March 26, 2018
Welcome to the Alaska Highway, where you’re more likely to see wildlife than people. Local photographer Ryan Dickie shows us his favourite places to photograph…
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Although mountain peaks are still snowcapped and the “official” start to summer isn’t for a few more weeks, things are beginning to heat up in Whistler and the collective mindset across the village is shifting from skis and snowfall to swimsuits and sunshine. Moving into a summer state of mind isn’t much of a stretch either, with all the summertime activities already kicking off around the resort:
While you might want to wait a few more weeks before jumping straight into the glacier-fed waters around Whistler, the beach and docks around Lost Lake are great places for a lazy afternoon lounging in the sun or chowing down on a BBQ picnic.
Nita Lake and Alta Lake are also great for stand up paddle boarding! Lakeside and Rainbow Parks have large beach areas (Rainbow Park even has a number of beach volleyball courts), but my personal favourite is the lesser-known Wayside Park. It’s about a 10-minute walk from Lakeside Park, and catches the last rays of sunlight before the sun sets behind the mountains.
While many of the alpine hikes are still de-frosting after the winter season, the Whistler Train Wreck Hike is fairly easy, without too much elevation gain. It starts off in Function Junction and after hiking about 2.5 km (1.6 mi) through the old-growth forests, you’ll arrive at the site where a train derailed a few decades ago.
Since the cost to clear up the wreck was deemed too costly, six cars were left abandoned in the forest. Since then, they’ve been decked out in artful graffiti and impressive mountain bike jumps. The site is absolutely gorgeous and I spent hours snapping photos and climbing around the cars.
Whistler’s not just an action-packed adventure destination in the winter, there’s also plenty to experience throughout the rest of the year. Despite the ski season extending until June 7th this year, Whistler Blackcomb’s bike park is now open for the season. If you’re new to the sport, they have excellent Bike Park 101 lessons that cover all the basics and will have you riding with confidence by the end of day one.
Off the mountain, ziplining and bungee jumping are year-round favourites. Zip through the old-growth forests between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, or take a 50-metre (164-foot) plunge over the glacier-fed Cheakamus River.
After a long day exploring the resort, wind down with a drink and a scenic view on one of Whistler’s patios.
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