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ATTRACTIONS IN BLACKCOMB/WHISTLER
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Whistler Blackcomb is a world-class resort offering exhilarating outdoor adventures and activities year round.

Whistler Blackcomb attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world, with a season that lasts more than six months, from late November to early June. Blackcomb's glacier skiing and boarding can even be experienced until the end of July. The two mountains, together the largest ski area in North America, feature more than 200 marked runs, 34 lifts, 13 alpine bowls and three glaciers. Boarders can try out tricks at award-winning terrain parks. Adults and kids of all ages can take ski and boarding lessons from the pros.

The resort is also an outstanding venue for all sorts of other winter activities, most notably cross-country skiing, snowshoeing snowmobile touring, ice climbing, guided heli and cat skiing and boarding, plus tubing at the Coca-Cola Family Tube Park.

Spring brings an array of other adventures to the resort. Hike or walk to streaming waterfalls, crystal lakes and rugged back country in Whistler mountains and parks, perfect for day trips or overnight camping. Experience gravity-defying, lift-serviced trails at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park - North America's largest. Canoe, kayak, raft, swim or windsurf on Whistler's numerous lakes and rivers. Fish in pristine freshwater for steelhead, trout and salmon.

Whistler is also a golfing mecca from May through October. Golfers tee off from championship courses, all of which offer panoramic views and challenging greens.

Families will find plenty of room to play at Adventure Zone, located at the base of Blackcomb. For the more adventurously inclined, there is paragliding, bungee jumping, guided heli-hiking and horseback riding. The resort also hosts many cultural festivities, with a summer highlight being Whistler Jazz and Blues Festival.

Parks:

Meadow Park
Located along the banks of the River of Golden Dreams -running from Alta Lake north to Green Lake- Meadow Park offers one of the finest viewing points in the Whistler Valley, making it an ideal setting for picnics and barbecues. This expansive park includes baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a children's play area.

You can find Meadow Park in Alpine Meadows.

Rainbow Park
Set on the site of historic Rainbow Lodge on the shores of Alta Lake, Rainbow Park attracts sun lovers to its sandy beach, still waters, grassy parkland and celebrated setting. Enjoy wonderful views of Blackcomb and Whistler peaks, stroll along the wharf, cross a log bridge over the river or visit nearby heritage buildings to learn about Whistler's pioneer history.

Rainbow Park is just off Alta Lake Road.

Wayside Park
On a sloped hillside overlooking Alta Lake, Wayside Park features four picnic areas, each with its own barbecue. Relax on the beach, stretch out on the open lawn or take a refreshing swim in the lake. Canoe and sailboat rentals are also available.
Wayside Park is just off Alta Lake Road.

Hiking:

Whistler Mountain Trails
Whistler Mountain boasts some of the most enchanting walking trails in Canada. A day hike can take you over alpine meadows dotted with colourful wildflowers, through stands of western redcedar, or past sparkling lakes. Every step brings you closer to panoramic views as high as 2,182 m (7,160 ft) on glacial peaks.

During the warmer months after the snow melts, take the Whistler Village Gondola to the Roundhouse lookout and from there make your way along one of the mountain's many summer hiking trails.

Paleface Trail leads you on a 1-km (0.6-mi) journey featuring extinct volcano viewpoints and includes an elevation change of 58 m (190 ft). Return time is 20-30 minutes.

Ridge Lookout is a short, steep, 0.8-km (0.5-mi) hike that includes a 68-m (223-ft) elevation change and spectacular views. Return time is 30-35 minutes.

Traverse alpine forest and lakes while taking in expansive views along Harmony Lake Trail and Loop. The walk is 2 km (1.25 mi) to the lake or 3.5 km (2.2 mi) including the loop. The elevation change is 125 m (410 ft). Return time is 60-90 minutes.

For a longer excursion try Musical Bumps and enjoy views of Black Tusk, Cheakamus Glacier and Cheakamus Lake. From the top of the Whistler Mountain Gondola the route extends past three summits before reaching Singing Pass, a spectacular alpine meadow. Complete the trip by either backtracking or following a trail that descends to Whistler Village. This 21-km (13-mi) trek takes 7-8 hours.

From the Roundhouse lookout, you can take the Peak Chair to Whistler's summit. The 1-km (0.6-mi) Peak Interpretive Walk showcases this alpine ecosystem, while providing unparalleled views of Black Tusk's distinctive peak. Return time is 60 minutes.

Ancient Cedars Loop Trail
This single-track trail leads you on a hike through fields crowded with blueberry bushes and graced by a grove of old-growth cedars near the summit of Cougar Mountain. Along the way, you'll spot lichen, skunk cabbage, devil's club and towering 900-year-old Douglas-fir trees.

The road to Cougar Mountain is at the north end of Green Lake, just past Whistler Village. Follow the well-marked Soo River Forest Road to reach the Ancient Cedars Loop Trail.

You can also hike the base of Cougar Mountain by following the Soo River Forest Road left around the Showh Lakes.

Adventure:

Whistler Bungee
Jump into the bungee zone at Whistler. Set on a new pedestrian bridge, Whistler Bungee is one of two licensed bungee-jumping spots in British Columbia. Just hold your breath and dive 49 m (160 ft) to the gorge below. Whistler's Adventure Zone

Whistler's Adventure Zone
Joy riders of all ages love Whistler's Adventure Zone. Bring the whole family, and come ready to play! Some of the highlights of this attraction include: speeding down the Westcoaster Luge track, rock climbing at the Great Wall Climbing Centre, jumping on the bungee trampolines and flying through the air at the Great Canadian Trapeze.

Ziptrek Ecotours
Your adventure begins the moment you fly along the first of five zipline cables, secured in a full body harness, 49 m (160 ft) over Fitzsimmons Creek and the forest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Along the way, you'll learn about Whistler's local ecology and ancient forests from naturalists.

View Points:

Glory in the mountain-high views.

The panoramic views are breathtaking at the top of Whistler Mountain. Your adventure begins with the Whistler Gondola taking you from the Village to the mountain top, where you'll enjoy 360-degree views of pure splendour. Take in world-famous peaks, crystal lakes and magnificent glaciers. There are also some wonderful trails to explore, including Glacier Trail, Harmony Lake Trail and the quirkily named Musical Bumps.

A word or two on your excursion:
Do not disturb the wildlife
Please leave the area you visit undisturbed and be sure to carry out your garbage

A word or two on safety:
Obey posted signs and keep to designated trails
Before setting off to explore the mountain, please note the time of the last gondola back to Whistler Village.

Glacier Trail
You can view Whistler Glacier from the Glacier Trail, a 2.5-km (1.6-mi) hike that includes a 150-m (492-ft) elevation change. Return time is 60 minutes.

Harmony Meadows and Harmony Lake Trail
This 2.6-km (1.6-mi) walk provides lovely views of Fitzsimmons Valley and Harmony Lakes. It includes an elevation change of 50 m (200 ft). Return time is 30-60 minutes.

Traverse alpine forest and lakes while you take in expansive views on Harmony Lake Trail and Loop. The walk is 2 km (1.25 mi) to the lake or 3.5 km (2.2 mi) including the loop. The elevation change is 125 m (403 ft). Return time is 60-90 minutes.

Musical Bumps and Burnt Stew
For a longer excursion, try Musical Bumps. It offers plenty of attractions along its 19-km (11.8 mi) route with its breathtaking views of Black Tusk, Cheakamus Glacier and Cheakamus Lake. Return time is 5-6 hours.

Burnt Stew connects to Musical Bumps, providing a splendid view of Fitzsimmons Valley during this short, 2.2-km (1.3-mi) walk. Elevation change is 100 m (328 ft). Return time is 20 minutes.

Little Whistler Trail
Little Whistler Trail supplies dramatic views of Black Tusk along the 3.8-km (2.3-mi) hike. The elevation change is 265 m (870 ft). Note the glacier itself is closed to all traffic. Return time is 1.5-2 hours.

Golf:

Nicklaus North Golf Course/The Den Restaurant
8080 Nicklaus North Blvd.
Whistler, BC
This par 71, 18-hole course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest. Just minutes from cobblestone walkways and street side cafes of the resort town of Whistler, Nicklaus North stands out as one of the great courses in North America. It's no wonder this is only one of a few rare golf courses in the world bearing Jack Nicklaus' name.



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