Top Things To Do in Whistler According to US News
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
It certainly isn't difficult to find things to do in Whistler. But sometimes, lists come out with surprising activities. The latest list from US News of top activities in Whistler is one such list.
US News Lists Top Ten Things To Do in Whistler
We'll highlight the top three that we found interesting and, even better, free. At the top of their list was, of course, skiing at Whistler Blackcomb. That goes without saying. But as the list went on, it became obvious that this was not your ordinary list of things to do. Many were free, and all were off the beaten track.
Just 15 minutes northeast of Whistler, near the Whistler Olympic Park, Alexander Falls area is open year round. Think about packing a picnic to see the 140 foot falls reminding you of Mother Nature and what she can do. This is not a difficult hike to the falls, and the entire trip should last around one or two hours. There are picnic tables scattered around, so you can sit quietly and enjoy the majestic surroundings. Or, if you'd like, take advantage of hikes nearby, where you'll be able to take in the forest in the Callaghan Valley.
Animals are notorious along the route. You're likely to see black bears in season, perhaps grizzly bears as well. And of course, deer, birds including eagles, and perhaps even a rabbit or two. Don't forget your camera!
This is more than just a lake. Minutes away from Whistler Village, the lake includes a huge (525 acre) park, with cross country ski trails in the winter, and in the summer, a lovely beach and hiking trails. This is a popular place for locals, but tourists are welcome, too. Remember this is a casual, local place, so just bring the essentials and plan to relax and enjoy yourself. There are more than 20 miles of ski and snowshoe trails to take advantage of in the winter. In summer, just bring your bathing suit and a towel, and think about renting a canoe, paddle board or kayak for awhile. The walk around the lake is a lovely way to enjoy the simplicity in Whistler, away from the crowds and bustle of the Village.
Last, the village itself is something to enjoy. Whether you are experiencing the Fire & Ice Shows each Sunday evening (free!) or the Family Apres each Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30, the village is full of community spirit, and that is a large part of what makes it such a special place.
This is just a taste of the US News list. For more, make sure to check out the full article.
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