Located in the Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler and Blackcomb, the spectacularly scenic mountains, are home to the internationally-known ski and snowboard resort of Whistler Blackcomb. Nest led in a cosy scenic river valley, it is reached by a spectacular two-hour drive from Vancouver along the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’, one of Canada’s most breathtaking corridors.
The scenic splendour of the glorious mountain tops soaring high above are reflected in Alta Lake as you enter the resort, Whistler, (highest lift – 2,182m (7,160 ft)), and Blackcomb (2,284 m (7,494 ft)) have the largest vertical drop and the largest area – more than 28,000 ha (7,000 acres) – of ski and snowboard terrain on the continent. There are over 200 marked trails, 12 massive Alpine bowls, three glaciers and 33 lifts that service the mountain.
Often referred to as a ‘toy town’ or as ‘Disneyesque’ for its modern, rustic-architecture, casual-chic atmosphere and clean and inviting village, the resort is very well maintained, with a unique customer focus. Guests are treated to complimentary live entertainment as they wait in the efficient queues for the lift, free orientation to the village is offered to new guests and accommodation, transport and restaurants are available for all budget levels.
Although this is a big mountain, offering big thrills for the adventure-seeking outdoor enthusiast, there is also a lot for those less inclined to take advantage of the array of year-round sports activities. This village is packed with shops, restaurants and spas, so there is something for everyone here.
Whistler has all the conveniences of a city in a village, but just a few steps away is untamed wilderness. One of the most desirable summertime experiences is to watch a black bear in its natural habitat. Your best chance of doing so is to join a bear-watching trip or ecology tour, during which you will have the opportunity to learn about the species as well as their ecological surroundings. The lush wilderness is also home to cougars, deer, rabbits and various species of birds.
If you tire of the breathtaking scenery and never-ending activities, you can always visit the Whistler Museum and Archives to re-live the town’s history, or visit Fernie, the friendly nearby mining town.