One of Canada’s most loved destinations and home to the 2010 Winter Olympics; Whistler is a winter wonderland, with quaint taverns, log fires and wide-open plains of glistening white snow. Take the two-hour drive from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway, which is famous for its incredible views and stunning landscapes. With plenty of things to do in Whistler, both on and off the slopes, it’s no wonder thousands of people visit each year. And now it’s been crowned second place in TripAdvisor’s Top Destinations of 2017 in the Travellers’ Choice Awards. Still not convinced? Here’s the lowdown on just some of the wonders of Whistler.
Let it snow
It may be obvious with all the snow, but one of the main reasons why many people travel to Whistler is to ski. The majestic Blackcomb Mountain has over 200 runs, three glaciers and the iconic flute bowl. Take the chairlift up into the clouds and feel on top of the world as you take in the spectacular views, before rocketing down the slopes and vast alpine bowls on a set of skis or a snowboard. Why not visit the sledging centre for a day of winter Olympic sports? Outside the snowy season, the locals swap their skis for mountain bikes and take to the slopes once more to enjoy the exhilarating runs and winding tracks through the trees.
As Whistler is blessed with such a diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems, there are plenty of opportunities to encounter a large number of different animal species. See the wildlife in its natural habitat, such as coyotes, river otters and even bald eagles circling the trees. If you’re lucky, you may get sight of a black bear, as they roam freely in the area. But don’t worry; those bears aren’t as scary or hostile as grizzlies.
There are plenty of things to do off the slopes too, like exploring Whistler’s remarkable surroundings. Spend yours days rafting in one of the glistening lakes, zip lining through the forest, or discovering the wonders of Whistler on horseback. Follow one of the hiking trails to explore the striking Canadian countryside and witness the true natural beauty of Whistler, such as the incredible Lost Lake.
Out on the town
The picturesque town has a lot to offer, with a variety of shops, bars, museums and restaurants to keep you busy. Browse the ski gear, available to rent or buy; pick up some authentic souvenirs; and sample delicious, sweet treats in the chocolate shops. Imagine spending the evening roasting a tasty s’more by an open fire and sampling a few glasses of locally brewed wine.
Doesn’t this sound perfect? Have you ever been to Whistler? Let me know why you love it so much in the comments.