at BC's Famed Whistler Resort
Golf Club with Blackcomb Mountain in background.
by Henelan Photography
For many, the name "Whistler" conjures images of an
idyllic winter resort amid snow capped mountains and some of the best
ski trails North America has to offer. Whistler
has become the epitome for winter vacations, symbolized by its outstanding
setting and award-winning architecture.
But as many travellers are now discovering, Whistler Resort
is more than just a great winter getaway. Situated less than 3 hours
(120 km/74 miles) from Vancouver,
it hosts some of the best resort accommodations BC has to offer, with
first-class dining and entertainment that is available year round.
Although skiers have been flocking to the Whistler area
for more than half a century, its resort is a relatively new innovation.
Acclaimed for its unique design, the alpine village sits at the base
Mountains. Its locale and winding, picturesque streets provide a
perfect setting for a year-round resort.
hiking in alpine Whistler.
by Paul Morrison
Undoubtedly one of Whistler's best qualities is the variety
of accommodations that are open to the visitor. Guests can choose from
an impressive list of options, including bed and breakfast inns and
rooms, traveller's hostels, rental condominiums and Whistler's renown
There are also a number of choices available to campers
and RV'ers. Garibaldi
Provincial Park is a favourite locale for many nature enthusiasts.
My husband and I have camped in the area several times and have been
impressed with the selection of campgrounds on either side of Whistler.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is 11 km/6 miles south of Whistler
and, as the name implies, offers beautiful scenery. It is also one of
the more popular campgrounds in the area.
Falls Provincial Park (29 km/18 km north of Whistler) is another
attractive park with semi-enclosed sites, some of which overlook the
river. There are also several private parks between Squamish
and Whistler that offer full hook-ups and other RV amenities.
Many a skier has stayed at Hostelling International's
Whistler hostel, located 5 km/3 miles from Whistler Village, on the
peaceful shores of Alta Lake. The hostel caters to international travellers
and is open year-round for Hostelling International members and non-members
alike. Contact the hostel at the number listed below to find out about
reservations and rates.
by Leanna Rathkelly
Nestled on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park, the
resort also offers a wide range of leisure activities, that includes
golfing, hiking, camping, and breathtaking helicopter tours of the surrounding
countryside. Whistler's four golf courses are world famous for their
In the summer, Whistler opens its streets to non-stop
music. Beginning in May and June, visitors can take in Whistler's Summer
Street Entertainment, a cornucopia of musical features. Canada Day is
Whistler's icing on the cake, as the resort celebrates Canada's birthday
and kicks off the summer in style.
There are also an unlimited selection of sporting activities
to enjoy. Skiers and snowboarders will be happy to hear that the snow
doesn't disappear in the summer - the slopes just start higher up the
mountain. The top of Blackcomb Mountain is normally open during May-August.
on chairlift sightseeing.
For the more adventurous back country visitor, there are
all terrain vehicle, 4x4 and flightseeing tours available during the
summer months. Flights are generally 20 minutes or longer in length
and provide a spectacular way to see the countryside.
Or you can see the sights by river raft or jet boat. River
rafting companies provide both partial-day or multi-day trips. Longer
excursions normally include food and accommodation arrangements.
For a spectacular tour of the Coast Mountains and surrounding
area, take a 3 hour train ride north to Lillooet. BC Rail's Cariboo
Prospector stops at Whistler at 9:30 am and arrives in Lillooet
in time for lunch (you can also make the round trip in the same day).
The train is an enchanting way to see some of BC's most impressive canyon
Keep in mind that if you are planning on staying in Whistler
Village, you do not need a car to get there. There are any number of
public and private transportation systems available to the Whistler
visitor. BC Rail's regular trains leave twice a day from Vancouver.
Perimeter Transportation and Whistler Star Express operate several buses
that will pick up riders at the Vancouver International Airport (and
in Vancouver) and shuttle them to the resort. Maverick Coach Lines provides
daily service between Vancouver and Whistler. There are also a list
of charter bus and limousine services available from the Greater Vancouver
Getting to Whistler by Car or RV
by Leanna Rathkelly
From Downtown Vancouver:
- Take the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver. Follow Highway 1
west until it connects with the Sea-to-Sky
Highway (Highway 99) and continue north as it winds along the
coast towards Squamish.
From the Hope Area and Points East:
- Stay on Highway 1 until it links up with the Sea-to-Sky
Highway (Highway 99) at Horseshoe Bay, just north of West Vancouver.
Highway 1 will take you through Vancouver and will cross several bridges
before it arrives in West Vancouver.
|For more information and reservations:
|Tourism British Columbia:
|Whistler Resort Association:
|Hostelling International Whistler Hostel:
Unarguably, one of the best features of visiting Whistler
is the incredible scenery you will see on the way. If you are driving,
by all means take time to enjoy the vistas, but use the pull-outs and
official rest stops along the way. You will definitely want to bring
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