6 Best Winter Adventures in Whistler BC
Located to the north of Vancouver, Whistler BC is the perfect location for a winter getaway. With two impressive mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb – the scenic town is surrounded by beauty. The area is most well-known for skiing and snowboarding, however it has a lot more to offer with some of the most incredible opportunities listed below.
1. Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Offering 360-degree views of Whistler Village as well as the surrounding mountains, glaciers and lakes, The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a must-do when visiting Canada. The world record-breaking gondola links the peaks of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and is the longest continuous lift in the world. The gondola allows you to travel to each mountain, without ever having to leave the cabin! If that isn’t exciting enough, two of the cabins have glass floors so you can see the sheer drop below! Holding 28 passengers in each cabin, this is an incredible way to take in the dazzling Canadian landscape and is something you should definitely do if you are visiting Whistler!
Superfly Ziplines are another exhilarating activity sure to make your trip to Whistler an experience you’ll never forget! Gliding through the Canadian rainforest is an extraordinary feeling, with the breath-taking scenery making this a one of a kind experience, even if you have been ziplining before! The multiple Superfly ziplines are a fun way to take in the beautiful surroundings and there are even side-by-side ziplines so you and a friend can go at the same time! Superfly are the longest tandem ziplines in Canada!
3. Whistler Bungee
If you are a thrill-seeker looking for an outdoor adventure, look no further than the Whistler Bungee! The 160 foot drop over the glacial fed Cheakamus River is arguably the most adrenaline-charged activity to do whilst in Whistler! The Whistler Bungee has a “perfect safety record” – so although the jump may seem frightening, it is incredibly safe! The jump is open year round and in all weather conditions, except lightning storms! However peak season can be busy so it is useful to book well in advance! Just like the rest of Whistler, the view of the surrounding area at the Bungee is stunning – especially on the way down!
Another impressive experience that Whistler has to offer is its snowmobile tours. This is an exhilarating way to explore the picturesque winter landscape! Dogsledding and snowshoe tours are also offered by Canadian Wilderness Adventures, along with many other activities to participate in during your visit! You can choose to drive by yourself, or with a friend and don’t worry if you’ve never been snowmobiling before, the guides are friendly and will explain everything clearly! There are a selection of tours available including: Wilderness, Family and Extreme tours, so there is something for everyone!
5. Helicopter Tour
A unique way to discover the beauty of Whistler during the winter is by a helicopter tour, delivering a bird’s eye view of Whistler Village and its surroundings. Flying over mountain peaks, glaciers and valleys is a thrill you won’t forget anytime soon and is sure to make your trip to Whistler a memorable one! The tours operate year round, but for obvious reasons are weather dependant! This is a breath-taking adventure you don’t want to miss out on!
6. Scandinave Spa
After all the action-packed, exhilarating activities that Whistler has to offer the Scandinave Spa may be the perfect way to unwind. The Nordic-inspired outdoor spa is a completely unique experience. Soaking in the outdoor baths is a much more serene way to absorb the beauty of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As well as the baths, many different types of massages are available – a well-deserved treat after days of adrenaline-fuelled adventures!
By Catriona Kidd