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Things to Do Whistler

On a High Note

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Treetop Adventure Course is not your average walk in the woods.

The Treetop Adventure Course is not your average walk in the woods.

Trekking through the treetops isn’t just for Tarzan anymore. Now, regular Joes and Janes can have a ball in the branches as they swing, scamper, climb and zip through 70 different aerial obstacles, some as high as 18 m (60 ft). Even little canopy climbers can test their balance on the kids’ course. Learn the ropes—and maybe even thump your chest a little—on the Treetop Adventure Course.

Take a Hike

By SHERI RADFORD

Spectacular scenery awaits you in Whistler, BC. (Photo: Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler Blackcomb)

Spectacular scenery awaits you in Whistler, BC. (Photo: Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography and Whistler Blackcomb)

Whether you’re a rambling rambler or a hard-core hiker or somewhere in-between, you’ll find the right route here. The 40-km (25-mi) Valley Trail, which is paved but non-motorized, connects all of Whistler’s parks, lakes and neighbourhoods, from Cheakamus River to Creekside to Green Lake. The trails around Lost Lake are ideal for a leisurely stroll, even with a baby stroller in tow. Seeking more adventure? Head for the hills—Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, that is, where the lift-accessed alpine hiking trails range from the easy Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk to the advanced Alpine Walk to Overlord Trail to Decker Loop on Blackcomb. Lace up those hiking boots and get moving.

The Green Scene

By SHERI RADFORD

Watch the sun come up over Alta Lake, at Rainbow Park. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Watch the sun come up over Alta Lake, at Rainbow Park. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Want to experience the great outdoors? There’s a lot of it to choose from here. Rainbow Park (pictured) and Lost Lake Park are two popular summertime destinations for sunbathing, swimming, picnics, alfresco yoga and impromptu wedding proposals. Located on Alta Lake, which looks especially magnificent at sunrise, Rainbow Park has beach volleyball nets and an off-leash area for dogs. Lost Lake Park, on tranquil and secluded Lost Lake, has a sandy beach and extensive hiking and biking trails. This summer, there’s one more reason to plan an outing: every day from Jul. 1 to Sep. 4, a food truck is visiting each of the two parks. The great outdoors just got a little greater.

Golfer’s Paradise: Time for Tee

By SHERI RADFORD

Take a swing at the great outdoors, at Whistler Golf Club. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Take a swing at the great outdoors, at Whistler Golf Club. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

If you’re keen to hit the greens, Whistler is happy to oblige. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and carved into the side of Blackcomb Mountain, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club boasts breathtaking views of the valley. On the picturesque shores of Green Lake, Nicklaus North Golf Course is one of just a few courses in the world that bears Jack Nicklaus’s name. A few minutes’ walk from the Village, the Arnold Palmer–designed Whistler Golf Club (pictured) has nine lakes, two creeks, stunning mountain views—and the occasional bear sighting. Further afield, Furry Creek Golf and Country Club, Big Sky Golf and Country Club and Squamish Valley Golf Club all offer carefully crafted courses with unparalleled West Coast views. Fore!

Welcome to Whistler Farmers’ Market

By SHERI RADFORD

There's something for everyone at the Whistler Farmers' Market. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

There’s something for everyone at the Whistler Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Think the Whistler Farmers’ Market is just for locals? Think again. Running from Jun. 18 to Oct. 8, this popular outdoor marketplace offers a lot more than just fresh produce. While browsing for handcrafted jewellery, clothing and souvenirs, you can sample artisan foods, watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, get the kids’ faces painted—and, of course, buy fresh produce, grown nearby in the Pemberton Valley.

In Your Element

For those who love the river, the road or the sky—or all three—adventure awaits

By CHLOË LAI

Even beginners can handle white water rapids on the Elaho River. (Photo courtesy Sunwolf)

Even beginners can handle white water rapids on the Elaho River. (Photo courtesy Sunwolf)

Make a Splash

Whistler’s rivers and lakes are icy, but the action is hot. Thrill-seeking travellers and fun-loving families put their paddling power to the test by rafting through glacier-fed white water rapids with Sunwolf. With adventures for every ability level, from the roaring Elaho to the gently rolling Cheakamus River, there are plenty of opportunities to get your feet—and everything else—wet. Those looking for a more meditative experience can head over to Backroads Whistler and glide gently down the River of Golden Dreams in a canoe or kayak, with fresh air courtesy of the old-growth forest. Drift solo, or go with a guide to discover the stories behind every landmark. (more…)

All in a Day

Pack a lifetime of memories into 24 hours

By CHLOË LAI

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Rendezvous Lodge photo ©Mitch Winton/Coast Mountain Photography

Hit the Rendezvous Lodge for snacks with a side of gorgeous valley scenery.

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Peak 2 Peak Gondola photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

Blow your mind with 360-degree views from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. (more…)

Lakeside Serenity

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Relax at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Relax at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge.

Looking for your bliss? At The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, you’ll find it all wrapped up in a terry-towel robe. The top-to-toe treatments use sustainably sourced oils and scrubs, while the rooftop hot tub provides the perfect post-pampering soak. For an indulgence that’s equal parts “oommm” and “aahhh,” try the Inner Connection package, complete with the signature kundalini massage, shirodhara (warm oil poured over the third eye), body scrub and facial. Paradise, found.

Outstanding Art at Audain

By LOUISE PHILLIPS

Audain Art Museum

Audain Art Museum

The sheer numbers are impressive. The Audain Art Museum’s  seven galleries of Northwest Coast art enshrine 200 works spanning 200 years of art-making in BC. Acquired by Vancouver philanthropists Michael and Yoshiko (Karasawa) Audain, the collection honours 11 indigenous cultures, from the Coast Salish in southern BC to the Tlingit in the north. Traditional ceremonial masks and textile art contrast with modern, genre-bending pieces by Bill Reid, Brian Jungen and Don Yeomans. Galleries celebrate the vivid marinescapes of E.J. Hughes and studies of Native villages by pioneer painter Emily Carr. Contemporary BC artists such as Attila Richard Lukacs and Ken Lum suit the minimalist design of this serene, airy space. It all adds up to a memorable journey through BC art.

Snowy Family Fun

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Explore Whistler's beautiful backcountry.

Explore Whistler’s beautiful backcountry (Photo: The Adventure Group/Tourism Whistler)

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts: dive deep into the stunning backcountry with The Adventure Group. Family tours provide an exciting introduction to snowmobiling, while advanced tours put more experienced riders to the test on rougher terrain and tighter trails. Ancient cedars, frozen lakes and mountain meadows are just some of the sights to see, giving adventurers of all ages an up-close and personal view of Whistler.

Hit the Slopes with an Olympian

By LUCAS AYKROYD

Hit the slopes with Britt Janyk and other Olympians. (Photo: ACA/PENTAPHOTO)

Hit the slopes with Britt Janyk and other Olympians. (Photo: ACA/PENTAPHOTO)

The next Winter Olympics will be here before we know it. Even if you’re unlikely to win a gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea in February 2018, you can have a championship-calibre experience at Whistler Blackcomb with former Canadian Olympic skiing and snowboarding stars. (more…)

History Comes Alive at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

By SHERI RADFORD

Learn about the local First Nations at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Learn about local First Nations culture at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Centuries before skiers and snowboarders took over Whistler, the Squamish and Lil’wat people lived, fished and hunted in the region. Celebrating the diverse cultures of these two First Nations groups, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre brims with information and hands-on exhibits. Prepare to be fascinated.