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Whistler is year-round fun

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

You may know it as one of the best ski destinations in North America, but Whistler is pretty much the whole package these days. Brilliant, dependable, all terrain skiing in winter and outdoorsy heaven during summer.
Mountain biking, hiking, food festivals, fishing, golfing, gondola riding and more. The June July season is when summer activities really take off but don’t restrict yourself.

If you’re a nature buff check out a bear viewing ecology tour. You’ll go through ancient wood forests to visit active bear dens and watch mothers and cubs at play. Safely, we assume.

Eat it up; either at the top of a 6,000 ft mountain or down in the village. Your options are pretty good and the food quality excellent without the winter load up.

There are 18 incredible hiking trails for your enjoyment – the biggest effort is choosing! They’re mostly part of the Peak to Peak (Blackcomb to Whistler) experience and you can choose a level that suits. The easy part is all the on mountain eateries are open, so a picnic lunch is no problem.

Down the bottom of the mountain there’s plenty for the kids to do in the Base Adventure Zone at Blackcomb. And for the bigger kids – go ziplining through the trees and explore the hidden beauty of Fitzsimmons Creek and the picturesque forest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

 

Canada in the spring is a wonderful thing…

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

Outrageously beautiful, Canada is  outdoors gold! And when the last crisp winds of winter finally blow themselves out and the Spring thaw becomes a torrent, Canada’s north west aras are simply spectacular.

Think Lake Louise, Whistler and Vancouver (for cityphiles), in fact why not do a little of both in a spring break that you’ll remember forever.

Start in Vancouver … and jump straight on an Aquabus to Granville Island where you can wander the bohemian streets and soak up a little culture Vancouver style. It’s a kind of farmers market / latte place where old industrial warehouses have been turned into galleries and shops. Cool!

If you want a little mainstream shopping then try Robson Street – ho0mke to the hip establishments and a place where you’ll also find a plethora of restaurant choices. Feeling a little outdoorsy and want to soak up some of that Canadian scenery? Then head out to Grouse Mountain. It’s around 20 minutes  from the CBD and boasts walks and hikes and good views in every direction.

Whistler is easy to get to from Vancouver and it’s a ski paradise. Depending on the spring weather though, you can head out for some serious scenery. It is stunning in winter and spectacular in summer. Views and vistas everywhere and a great little village to spend some time in.

The intrepid traveller in you should make the effort to go as far as Lake Louise. One of the most truly beautiful places in Canada, the famous Fairmont Château hotel is your destination, but, in this is case, the clichéd journey is indeed what its all about! If you’ve the time, (and the season is right) the drive from Vancouver is simply stunning but be warned – it’s around 490 miles and you should allow two full days so that you enjoy the full glory of the scenery every inch of the way. Once you’re there,  the Banff National Park in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada will embrace you with it’s grandeur.  The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and at the far end is a large glacier. Summer activities are of the hiking, biking, kayaking ilk and bring your camera – there are a million Kodak moments.

Canada is a stunner – we love it and so will you.

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Fancy some snow, some real snow?

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

Every ski bum has his or her favourite mountain; whether it be the back bowls at Vail or the crisp champagne powder in Chamonix but skiing is not just about the skiing. (It was, but you know, kids, spouse…) All of which is to say, you have to cater for everyone in the family. So let’s go through the list… excellent runs for you (comprising good cruisey runs to warm up on and get the knees flexing, quality blues to tempt you in to a little action and a black or two to get the blood running), a little shopping action for those not so captivated by the spectacular view from the gondola, and kid’s club for the mini-me’s.

And where do you find such a resort? Here’s a clue; they say ‘eh’ a lot and reckon their scenery’s the best in the world. Whistler, about two hours drive from Vancouver is a blast. The place is geared for skiers and boarders, loves ladies-who-love-to-shop and caters brilliantly for the kiddies.

Whistler and Blackcomb boast over 8,100 skiable acres. One vertical mile. Two mountains connected by a pedestrian Village. More than 200 trails. Three glaciers. 37 lifts. Twelve alpine bowls. Stay a week and you’ll still have about 75% of the mountain to discover next time. The coverage is brilliant at about 33 feet (yes!) of snow a year. Whistler Blackcomb is a skier’s mountain that’s equally friendly to those who prefer to indulge in the nocturnal or less strenuous activities. You’ll love it, we promise.

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