What to do
Bear-viewing tour. Late summer is prime season for the mountain's black bears. Three-hour tours are offered up to four times a day―pricey, but unforgettable. $143 per person. 800/766-0449 or 604/932-3434.
Hike on Whistler Mountain. Take a gondola ride up 6,000 feet to see wildflowers at Harmony Lake. $20 per person. Purchase at the Whistler Activities Centre, 4010 Whistler Way; 604/938-2769.
Road-trip north of Whistler. Follow Provincial Hwy. 99 north to flower and berry picking at North Arm Farm, and hiking at Joffre Lakes and Nairn Falls provincial parks. North Arm Farm,1888 Hwy. 99, Pemberton; www.northarmfarm.com or 604/894-5379. Go to www.bcparks.ca for provincial parks information.
Swim in local lakes. Whistler's Alta Lake Park, Rainbow Park, and Lost Lake Park each have sandy beaches where families can relax. Contact the Whistler Activities Centre (see above) for maps and directions.