The beautiful ski town of Whistler is about 1 hour and 30 minutes north of Vancouver. We were fine with the 40 degree unseasonable weather for December, as we are not avid skiers. With that said, it is an amazing place even if you do not hit the slopes. The town had a busy holiday vibe and we got to experience a lot in two days.
WALK WHISTLER VILLAGE/ WHISTLER BLACKCOMB MOUNTAINS
Whistler Village has a true ski town feel and is located at the bottom of stunning Blackcomb Mountains. There is something for everyone from shopping, ice skating, movie theater, patios, and Apre Ski stops! We stayed at the Whistler Peak Lodge, which was perfectly located in town, had parking, and an indoor hot tub area.
Calling all thrill seekers to take a leap of faith! I would have regretted this not jumping 160ft (50 meters) over the glacial fed Cheakamus River. The Whistler Bungee Bridge is surrounded by basalt column cliffs and old growth forest, combined with the breathtaking peak of Black Tusk in the background. We were lucky enough to book the day of, as the weather was perfect. Being a first timer, the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The jump is $140 per person, and $30 extra for all the photos air dropped to you by a professional photographer. Truly an unforgettable experience and such an adrenaline rush!
BRANDYWINE FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK
If you're driving the sea to sky highway it is worth making a short stop to take a look at this impressive waterfall. The hike to the falls lookout point is not that long. Well worth the time to check them out, however the hike down to the base of the falls is about 45 minutes and a bit of a pain. This area is dog friendly and would be a great spot for a picnic in the summer.
SHANNON FALLS, Squamish Park
The Shannon Falls are located on the drive up to Whistler, which is a nice stop to stretch your legs. The falls are beautiful even on the rainy day we went. It's a small walk from the parking lot to the falls 5-10 minutes. There are 2 paths, one that follows the stream coming off the falls, and the other which is not as steep and can be used by wheelchairs and walkers. The views of the falls from either route are nice. There is a nice viewing area of the falls and also a beautiful picnic area.
WHISTLER TRAIN WRECK HIKE
This easy hike took about 20 minutes each way, and was well worth it. Before reaching the Whistler Train Wreck site you will cross the newly built Cheakamus River Suspension Bridge, also known as the Train Wreck Bridge.
On the other side of the bridge are several box cars from a trainwreck that was believed to happen in the 1950s. However, for many years it was mystery how they actually got to the location. The Whistler Museum found out there was indeed a crash and once the cars were pried loose the damaged cars were dragged up the tracks and rolled over into the forest where they remain today. Covered in graffiti, it is now an outdoor art gallery that is beautifully mysterious.
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COAST MOUNTAIN BREWING
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