Whistler Vacations

Whistler, British Columbia

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The City

History
Whistler Mountain's original name was London Mountain. It was renamed Whistler in honour of the whistling marmots that inhabited it.

Population
Whistler, British Columbia is a thriving town of about 10,000 permanent residents. Whistler's population can swell to over 40,000 during peak months.

Weather
Summers in Whistler are pleasantly moderate, and the temperatures in winter are usually milder than in other North American ski towns due to the low altitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

Activities/Sights

There's something to do here every day whether it's a thrilling adventure or just some quiet time listening to nature and absorbing the magnificent scenery.

ATV Tours
Sometimes you just have to get out of town. And one of the best ways to get outside of Whistler Resort is on a guided ATV tour. Whether you want to explore the beautiful backcountry, get above it all on a twisty trail up Whistler or Blackcomb mountain, follow long-forgotten logging roads, enjoy a ride n dine excursion, or hone your skills in the ATV terrain park, the local experts can put you in the saddle on an ATV tour just right for you.

Bear Viewing
Join world-renown bear expert Michael Allen on a tour to view bears doing what they do best… being bears. Michael knows Whistler's bears by name. From May through July, bears wander along the open ski trails grazing on clover, grass and horsetail. Later, from August through October, the feeding activities of black bears can be followed through high elevation timber-shrub forests as they feed on sugary huckleberries in preparation for hibernation.

Mountain Biking
Tons of Terrain; from technical single-track and hundreds of miles of networked trails through old growth forest, to the paved Valley Trail system and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world - Whistler has something for every level of rider. It is all here;

  • Bide-friendly hotels
  • Bike rental shops
  • Camps & clinics
  • Private lessons
  • Guided tours

Bungee Jumping
Experience bungee jumping in the beautiful wilderness of the Whistler Resort Valley nestled between old growth forests and rugged basalt column cliffs. Whistler’s ultimate year round outdoor adrenaline rush.

Canoe and Kayak
Whether you're an expert paddler or want to learn the techniques of canoe and kayak handling, there's a tour tailored to your needs. Paddle crystal clear Alta Lake and voyage down the River of Golden Dreams to Green Lake, alone or with a guide. Re-live the legends of the coureurs de bois in a 10 person Voyageur canoe.

Fishing
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fisherperson, Whistler fishing guides are dedicated to providing the best fishing experience. Choose from river fly fishing, remote alpine lakes, or just toss a line at nearby Green Lake. Listed in a sampling of full day guided tours available from the Whistler area. We also offer a selection of ½ day trips and multi-day trips as well.

Flight seeing in seaplane and Helicopter
As spectacular as it is with both feet on the ground, you simply can't imagine how supernatural Whistler, British Columbia and the surrounding Coast Mountains look from the seat of a float plane. Fly low over ancient glaciers, land on pristine high alpine lakes that don't lose their ice until late summer, marvel at the endless snow-capped peaks of the Coast range, and enjoy sunlight dancing off the Pacific waters of Howe Sound.

Golfing
Whistler is a golfer's paradise, with no less than three, top-rated and award-winning golf courses close to the Village and two more unique links just a short drive away. Designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Jack Nicklaus, Whistler's golf courses exist in harmony with the area's pristine natural surroundings. You'll be using your camera as much as your clubs. A golf vacation in Whistler is as much about the experience as it is about playing the game.

Hiking
With numerous mountains and literally hundreds of miles of trails throughout the area, Whistler can offer everyone a chance to explore Mother Nature's backyard. Wander an ancient cedar forest and stand next to 1,000-year-old giant trees, hike along well-maintained trails to a crystal-clear lake, or walk on a 10,000-year-old glacier.

Horseback Riding
Geddy up, cowpoke. If you've got an abiding desire to see the countryside around Whistler Resort from a tall-in-the-saddle point of view, we've got the ride for you. From a gentle meander through forests and meadows to a tour of tall ancient cedars, from a trot along sandy beaches to a saunter up mountain trails, horseback tours in and around Whistler explore the most interesting corners of British Columbia. Even a ghost town! With pony rides for little ones and wagon and carriage rides for anyone who prefers horse-drawn to horseback, you can book all your equine adventures right here.

Hummer Tours
Some sights simply can’t be seen from the village. Like the sun setting behind the Tantalus range from the tops of Blackcomb or Whistler mountains. And let’s face it, getting there can be the best part of the trip. Especially when getting there involves a thrilling ride into wild places in a go-anywhere Hummer.

Jetboating
In the shadow of glaciated Coast Range peaks, the Lillooet River flows towards the Pacific Ocean… rapidly. If white water’s your special thrill, this river will get your pulse pounding as it plunges through one set of rapids after another. The best way to run the Lillooet is a rip-roarin’ Jet Boat tour with Whistler River Adventures where experienced “pilots” will give you the thrill of a lifetime and bring you safely back to the Adventure Ranch.

Wakeboarding
Guest must be 80 lbs or more to participate. The 3 hour session is the maximum time slot we offer. As in the other two above sessions all the equipment is provided, the maximum number of people for the boat is 9 and the number of pulls and on-water time per rider depends on you and your group, it's your time you decide, you have 3 hours.

Rafting
When the snow melts, the rivers in and around Whistler Resort run white and fast. Catch all the thrills of white water rafting, from mild to wild, as certified guides navigate you safely through haystacks and holes on the Green, Birkenhead, Lower Cheakamus, Elaho and Squamish rivers. Whether you want to hold on tight and enjoy the ride or grab a paddle and dig in, there’s a white water rafting trip for everyone in wet and wild Whistler.

Valley trail
The Valley Trail is a 30 km paved pedestrian/bicycle route linking several parks, beaches, neighbourhoods, and playgrounds to Whistler Village. It is popular with cyclists, strollers, walkers, dogs, families, and even commuters! It's the perfect place to go for a gentle ride with the family and soak up that Whistler summer feeling. Why not rent one of our trail bikes and cruise to the beach for picnic and a cooling swim?

Zipline
Experience the next best thing to flying with a thrilling zipline adventure. Safely glide high over rushing creeks, valleys and old growth forests in a laugh-out-loud, unique activity that’s perfect for the whole family. You won’t believe how fun it can be.

Sea to Sky Highway
The journey to Whistler is as beautiful as the destination. The drive along Highway 99 from Vancouver, known as the Sea to Sky highway by locals, features towering cliffs and ancient forests on one side, and jaw-dropping seascapes on the other. Voted the "Most Romantic Road in the World", the highway offers stunning views of fjords, islands and mountain ranges.


Skiing & Snowboarding
Every skier and snowboarder will find more of what they want on Whistler's slopes. More steeps, chutes, alpine bowls and groomed cruisers - for every skill level. And with the longest ski season in North America - November to July - Whistler also offers more time to try out all that sweet terrain.

Whistler Blackcomb Mountains
Setting Whistler apart from other resorts are its two impressive mountains, towering side-by-side over the Village. Representing more than 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain can boast the largest ski area in North America.


Restaurants

Whistler is a first-class resort that boasts some of the best restaurants in the world ranging from fine dining to pub-style and everything in between. Cornucopia, Whistler's biggest wine and food celebration, is held every November.

Fun Facts

  • Blackcomb Mountain has a vertical rise of 1 mile - the most in North America
  • Whistler is home to 4 champion-designed signature golf courses (from the likes of Nicklaus, Cupp, Trent Jones Jr and Palmer)
  • Whistler Blackcomb has North America's longest ski season, running from November - August
  • It's possible to ski, golf and bike all in the same day
  • Whistler Blackcomb has the largest terrain in North America (8.171 acres / 3,036hectares)
  • The area of skiable terrain of the new Symphony Express lift (1,000 acres) is larger than some ski resorts in their entirety.
  • The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has more than 200 kilometres of lift-serviced bike trails
  • Whistler began as a summer fishing lodge on the shores of Alta Lake in 1914
  • Whistler is site of the alpine, Nordic, sliding and Paralympics venues for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games in Vancouver.