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Things to Do Whistler

Mountain Magic: Vallea Lumina

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
June 2019

At Vallea Lumina (Jun. 7 to Oct. 13), a nighttime walk in the woods isn’t eerie—it’s enchanting. Located on Cougar Mountain, this immersive after-dark 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.

Visitors to this interactive light-and-sound display are first sworn in as rangers, tasked with finding two hikers who mysteriously disappeared into the woods. Follow their trail deeper into the forest, and take note as it transforms, becoming more ethereal with every step. The 1.5-km (0.8-mi) trail takes about an hour to complete—it all depends on how much ooh-ing and ahh-ing you do along the way. And to make the trek even easier, a free shuttle operates from Whistler. Let the magic begin.

Summer Adventures Unleashed

Awesome outdoor activities for every type of traveller

By CHLOË LAI
June 2019

Sometimes, the best place to kick off the journey to inner peace is a deserted dock on a mountain lake (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

The Laid-Back Explorer

Every inch of Whistler is packed with showstopping views, but some vantage points are extra awe-inspiring. Lace up those walking shoes to explore the Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk, home to postcard-worthy backdrops such as the inukshuk (a stone figure traditionally used by the Inuit) and Black Tusk. Or step into an iconic red gondola at the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak for 360-degree views of, well, everything. (Pro tip: catch the glass-bottomed gondola.) Want to soak up scenery, serenity and sunshine all at once?  Unroll your yoga mat at one of the many local parks for solo asanas, or call Whistler Eco Tours for group classes at picturesque Alta Lake—on stand-up paddleboards, no less. (more…)

Fun & Frugal in Whistler

By CHLOË LAI
Mar. 2019

Sledding at Whistler Olympic Plaza (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

It doesn’t take much to have a great time in Whistler: this winter wonderland is packed with wallet-friendly fun for all. Hop aboard the free Village Shuttle and get off at Olympic Plaza to skate on the outdoor rink, let kiddos play in the sledding area and pose for souvenir snaps with the Olympic rings. Stick around for family-friendly après activities, or head to Skier’s Plaza for the Fire and Ice Show, where skilled skiers and snowboarders soar, twist and flip through flaming hoops. Visit www.whistler.ca to download a self-guided podcast tour of Whistler Village, or a map that points out spectacular public art pieces. The best things in life really are free.

Ice Skating in Whistler Olympic Plaza

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2019

Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler

Pint-sized Tessa Virtues and Scott Moirs can’t resist Whistler Olympic Plaza. This free outdoor skating rink is open from December through March, weather permitting, for the whole family to glide around on. Helmets and push bars are available for beginners, while more experienced skaters can show off their best moves. But sometimes the best move of all is watching from the sidelines, hot chocolate in hand.

10 Years of Whistler Wonders: From the Winter Olympics to the Longest Ziplines

A lot has changed since we first launched Where Whistler in 2008. Read on for a few of our favourite events, adventures and openings from the past 10 years

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Dec. 2018

Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler

Whistler Olympic Park (2008), located in the postcard-worthy Callaghan Valley. It hosted cross-country skiing and ski jumping events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and today it’s a destination for outdoor adventures. (more…)

New Gondola and Chairlifts at Whistler Blackcomb

By CHLOË LAI
Dec. 2018

Fresh bluebird powder turns under the Whistler Gondola (Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler Blackcomb is no slouch. The resort regularly occupies top spots in SKI magazine’s annual rankings, scoring points for everything from awesome après activities to great terrain variety. And they just keep raising the bar. A recent $66-million upgrade gives snow-seekers faster access to fresh powder on both mountains via improved Catskinner and Emerald chairlifts and an all-new Blackcomb Gondola. The gondola’s sleek 10-passenger cabins shuttle 4,000 people up the mountain every hour—over 25,000 people a day—the highest capacity in North America. Looks like there’s room for everyone at the top.

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.