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Whistler Activities



Outdoor activities aside, there's not a lot else to do in Whistler save sit in the cafés and watch the world go by. In summer, though, chances are you'll be here to walk or mountain bike. If you're walking , remember you can ride the ski lifts up onto both mountains for tremendous views and easy access to high-altitude trails (July to early Sept daily 10am-8pm; early Sept to late Sept daily 10am-5pm; late Sept to mid-Oct Sat & Sun 10am-5pm; adults $21, youth and seniors $18). Free mountain walking tours are offered daily at 12.30pm & 2.30pm; call 1-800/766-0449 for more details.

The two most popular shorter walks are the Rainbow Falls and the six-hour Singing Pass trails. Other good choices are the four-kilometre trail to Cheakamus Lake or any of the high-alpine hikes accessed from the Upper Gondola station (1837m) on Whistler Mountain or the Seventh Heaven lift on Blackcomb: you can, of course, come here simply for the view. Among the walks from Whistler Mountain gondola station, think about the Glacier Trail (2.5km round trip; 150m ascent; 1hr) for views of the snow and ice in Glacier Bowl - snowshoe rental and tours are possible to let you cross some of the safer snow fields ($15 a day; for tours call Outdoor Adventures tel 604/932-0647 or Whistler Cross Country Ski & Hike tel 604/932-7711 or 1-888/771-2382, www.whistlerhikingcentre.com ).

If the high-level stuff seems too daunting (it shouldn't be - the trails are good) then there are plenty of trails (some surfaced) for bikers, walkers and in-line skating around the Village. There are also numerous operators offering guided walks and bike rides to suit all abilities, as well as numerous rental outlets for bikes, blades and other equipment around the Village. All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be rented from Canadian All Terrain Adventures (tel 1-877/938-1616, www.cdn-snowmobile.com ) for guided tours that include splurges through mud-pits. If you want to go horse riding , contact Edgewater Outdoor Centre (tel 604/932-3389), The Adventure Ranch (tel 604/932-5078) or Cougar Mountain (tel 604/932-4086). Whistler Jet Boat Adventure Ranch (tel 604/932-4078) can set you up with jet boating , white-water and float rafting , as will Whistler River Adventures (tel 604/932-3532 , www.whistler-river-adv.com ) and Whistler Jet Boating (tel 604/932-3389).




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