With all the excitement of the mountains opening it can be easy to forget there is more to Whistler. We love a good day of skiing or riding as much as the next person but a break from the hill for a day out ziplining can elevate your vacation, here's why:
BC is home to a portion of the Coastal Temperate Rainforest which is one of the richest and most diverse temperate forests in the world. This type of rainforest popped up after the regression of the ice age and is now a rarity on global standards, currently covering only 10% of the earth. This is the forest we work and play in.
At the heart of Whistler lies the spirit of adventure, the urge to explore. This town attracts people from all over the world who hear the same call – get out there, see what's beyond that bend, climb up that peak, find the best line – make every moment count. Marchy, Lead Guide at Ziptrek (and the man behind Kingfisher Blue Productions) has put together some of our team's favourite of those moments from the season. Enjoy!
Whistler is home to many glaciers which carved out and shaped the valley during the last Ice Age. These forces of nature receded to the mountain tops where they continue to slowly transform the landscape. What is a glacier? A glacier is defined as “a slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.”
You can find them on the mountainside munching away, across the golf courses lazing in the sun or even in the trees teaching their young to climb. So just what kind of bears are they? Black bears or, Ursus americanus. Don’t let the name fool you though, these bears aren’t just black, they vary in colour from black to light brown. They are smaller in size than BC’s other famous bear species, the Grizzly bear. The Black bear is a far more common sight in Whistler, with Grizzlies only been occasionally spotted in the backcountry - they prefer to stay far away from civilization. Although the bears share a common habitat, the two species split common ancestry over 5 million years ago.
A bus or a shuttle is your greenest option for getting to Whistler, the services reduce the amount of emissions more cars on the road would create. A bonus to taking a bus or shuttle is you can sit back, relax, and take-in the incredible scenery, the Sea to Sky Highway is rated one of the best drives in the world. If one of the services doesn’t work for you, you can look for rideshares or rent a car yourself and offer seats through websites like Hitch Planet.
Family Day is a relatively new holiday for Canadians, originally proposed in the 1990s it wasn't until 2013 that British Columbians celebrated their first official Family Day. The holiday was created to give everyone time off to spend with their loved ones between the large break in statutory holidays of New Years and Easter.