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Do you know biathlon — a competition that combines cross-country skiing with target shooting — is the most-watched
winter sport on television in Europe? It even rivals soccer
(football) as the most popular sport watched by Europeans
on TV. Having hosted biathlon and other Nordic sports
(cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined) during
the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler Olympic Park offers
summertime visitors a unique opportunity to shoot a real,
.22-calibre biathlon rifle and learn more about biathlon.
The park, located in the Callaghan Valley, a 25-minute drive south of Whistler, is open from June 24 to early September, for the summer biathlon experience, trail
running, mountain biking and sightseeing. You can enter the park for a nominal fee, rent electric-assist bikes and take a ride to the top of the ski jumps or to other
points of interest along the park’s 75-odd kilometres of trails. At the biathlon range trained park staff are available to talk about the sport, offer a briefing on the
safety features of the rifles used by biathletes, then provide guests eight years and older with the chance to test their skills in the shooting range, which is still used
for competitions several times a year. You might even see biathletes during one of their summertime “dryland” training sessions, when they shoot in the range and
rollerski along the park’s paved summer trails. Visit whistlersportlegacies.com.
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TAKE IN AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
Whistler Village comes alive in the summer with a series of
summer festivals and outdoor musical performances that has
something for everyone. Whistler Olympic Plaza, where the
medals were awarded during the 2010 Winter Olympics and
Paralympics, comes alive every summer with the Whistler
Presents: Outdoor Concert Series. Take your picnic basket,
a blanket and relax, rock out or dance away the evening. The
2017 series kicks off with a celebration of Canada’s 150th
birthday, with back-to-back performances by the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra on July 1 (Canada Day) and July 2. The
full schedule for the Whistler Presents series is set for release
in June. Visit whistler.ca.
The Whistler Children’s Festival, July 7 to 9, is a long-running local event that features face painting, balloon hats
and origami-making workshops, as well as kid-centered
performances on the Whistler Olympic Plaza stage.
As part of the four-day Wanderlust Whistler festival, on Aug. 3, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Elijah Ray takes the stage for a double bill that also includes
Quixotic. Other Wanderlust concerts at the stage include Con Brio and Charlotte Cardin (Aug. 4), and Ron Artis + The Truth, followed by Charles Bradley & His
Extraordinaires (Aug. 5). Visit wanderlust.com/festivals/whistler.
The GranFondo Whistler, a 122-kilometre (75-mile) road bike ride/race from Vancouver, finishes at the plaza on Sept. 9. Finish-line festivities include a rocking
musical lineup. Visit granfondowhistler.com.