10 Things Baby Boomer Travelers Will Love About Whistler, British Columbia in Canada
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada – We just returned from our two-week baby boomer tour of western Canada. Our first exciting stop was Whistler Village tucked at the feet of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains.
Whistler is a place where mountains, rivers and First Nations people have met for millennia. The Coast Salish First Nations people inhabited the land around Whistler for many thousands of years, hunting, gathering and trading long before European settlers arrived.
In the 1860s, British navel surveyors put Whistler Mountain on a map (then called London Mountain). Later, in 1910, the pioneering Myrtle Philip arrived from Maine and established Whistler as one of the most popular summer resorts in western Canada.
In the 1960s, Whistler became a skiing destination. 2010 brought the Winter Olympics, and 2012 brought The Roaming Boomers®. Although, I doubt they will be listing our visit in the history books. But, you can dream…right?
We absolutely loved our visit to Whistler, and thought we would share with you, in no particular order, our 10 Things Baby Boomer Travelers Will Love About Whistler, British Columbia in Canada:
- Driving to Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver. Absolutely stunning!
- Spending two nights in the AAA Four-Diamond Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
- Enjoying incredible vistas aboard the world’s longest free-span gondola ride: The Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
- Frequent black bear sightings. We were told that Whistler’s black bear populations are as plentiful as many city’s squirrel populations. Every single time we went for a walk, we saw a black bear or two.
- Eggs Benedict breakfast at Elements in the Village.
- Enjoying the best of local fields, pastures, and nearby waters at the restaurant Araxi. Fresh Pacific fish, bison and venison filet, and morel mushrooms. YUM!
- Evening strolls in Whistler Village (2010 Olympic Village) for art galleries, clothing boutiques, chocolates, ice cream, people watching, and more!
- Enjoying a bowl of chili high atop snow-covered Whistler Mountain in June!
- Standing on a covered-bridge and enjoying the sound of rushing snow-melt in the stream under our feet.
- Walking in the clouds on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
There are a great many things we didn’t get to do given our short two-day whirlwind tour. Riding mountain bikes in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and soaking in the soothing outdoor baths at Scandinave Spa immediately come to mind.
We hope you enjoyed our list.
Be certain to check out our other posts from our visit to Whistler:
- Driving the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler in British Columbia, Canada
- Video Post –Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Canada’s British Columbia
- Video Post –Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola: World’s Longest Freespan Gondola Ride
- Day #1 of our Baby Boomer Western Canada Tour – Whistler, British Columbia
- Day #2 of our Baby Boomer Western Canada Tour – Whistler, British Columbia
If you find yourself headed toward Whistler and desire even more things to do, we recommend that you check out the Tourism Whistler website.
Well, that’s it for Whistler. Our baby boomer tour of western Canada will now bring us to Vancouver. See you in our next article!
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