Whistler is the ultimate mountain-lovers destination and the best-known resort for a high-octane holiday in Canada. Whistler holidays aren’t just about skiing and snowboarding, although it does offer some of the best winter sports facilities in the world. It’s also a great place to visit during the summer months when it offers hiking, mountain biking, and even golf in the mountains. With a fabulous range of outdoor activities, comfortable hotel accommodation and excellent après activities on offer, Whistler is the perfect luxury holiday destination for anybody who loves the great outdoors. Whistler is also known for its bear viewing tours, giving the chance to see Whistler's bears enjoy their natural habitat - and they can even be seen by going up in ski lifts where you'll see the black bears feeding right beneath you.
The gondola, which travels in between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is the longest unsupported ski lift in the world. It’s a stunning feat of engineering, and whether you take the lift during summer or winter, it offers breathtaking 360 degree vistas across the whole alpine scene. The crossing between the two mountains takes around 11 minutes and affords spectacular views of the mountains and valleys below. It can be done whether you’re a skier or not. There is also the chance to have a behind-the-scenes look at the machinery and engineering of the gondola at the viewing gallery, or even to sit down for a meal with a view in a restaurant high in the mountains before heading back down to the village.
After a legendary day of skiing or snowboarding in the mountains, Whistler boasts an unrivalled après scene. Kick off with sundowner drinks at one of the various slopeside bars, many of which put on live bands and DJ’s to get the crowd going. Then head down to the village for some more drinks, and take your pick from the array of eateries on offer before seeing where the rest of the evening takes you. The village boasts a selection of excellent clubs, pubs and eateries to kick back, relax and dance the night away.
Thrill seekers will relish the chance to speed through the forest on zip lines, which can stretch for hundreds of meters high above the treetops. You can even reach speeds of 90km/h! All the way along the route, experienced naturalists will guide you through the forest, explaining its ecosystem and the range of unique and indigenous species of plants and wildlife that live there. For a really unique experience, it’s even possible to zip line through the mountain forest during twilight. Don a headlamp and travel by the soft glow of twinkling lights strung along the treetop platforms and bridges.
Whistler Village is a fabulous base from which you can enjoy all the mountain-based activities that the area has to offer. Located at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the village itself is mostly pedestrianised, making it safe and sociable, with all the amenities you might need from a 5 star holiday resort. The village itself has an excellent selection of accommodation, from boutique mountain lodges to first class hotel resorts complete with luxury spas, and fabulous restaurants. From here the slopes, hiking trails and cycle routes are all easily accessible.
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