If lush chalet dotted mountains with a European atmosphere are what you are seeking, then look no further then the village of Whistler, B.C. Canada. When the many visitors flock to this small community during the peak of ski season, the small town of 10,000 quickly rises to a population of 30,000. Two million snow boarders, skiers, campers, boaters, golfers, clubbers, sightseers, photographers, and nature lovers visit yearly to take in the many local attractions and festivities that keep this town thriving with endless activity. Whistler literally has something for everyone, from fishing and skiing to dog sledding and sightseeing. The breath taking picturesque setting and clean mountain air makes this town prime for skiers as 7,000 acres of beautifully powdered mountain terrain, including glaciers, alpine bowls, and 200 well-marked trails beg for skiers to grace its perimeter.
It is no wonder that the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort has been rated as the top ski resort in North America for six years straight as it can accommodate several thousand people hungry for some of the best skiing that Canada has to offer. The resort offers state of the art lifts capable of delivering 59,000 skiers to prime terrain hourly, and since ski season does not end through June and July as Blackcomb is the only mountain in North America that offers public summer glacier skiing, visitors can enjoy their favorite winter sporting outlet any time of year.
If skiing isn’t on your itinerary, then perhaps a winter journey through the Soo Valley Wildlife Reserve will better suit your needs. You will be led by a Musher and his team of Alaskan Huskies through scenic trails that are both exhilarating, and quite possibly like nothing you have ever experienced in your life. The dogs are friendly, and with a quick lesson on harnessing the canines, you will then learn the procedures of the ride so that you can command the team of Huskies yourself. This winter journey includes a rest stop that will allow you to get to know the team of dogs a little better as they enjoy attention from admirers.
Winter is not the only season that draws in visitors from every corner of the Earth, summers time in Whistler, B.C. Canada is also packed with plenty of events. Bike tours are loved by almost everyone as it gives you the chance to experience Blackcomb Mountain and its various offerings. Biking enthusiasts are given tours that are designed for an individuals level of experience. There are private lessons available as well as kids mountain bike adventure programs. Bicycles and gear are available for rental, and Whistlers Blackcomb Mountains offers a full itinerary of events for guests of all ages. Perhaps one of the most popular events that draw in bike enthusiasts is the six day ‘Summer Gravity Camp’ where more experienced bike riders will push their bodies and bikes to the virtual limit as expert coaches teach riders the ultimate dirt jumping techniques and tricks.
The Alpine village of Whistler, B.C. is nestled at the base of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, and the sight is absolutely gorgeous, in fact the pedestrian village has won numerous design awards throughout the years. More than 200 upscale shops, clubs, art galleries, and enticing restaurants line the streets of Whistler, luring hungry guests to feast on the traditional food prepared by highly trained chefs that have learned international secrets from all over the world.
The village offers easy access to the surrounding valley which is filled to the brim with parks, beaches, picnic areas, and hiking trails dotted with lush greenery and wildlife. Trails have been strategically placed along rivers, creeks, and lakes for inline skaters, bikers, and hiking enthusiasts to get the most from their adventure. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, and photography can be enjoyed at one of the many lakes surrounding the village of Whistler, B.C.
Visitors are naturally drawn to the River of Golden Dreams as connecting with wildlife is inevitable, making this river one of the most sought after by nature and water lovers, as well as photographers. A favorite pass time for locals and visitors is kayaking down the river which runs from the north end of Alta Lake to the south end of Green Lake. For visitors that are overwhelmed by the many attractions and multitude of things to do in this refreshing and breath taking resort town, the Whistler Activity Center can offer a multitude of suggestions for all types of tastes and interests. For more information cal 1-800 WHISTLER.
It is not uncommon to see golfers in the Nicklaus North Golf Club parking lot replacing their ski gear with golf attire, no matter what the temperature outside may be. Nicklaus North is a par 71 course that is located alongside the shores of Green Lake. The course features a variety of terrain and it is situated on relatively level land, making it a suitable layout for walking with ease. To find out more on the golf course, visit: http://www.nicklaus.com/design/nicklausnorth/
It has been said that the world goes to Whistler to ski & party, and judging from the active night life seen at popular clubs like The Longhorn Saloon, Monk’s, Merlin’s, and Black’s Pub the world cannot be that far off base. The Whistler Brewing Company gets busy quickly as visitors cannot wait to sample the delectable local beer that they offer, and as the night progresses, so does the party frame of mind. Anyone visiting Whistlers that loves clubbing will not want to miss Tommy Africa’s. This hot spot features live entertainment from both professionals and party goers looking to show off their hidden talents. For more on Whistlers nightlife, go to: http://www.pubclub.com/skiresorts/whistler.htm
Whistler celebrates wine & food from November 9th through November 12th as Cornucopia is celebrating its 10th year. Visitors from all over the world including celebrity chefs’ will be sampling various wines & food. Parties, dinners, luncheons, and seminars, will be the events showcased at this food lovers culinary delight. For more information go to: www.whistlercornucopia.com.
Whistler & Vancouver B.C. will be welcoming and hosting countries from all over the world. Olympic events taking place in Whistler will include the Alpine downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, combined Nordic, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, bobsledding, luge, skeleton, and all Paralympic events. Whistler is already preparing their village to accommodate the many Olympic competitors, and later those accommodations will be used as housing for locals to buy or rent.
Whistler comes complete with an astounding 115 hotels, condos, and bed & breakfasts all ready to play the perfect hosts to guests willing to accept star treatment.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort
4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada
Rated the top ski resort in North America by Condé Nast Traveler in 2003, the Fairmont has recreated the look and feel of an old-time country retreat nestled in the mountains, but don’t be fooled by its old time charm as this elegant resort offers a Vida Wellness Spa, Eucalyptus steam rooms, hot tubs, a fitness center, and a heated lap pool, complete with underwater music for relaxing. They also have a variety of eateries ranging from luxurious restaurants to terrace dining, or you can quietly enjoy a meal in your room. The average rate for a room at this exquisite resort starts at $159.00 per night.
Conveniently located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, this European style hotel offers the best in luxury to its guests, and the rooms are available with a separate bedroom and two baths. The elegant design makes you forget that you are staying in a hotel, and the attention to service and details make any guest want to return to this luxury abode again and again. For more on this hotel, go to: http://www.lechamoiswhistlerhotel.com.
Whistler, B.C. Canada
This 12-room lodge fronts Green Lake and offers views of the Whistler & Blackcomb mountains. Guests can eat on the terrace while taking in sites of the boaters paddling on the River of Golden Dreams. The lodge has a Jacuzzi for relaxing after a hard day of play and the Edgewater features a stunning diningroom that offers Diners panoramic views from any seat in the dining area. This lodge is well stocked with all of the comforts one may need, including lodging for the family dog. For more on this lodge, visit http://www.edgewater-lodge.com/.