We’re just a sleep away from GO Fest 2017 and you may have looked at the robust schedule of events, only to feel overwhelmed with all the choices. Fear not; we have come up with a hit list of the best things you should do that span the depth and breadth of sport and culture and the great outdoors. So pull out your calendars and plug in the events you won’t want to miss.
The Girls Weekend Itinerary
If you’re headed up to Whistler for a girls getaway (bachelorette?) or are locals who want to spend the weekend catching up with the girls, here’s what you’ll want to do:
Kick off your weekend at 9 a.m. with a wild rafting ride along Green River through Class 2 or 3 rapids. Working together as a team and keeping yourselves afloat will surely make for some great memories. Selfies? Only if you are brave enough to hold on with one hand!
From there, refuel at the pancake breakfast that’s on until noon at the Whistler Public Library, and then unwind with a free yoga class at 4 p.m. in Mountain Square. At 5 p.m. you’ll want to sip, relax, paint, and laugh at Wine About Art at the Crystal Lodge Art Gallery where you’ll work on your next masterpiece while sampling fine wine. Alternatively, catch the inspiring film Blood Road at 5 p.m. which follows ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch as she pedals the Ho Chi Minh Trail to find the crash site of her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down 40 years ago.
Start the morning at 8 a.m. with a Ladies’ Only fly fishing clinic at picturesque Lost Lake Park and feel victorious when you experience that first tug on the end of your line. At noon, head over to the Point on Alta Lake for and afternoon and evening filled with bocce, live music, dinner, and dancing – all on the shores of Alta Lake.
Unwind slowly from Saturday evening’s festivities with a stand up paddle boarding session at 9 or 10 a.m. with Backroads Whistler, then check out the beach volleyball tournament at the Rainbow Park Volleyball Courts before meandering through the opening day of Whistler’s vibrant Farmer’s Market at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
Gnosh on locally grown and sourced baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, and everything else you’ll need to decorate and eat at home. Then don’t miss the series of short films at Maury Young Arts Centre at 4 p.m., which includes a film on Squamish female climber Brette Harrington and her landmark free solo in Patagonia.
It's no wonder why this climb is so popular. The 750 m Chiaro di Luna winds up the wavy west buttress of Aguja saint Exupéry; providing plenty of exposure to keep one on their toes the entire climb. It was great to head up with @mdre92 and team scramble the route yesterday morning, even if he was a bit slow hiking back to town in the evening 😉
No matter what you do, or where you go, make sure you take everything you’ve learned, seen, or done, and embrace a day of playing outside on Monday. We guarantee you’ll come away from the festival not only loving everything Whistler’s outdoors has to offer and inspire, but starting to plan your next outdoor adventure – wherever in the world that may take you.