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British Columbia is Canada's westernmost province and is set between the Pacific Ocean in the west and the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the east. British Columbia generally enjoys a temperate climate but where there are mountains, there is snow. Renowned for the steep and the deep of its world-class ski terrain, BC bustled with energy during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For its visitors, BC offers not just outdoor adventure but cosmopolitan culture, world-class exhibitions, uptown shopping and fabulous dining. From sophisticated cities to breathtaking scenery, there is something for everyone in BC.

 

Campbell River

Located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island overlooking the Georgia Strait, Campbell River is known as "The Salmon Capital of the World". It is the ideal location for sport-fishing with all five species of Pacific Salmon found in its waters. Cambell River is the gateway to Northern Vancouver Island and the starting point for many whale and bear watching excursions. Other activities on offer here include hiking, cycling, climbing, kayaking and even white-water rafting.

There is a wealth of activities and attractions in Campbell River.  Shop, dine, visit museums and art galleries, walk along oceanside trails, try kayaking or go on a memorable wildlife viewing excursion in search of whales or bears. Campbell River is one of Canada's top salmon locations, making it a must-visit for game fishing enthusiasts.

 

Wildlife

Adventure tour companies bring the region's Orcas, grizzly bears, and marine life into camera range on wildlife viewing outings in spring, summer, and autumn.  There are grizzly bear watching day trips departing from here, or perhaps take a multi-day excursion to the world famous Knight Inlet.   

 

Where to Begin

Stop by the Campbell River Visitor Centre in the Tyee Plaza downtown for more information about things to do in town and surrounding Vancouver Island region. Pick up maps of the region and information sheets prepared by the centre's knowledgeable staff.

Kamloops

In the centre of British Columbia, Kamloops is the overnight stop-off point for the Rocky Mountaineer and is also close to the resort of Sun Peaks.With over 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, incredibly diverse landscape of covered hills, forested valleys and pristine lakes, a vibrant downtown and a convenient location, Kamloops is a great place to explore.

Kamloops, BC is a major hub in the Interior of BC with three major highways running through the city, as well as being serviced by several airlines, Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail. As the main stopover point for the Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops is a very vibrant city with a mix of unique shops, historic buildings and lots of outdoor activities to suit all such as championship golf courses, world-class skiing, fishing and much more. Kamloops is also known as Canada's Tournament Capital and in 2009 hosted 92 tournaments, numerous cultural events and national and international competitions. 

Kelowna

Nestled in a glorious range of mountains Kelowna lies in an area of pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and vineyards, sandy beaches, and superb amenities. Kelowna is the largest city on the shores of the stunning Okanagan Lake, a recreational paradise with miles of beautiful parkland and several sandy beaches that provide wonderful opportunities for swimming, boating, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Even Kelowna's main street ends at the lake! The region is becoming one of Canada's premier golf destination, with 17 courses ranging from easy-going to ego-shattering.  If you're a wine enthusiast, touring Kelowna is a must. There are more than 20 unique wineries offering tours and tastings for all palates.

Kelowna is the largest city in the Thompson Okanagan region of Central BC, famous for its orchards, vineyards, skiing, golf, deserts, mountains, valleys and everything in between.  The history and culture of the Thompson Okanagan region is strongly tied to the land.  Aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summers and settling into pit houses for the winter.  Europeans came at first to trade for furs and then to establish cattle ranches, farms and mining operations. The region is full of museums, heritage sites and artwork that bring this colourful past to life for visitors.

Okanagan Lake

The stunning Okanagan Lake spans 110km from north to the south.  The town of Vernon sits to the northern end with Penticton to the south.  Kelowna sits just about halfway between and the east and west sides of the lake are connected by the 5-lane William R. Bennett Bridge.  The Lake is welcoming and refreshing during the hot summer, but it also has its mysteries; tombs and lake creatures, hidden coves and isolated beaches, with around 30 beaches in total ranging in size and scope. Many are equipped with playgrounds, shops & restaurants and public facilities.

On the water itself you will find houseboats, ski boats, personal watercraft, sailboats, pedal boats, kayaks and canoes - there is almost every kind of craft for water enthusiasts. If being in or on the lake isn't your thing, romantic lakeside patio dining or a leisurely boardwalk stroll is an equally enjoyable way to enjoy the lake while staying dry.

About Kelowna

Relatively undiscovered, Kelowna is never too crowded despite playing host to visitors the world over.  The local Kelowna Airport may be the 10th busiest in Canada but is still small enough to be very easy to use and allows easy connects across Canada and North American.  It is just a 60-minute flight from Calgary or Vancouver and 70 minutes from Seattle.  Daily direct flights to Toronto are also available.

Kelowna has lots of accommodation options from luxury lakeside resorts to basic motels to suit all tastes and budgets.  The city has miles of beautiful parkland and several sandy beaches which provide wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming, water-skiing, windsurfing and fishing.  If you are a keen golfer, you can hit the links at one of the many golf courses nine months out of the year.  In winter, the snow-capped mountains and pine filled forests are a haven for skiers, boarders, snowmobilers and outdoor adventurists of all types and levels.

Orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive from the downtown core and provide seasonal delights year round.  You can pluck ripe cherries or juicy peaches from trees, or spend a day sampling the award-winning wares of the nearby internationally acclaimed wineries. The Spring, Summer and Fall Wine Festivals offer hundreds of activities focused on winemaking, tasting and touring. 

That’s not all. Kelowna’s growing Cultural District covers a six-block downtown area and features a concentration of galleries, museums, theatres, a casino, artists’ studios, fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life all year long. Prospera Place, a 6,000-seat multi-purpose facility that’s home to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, attracts major entertainers and events and is also located in the heart of the city. 

A trip to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for Ogopogo, the legendary lake monster that reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. The myth dates back to the Interior Salish Native people who exchanged stories of a lake creature, or “N’ha-a-itk”, over 100 years ago. The creature later became known as Ogopogo and purported sightings over the years continue to strengthen the legend. To “see” Ogopogo for yourself, be sure to visit the statue of the creature found on Bernard Avenue near Kelowna’s City Park.

Prince Rupert

Located on the coast of Northern British Columbia. VIA Rail's Skeena service travels between here and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains over 2 days via Prince George. Visitors often comment on the rich cosmopolitan culture found in the city and the community is home to a diverse group of people, with varied interests. Superb museums and outstanding attractions defy the small population and remote location, and daily life is enriched by an extraordinary visual and performing arts community.  The exceptional wildlife viewing, phenomenal sportfishing, top-notch attractions, and extensive options for outdoor activity make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a holiday.

Fishing 

British Columbia has long been famous for being one of the world's finest sport fishing destinations. Visitors also come to this province due to the spectacular beauty of the long coastline, with its countless islands, narrow fiords and white sand beaches. The province’s wild and lonely Pacific shores seem to go on forever. Prince Rupert was the former Halibut Capital of the World, well known for its abundance of fish especially halibut, salmon and crab. 

 Trails 

Prince Rupert offers many trails for visitors to explore, a very popular one is called the Butze Rapids trail. The trail winds through second and old growth forests, in the Coastal Western Hemlock zone. Many open muskegs and swamps are stunted due to poor growing conditions. Butze Rapids is a natural feature, which is due to the ebb and flow of the tide around Kaien Island causing the narrow body of water to reverse or change direction on the flood and ebb of each tide. The phenomenon of the reversing tidal rapids is most dramatic when there are extreme tide ranges and during peak flows between high or low water.

The Museum of Northern British Columbia

The Museum's beautiful large post and beam building are fashioned after the style of the Northwest Coast longhouse. Exhibits depict the 10,000 years of fascinating history and settlement on the North Coast. The Museum offers a variety of programs and services and the gift shop specializes in native art and jewellery and books on the North Coast.

Wildlife Viewing

Due to Prince Rupert's Coastal location, there are endless opportunities to sight wildlife in their natural habitat. You may wish to visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, home to some 50 grizzlies along with a number of Black Bears. In addition to bears, whales are plentiful in the waters around Prince Rupert. For many, the sight of humpbacks, grays, orcas, or minkes leaves an impression that will last a lifetime. The timing of your visit will determine what species you see. For those wildlife enthusiasts, you will not be disappointed on your trip to Prince Rupert. 

Sunshine Coast

This area of coastline is formed by a number of islands and inlets along the western side of British Columbia in the between the mainland and Vancouver Island linked by a number of car-ferry services. Stretching 110 miles (180 km) along the shores of the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, the Sunshine Coast has much to offer visitors. With its coastal mountain range, old growth forests, lakes and inlets, each stop along the Sunshine Coast offers visitors a unique sense of place, featuring local history, cultural heritage and natural attractions. Immerse yourself in marine activities such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, pleasure cruising, sports fishing, scuba diving, swimming, beachcombing and more!

The Sunshine Coast is known as British Columbia's best kept secret and is full of hidden gems waiting to be found. From hiking the famed Sunshine Coast Trail, watching the natural spectacle of the Skookumchuck Narrows or snowshoeing through old growth forest on Dakota Ridge. The Sunshine Coast is an all-season recreation destination offering a variety of activities. The Sunshine Coast's mild year-round climate provides options for fishing, golf, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, biking, boating, diving, swimming, skateboarding, birdwatching, backcountry snowshoeing and cross county skiing, air and marine tours and more. Below you will find some of the most popular activities.

Powell Forest Canoe Route

This renowned canoe route encompassing a semi-circle of 8 lakes and portages, 48 miles of canoeing and 6.4 miles of portaging. Along the route, you will find 20 recreation campsites, well-maintained portages and conveniently located canoe rests. You can comfortably canoe the route in 5 days but leave yourself ample time to complete the route. The best time to make the trip is between April and November, this is a fantastic way to explore the surrounding area.

Sunshine Coast Trail

Hike the 180 km renowned Sunshine Coast Trail where you can go from ocean shore to mountain ridge to lakeside and explore the majestic old-growth forest. The trail can easily be explored in smaller sections, or via one extraordinary multi-day hiking holiday.

 Princess Louisa Inlet

Visitors come from all over the world to see this magical fjord where as many as 60 waterfalls cascade down massive granite walls. Princess Louisa Inlet has a charm and scenic beauty that must be seen and experienced. This magnificent granite-walled gorge rises sharply from the water's edge to heights in excess of 2100 metres. Almost completely enclosed, the Inlet is 300 metres deep. Warm sun melting the mountain snowpack creates more than 60 waterfalls that cascade down precipitous walls to mingle with the waters below. Explore these beautiful falls by boat or floatplane for an unforgettable experience.

Skookumchuck Narrows

One of the greatest natural spectacles in British Columbia occurs in the Skookumchuck Narrows. Twice daily, nature puts on a show as the tide changes and the flow of saltwater switches, reversing the direction and power of these incredibly turbulent rapids. The difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other sometimes exceeds 9 ft in height, with 200 billion gallons of water flowing through the Skookumchuck Narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlets. The Sechelt Rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and, for extreme kayakers and divers, "Skook" is one of the great whitewater wonders of the world, attracting thrill-seekers from across the globe.

Tofino

Tofino is located on the rugged Pacific coastline on the western side of Vancouver Island. It is home to miles of sandy beaches and a great place to take a whale or black bear watching cruise aboard a zodiac boat. With a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and temperate rainforest, it is an area of awe-inspiring natural beauty.

 

Tofino Highlights

- Stunning beachfront hotels and lodges

- Whale and bear watching cruises

- Winter storm watching

- All season surfing

- Sea kayaking

Situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island by the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino is one of Western Canada's must-see destinations and should be included in any itinerary around Vancouver Island.

The Clayoquot Sound region where Tofino is located has been home to the Nuu-cha-nulth First Nations people for at least the last 5,000 years.  European contact came in the late 18th Century, and the townsite was named after a Spanish Hydrographer Vincente Tofino when it was established in 1909.  It wasn't until a logging road was built across the island from Port Alberni in 1959 that the area became accessible by road, though initially, this was only possible at weekends when the logging trucks weren't using the route.  Young people started making the journey across at weekends and many makeshift camps were set up in the Long Beach area forming the beginning of the town's surf culture.  In 1970, the area was designated as the Pacific Rim National Park, and after the road to Tofino was paved in 1972 it became part of the Trans Canada Highway, and its most Westerly point.

Today, Tofino and Clayoquot Sound get over 600,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy the surfing, see whales migrating between Baja to Alaska, Black Bears foraging in the nearby inlets, or just to relax in some of the excellent lodges and hotels in the region.

Getting There

The drive here is spectacular crossing the centre of Vancouver Island through the scenic Sutton Pass.  You can drive yourself or take the Tofino Bus or a private shuttle.  If you'd prefer to fly, take an amazing float plane flight to from Vancouver or Victoria.

Vancouver

Whether you’re looking for a back-to-nature adventure, a cultural city break, a culinary odyssey, or quite simply an unforgettable getaway, you’re going to love this hip, modern, laid-back metropolis with unique neighbourhoods. Check out some of these key excursions:

 

  • City Tour and the Lookout
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Granville Island Culinary Market Tour
  • Floatplane adventures

Welcome to Vancouver: Spectacular by nature

Vancouver is the gateway to the amazing natural beauty of British Columbia and Canada.  Located at the foot of the dazzling Coast Mountains and surrounded by glimmering waterways, it is one of the world’s most fortunate cities when it comes to setting. You get the best of both worlds: a cosmopolitan city right on the edge of nature’s playground. Tranquil kayaking by day; world-class dining at night.  A morning spent shopping followed by an afternoon exploring the west coast temperate rainforest. Vancouver may be easy to get to, but it’s hard to leave! You’ll need at least four days to really get to the heart of what Vancouver has to offer. Vancouver has a “wow” factor that captivates you from the moment you arrive.

Vancouver's Neighbourhoods

There are many different areas for visitors to stroll colourful sidewalks, savour spectacular settings and soak in a wide range of urban areas with roots in many different cultures and ways of life. Many of the neighbourhoods in Vancouver are located close to each other so it is easy to see many sides of this diverse city during your visit.  Here are a few of the key highlights.

Chinatown:  With its vivid colours, exotic cuisine and a vibrant culture, Vancouver's Chinatown is rich in history and architecture.  Just to the east of downtown, this is North America's third-largest Chinatown after New York and San Francisco. Highlights include the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Sam Kee Building (world's narrowest commercial building) and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

Gastown:  This is the birthplace of Vancouver. Initially, a settlement that sprung up around a tavern founded in 1867 by sailor and gold prospector John "Gassy Jack" Deighton. Its cobbled streets are lined with Victorian buildings that today house everything from souvenir shops and First Nations galleries to stylish boutiques. There are informational plaques placed along the streets telling the history behind many of the buildings and landmarks making Gastown ideal for a walking tour.

Granville Island: In the early 1900s, Granville Island was home to factories, plants and sawmills. Its official name was actually Industrial Island. Things are a little different now as it is both a locals’ favourite and a huge draw for visitors. At its centre is the Granville Island Public Market with many merchants selling seafood, fresh produce, cheeses and bread, it is one of North America’s best markets. There is also a theatre, many restaurants and unique cultural attractions drawing millions of people to the area each year.

Granville Street: In the heart of Vancouver, Granville Street is the city's main entertainment district. Countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs make this a popular late-night destination, particularly at the weekend. The Pacific Centre shopping mall, with Nordstrom Flagship store and many shops for people in search of the latest fashions, while the area between Robson and Alberni streets offers a diverse collection of boutique shops and luxury retailers.

West End: Close to Stanley Park, the West End is situated on Denman Street between Robson and Davie streets and bordered to the south by English Bay. Primarily a residential area, this is one of the most densely populated areas in all of Canada, with 40,000 people living in high-rise condos and apartments. Coffee shops, fine-dining restaurants and plenty of shopping will keep you entertained, and several beautiful parks and beaches are perfect for taking a leisurely stroll.

Robson Street: Head to Robson Street for shopping, strolling and people-watching. Here there is everything from big-name stores to funky independent boutiques. The main action is concentrated in the blocks from Burrard Street to Jervis Street, where stores line every inch of space along the sidewalk. There are also coffee shops, ethnic restaurants, sports bars and grills, fine dining and other eateries, so you're never far from a great place to stop and eat.

Yaletown: This waterfront community has experienced major revitalization since its rebirth as host of Expo '86. Formerly a warehouse district where textile shops and train yards provided little in the way of beauty or entertainment, Yaletown has been transformed into one of Vancouver's hippest areas, filled with sidewalk cafes, trendy restaurants, a thriving nightlife scene and intimate boutique hotels.

Commercial Drive: A confluence of countercultures makes "The Drive" the place to go for an urban experience with the young and hip Vancouver crowd. Formerly known as "Little Italy," this diverse neighbourhood is home to students, writers, artists and other bohemians. Lots of different restaurants offering every kind of cuisine imaginable makes this a great place to grab an authentic ethnic meal.

Kitsilano: In the 1960s, Kitsilano was Vancouver's hippy hangout, drawing comparisons to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. Today it still has plenty of culture, but its apartments and houses are now occupied by young urban professionals who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Centred on West Fourth Avenue and West Broadway you will find bookstores, ethnic restaurants, cafes and speciality retailers.

Punjabi Market: The cultural focal point of Vancouver's Indo-Canadian population, this is home to a unique collection of jewellery stores and fabric shops. Located around Main and East 49th, these five blocks make up one of the largest and most prosperous areas of the city's commercial sections. Inexpensive silks, groceries and 22-karat gold jewellery also draw visitors.

Wild about the outdoors

In Vancouver, nature is ever-present: mountains, just 20 minutes from downtown, loom over the city; and the fresh scent of the forest is in every breath. Locals are passionate about the “great outdoors,” and are only too happy to share that love with visitors. Ease into nature, just steps from your hotel, with a leisurely cycle around Stanley Park’s seawall or a walk through its urban rainforest. Get to know the region’s wilder inhabitants with a whale watching excursion, or visit Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife to see the resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola. Kayaking along the shoreline and beaches is a tranquil experience not to be missed while hiking the North Shore Mountains is an invigorating way to re-connect with nature. Those looking to quicken their pulse can zip-line above the trees, kite-surf off beaches, or try their hand at mountain biking. All of this and you’re still in the city! 

The grass is greener

Being environmentally-aware comes naturally to Vancouverites: if you love the outdoors as much as the locals, you understand the need to protect it. In fact, this is the city that founded Greenpeace in the 1970s and is home to renowned environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki. That’s why you’ll find sustainable practices enveloped into all facets of a visit to Vancouver. A highly-accessible transit system and a compact, walkable downtown make it easy and eco-friendly to get to attractions, restaurants and shopping. Restaurant menus are typically peppered with organic, local and seasonal ingredients, highlighting the farms and artisan producers that they come from. While hotels are required to follow strict environmental requirements, most of them go well above these as a matter of pride, building towards the City of Vancouver’s pledge to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. 

Victoria

Victoria is British Columbia's capital city located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, across the Johnstone Strait from mainland Canada. It has the mildest climate in Canada with gardens that bloom all year.  From here you can explore the wild beauty of the Pacific coast and take adventures in the great outdoors.  It is one of the best locations in the world for taking a whale watching cruise and a visit to the beautiful Butchart Gardens is a must.

Victoria Highlights & Attractions

  • Take a whale watching cruise
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
  • BC Parliament Buildings
  • Royal BC Museum
  • Boutique shopping
  • Brew-pubs & restaurants

This is a city where the charm of the old-world and British influences meet with new-world experiences.  With natural beauty on the Pacific Coast, old growth forests, floral gardens, magnificent mountains, sweeping views and the mildest climate in Canada, this is a year-round destination.  Established as Fort Victoria in 1843 by the Hudson's Bay Fur Trading Company it was incorporated as a city in 1862.

Gardens

Victoria is Canada's Garden City attracting garden enthusiasts from around the world who come to see the beautiful public and private gardens on display year round.  The most famous is the spectacular Butchart Gardens which is a must for all visitors to the city.

Food & Drink

Victoria has the 2nd highest number of restaurants per capita in North America making it a culinary paradise.  Many chefs use the freshest local ingredients from Vancouver Island when preparing their menus.  The area is home to wineries, cideries, distilleries, brew-pubs and microbreweries and produces award-winning wines, handcrafted ales, organic meats, edible flowers and herbs, fresh seafood and gourmet delicacies. 

Outdoor Activities

Ocean coastline, old growth forests and abundant marine life combine with exciting outdoor activities making Victoria and Vancouver Island an ideal destination for the adventurous. The mild climate means there are plenty of activities to do year round including whale and wildlife watching, boat tours, walking tours, kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, ziplining, golfing, fishing, sailing, diving, surfing and much more.

Heritage Arts & Culture

There are many museums and art galleries in and around Victoria.  Learn about the history of British Columbia and the ancient cultures of the First Nations at the Royal BC Museum.  Discover the city's maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of BC and see over 15,000 objects d'art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  The city has an impressive heritage with Canada's oldest Chinatown, narrowest street and the oldest licensed brewpub in the country.

Whistler

The year-round resort of Whistler is one of Canada's premier ski resorts in winter and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts in summer. Nestled in the spectacular Coast Mountains less than two hours from Vancouver, British Columbia, the impressive two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb and surrounding forested valleys, rivers and lakes, makes the resort ideal for countless outdoor adventures. 

Whistler Highlights

  • Winter: Skiing, snowboarding, dog sledging & snowmobiling.
  • Summer: Mountain biking, zip lining, hiking, golfing, wildlife viewing
  • Superb hotels
  • Excellent nightlife
  • World class restaurants

Whistler Information & Facts

Getting to Whistler - Flights to Vancouver, Canada are available from many major cities around the world. Options for transportation from Vancouver to Whistler include daily bus service from the Vancouver International Airport and from downtown Vancouver, limousine charter or a unique rail ride on the Whistler Mountaineer train (seasonal). Floatplane (seasonal) or helicopter flights from Vancouver to Whistler can offer a bird’s-eye view of the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky landscape. The journey from Vancouver to Whistler whether it’s accomplished by road along the Sea to Sky Highway, by rail or by air — is extraordinarily scenic.

Whistler Village - Experience Whistler’s famous hospitality as you explore its pedestrian-friendly Village, nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a quaint bed and breakfast or a four-star hotel, a local coffee shop or a luxurious spa, a vibrant outdoor patio with live music or a quiet and cosy lounge with a roaring fire, you’ll find it in Whistler Village.

Arts & Culture - Whistler has many art galleries and shows, musical entertainment and performing arts, literary events, photography and film exhibitions, and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre all add an invaluable dimension to Whistler’s animated atmosphere. Open to the public, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre showcases and celebrates the joint history of the local Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations, past and present, by offering a unique glimpse into their histories, creative works and cultures.

Whistler Weather - In July and August, which are typically Whistler’s warmest summer months, average temperatures in the Village usually range from a low of 11 degrees Celsius to a high of 27 degrees Celsius. In January, which is typically Whistler’s coldest winter month, average temperatures in the Village usually range from a low of -8 degrees Celsius to a high of -2 degrees Celsius.

Low Altitude - The elevation of Whistler’s skiable terrain allows most visitors to arrive and start skiing or snowboarding without needing to get used to the altitude first which can be an issue at other mountain ski resorts.

Accommodation - Choose from a range of hotels, condominiums, pensions, bed & breakfasts and chalets — there are approximately 8,000 rooms in Whistler

Trails - Numerous hiking, cross-country skiing and biking trails throughout the Whistler Valley

Summer Fun - A variety of summer activities provides opportunities to experience Whistler’s mountains, valley, lakes and village. Whistler’s summer activities are typically offered from May to October

Winter Playground - Abundant snow and lots of winter activities both on and off the slopes make Whistler an unforgettable place to play in winter. Whistler’s winter activities are typically offered from November to April.

High-Tech Lifts - 38 lifts including the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

Most Terrain - 3,307 hectares of skiable terrain — the most in North America.

Wellbeing - A variety of spas, salons and therapeutic treatment services are available to recharge your mind & body

Shopping Paradise - Shopping in Whistler satisfies both the casual browser and those who love to shop, with a combined total of approximately 200 shops, boutiques and galleries located in Whistler Village and in Whistler Creekside.  Find everything from those one-of-a-kind vacation mementoes that you treasure forever to all of the everyday essentials and adventure gear that you might need while you’re here. Examples of brands that can be found in stores throughout Whistler Village include Helly Hansen, The North Face, Rossignol, Salomon, Atomic, Volkl, Columbia, Patagonia, Arc’teryx and many more.

Dining and Après Ski  - From a quick snack to elegant fine dining, or from North American to international fare, Whistler has a wide variety of over 90 restaurants. Then savour your evening at a lively pub, at a sophisticated lounge, or dancing to a live band or DJ.