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Whistler, one of the world’s great resort towns, is an easy drive or scenic trail ride north of Vancouver. Surrounded by magnificent snowcapped peaks, the valley features dense green forests, transparent lakes, sparkling rivers, and an upscale, cosmopolitan village right in the middle of it all. Although best known for winter sports, Whistler is a year-round resort in all senses of the term. Among the abundant summertime recreation opportunities are riding the Peak 2 Peak gondola; lift-served hiking and glacier skiing and snowboarding; biking through the valley and mountains; water activities on five lakes; horseback riding; golfing on some ...

Whistler, one of the world’s great resort towns, is an easy drive or scenic trail ride north of Vancouver. Surrounded by magnificent snowcapped peaks, the valley features dense green forests, transparent lakes, sparkling rivers, and an upscale, cosmopolitan village right in the middle of it all. Although best known for winter sports, Whistler is a year-round resort in all senses of the term. Among the abundant summertime recreation opportunities are riding the Peak 2 Peak gondola; lift-served hiking and glacier skiing and snowboarding; biking through the valley and mountains; water activities on five lakes; horseback riding; golfing on some of the world’s best resort courses; rock climbing at the Stawamus Chief mountain; and fishing, rafting, and canoeing on the rivers. The more sedentary summer visitor can simply stay in bustling Whistler Village and enjoy a plethora of outdoor cafes and restaurants, browse the many boutiques, or spend the day at a spa.

Andrew Hempstead
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Over the last 20 years, Andrew Hempstead has authored and updated more than 60 guidebooks for Avalon Travel, Frommer’s, Michelin, Odyssey, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and Sasquatch Books, including many books on Canada.

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  • Location: Whistler is a Canadian resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia, Canada, approximately 125 km (78 mi) north of Vancouver.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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