Canada, the land of untouched wilderness and dynamic cities, is the second largest country in the world. With a sparse population of just 37 mil spread out over the massive landscape, it is easy to get out there and be alone with nature. Be it the massive spikes of the Rockies or the glittering lakes of Ontario, there is something alluring about this huge country. I had previously included Canada in my list of countries for Introverts. Canada is the perfect destination for anyone who loves solitude and also for anyone who loves skiing. When we say skiing there is just one place that comes to mind – Whistler, one of the greatest ski areas in the world and the biggest in North America.
Located in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is Canada’s year round destination for adventure sports. While it turns into a ski town during winters, it is a hotspot for mountain biking during the summer. But not all of the 2 mil who visit Whistler annually, are drawn towards the adventure sports. This ski town offers a wide array of lodging, a vibrant night life, a great shopping area and tons of alternative activities. For those who are not sure where to stay, do not forget to check out the Whistler Cabin Rentals which suits every budget.
Walk along the Whistler Snow Walls. Once the summer kicks in the leftover snow is used to carve these walls along the trail to the Peak of Whistler Mountain. Even though they do not last long, they do become a spot for Instagram worthy pictures. The walls are also known to reach a height of 30 feet depending on the amount of snowfall. This 4.3 mile hike is not a steep one and can be completed in 60-90 mins and with the snow walls by your side, it turns out to be one astonishing trail to try out.
Check Out the Graffitis at the Train Wreck Spot. Several abandoned box cars were left at this spot from a train crash which happened sometime around the 1950s. The graffiti artists have made this place look colorful with their artwork. This spot also serves as a biking trail which offers scenic views. A newly constructed pedestrian suspension bridge connects the spot to other popular hiking areas in the locality.
Participate in Axe Throwing. In some countries people throw darts, but in Canada they up the game a bit by replacing darts with axes. Yes, you heard that right. You throw axes at the wooden boards. Visit the Forged Axe Throwing, a venue located at the Whistler’s Function Junction area, for a session of badass axe throwing and drink some of the popular microbrews Whistler has to offer.
Enjoy the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride. A 15 min ride across the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, offers you one of the spectacular views of the valley. It is used to transport skiers and casual sightseers across the peaks. Catch the amazing 360-deg view of the stunning landscape while soaring over 1000ft in the air.
Immerse yourself in the Art and Culture scene. With its own repository of cultural and arts institutions, Whistlers portrays its vibrant culture year round with engaging workshops and exhibitions. Those who are visiting in December can also catch the Whistler Film Festival which takes place in the first week of the month. Museums like Audain Art Museum and the Whistler Museum house the past and present of this town. Discover the stories and milestones of this place through similar institutions spread across the beautiful landscape.
Experience the night life. As the adventure dies down as the sun sets, the night life springs up. With a number of pubs with its unique vibe, this resort town boasts of a vibrant night life. From cozy pubs to socialize and nightclubs to party the night away, this place has it all.
Zipline across the vast landscape. Home to the longest zipline in Canada and USA, this place offers the exhilarating experience of zip lining for 2km over spectacular landscapes.
Explore the wildlife. The forests are home to black bears, cougars, marmots, deer, otters etc. Bear sightings are quite common along the hiking trails. Whistler also falls in the migratory path for many species of birds esp Humming Birds and Bald Eagles. Let us not forget the whistling marmots that populate the forests, which gave the name ‘Whistler’ to this place.
Whistler continues to be one of the most sought out destinations for skiing and snowboarding. But the above mentioned activities pull visitors who are looking for more than just adventure sports. Connected to Vancouver by the Highway 99, getting to Whistler is pretty easy via cars and buses.
Since the ‘winter’ is really coming this time around :), where are you guys headed?
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