Picturesque Whistler is located in the Coast Mountains and is an easy and enjoyable two-hour drive via the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway north of Vancouver. Consistently ranked as one of the best mountain resorts in the world, this sophisticated resort is truly a year-round destination.
Whistler may be famous for world-class skiing in winter but summertime offers a plethora of experiences for the discerning traveller whether they seek adventure or relaxation. Alpine hiking trails lead to fields of wildflowers, hidden lakes and pristine glaciers on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, which are connected by the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
The Cloudraker Skybridge is a must-do, at 2000 metres high it connects Whistler Peak to the lookout platform at West Ridge - it affords amazing views, but this wobbly suspension bridge is not for the faint-hearted!
In the valley four championship golf courses feature cool temperatures and majestic mountain scenery, while five alpine lakes provide opportunities to relax on or by the water.
If you are seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life you will delight in the health and wellness options with a selection of spas, flotation therapy and outdoor baths. From helicopter, hot spring excursions to guided fishing expeditions, wilderness horseback rides and bobsleigh on wheels – unusual and exciting activities are par for the course in Whistler.
Let’s not forget the resident bears! Whistler and neighbouring Blackcomb Mountain are home to up to 60 black bears and cubs that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating within this region. This is the only population of black bears in B.C. that has been studied for over two decades. Take an organised tour and explore the maze of roads that traverse the largest concentration of mother bear ranges in the region. Bear feeding patterns shift from valley bottom to higher mountain elevations as the summer continues, and the tours follow this progression allowing access these hidden scenic alpine ecosystems and natural habitats any time of the summer. Take an even closer look with short walks to bear feeding sites and bear family daybeds, and wander through old growth forests where bears have hibernated through many winters.
Surrounded by these outdoor adventures, the charming pedestrian-only village is a centre for arts, culture and entertainment. You can sample the culinary delights of the Pacific Northwest with oysters and champagne on sunny patios and five star meals at award-winning restaurants. There’s a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the cobblestone streets, where you can stroll through the bustling Farmers’ Market, listen to live music and explore boutique shops and fine art galleries for days. Whatever you seek in a summer or winter retreat – you’ll find it in Whistler.
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