Seven Reasons Why I Want To Visit Whistler, Canada

Seven Reasons Why I Want To Visit Whistler, Canada
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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.

skiingPhoto 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.

mountainsPhoto 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.

bearsPhoto 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?

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Seven Reasons Why I Want To Visit Whistler, Canada

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!


  1. November 2, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Wow looks amazing I can see why you want to visit. We have spoken about visiting Canada as well one day I would love to see the bears in their natural environment x

  2. November 2, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Now this sounds like an amazing place to visit, I would totally love to go to Canada one day and I am all for staying in a Cabin for sure!

  3. November 3, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Oh! All of a sudden I’m homesick! I was born not too far away from this place. I miss skiing, and snow, and proper winters!

  4. November 3, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    We actually considered moving to Canada. I always wanted to live there, but for now, I can only visit it as tourist.

  5. November 3, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I don’t blame you it’s supposed to be stunning there. My parents went and had a fantastic time.I’d love to go and stay in a cabin and open the door to gorgeous views each day.

  6. November 3, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I really want to do Whistler too. My Grandma and Grandad did a Canadian Rockies train trip that ended in Whistler and they’ve said its one of the best holidays they’ve ever done (and my Grandma has travelled everywhere and is exceptionally hard o please).
    C x

  7. November 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Canada sounds like a wonderful destination to visit , the landscape is amazing and I too have heard that the people are very friendly.

  8. November 4, 2017 / 12:18 am

    I’ve been to Vancouver once on a 48hour layover and absolutely loved it, I’d love to go back soon. The cabin sounds like a great idea, not sure how i feel about the bears though. lol

  9. Jade spall
    November 4, 2017 / 7:54 am

    My best friend went here in January this year and she had the time of her life! Looks incredible – would definitely need to wrap up warm on those winter extreme sports Xx

  10. November 4, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Canada has always been a dream of mine to visit. I would be the same and want to stay in a wood cabin, there’s something romantic about it!

  11. November 4, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    My friend has just moved to Canada with her husband and they are loving it. I would love to visit them soon! 🙂

  12. November 4, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Canada is on my bucket list to go to. I’m not into skiing but I’d sure love to stay in a big log cabin whilst there. It’s a must when visiting Canada isn’t it?

  13. Sam Jeffery
    November 5, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Canada, but never know where to start. This location looks absolutely beautiful!

  14. Sarahjane
    November 5, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    The snow topped mountains look absolutely beautiful and breathtaking! Not quite into winter sports but waking up in a cabin in the morning to those views would be fantastic

  15. November 5, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I’ve never been to Canada but would love to head there for a ski holiday! x

  16. November 5, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    We’ve never been to Canada but would love to stay in a cabin in the snow too!

  17. November 5, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    While I have never been to Canada, I have a few places over there that I have on my travel bucket list. I totally enjoy a good travel and this would make a great adventure for me and our growing family to check out.

  18. November 6, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I haven’t been to Canada, but I am eager to do so. Vancouver is the number one location on my Canada list so it’s good to learn about places like Whistler. x

  19. Thena
    November 7, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I would love to visit Canada as well. I don’t know if I want to see a bear…but, I would love to ski and stay on the slopes in a fun cabin!

  20. November 7, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    The snow topped mountains and the cabin would be my reasons. I’m not a fan of extreme winter sports. Haha!

  21. November 13, 2017 / 11:36 am

    It looks fantastic my I totally see why you want to visit. I would be a bit scared of bears though!

  22. November 13, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Your description sounds so lovely I can definitely see why you want to visit!
    Plus – seeing a bear in the wild would be such an amazing opportunity

  23. November 13, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    It is nice to hear that Canadians are genuinely friendly I love that. I like the sound of luxury retreats and skiing sounds like a lot of fun and is something that I have never tried before!

  24. November 13, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I’ve heard Whistler is supposed to be amazing and it’s my dream to go and stay in a cabin there. I think it would be so magical!

  25. November 13, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Yes to all of these reasons! I’m lucky enough to have been to Canada a few times and it is such a stunning country. The landscapes, wildlife and food all make for a very special holiday 🙂

  26. Sassy
    November 13, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Canada is top of my list for places to visit…
    It’s just about finding the time! After reading this, I definitely want to go ahead and stay in the mountains!
    When you go, can I go in your suitcase? 😉 xxx

  27. November 13, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Whistler sounds amazing. We haven’t been to Canada yet but it’s on our family bucket list!

  28. November 13, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I only spent one night in Canada and i’m desperate to go back. One day hopefully.

  29. November 14, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I’ve never visited Canada or even heard of this place but oh my! It looks beautiful, I can see why you want to visit.

  30. November 14, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Wow, those landscape shots look absolutely stunning. I want to visit too!

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