Americans living in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canadian residents of Vancouver are undoubtedly aware of the mountain paradise that lies two hours north along the Sea to Sky Highway. For those who haven’t yet had the opportunity, a wonderful vacation destination is nestled in the mountains in a village known to skiing enthusiasts all over the world as Whistler.
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Whistler, British Columbia is home to perhaps one of the best-known ski resorts in North America. The Whistler Blackcomb Resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding from fall until well into the spring months and regularly attracts visitors from Europe, Asia and Australia. Intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders in particular appreciate the exclusive access to big-mountain heli-skiing over 173 glaciers and 475 runs.
Summer visitors to Whistler will find a great deal more to do besides ski during their stay, and Whistler Village is an amazing destination even for non-skiers. A favorite family-friendly attraction during the summer months is the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, which offers riding lessons to children as young as five years and where children over the age of seven can ride with an adult. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola lift offers spectacular aerial views of Whistler Village as well as the surrounding glaciers, forests, peaks and valleys. Whistler’s progressive side is also evident in its array of gay-friendly accommodations and activities, including the legal recognition of same-sex weddings, a variety of summer pride events sponsored by LGBTQ Whistler and a long list of TAG-approved accommodations. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their best canine friends along for the trip, with pet-friendly attractions ranging from dog-friendly beaches and parks to the Dogfest held in late April in conjunction with the annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
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A variety of transportation options are available from Vancouver to Whistler. Weekend bus fares from downtown Vancouver to Whistler start at 53 CAD (51.37 USD), with shuttle fares starting at 56 CAD (54.28 USD). Whistler transportation is also available via taxi, 10-passenger charter van and a variety of luxury options. Transportation from Vancouver International Airport includes bus fares from 63 CAD (61.06 USD) and shuttle fares from 78 CAD (75.60 USD).
With amazing activities and a progressive-minded atmosphere, Whistler offers a summer vacation experience like no other. Both skiers and summer vacationers looking to have the time of their lives should plan their next big vacation in Whistler, British Columbia.
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