Whether you are considering getting away this coming April when Whistler celebrates its 20th anniversary, or choose the Victoria Day long week-end between 15-18 May, you might come across some special and unexpected bonuses. During the two hours’ scenic drive from Vancouver along the Sea to Sky corridor on our way to Whistler, we made a photo pit stop at the delightful 70m Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.
For limitless Four Season outdoor activities, visit Whistler in British Columbia, home to two side-by-side world class mountains, namely Whistler and Blackcomb, offering more than 200 marked ski runs on endless terrain and boasts with three stunning glaciers. No wonder it is referred to as the Multisport Mecca
The natural beauty and unique mountain lifestyle offer an ideal Spring Escape. Whether one is an adrenaline junkie, a foodie or an art connoisseur, Whistler will certainly not disappoint!
Spring events in Whistler
Whistler’s April Ski and Sun Festival celebrates the unique mountain culture, and covers 10 days of awesome events, free outdoor concerts, sunny aprés ski get-togethers and a non-stop nightlife. Then, a month later on May 20-23, three days are set aside for the outdoor GoFest with contests, concerts and a lot of cameraderie. Top athletes are expected for Spring skiing events and the tough Whistler Triathlon. Competitors and spectators gather at the Skiers’ Plaza, where the atmosphere is encouraged by lively band music. This Snow, Earth, Water Race includes skiing, mountain biking, running, and canoeing.
All year round outdoor events in Whistler
Perfect for a visit any time of the year, Whistler and Blackcomb also attract visitor with autumn, spring and summer activities, such as golfing, riding, hiking, paddle boarding and fishing. Not to mention daredevil bungee jumping and snowmobiling! For a glimpse of wildlife, such as bears, eagles and beavers, the river paddling on the River of Golden dreams can be recommended.
Whistler’s visitor’s centre recommends other popular year-round activities, like the 11 kilometre Peak to Creek trail, all the way from top of the mountain to the base. The Peak 2 Peak ski gondola is the highest lift of its kind in the world and offers magnificent views. For yet another adrenalin rush, why not try the Superfly Ziplines, undertake a Ziptrek Ecotour, join the Valley Trail, or explore Cougar Mountain terrain?
The 30 minute Blackcomb horse-drawn sleigh ride is just as exhilarating for families and offers passengers mugs of hot chocolate as bonus! Here at Blackcomb one can learn how to ride a snowmobile, or try out a fun Coca Cola Tube run. Another fun festivity for all, is the Slush Cup when volunteers dress up to jump as far as they can across a slushy ice pool.
For families the batting cages and go-karts at Whistler’s Family Adventure Zone keep the kids active and happy! We bravely tried to bobsleigh, but for the luge we were a bit too apprehensive! At Skitch we picked up some perfect Canadian keepsake gifts. The Squamish Lil’wat Centre is highly recommended for a dose of First Nations’ art and culture.
Cosmopolitan Whistler village itself has a free outdoor skating rink, the Olympic Plaza , and the Skandinave spa where you can indulge in wonderful relaxing massages. The pedestrian-only village is lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants, art galleries and workshops, boutiques, and various venues offer a vibrant nightlife.
On the Whistler Tasting Tour we could sample food at various restaurants and cafes, which helped us a lot with choosing where to take our special meals, eg Creekbread, Wildwood Cafe , Christine’s Garfunkel’s pub and Quattro bistro where we ordered the tasty Spaghetti Quattro.
Now that Spring has already sprung, days are longer and the weather becomes milder, look no further than Whistler for your Easter outdoor breakaway!
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