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I am a huge fan of Canada and have been there once or twice I am keen to explore more of the country. I have stayed very East coast before around Quebec, Toronto, and Niagara but going to the far West of Canada is something which really appeals to me.
Whistler is about two hours north of Vancouver in British Columbia and is a year-round destination with huge mountains framing the village which is home to epic snow sports, hiking, spas, mountain bike parts and much more. Here’s why I’d love to head to this destination:
I love Canada
As I said above I’m a huge fan of Canada so any opportunity to head back to the country is welcomed with open arms. I just find there are so many places in the world that I want to go to that it’s hard to visit everywhere.
Each time I’ve been to Canada I’ve always found it so friendly, not just American friendly where people say hi to you but where you feel that people genuinely want to help you and genuinely want to make you smile. It’s something I’ve not found anywhere else in the world and I think that’s a special thing.
Photo taken by Luisa-Christie
I have never been skiing outdoors before (I had one dubious indoor experience) but if I am going to try outdoor skiing what better place than one of the largest ski resorts in North America? Whistler Blackcomb sits in the city and there are so many options for skiing and snowboarding so I’d love to head here and take some lessons on the actual slopes. Even if it all goes bad I can sit on a ski lift and make myself look super cool.
There are also loads of other cool winter sporting opportunities in the are such as tobogganing, ski jumping and snowshoeing which happens at the Olympic Park which was the venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Other Winter extreme sports
As I briefly mentioned above there’s a whole load of other winter sports which you can try out and I’m one of those ‘try everything once’ kinda girls so I’d be up for everything. There’s ziplining which is something I’ve done before and this would be perfect regardless of the time of year you went. But in the winter there’s so much to do from dog sledding which looks awesome and sleigh rides which would be the ultimate Christmas treat through to ice climbing and ice caving. Thankfully I am pretty good in the cold weather so I think I’d thrive through these activities.
You can also do winter bungee jumping there, although what makes it different from regular bungee jumping I’m not sure, but when in Rome eh?!
Staying in a cabin
I’ve only ever stayed in a cabin once before and that was at the Volcano National Park in Hawaii but ever since then I have loved the idea of having a cozy cabin decked out with an open fire and a little balcony to enjoy breakfast on. There’s a compact, chalet-style village at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains which are perfect for being close to the city where the shops and restaurants are but also close enough for the skiing and activities.
Whistler cabin rentals offer so many options from small compact cabins through to family sized options so there’s plenty to choose from.
Photo taken by Agata from Barktime
Snow topped mountains
Snow blankets the landscape in Whistler as it sits atop the mountains and I love the idea of looking out of the window of my accommodation and drinking a warm drink watching the snow-topped mountains. From what I’ve read there seems to be snow a lot of the year although Winter time is when you’ll see the proper snow and not just a light dusting.
I’ve never been to a really cold Winter destination so I think Whistler would be perfect for that.
It’s near Vancouver
Whistler is less than 2 hours away from the massive city of Vancouver so it would be really easy to get to as loads of airlines fly into Vancouver city but it also means if you want a change of scenery you can jump in your car (or a bus if you don’t fancy driving) and enjoy some city life.
I know this is something I’d love to spend a day or so doing as my nan has been to Vancouver before and said how much she enjoyed the city, plus it would be perfect for a spot of shopping.
Photo taken by Jennifer of HelloJenniferHelen
Seeing bears in the wild
It isn’t uncommon to witness black bears in Whistler, obviously not roaming around the pedestrian village but more on the hiking trials, mountainside or parks where they’re looking for berries and food From around mid-March to November they tend to be active and looking for food but after that they hibernate when it gives too cold so it’s about finding that perfect time when they’re still active. Some other animals like hares also hibernate in the winter so there’s a bit less activity going on then.
The urban areas are very safe when it comes to protection against bears and bear-proof litter bins used through Whistler Village which discourages the bears from coming back when they can’t salvage food. You can join a bear viewing tour which I think is the best way to see the creatures as you’re with knowledgeable people who know where to take you but also help you with how to act so you don’t disturb the bears but also stay safe. Things like maintaining a general distance, never approaching or feeding the bears and not surrounding them, tips like this are there to keep everyone safe.
Have you ever thought about a winter destination holiday?
*This post has been written in collaboration with Luxury Retreats but all thoughts and opinions are my own as I just love Canada so much!