Destinations on the Rise: Whistler, Canada
Consistently rated as one of the top destinations on the rise in North America, Whistler is just a 2 hour drive from Vancouver. It’s nestled in a valley between 2 mountains, Blackcomb and Whistler, which rise up 5,280 ft to provide over 8,000 acres of prime mountain terrain, giving travelers not only awe inspiring views, but sleek slopes to boot. Rivers run through the steep walled canyons, waterfalls plunge, and the stark white of the glacier ice, beautifully contrasts with the dark mountain peaks, that are framed against the blue sky. With such a spectacular setting, it is easy to understand why it has become one of best all season destinations in North America.
With over of 8,000 skiable acres, Whistler dwarfs everything else in the whole of North America. It has one of the highest vertical drops on the planet, and has the most lifts and trails (37 lifts, 16 alpine bowls and 200 trails).
Things To Do in Whistler
- Cross Country Skiing – With more than 90 miles of trails which wind around alpine forests and lakes, this is the ideal place to go for cross country skiing, during the winter season. Most of the trails are usually open from the month of December to the month of March. Lost Lake Park, which is just a short distance from Whistler Village, is a perfect starting point.
- Check Out Whistler Village – The quaint pedestrian friendly village is located at the base of the two mountains and bustles with lots of excitement all year round. Here you will find hotels, spas, cozy restaurants, colorful shops, and apres ski fun, Surrounding the scenic village, is a mix of unending forests, untamed rivers, volcanic peaks, and teal blue lakes.
- Go for a Peak2Peak Gondola Ride – If you are a thrill seeker, you can go for a Peak to Peak Gondola ride. This is the world’s highest and longest gondola ride, stretching about 2.73 miles between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, offering 360 degree views. Each of the gondola cabins holds about 28 people, and provides spectacular views of Whistler’s alpine environment, wildlife habitats and surrounding mountain tops.
- Snowboarding – If you are into snowboarding, Whistler is the perfect destination for you. With more than 8,000 acres of snow covered slopes, over 200 trails, 3 glaciers, 16 alpine bowls, and world class terrain parks, Whistler is undoubtedly the ultimate snowboarding destination.
- Mountain Biking – Mountain biking is one of the most popular sports in Whistler Village during summer. You are likely to see Adrenaline junkies heading up the mountain slopes using chairlifts to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Here you will find trails to suit a variety of abilities and tastes, from death defying single track trails, to easy nature trails that run through the lush coastal forests.
- Canoeing and Kayaking – Whistler offers many opportunities for travelers to enjoy excellent kayaking and canoeing. From raging white waters, to the still water lakes, there’s something for every skill level.
Best Time of Year To Visit
If you want to take advantage of the long ski season, you can visit between the month of December through to April; the very best of conditions are in the month of March, which tends to receive plenty of snowfall. If you want relatively warm weather, you can go during the summer season which is between the months of July and August; these months bring late sunsets and offer great opportunities for hiking, golfing, biking and swimming in the relatively warm lakes.