The Ultimate Whistler Experience, Canada

By: Wolfgang Jaegel

Located about 120 km north of Vancouver in Canada is Whistler - a charming four-season resort, which is nestled at the base of two majestic mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. Whistler has been consistently rated among the top tourist destinations in North America. With its unparalleled landscape comprising amazing valleys, scintillating waterfalls, sparkling lakes, more than 5000 ft soaring mountain peaks, magnificent glaciers, over 200 trails, and more than 30 lifts, no wonder why people flock to Whistler throughout the year.

Sometimes, Whistler is acknowledged as a year-round playground, since it provides opportunities for a continuum of summer as well as winter activities, such as golf, rafting, and flightseeing. Further, Whistler is considered a much sought after destination for skiing, with a variety of tracked trails to choose from such as the Lost Lake Trails.

During the summer, the destination is simply amazing with options to enjoy a range of recreational as well as adventure activities. Of the Whistler's summer activities, perhaps the most prominent is golf. Among the superb golf courses in the area are Whistler Golf Course, Nicklaus North Golf Course, and Big Sky Golf and Country Club. Many of them are designed by renowned architects. Further, a specialty is that all of them are set within the backdrop of stunning views, thereby allowing you to play while enjoying the breathtaking views of the place.

Another popular summer activity is rafting in some of the best as well as splendid rivers in the area such as Green River, the Squamish River, the Elaho-Squamish River, and the Cheakamus River. For those looking for a unique experience, then a great option would be to go for a jet boating on the serene upper Lillooet Lake or to take a canoeing or kayaking trip. Summer water activities in Whistler also include fishing, wakeboard, and wakesurf.

A myriad of adventure activities can also be enjoyed during summer, such as, flightseeing, which provides you opportunities to fly over the enchanting mountains and stunning glaciers of the place; bungee jumping in the much famed valley site; and heli hiking to explore the beauty of the mountains on the glaciated areas. Likewise, interesting tours can be taken while your stay in Whistler, like, guided ATV tour through the tortuous mountain trails and train tour, which allows you to enjoy the fantastic views of beautiful canyons and deep gorges in the region.

In winter, Whistler becomes truly a snow wonderland. The activities that can be enjoyed during winter are substantial as well as matchless. As a premier ski destination, Whistler is home to more than 8000 acres of skiable terrains.

However, Whistler is more than a skiing or boarding destination. For those looking for something different, activities such as snow mobiling through the back country and sleigh riding through the forested trails would be the best. For adventurers, great choices are available in the form of flight seeing, ziptek tours, snowboarding, and cat skiing. In addition, Whistler's superb mountain ranges are considered a haven for enjoying a range of heli activities such as heli-snowboarding and heli skiing.

Let it be summer or winter, Whistler offers excellent options for sightseeing, with attractions including the Whistler Racquet Club with excellent tennis facilities; Expressions Art Studio - a venue for ceramic paintings and other creative workshops; Black Tusk Gallery showcasing the northwest coast native art; The Whistler Village Art Gallery with exhibits such as international paintings and sculpture; The Plaza Galleries - the largest fine art gallery in the area; Canadian Fine Art - one of the significant commercial galleries in Western Canada; and Whistler Farmers' Market, from where sumptuous fresh food prepared by local folks can be enjoyed.

A plethora of tour operators have come forward to provide world class packages to enjoy Whistler activities such as golf and skiing. Many of the first-class hotels and resorts also offer superb packages inclusive of accommodations, meals, and to and fro transportation for enjoying summer activities in Whistler. In addition, there are companies that exclusively provide facilities to enjoy a particular activity in Whistler. For example, there are a range of service providers that solely engage in rendering services for heli activities.

The internet serves as an excellent source to search for the most affordable as well as competent service providers. Most of the service providers have their own websites, which in turn enable the tourists to know the details of services, packages, and rates they charge. Other popular sources to find the most resort or service provider in the area are reviews written by real users, travel magazines, newspapers, yellow pages, and online directories.

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