Whistler – in the province of British Columbia in Canada, offers the biggest ski area in North America. Because of its jaw-dropping geography, those around Vancouver and beyond flock to Whistler for outdoor sports in summer and snow skiing in the winter.
It’s a city but its formal title is the ”Resort Municipality of Whistler.” This used to be a sleepy logging town in the ’60s until a group of developers thought about the feasibility of putting up a ski resort. Today, there’s plenty of luxurious real estate for sale in Whistler. It is distinguished by its beautiful European-style villages. It is bustling with many restaurants and hotels offering a respite from all the activities that can be enjoyed in the area.
It’s July, and now is actually one of the best times to take part in the best that Whistler has to offer. During this season, Blackcomb Mountain reopens for glacier skiing. On the other hand, the majority of Whistler can be enjoyed as a home base for camping as well as checking out the great outdoors. Most of the time, the temperature is in the low 20s and this is perfect for savoring the breeze, so to speak.
What’s good about Whistler is that it can easily be explored on foot. There are lots of pedestrian walkways and one can hike nearly anywhere. Following the trails leads one to Whistler Village with its assortment of parks, beaches and golf courses. Try the restaurants if you would like to go on a food trip. The specialties whipped up by world-class chefs surely won’t disappoint.
Those who want to be up high can ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola which connects Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. At 1,427 ft above the valley floor, it is the world’s longest and highest aerial gondola ride. Summer’s clear weather affords tourists the perfect time to admire the view of the majestic mountains.
If you’re not so afraid of heights, the glacier sightseeing experience by floatplane is a must-try. There’s nothing more awesome than seeing Canada’s rugged landscape from the view of a small plane. There’s more to see in the short ride: volcanic formations, lush forests, lakes, glistening peaks and the mighty glaciers, of course!
Fancy being on water? Whistler Whitewater Rafting will give one the right adrenaline rush. You can choose from different adventure levels depending on your experience, but whatever you choose, it will surely give you a chance to appreciate the vast wilderness. A guide will also be there to teach you master rafting techniques.
For those who like simple joys, fishing in Whistler is a good alternative. The numerous rivers and lakes boast of an abundance of fish. Savor the joy as you catch trout, steelhead or Pacific salmon. The fishing can be paired with camping for an immensely nature-focused trip.
Of course, don’t forget hiking and climbing activities. Visitors are spoiled with choices, from beginner-friendly hikes to the more fearless. If you choose not to climb or hike, there are miles of walking trails. And apart from all these, there’s also rock-climbing, indoor climbing and ice climbing.