Its summertime in Canada’s number one ski resort and Ben is about to high-tail his way around from the lakes to the mountains.
Whistler is one of North America's top ski resorts, but it is also immensely popular in summer and offers plenty of adventures and outdoor activities.
Many Australians head there for work and play in both seasons and generally there is a lot of good-natured camaraderie between them and the Canadians.
Whistler Village was built for tourism early in the 1980s. Its centre is for pedestrians only; it has lots of outdoor eating and drinking places. Most of the 10,000 permanent residents live in outlying areas, so visitors pretty much have the village to themselves.
The village is at the foot of Whistler Mountain. Just across Fitzsimmons Creek is Blackcomb Mountain, where summer and winter activities take place.
Resorts, hotels and stores blend together like an ultra-modern shopping mall. Hotels like castles and buildings faced with quarried stone create a theme park image.
Fishing, as you would expect, is extremely popular in summer. Valley Fishing Guides specialises in remote wilderness fly fishing trips. The area is home to several species of salmonids, including rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, cutthroat trout, steelhead and five types of salmon. Experienced guides cater to both experienced and novice fishers using fly, spin, bait casting and trolling.
Ziptrek offers an amazing journey, riding on a series of five flying fox cables connected by a network of aerial stairways, bridges and ground based trails. You glide along a cable, using a pulley and wearing a full-body climbing harness and helmet. The first zipline is short and low to the ground and gives first-timers the chance to try it out. The rest become increasingly higher and longer.
The ziptrek area covers 11 hectares of beautiful coastal temperate rainforest, home to roaming bears, cougars and marmots. The beauty of Fitzsimmons Creek's raging waters and the forest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains is below you. Tours run throughout the day, year round, in almost any weather. There are heaters on the platforms, as well as boots and snowmobile suits to keep you warm.
Canadian All Terrain Adventures provide many adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. Tours depart Whistler and climb to the top of mountains, the depths of valleys, blasting through mudpits while enjoying colourful spring wildflowers or brilliant autumn foliage, as well as spotting wildlife.
In spring and autumn they take combo tours. Board your ATV in Whistler Village and ride to the snow line. There you trade for a mountain snowmobile and go high into the alpine. Views are magnificent. An easier trip is to the top of Blackcomb to enjoy a salmon barbecue.
Listel Whistler Best Western Hotel in the heart of Whistler Village is just three storeys high, with 98 rooms. Its Bear Foot Bistro & Wine Bar has award-winning cuisine and a secluded cigar room. Guests relax in the heated, outdoor jacuzzi and pool. From here it's a short stroll to Whistler Square, for galleries, entertainment and an excellent choice of dining.
Around two hours north of Vancouver
Qantas flies daily to Los Angeles, with Alaska Airlines codeshare connections to Vancouver, starting at $2858 from Sydney, $2669 from Melbourne and Brisbane, $2961 from Adelaide, $3350 from Darwin and $3483 from Perth, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Listel Whistler Best Western Hotel rooms start at around $100 per couple.
Valley Fishing trips start at around $155 per person.
Ziptrek Ecotours start at around $105 per person.
Canadian All Terrain Adventures start at about $105 per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
Listel Whistler Best Western Hotel
4121 Village Green
Whistler BC V0N 1B4
Ph: 0011 1 604 932 1133
Fax: 0011 1 604 932 firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Fishing Guides Ltd.
1477 Judd Road
Brackendale, BC V0N 1T0
Canadian All Terrain Adventures
4282 Mountain Square
Whistler BC V0N 1B4
Ph: 0011 1 604 938 1616
Fax: 0011 1 604 938 1618www.cdn-snowmobile.com
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