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Whistler | British Columbia

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Whistler Sliding Centre

The Whistler Sliding Centre is the only place in Canada where the general public can try bobsleighing, and visitors can do so on an actual Olympic track.

Visitors can reach speeds of up to 125km/hr and feel the acceleration of up to 4 g-forces. The passenger bobsleigh runs during any conditions, rain or shine.

The Whistler Sliding Centre is located on Whistler Blackcomb near Whistler Village. The Whistler Sliding Centre was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics’ bobsled, luge and skeleton tracks. Entry is free, but there are bobsled or skeleton rides available for a charge.

Photo: U.S. Army WCAP, Wikimedia Commons

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Whistler Train Wreck Hike

As the name suggests, Whistler Train Wreck Hike is known for its train cars, which were moved to the site in 1956 after falling off a nearby track that was under repair.

The path also has breathtaking views across the suspension bridge while offering views of the Cheakamus River.

The area used to be off-limits because access to the site had involved walking along the railway tracks. With the new suspension bridge, the Whistler Train Wreck Hike is a great trail to go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or snap some pictures.

Photos: Billy Bush, Wikimedia Commons; vancouvertrails.com

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Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler Blackcomb is a snowboarder or skier’s dream come true. Whistler Blackcomb consists of two mountains that cover over 8,100 acres of slopes. This includes 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks and over 200 trails.

The Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer many lodging, dining and activities that can appeal to the whole family. Other activities involve helicopter skiing, snowmobile trips, snowshoeing, tubing, dog sledding, ziplining and more. During the summer months, biking, hiking, canoeing and whitewater rafting are also options.

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Peak 2 Peak Whistler Gondola

The Peak 2 Peak Experience is the longest and highest gondola in the world.

At 1,427 feet above the valley floor, this gondola spans the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The Guinness World Recording-breaking gondola provides incomparable views of the mountain peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers.

The gondola is a 4.4km/2.7mile 11-minute journey that enables individuals to transfer mountains to ride both mountains or allow visitors to take rides to enjoy dining at restaurants such as the Umbrella Bar, or Christine’s Restaurant.

Photo: Taichi,T, Wikimedia Commons

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Olympic Plaza

The Whistler Olympic Plaza is a venue for outdoor concerts during the summer months and ice-skating during the winter months. It is a common place for the community to enjoy lunch, enjoy recreational activities, or simply relax with breathtaking views.

The plaza was built for the 2010 Winter Olympics and was designed for individuals all over the world to enjoy.

The Whistler Olympic Plaza is the very spot where athletes received their medals at the nightly victory ceremonies.

Today, the artwork and Olympics memorabilia makes it an attractive place to visit. The Olympic Lightning Figure totem that towers over the plaza honours the Olympic legacy and pays homage to the Squamish and Lil’wat people.

Photo: Ruth Hartnup from Vancouver, Wikimedia Commons

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Lost Lake Park

Lost Lark Park is located northeast of Whistler, and is the perfect spot for cross-country skiing, hiking, or beachgoers.

Lost Lake Park is 525 acres and offers 15 miles of trails for skiers and snowshoers, and nearly

62 miles are available for biking or hiking. The park also has barbeques for those wanting to eat and offers canoe and paddleboard rentals. With the beautiful surroundings that consist of trees, mountain parks, and grass, this is an ideal stop for anyone.

Dogs are not permitted at Lost Lake Park Beach, but Canine Cove is a designated off-leash area at Lost Lake Park.

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Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

This cultural centre pays tribute to the region’s two First Nations native tribes, the Squamish and Lil’wat nations.

The cultural centre has artwork, interactive exhibits, films, and crafts. On-site ambassadors of Squamish or Lil’wat descent will tell captivating stories about their history, legends and ceremonies.

Photos: Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, Wikimedia Commons; whistler.com

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Audain Art Museum

The Audain Art Museum is a unique-looking building built in 2016.

The museum houses a permanent collection of artworks from creators from all over British Columbia. The AAM boasts an excellent collection of historical First Nations masks and houses examples of the Vancouver photo conceptualism movement.

The museum also houses “The Dance Screen” which is an enormous, cedar piece by Haida master carver, James Hart. The Dance Screen dominates the first gallery and weighs 5.5 tons. It is the largest self-standing dance screen in the world and pays homage to the salmon, which gives life to others animals depicted in the carving.

Photos: facebook.com/AudainArtMuseum

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Whistler Museum

The Whistler Museum is a unique museum that provides itself on showing visitors a side of Whistler they never knew. The museum showcases Whistler’s stories from the fun-loving pioneers, to the creation of Whistler Blackcomb, to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. There are a few interactive exhibits that let visitors dress up or touch pieces of Whistler’s history.

The museum has a mural painted on one side. The mural was painted by local artist Kris Kupskay who features Whistler’s most famous pioneer, Myrtle Phillip, who built Rainbow Lodge in 1914.

The museum also offers a number of regular guided walking tours of the historic points of interest around the resort area, nature hikes, craft programs for kids, and educational seminars.

Photo: facebook.com/WhistlerMuseum

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Scandinave Spa Whistler

Although there are other spas available in Whistler, none can match the mountain-Zen Scandinave Spa.

The 25,000 sq ft outdoor spa is nestled on 3 acres of land with beautiful views to be found. This spa is a series of Nordic-style outdoor hot and cold pools and waterfalls connected by landscaped paths and atriums. The spa’s atriums offer saunas, steam rooms and loungers.

The spa offers Swedish, restorative, deep tissue, RMT, prenatal and couples’ massages and hydrotherapy. The spa also offers a bistro, solariums, hammocks, fireplaces, a yoga studio, and more.

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