances – it’s an all-out ecstatic celebration in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world.

Find your true north in the most breathtaking of locations. For more information visit their website.


Whistler is sure to provide excitement and adventure this summer. If you are looking for additional adventures while is Whistler, check out Jaimie’s Thrill Seeking Guide to Whistler