As we learned from our past Creature Feature: Things that go Bump in the Night, the coastal temperate rainforest is home to a few formidable nocturnal creatures like cougars, owls, and bats. So this Halloween, we're here to warn you about two more creatures that you might be spooked to come across in the night...
The International Earth Strike and Global Climate Action Strike are both taking place today in cities all over the world. In Whistler, our high school students have organized a climate protest of their own that will begin at noon in Lost Lake Park. With all of this inspirational action happening around us today, we thought it would be the perfect time to introduce our new GREEN team, the Ziptrek Giants, who have been volunteering to help with various eco-friendly initiatives throughout the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
The hustle-bustle days of summer have passed and the powder hounds of winter have yet to arrive, but we'll let you in on a little secret... this can be the best time of year for a Whistler adventure. Here are our top 5 reasons fall is a favourite time for Ziptrekking through the rainforest:
Scientifically known as Ursus Americanus, the American black bear is the smallest native bear to North America. Although they are smaller than the grizzly or brown bear (Ursus arctos) and the polar bear (Ursus maritimus), an adult black bear averages 130-190 cm (50-75") long from nose to tail and approximately 90 cm (35") from foot to shoulder when on all fours. Male black bears typically weigh between 130-500 lbs, while females are slightly smaller and weigh between 90-350 lbs.
Are you ready for the ultimate zipline experience? Spanning a mind-blowing distance of +2 Kms, The Sasquatch® is our most epic zipline tour with spectacular views and 7,000 feet of pure eco-exhilaration! Your adventure begins at our check-in area in the Upper Village beside the New Blackcomb Gondola. (Note: This check-in is for The Sasquatch® tour ONLY. To check-in for all other tours please visit our kiosk at the Carleton Lodge.
Spring in Whistler is usually one of the most refreshing times of the year. Our average temperature falls anywhere between 0-16 degrees Celsius and each day brings an uncertain mix of sunshine, clouds, and/or rain. Higher up on the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains there’s even a chance of snow!
On February 25th, Ziptrek was able to share an exclusive screening of The Radicals movie with the filmmaker himself, Brian Hockenstein, and Latoya and Florence Jack of the Xwisten First Nation in attendance. Beyond a typical movie viewing experience, this evening treated 30 excited guests to an event loaded with some extras!
All three of these wild cats are larger than your average house cat, and stay active through all seasons of the year. The Bobcat and Canada Lynx are the only two native bob-tailed cats in North America, while the Cougar is Canada's only long-tailed native cat. It is possible, but quite rare, to see any one of these three wild cats in the Whistler area.