There are five lakes in the vicinity of Whistler Resort - Green Lake, Alta Lake, Alpha Lake, and Nita Lake. Of these, Green Lake is the largest and nearest to Whistler. I took a drive to Green Lake one autumn morning and was enchanted by the tranquility of the lake. The name is derived from the greenish hue of the lake. There are seaplanes on the lake which you can charter for scenic flights in and around Whistler and all the way to Vancouver.
I was skeptical this would be fun. The wife signed us up and it turned out to be a blast. Like all the other tours they provide everything including transportation to and from the village.
Since my kids were young we didn't do the full zip adventure sliding back and forth thru the trees. We treked 80-150ft above the valley in some great old growth trees between Whistler and Blackcomb. Watching the zippers looked like a blast. They got 4 rides across the valley going way to fast.. Too bad my boys weren't up for it.
IN the summer biking is the thing. If you are a daredevil you can't beat the downhill course they put togather. If you are into leisure biking the valley bike routes are beautiful yet fun for the kids. Bring a picnic lunch and you can fill a couple days with biking.
Can't bring a bike, have no fear, they rent it all here, even the body amour to protect you on your mountain decents!
Its another one of the heavily advertised activities. A good family break activity from skiing. I think the people doing this was Mountain Adventures.
Like all the advertised activities they pick you up from your hotel and take you for a 30' bus ride to the site. They provide gloves, boots, helmet and take you on the advertised length ride.
We paid extra for the opportunity for our boys to ride the mini snow mobile. This is an overpriced photo op. The kids get like two or three rounds on a fixed course. The snow mobile goes real slow ( or should I say too slow to be "fun") Not surprising giving the concern with law suites and things. I guess if you must have a picture of your child riding or he is clamoring to try they you gotta to it. But afterwards you'll be saying I paid what for that!
The overall guides were great as was the ride into the mountains. There was nothing special about the views nor the route. Just a snowmobile ride... but dollar for dollar okay except for the kids snowmobile thing.
This was a packaged evening sleigh ride / dinner package.
Shuttle picks you up for an evening sleigh ride that takes you to a hut for some hot chocolate and entertainment. Afterwards our package included a dinner at the Bavaria Resturant.
Sleigh ride and entertainment were umm how should I say okay. Not spectacular not oversold. Its a sleigh ride with no special scenary beyond the mountain. After having skied from the top how can a middle mountain view impress.
What was great was we got introduced to Bavaria. Now we make it a point to eat here every time we visit.
Meadow Park is a community rec facility about 15' outside of the upper village. There is a huge swimming pool with some additional kids play area with a fountains and other things to entertain the small ones. Makes for a great afternoon to do some ice skating followed by a couple hours of water fun. A great ski break day.
Inside Whistler Village is on par if not better than Squaw Valley ski resort and there's lots to see and do here.
Getting here is half the fun as the journey is scenic and breathtaking in many areas.
Once inside the village there is no shortage of places to shop, eat, drink, or just relax and take in the surroundings.
For activities, again, there is no shortage. The day I was there Whistler-Blackcomb was offering:
Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, zip lining, mountain biking, hiking, golf, tennis and there is white-water rafting and fishing in the area.
Statues of the logo can be found at the top of Whistler mountain. When you first get off the gondola you will be greeted by one. It is possible to get your picture taken with this one which looks down over Whistler Village. You will find the other one once you get off the gondola take the chairlift to the peak and then you can have your pic taken with it to with the mountains in the background.
Below I have explained the meaing behind the logo. It is hard to get the meaning when you sit it atop Whistler mountain as it is made of stone. Check out all my photos as I have a picture of the colour version too. FYI: Lots of controversy over this logo as BC people don't feel it represents us, especially Vancouver as it is an Inuit figure.
The head is green for coastal forest green.
The arms are blue for the coast and the torso is glacier blue for the mountains.
The maple leaf red is represnted by the left leg.
The right leg is alpine glow yellow to represent sunrises and sunsets.
Its arms reach for the sky but its feet are rooted to the land.
The name of the logo is "Illanaaq" which means "friend" in Inuit. The inukshuk is uniquely Canadian of symbol of friendship, hospitality....the symbol is used by the Inuit, to stack rocks in human form...a symbol of hope and friendship...
If you take the Gondola & chairlift to the top of Whistler why not enjoy the view by having a drink and sitting in one of the chairlife benches or even an umbrella table. The view is phenomenal and it gives you an opportunity to take it all in before you head back done. While you are sitting you can admire the large stone Ilanaaq, the 2010 Olympic logo. Check out all three of my photos.
Whistler Village is always packed with people. The numerous restaurant patios and many benches offer you great opportunities to people watch. I have to say this is some of the best people watching ever. You can start at 6am and go all day and night always being entertained.
There are lots of great shops to buy things from in Whistler Village. There are numerous snowboard/ski shops; chocolate shops; tourist stores; t-shirt shops as well as Gap, Roots, Eddie Bauer, etc. I thought everything would be expensive here but you can find bargains on the clearance racks that many stores have outside their front doors.
This interpretive forest is 5 mins. south of Whistler Village. This forest offers many great trails all with educational blurbs on plaques along the way. The trails are beautiful as they offer shade on hot summer days but enough sunlight still filters through to light everything up. We walked the Rainbow Trail along the river. The river is incredibly strong. This trail takes you across a suspension bridge and at that point you can complete your circle by walking the East side trail back to the parking lot. This particular trail was 2.1 kms. I am sure the other trails are just as great as this one.
About 20 mins. north of Whistler Village is Nairn Falls. The hike is 1.5km and it is a relatively easy hike although sometimes the rocks at the end can be slippery. At the end of the hike you are rewarded with powerful, gorgeous gushing waterfalls. Great photo opportunities. Check out all my many photos!
You can stand on the Olympic podium and wear a fake medal. Just go to the 2010 Winter Olympic trailer and right outside is the podium. Inside you can learn all about the 2010 Olympics from helpful people, watch Olympic movies, get great tourism info,e tc.
Bike & walking paths are everywhere. I particularly enjoyed the path around the gorgeous Whistler Golf Course. It wasn't as busy as some of the other paths and offered sun and shade. Benches are along the path so you can stop and watch some golf or listen to the birds chirp in the trees around you. Be aware we saw a bear on this path as you might on any path. There is also a snack shop along the path as well.