Sometimes you just need to take a break from everything, and treat yourself to a luxury stay. And what better destination than the resort town of Whistler in British Columbia?
Whistler is in fact ideal for a luxury vacation: you can find some amazing hotels where you’ll be treated like royalty, or you can stay in one of the many Whistler house rentals, which will guarantee you more privacy.
Enjoy Winter and Summer Sports
There is a reason why Whistler is such a renowned destination around the world: its slopes are simply some of the best.
A famous destination for North Americans, Whistler became even more famous when flocks of people arrived for the 2010 Winter Olympics that were partly held here. The Whistler Blackcomb resort area features over 3,300 hectares of slopes, which means it’s impossible to get bored. It will take you weeks to try all the runs in the area!
If you want to try something different, you can use the winter cross-country skiing trails that were built in the occasion of the Olympic games. Adrenaline seekers will love the Whistler Sliding Centre which features bobsleigh and skeleton tracks.
If you visit in the summer, there’s still plenty to do. You can go glacier skiing if you are a true ski lover, but snow is just a part of the fun. Hiking trails and mountain bike paths are plenty and cater to all fitness levels, so feel free to bring all the family. The kids will have a blast too.
Other active options for the warmer months include golfing (the Whistler Golf Club and the Nicklaus North Golf Course offer magnificent courses with breathtaking landscapes all around) and zip-lining over the forest and pocket lakes. Don’t forget to bring your sport camera for killer videos from up there!
Relax After a Long Day In the Slopes
Isn’t the best thing ever after a long day going down those slopes to get pampered and have some “me time”? Whistler offers some amazing options when it comes to this.
From the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa that offers traditional Javanese body treatments and massages, to the Spa at Four Seasons Whistler that pampers guest with special treatments such as the signature Canadian maple syrup and brown sugar body scrub, there’s something for everyone in Whistler.
If you really want to go for the top of the top, though, head to the Scandinave Spa which is just a short drive away from Whistler Village.
Here, located at the edge of Lost Lake and surrounded by nothing but trees, you will find a thermal waterfall, hot baths in the open, and a traditional hydrotherapy treatment. No cell phones are allowed, so you can finally get away from everything.
Go To the Beach
No, I’m not kidding (alright, almost). Lost Lake is absolutely beautiful all-year round, but in the summer it gets packed with visitors who want to soak up some sun on its sandy beach.
Come early in the morning if you like bird watching or if you want to explore one of the trails departing from the lake. Leave your car at the village and be environmentally friendly: in the summer there’s a shuttle that links the lake to Whistler Village.
If you prefer a quieter environment, check out Alpha Lake and Alta Lake in the vicinities.
Go On a Vodka Tasting Tour
Wait, what? I can go vodka tasting in Whistler? Well, almost.
In Pemberton, an half an hour drive away, the Pemberton distillery makes the world’s only organic potato vodka and guess what? You can visit the factory and taste the vodka every Saturday.
A great plan for when the weather isn’t good or you just need an afternoon off the slopes.
Discover the Foodie Heart of Whistler Village
You know how hungry you get after a day of exercise, don’t you?
Treat yourself to a fancy dinner at Alta, a sustainable restaurant that offers only dishes made with locally-grown ingredients. The elk tartare is what the restaurant is famous for, but everything else is also delicious.
Another fancy restaurant that is worth a visit is Araxi, where you’ll be able to choose between mouthwatering dishes such as risotto and Desolation Sound oyster. Mmm!
Go On a Day Trip and Explore Whistler’s Surroundings
Of course if you only have a weekend you should stay in Whistler and make the most out of it (there’s so much to do!), but if you’re lucky enough to have more time at your disposal, then you should definitely bring the family on a day trip.
The town of Lillooet became famous during the Gold Rush in the 19th century; other than beautiful landscapes, here you’ll find a fun museum that tells you all about that time.
Squamish is also worth a visit. Famous mostly for rock climbing and other sports, don’t miss a stop at the Shannon Falls Provincial Park where you can find a beautiful waterfall.
Whistler is definitely a paradise for skiers and lovers of sports, but who said that it’s just a destination for them?
Even if you don’t feel like going hardcore, Whistler offers plenty to do. Have you packed your bags yet?
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