The Whistler/Blackcomb area north of Vancouver, BC is well-known as nature’s playground during the snowy winter months, when guests can enjoy the winter wonderland by ski, snowboard, snowmobile and more. It’s also infamous as an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise in summer, where the lifts carry bikers instead of skiers, and the long days provide great opportunities to enjoy the fresh alpine landscape.
But few of our guests to the Vancouver region realize that Whistler is a great addition to a shoulder season itinerary as well, in Spring and Fall. It’s an easy day trip for those staying in Vancouver for conventions or meetings, and plenty to do for incentive guests who want to make an overnight excursion out of it.
Here’s a sampling of some of the great activities to be enjoyed during the quieter shoulder seasons of early Spring and late Fall.
ATV / SNOWMOBILE HYBRID TOURS
As the snow melts away in the Spring, or as the first snowy dustings of Fall, enjoy a trip that combines the summer activity of ATV riding with wintertime snowmobiling. You can start out riding an ATV at lower elevations, then once you reach the snowmen, switch to a snowmobile to explore the alpine landscape.
A unique and thrilling way to experience the spectacular beauty of Whistler! Glide over glistening creeks and among the lush old growth forest while your lungs fill with the freshest air on a biplane adventure.
Located just 15 minutes outside of Whistler Village is Whistler Bungee, British Columbia’s highest year-round jumping operation. Bungee jump from the edge of a bridge, dropping 53 meters (160 feet) over the Cheakamus River, which is fed by glaciers from the surrounding mountains.
SQUAMISH LIL-WAT CULTURAL CENTRE
This spectacular venue houses fascinating exhibits displaying the arts and crafts of local First Nations people, offering a great introduction into the local culture any time of year. It also is a unique and beautiful venue for staging private events.
These are just a few examples of the myriad options we can offer your group as part of an incentive, meeting, convention or event. In other words, no matter what time of year you visit Vancouver, it’s always a good time to head up to Whistler!
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