Sea-to-Sky August 2016 Activities
It's almost August! Are you ready for the summer weather to begin? With a mostly rainy July, August promises to bring the highly anticipated summer heat that Pemberton is known for. While the most sought after activity this month will probably be sipping a cold one in the shade, we have some other things to be excited for this August. So here's just a few of the many things to do in the corridor this month.
Every Friday you can head on down to the Community Barn and buy the freshest local produce and baked goods. If you haven't checked out this market yet, you're really missing out. The market will continue to supply local consumers with the healthy sustainable produce of Pemberton's professional organic farming industry until October 7th. With a diverse selection that ranges throughout the season, the farmers market is constantly full of homemade goodies. Well... just Friday, between the hours of 3 PM to 6:30 PM, but plan accordingly.
Photo Credit: Mike Crane
Oh and if you're a real farmers market connoisseur (ie. hip individual that likes to support the corridor) then you'll want to check out the Whistler and Squamish Farmers Markets as well. Every Saturday you can pick up local treats from 50+ vendors while listening to live musical acts in Downtown Squamish. Or go by the base of Blackhomb Mountain on Wednesday's and Sunday's to see Whistler's local produce. You think it's too good to be true? Find more info at the Squamish Farmers Market or Whistler Farmers Market.
Whistler Free Concert Series
Whistler's Free Concert Series has become such a staple in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor that it's easy for people to forget about it amongst all the other events. But it's back and better than ever with performances by Hannah Georgas, The Strumbellas, White Horse, and Mother Mother spread throughout August. You'll definitely want to come check out these shows at Whistler's Olympic Plaza. Don't be late, check out the full schedule and more events at Whistler Events.
Pemberton Valley Lakes
Water! Don't forget about water. This month is gonna be a scorcher and the most sought after activity is sure to be lounging on a pool floatie. Well, if you don't have a pool, you're in luck because Pemberton has plenty of lakes and rivers to cool off in.
Everybody's favourite (closest to town) swimming hole, One Mile. Perfect for a quick dip with your pooch pal! But probably not the best place to use your new snorkel and goggle set. This lake is sure to be full of conversation, kids, and shaking dogs. (Local tip: Back dock is usually better and bring floaties)
On the top of Reid Road is Pemberton's second (maybe first, we aren't really keeping score) most popular lake, Mosquito. It's docks have undergone quite a bit of development through the years allowing for multiple different entry points to the lake. After 5 minutes of dust and bumps visitors are always glad to jump into this lake.
If anybody had ever travelled up past Poole Creek into Birken they're sure to remember the stunning Gates Lake. This glacier fed lake has recently opened up a park next to the Whispering Falls Resort. The park gives residents who aren't lakeside a place to BBQ and chill out. Gates Lake is always refreshing and definitely worth the drive, especially if you're looking to avoid Pemberton's most popular lakes.
If you love Gates Lake then you're sure to love this next one! Anderson Lake, spanning between D'Arcy and Seton, is the place to be! This lake is unlimited fun! Especially if you have a friend with a boat. And if you don't... Well it only takes hanging out at the dock and a charming personality (ie. a six pack) before you're cruising along the expansive lake with a boat full of the coolest strangers you've ever met. Anderson's temperature is bone chillingly cold which may be in part because of the multiple trainwrecks that the lake has hidden or the glacier streams that feed it during the summer months. Either way, so cold but so good.
If you'd like more info on local lakes... There's no link, you'll have to get off Internet Explorer and explore the world.
Slow Food Cycle Weekend
As a kick off to the Slow Food Cycle, Pemberton Art and Culture Council (PACC) is having MADE, Music, Art, Dance, and Eats. This event celebrates local art, dance, music, and food from Pemberton. Saturday August 20th will begin with loads of local foods to sample. And later on in the evening the Community Barn will be transformed into a dance floor where local band, Blame The Weekend, will perform.
The main event taking place on August 21st is a 50 kilometre cycle up and down the Pemberton Valley with stops at local farms for refreshments. The cycle lasts all day with chances to try local produce, crafts, and much more. This event is huge and it's only getting bigger! So don't be afraid to grab your bike and join in on the festivities! Head over to Tourism Pemberton's Webpage for more in depth info.
Cheese Rolling Festival
As if this August wasn't jammed packed enough! On August 20th the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is in Whistler. The world famous event is still open to participate in (if you're above the age of 19) if you want to sign-up for a chance to win. This free event happens between 12pm and 4pm with cheese seminars, tastings, recipe demos, and kids events. A must see if you like cheese and people falling down hills.
More cheesy information at CanadianCheeseRolling.ca!
All these things to do this month and so little time! You better get going because this August is gonna be one for the books.
Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2016