What are the best ways to see Whistler? Anyone coming to visit Whistler will naturally ask this question. Whistler is one of the most stunning places in the world, and it would be tragic not to take in all the surrounding natural beauty while vacationing. Simply visiting Whistler is epic in its own right, but why not experience it to the fullest and bring home memories that will last a lifetime? To help you decide on the best way for you to see Whistler, we’ve compiled a list of unique ideas to inspire you.
We might as well start with the most drool-worthy experience we can imagine! Take in the breathtaking scenery by helicopter with a tour from Blackcomb Helicopters. As you whisk around the Coast Mountains, you’ll be in awe of the natural beauty of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and alpine lakes. After the rush of whipping around in a helicopter, you’ll descend and land near an alpine lake behind Rainbow Mountain. Exchange the roar of the helicopter for the gentle lapping of water as you paddleboard across a glacial-fed lake. After you’ve spent time enjoying the solitude of the alpine lake, enjoy a gourmet picnic before you enjoy your flight back to the helipad. Is this a dream?
If you prefer to keep your feet (or wheels) on the ground, seeing Whistler by bike is one of the most intimate ways to explore the forest and natural surroundings of Whistler. The scenic Valley Trail of Whistler is a great place to start, with over 45k of paved trails connecting the valley floor, you’ll run out of legs before trail! If you prefer more of an “off the beaten path” type of ride, Whistler has well over 225 singletrack mountain bike trails. Because the network of trails is so vast, we highly recommend hiring a guide from a local outfitter, like Arbutus Routes, to take you around the network. Their experienced guides will assess your skills and curate the perfect ride suited to your ability.
Take a seat and let the incredible network of Whistler gondolas be your guide. As you step off the Whistler Mountain Gondola, be ready for your breath to be taken away by the magnitude of Whistler Peak. Take a small hike, or simply enjoy the scenery from the Roundhouse Lodge before you embark on the Peak to Peak Gondola. The world-famous Peak to Peak Gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, boasting of the 2nd longest free span between ropeway towers in the world. You’ll travel over stunning terrain with epic views for over 3 kilometres before you reach Blackcomb Mountain. Make it a loop and head down Blackcomb Gondola, or stay awhile in the alpine before you return via the Peak to Peak. This is a must-do for anyone visiting Whistler!
Gain a different perspective of Blackcomb Mountain and the surrounding scenery via 4x4s (Jeeps) from the Canadian Wilderness Adventure Group. As you ascend Blackcomb Mountain, you’ll take in stunning views of wildlife, glacial-fed rivers and changing foliage on your way up the mountain. Make sure you bring your camera for this one, as you’ll likely see Whistler’s favourite furry friends: black bears! Once you arrive at the top of Hortsman Glacier, you’ll be blown away by the epic views of Whistler Valley and the Coast Mountains. This is a must-do for any adventure-seeking couple or family!
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