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Things to Do Whistler

10 Awe-Inspiring Whistler Adventures

Don’t leave Whistler without crossing a few of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences off your bucket list

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Photo courtesy Headline Mountain Holidays

1. Hop in a helicopter to reach The Blue Room, a cathedral-like ice cave nestled in the mountains. In this unforgettable setting, lucky guests feast on champagne, caviar served on snow, oysters from Vancouver Island, and other delectable treats. (more…)

Bucket List: Bungee Jump Over a Glacier-Fed River

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

What do actor Zac Efron, comedian Rick Mercer and Paralympian Rick Hansen have in common? They’ve all taken the plunge with Whistler Bungee. The high-octane attraction draws thousands of thrill-seekers each year, including a few famous faces. Whether you leap, free-fall, swan-dive—or backflip, like Zac Efron—from 50 m (160 ft) above the glacier-fed Cheakamus River, the exhilaration and old-growth-forest views are the same. And if you can cross “celebrity spotting” off your bucket list at the same time, all the better.

Enchanted Woods: Vallea Lumina

Mountain forest turned magical

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

At Vallea Lumina, magic awaits at every turn

To Oct 15, 2018 At Vallea Lumina, a nighttime walk in the woods isn’t eerie—it’s enchanting. Located just outside Whistler on Cougar Mountain, this immersive evening experience transforms the old-growth forest into a magical trail, where the trees talk and campfires come to life. The after-dark alchemy is another of The Adventure Group’s memorable offerings, although they had a little help from Montreal-based Moment Factory, a multimedia studio that’s collaborated on everything from Cirque du Soleil to Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show. (more…)

Catch of the Day: Fishing for Adventure

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Fishing in Green Lake, Whistler (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whether you’re a beginning angler or a seasoned pro, you’ll find plenty of fish in the sea here—or rather, in the picturesque lakes and rivers. Local guides can lead you to hidden fishing holes full of rainbow trout, char and salmon. And that’s no fish tale. Contact Whistler Eco Tours or Pemberton Fish Finder to arrange a trip.

Get Steppin’: Self-Guided Tour of Whistler Village

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Whistler Village in the summer (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

If your boots are made for walking, put in your earbuds for a self-guided podcast tour of Whistler Village. Two narrators, including CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers, take listeners on a journey through the Village, sharing stories and anecdotes every step of the way. By the tour’s end, you’ll have fun and useful facts on everything from public art to historic bank heists to Whistler’s sister city in Japan. Are you ready, boots? Then start walking. Click here to download the tour.

Deep Roots: First Nations Art in Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

Whistler Mountain officially opened in 1966, but its history goes back much further—thousands of years, in fact. Explore the area’s roots at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (pictured). Here, hand-carved canoes, baskets, art and First Nations–inspired fare are complemented by traditional drumming and storytelling. Next, visit the Audain Art Museum for the incredible collection of First Nations art, both historical and contemporary. And just across from the museum, spot “A Timeless Circle” by Coast Salish artist Susan Point. First carved in cedar, then cast in bronze, each of the 86 faces is unique—a celebration of diversity.

 

Summer Days in Squamish

Indulge an appetite for adventure—or fresh local fare—in the town of Squamish

By SHERI RADFORD
Jul. 2018

Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail starts at the Sea to Sky Gondola and rises into the backcountry, offering breathtaking views of the mountains, Howe Sound and the town of Squamish (Photo by Paul Bride)

See & Do

Just an hour’s drive from Whistler, Squamish has a well-earned reputation as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre to get oriented, then leave the city behind and venture into the great outdoors. (more…)

Bold & Beautiful: Audain Art Museum

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)” by James Hart (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Amazing architecture, history and natural wonders—oh yes, and inspiring art—can all be found at the Audain Art Museum. On the walls: Michael Audain’s stunning private collection, which highlights the philanthropist’s profound fascination with BC art from the past 200 years. See Emily Carr’s exquisite landscapes, contemporary photographs by Rodney Graham, and rare First Nations art, including James Hart’s monumental “The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)” (pictured). Even the building itself is noteworthy, designed to defer to, rather than dominate, the natural surroundings. Consider it a cultural tour de force.

By the Numbers: Mountain Biking

Mountain biking has picked up speed in Whistler, and there’s little wonder why: the terrain and trail systems are some of North America’s most epic

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jun. 2018

Adrenaline-seekers of all ages tackle the trails in Whistler Mountain Bike Park (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

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When it comes to terrain, Whistler Mountain Bike Park comes out on top—the alpine playground boasts more than any other bike park in North America.

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The bike park has 70 trails serviced by five lifts, and in 2018, the Creekside expansion will add another five trails to the already impressive line-up. (more…)

15 Things to Love About Summer in Whistler

Fall head over heels for summer activities, from sunny skydiving to serene spa retreats

By CHLOË LAI
Jun. 2018

Peak to Peak gondola (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

1. Snapping photos of local bears—from a safe distance, of course—on a wildlife viewing tour.

2. Sabering a bottle of champagne at Bearfoot Bistro.

3. Ooh-ing and aah-ing over the incredible views from the world-record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola. (more…)

Get Crafty: Locally Distilled Spirits

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
May 2018

Toast your travels with Schramm Gin from Pemberton Distillery

Would you like to take your time in Whistler and bottle it? Then save suitcase space for small-batch spirits with local flavour. At Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, savour tipples such as Sin Gin with its locally foraged botanicals, and Raspberry Gin that’s crafted with BC berries. Pemberton Distillery is famed for the award-winning Schramm Vodka—made from potatoes sourced from just down the road—as well as more creative options like the Barrel-Aged Apple Brandy that boasts BC-based fruit. Now that’s souvenir-savvy.

Cultural Connector: a Self-Guided Tour of Art in Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Excited to explore Whistler’s art scene? If you’re on the Cultural Connector, you’re on the right path. This scenic walking route links six of the resort’s coolest cultural venues: the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Audain Art Museum, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Museum, Maury Young Arts Centre and Lost Lake PassivHaus. Along the way, discover public art like Susan Point’s “Timeless Circle,” plus local lore and points of interest. Pick up a map from the Whistler Visitor Centre (page 39) or one of the six venues to embark on a self-guided tour. Art admirers, lace up your walking shoes.