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Showing posts with label British Columbia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label British Columbia. Show all posts

Add "Dog Sledding In Whistler, BC" To Your Bucket List !

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Dog sledding in Whistler, BC is a truly Canadian experience, and a "must" to add to your Bucket List  !

Dog Sledding In Whistler, BC

Whistler, British Columbia, is best known as a ski resort, but skiing is just one of a wide range of winter activities available to visitors.

Land Paddling Around Stanley Park In Vancouver B.C.

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Vancouver B.C is a very popular tourist destination, and was also named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor's 2016 Travellers' Choice awards, and was chosen as the best place to live in North America (and number five in the world) in Mercer's 2016 Quality of Living survey.

The city offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure, as well as sightseeing. Framed by miles of beaches and rugged mountains, with more than 200 parks in between there is never shortage of things to do and to see.

When I first visited Vancouver in 2009, I did all the "regular touristy activities" : explored it's downtown, took a stroll on the famous Capilano Bridge, skied at Grouse Mountain,  had lunch at Granville Island's market, and got schooled at Telus World of Science.

But my most memorable experience was probably biking and hiking around Stanley Park...

10 Amazing Places Around The World To Go Ziplining

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Don't know about you, but for me, zip-lining is boring. As my favorite TV show characters said : " It was like having the life sucked out of you. That's all it is, sliding down a cable." ( check out the video here, it's hilarious ! ).

Personally, I don't consider zip lining an extreme sport or even an outdoor activity. It's more like a touristy thing to do while visiting a new place. This way, zip lining is a great way to learn about the place you're visiting, while taking in all the beautiful views around you ( and let's face it, a healthy doze of adrenaline hasn't killed anyone yet :)).

My first time trying out zip-lining ( or zip-trekking as they call it in Whistler, BC ) was pretty amazing ! The activity itself ( and being in a tourist group ) did suck the life out of me, but the scenery around was jaw-dropping !

So next time you're traveling and visiting a new place, give zip-lining another chance. It will still suck, but I guarantee  the views will be different !

Below, check out some of the most amazing pictures of places to go zip-lining around the world :

Things to do before I die: heli-skiing

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One of a few outdoor activities we won't get to try in Washington state is heli-skiing. But as I like to say " If there is a will, there is a way".

Just 4 hour drive away, in Whistler, you can make this dream come true. Just picture this : knee deep, untracked powder, 54 miles long and 33 miles wide of remote mountain terrain, spectacular views...all to yourself (well, almost).

After my first trip to Whistler two years ago , I can't wait to go back. Even if it means draining my bank savings accounts, it's worth it...

Here is a short clip from one of Whistler's oldest heli-skiing companies, Whistler Heli-Skiing.

Skiing In Whistler,BC

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Peak to Peak Gondola

Whistler Village


On top of Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain Symbol

Whistler Blckcomb -North America's # 1 ranked ski resort has a lot to offer -alpine bowls, wide-open glaciers,gladed trees and perfectly-groomed cruisers.Whistler is a utopia for the adventurous spirit. Heli-skiing, snowmobiling, ziptrekking, bungee jumping, dog sledding,snowshoeing are just a few of the options to get your blood pumping.

But what most people come here for -is ,of course,skiing. Whistler boasts the largest ski area on the continent with more than 200 marked trails and the two greatest vertical rise ski mountains in North America.The ski season stretches from late November to early June.

For me ,as an avid skier, it wasn't skiing that made me fall in love with this place, it was the scenery.I had to admit, even the great Mt Rainier couldn't compete with that (author's personal opinion).

As for the actual skiing, because of the limited time, I couldn't ( and probably wouldn't have been able ) to cover all the trails.The main ones -Harmony Express,Symphony and the Peak lead to the magnificent viewpoints.

The major drawback- no night skiing, lifts close 2:30 pm.
The advantage of being a Washingtonian--about 10% off on your lift ticket ( I paid $ 78.85 (Canadian) -or $ 68 US )

Ziptrekking In Whistler, BC

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Ziplining in Whistler, B.C. is a year-round high-flying adventure. While ziplining is in Whistler is awesome at any time of year, I think it’s particularly special in winter. 

When the rivers are frozen and the trees dusted in snow, soaring above the silent valley in an experience like no other. So here’s my guide to everything you need to know to choose the perfect winter Whistler zipline adventure :

See the wildlife

Take a treetop tour

Zip above  the he old-growth rainforest

Experience the breathtaking Fitzsimmons Creek in winter

A truly heart-pounding adventure !

Two tour guides will accompany guests

7,000 feet of pure eco-exhilaration!

Whistler, B.C. is home to the longest zipline in USA, and Canada !

Ziptrek Ecotours hosts a selection of breathtaking tours. There are 4 distinct zipline tours, and the TreeTrek canopy walk. Their wilderness area is located directly above Whistler Village, in the spectacular temperate rainforest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Breathtaking tree-top adventures and an award winning ecological curriculum have earned Ziptrek Ecotours the international reputation as Whistler's year-round, must-do outdoor activity.

The company offers 4 different tours, that vary in length and the amount of adrenaline. The breathtaking Eagle Tour ( my choice ) features five different ziplines, including a 2000-foot, awe-inspiring monster that drops 20 stories.

But for me, actually, it wasn't the tour itself that was fun. The tour guides - Greg and Kristine made the experience fun, informational and educational.

Other features I liked about the tour were: the ability to book the tour on the same day; the option to book it online, directly through the company or at the Visitors Information Center; and the proximity to the Whistler Village.

Before you book your winter zipline with Ziptrek, here are a few things to bear in mind:
  • Ziptrek zipline prices start at $99 for children and $119 for adults ( as of 2019 )
  • All guests must be between 65 lbs and 275 lbs to take part in the Bear Tour. For all the other tours, minimum weight is 75 lbs There is a chance for smaller children to fly tandem with a guide on the Bear Tour, just ask your guide.
  • Kids must be at least 6 years old to take part, and anyone under 15 will need to be with an adult
  • All tours do include some physical exertion – walking, climbing stairs, and being outside in the cold for a couple of hours.
  • Tours run from around 9am every day – you can check on the website or call guest service for exact times.
  • Most tours take between 2 – 4 hours, so prepared to be outside for a while!

Ziplining in winter is a pretty memorable experience. Even if you’re not a ski bum or an adrenaline junkie, you’ll sure be glad you took to the treetops and found out what it feels like to fly like a bird. Just beware: you might get hooked !

Check out this blog post in case, later on, you'll want to go ziplining somewhere else - "10 Amazing Places Around the World To Go Ziplining"

For more ziplining posts click here...

Washington adventures in Vancouver,BC

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Lions Gate Bridge
Stanley Park
Vancouver Waterfront
Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain's "Skyride "
Tree Tops Adventures
Capilano Suspension bridge

I know, that this site was suppose to be about the adventures in the Washington state. But,hey, if Canada is US' little brother (or sister ), British Columbia is practically part of Washington.

I thought our state had it all ( in terms of outdoor activities), but unfortunately, there are things in BC that we do not have. Besides, for me, adventure is not only about things to do , but also places to go ,sights to see ,and something new to explore as well.

Proximity to Seattle makes BC a perfect destination for a mini vocation. The drive to Vancouver takes about 2 hours, then another 2 hours to Whistler.

Just like every big city, Vancouver offers lots of things to do and to see. But for me the main focus ,of course , was the great outdoors.For outdoor buffs, Vancouver offers all kinds of activities : hiking, biking, water sports.

I especially felt jealous of local ski/snowboard enthusiasts. One of the greatest ski areas, Grouse Mountain, is only 15 minutes from downtown. 5 minutes away from the Grouse Mountain ,down the Capilano road, is the famous Capilano suspension bridge. Talking about the adventures- how about a stroll in the sky that will take you high above the forest floor for a squirrel's-eye view of a thriving coastal rain forest.

Among other local attractions are : Lions Gate bridge, Stanley Park, Vancouver waterfront.
I wish I had more time to explore that beautiful town, but my destination was Whistler.