some cool graffiti art and are safely accessed by a suspension
bridge over the Cheakamus River. Cheakamus Lake is also located
in Whistler’s south end, and makes a great option for a summer
hike and swim. The trail follows the Cheakamus River to the lake,
which features small beaches, campsites and outhouses.
For fitness-minded hikers, Whistler Blackcomb recently created
three connecting “ascent” trails on Blackcomb Mountain.
Climbing to a lift-serviced descent has become a trend among
hikers, as the uphill provides a solid workout and riding the lift
saves your body the stress of hiking downhill. The Little Burn, Big
Burn and Heart Burn trails allow hikers to climb from the valley
floor to the Rendezvous Lodge and ride the new Blackcomb
Gondola down. whistlerblackcomb.com
TAKE A GONDOLA ...
Bridging the gap between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains,
the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a feat of modern engineering that
offers breathtaking views of Whistler Village and the surrounding
mountain peaks. Riding the Peak 2 Peak is a definite must-do
Whistler experience, and it’s accessible to nearly anyone willing to
soar 436 m ( 1,430 feet) above the trees! The Peak 2 Peak Gondola
not only holds the Guinness World Record for its height, but
also for traversing an unsupported span of 3.024 km. To make
the most of the view, wait for one of the glass-bottomed cabins to
come around, and have your camera ready.
With a 360 Experience lift ticket, visitors can ride up one
mountain, explore the alpine areas of both via the Peak 2 Peak
Gondola, then ride down the other. This three-lift connection
also holds a record as the world’s longest continuous lift system.
From late June to mid-September, the 360 Experience pass also
allows guests access to Whistler’s Peak Chair, where the new
Cloudraker Skybridge is located. This suspension bridge spans
130 m (425 feet) high above Whistler Bowl and leads to the
West Ridge and Raven’s Eye viewing platform, which affords
360-degree views of Whistler and Blackcomb, the Village below,
and British Columbia’s snow-capped Coast Mountain range.
HIT THE TRAILS
A perfect complement to Whistler’s more intense activities is
one of humankind’s simplest pleasures — hiking in the woods.
Surrounded by forests, Whistler offers an expansive network of
municipally maintained hiking trails to explore.
Whistler’s newest development is the Alpine Trail network,
which provides hikers with access to scenic, high-elevation areas.
Rainbow Mountain’s Skywalk Trail and Rainbow Lake trail offer
all-day hikes, while Into the Mystic leads to several loops on
Mount Sproatt. Exploring the Ancient Cedars Trail on Cougar
Mountain is another Whistler favourite. This 5 km looping trail
takes hikers through a grove of massive old-growth cedar trees.
The Train Wreck trail in Function Junction is another classic.
After several train boxcars plunged off their tracks in the 1950s,
the wrecks became a popular spot to visit. The cars now feature