Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cities Less Traveled: The Wild Side of Whistler

Whistler truly is a wonderland for wild adventures. There are so many things to do that it is worth going off the beaten ski paths to experience new and different thrills. SeveralWhistler hotels even have discount adventure packages that come with scheduled activities and tours.   

Bungee Jumping

It might just be one of the most extreme year round activities you can experience in Whistler, but it sure is unforgettable and exhilarating. Imagine standing on a bridge 160 feed over a glacial fed river. First, you take in the awesome scenery of Cheakamus River’s rapids, basalt column cliffs, and thick, old growth forests. Then comes the adrenaline pumping jump, which you can do by yourself or in tandem with a friend. Talk about getting wild in Whistler; you will be awestruck. And just in case you are a little nervous, Whistler Bungee has an unblemished safety record.

Photo by The Global Couple via trover.com

Whitewater Rafting

You can get up close and personal with Cheakamus River’s rapids through a summer whitewater rafting trip. Flowing with the river’s glacial melt water is an encounter that is too thrilling to put into words.  The surrounding scenery and ever changing rapids are invigorating. If you are not sure about riding rough rapids and prefer a more relaxing experience, there are trips available on gently flowing areas of the river. There are also rafting trips on Green River and Elaho River.

Photo by Joe via trover.com 

Dog Sledding

If you feel like going wild backcountry-style during the winter in Whistler, a dog sledding adventure can’t be beat for its uniqueness. While the scenery is amazing everywhere in Whistler, seeing the backcountry wildlife, forests, and mountain views from a dogsled offers an exceptional perspective. You learn all about the dogs’ commands and how to get them set up, and then a professional musher takes you on tour. If you are venturesome, you can even mush your own team.

Photo by Scuba Mami via trover.com

Seaplane Tours

Want to see all of the mountains, glaciers, rivers, and lakes from a bird’s-eye-view? From May through September, a seaplane tour takes you above it all. Glaciers look like natural, multi-colored ice sculptures when you get close to them in the air; you will be awed. It is also interesting to see the Olympic venues and the Olympic rings from the sky. Of course it should go without saying that simply taking off and landing in the picturesque lakes around Whistler is a wild and wonderful experience in and of itself.

Photo by Brad Silverberg via trover.com

Wild End to the Day

The perfect ending to a day of outdoor adventures is a night of indoor adventures. Conveniently, some of Whistler’s more happening bars are located in hotels, so you won’t have far to walk after a wild night. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre’s Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Crystal Lodge & Suites’ Crystal Lounge, and, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa’s Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille are some hot spots you will want to check out.

Photo by Tom Owens via trover.com

No matter which adventures you choose, you are sure to be wild about Whistler and want to visit again and again.

This post was written as part of the #HipmunkCityLove project. 

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