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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.
With four championship golf courses there is enough choice for even the most avid golfer. Three of the courses are situated around the village, with the fourth just north of Whistler (the club can arrange transportation for those without a car). With stunning views everywhere you look & the post round relaxation not far away, Whistler is rightly known as Canada’s Premier Gold Destination. The golfing season in Whistler typically runs from the end of April through to the mid October.
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.
The Village is the hub of Whistler. Here you will find many of Whistler’s best restaurants and much of its shopping. And with many great hotels located in the village you won’t have to go far after a hard days shopping or activities. At one end of the village you will find the Blackcomb & Whistler Gondola’s which will take you up the mountains. While at the other end you will find Village North home to the Village Park & Whistler Olympic Plaza.
The Upper Village sits at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, here you will find two of whistler’s finest hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Four Seasons Resort. There are also a number of smaller lodges, any of which are ideally located for those looking to ski. During the summer you are just minutes from two of Whistler’s golf clubs. The Upper village is connected to the Village by the paved, pedestrian-only Village Stroll.
Of course many tourists head to Whistler during the winter months and the busiest period for holidays in Whistler is undoubtedly between December and March, although conditions for great skiing and snowboarding continue until April and May, and sometimes even into June and July on some slopes. With long days and pleasant weather, don’t discount summer from your Whistler holiday plans. Summer mountain activities usually begin in mid-June, when you can head out onto the mountains for hiking, zip wiring and other alpine fun.
Time difference: GMT -8 hours
Currency: Canadian Dollar.
Language: English, French.
Flight time from London: Approximately 9 hours.
Arrival Airport: Vancouver International Airport.
Entry details for British passport holders: Visas are not normally required for short visits to Canada. However the FCO recommends checking eligibility prior to confirming travel plans. If you travel to the US, you must adhere to the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Your passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Public Holidays: Victoria Day 25 May
Canada Day 01 July
Labour day 07 September (first Monday in September each year)
Thanksgiving 12 October (second Monday in October each year)
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