Whistler
Canada
By Jennifer Levin

Whistler, British Columbia, located 78 miles north of Vancouver (about a two hour drive), is without a doubt one of the most beautiful resort towns in North America. At any time of the year, you will find serious winter-sport athletes and vacationing families enjoying the seemingly limitless expanses of snowy mountains and hills. Whistler has it all: snow sports, a huge mountain bike park, eclectic shopping, and fantastic restaurants.

To get to Whistler, you will most likely fly through Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia. From there you can drive, train or bus to Whistler. When you’ve decided when to hit the slopes and enjoy your evenings relaxing in front of a fire, book your flight with WhatsCheaper.com here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Most tourists visiting Whistler stay in one of the resorts. However, there are plenty of other options as well: check out the hotels and the condos and townhomes you can rent for longer stays, then book your stay with us here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

The skiing and snowboarding opportunities  in Whistler are famous. There are many trails of varying difficulty, perfect for the learned and the learning alike.

Most visit Whistler to enjoy alpine skiing and snowboarding, but you can enjoy all sorts of winter sports and other snowy activities during your stay. Go ziplining or snowmobiling; if you prefer cross-country skiing, take a long tour. It will both tire you out and invigorate you, like all winter sports and games.

Whistler is a world-renowned winter sport destination, not only due to the constant stream of domestic and international tourists but to its status as an Olympic site. In 2010, the Winter Olympics were held in Whistler. A statue of Ilanaaq, the mascot of the games that year, resides on Whistler Mountain. 

In the summer, Whistler’s mountain bike park is one of the most active sights in the city. Another popular summer activity in Whistler is golf. Whether you are a seasoned player or an amateur, there are courses you will love. Other summer activities include lakeside sunbathing, canoeing, swimming and chairlift rides up to the top of Whistler Mountain or Blackcomb Mountain to take in the magnificent vistas.

If you enjoy the wilderness and you like to hike, take one of the backcountry tours or explore the hiking trails on your own. There is abundant wildlife in the mountains and the rest of the surrounding countryside: if you are very lucky (and very careful!) you may see a bear or a mountain lion. Other rare but less dangerous animals to look out for include eagles and foxes. There are lovely waterfalls to be seen, and if you have the time you could take a helicopter to the top of a glacier.

Whistler Village is the place to be at all times of the day. Grab a coffee and a croissant before hitting the trails in the morning, or browse the shops in the sunny afternoon. This notably pedestrian-friendly village has won design awards for its layout. Make sure to enjoy the nightlife in the village or at your resort during your stay. Grab a warm whiskey or hot chocolate at one of the trendy bars, then head to one of the lounges to listen to music and sit back for a while. End your evening with a stop at one of the nightclubs in the area. Enjoy live music, great DJs, and great company, whether you’re with friends or meeting fellow travelers!

You will most likely travel to Whistler because of its rampant reputation as a world-class winter sport wonderland, but WhatsCheaper.com bets you will want to return to experience the cultural atmosphere. Visit one of the art galleries in the village, or, if you can, visit during the winter arts festival. Check out Whistler’s museum or the cultural center to take some of the history of the area. WhatsCheaper.com wishes you a wonderful time on the mountains and a good-food- and good-fun-filled trip!

MUST SEE IN Whistler LIST:

  • 1. Whistler Bungee
  • 2. Whistler Brewing Company
  • 3. Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • 4. Whistler Heli-Skiing
  • 5. River of Golden Dreams
  • 6. Whistler Olympic Park
  • 7. The Great Wall Underground
  • 8. Lost Lake
  • 9. Black Tusk Trail
  • 10. Whistler Library

Whistler EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Festival of Lights & Winter Wonderland - January
  • 2. Fire & Ice Show - February
  • 3. Whistler Cup - April
  • 4. Whistler Yoga Conference
  • 5. North Face Whistler Half Marathon - June
  • 6. BC Bike Race - June
  • 7. Whistler Children's Art Festival - July
  • 8. Whistler Spirit Run - September
  • 9. Whistler Film Festival - November
  • 10. Whistler New Year's Eve - December

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Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
By Brandi N.R. Rhone

Situated amongst the majestic Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains is the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Visitors can arrive from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) by taxi, Private Chauffeur Service, but because of the distance (about a 2 and a half hour drive) a cheaper suggestion is Pacific Coach Lines. Reservations are required but guests can ride from the airport to the hotel. Renting a car is also an option and guests of Westin Whistler can use the hotel guest underground parking facility for valet and self-parking, fees apply. The check in time is 4:00p.m. and check out time is 11:00a.m. at Westin Whistler.

Room selections at the Westin Whistler for guests to choose from are junior suites, one and two bedroom and penthouse mountain suites. These accommodations were design to accent the beauty of the surrounding area and most feature large windows offering views of the village, valley or mountain views. Comfort and convenience are also considered and here are some of the standard amenities that are offered with these things in mind: stove, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker; Fireplace; TV with in room movies (fees apply); and for a daily fee wireless internet access in suite is available. The Westin Whistler is a 100% smoke free hotel. Guests that are looking for a pet friendly hotel will be glad to know that Westin's pet friendly services offer many creature comforts to keep your furry family member happy as well.

There are many things to do in and around the Westin Whistler no matter the season. Activities include Skiing during the winter season; summer excursions offered are jet boating, bear viewing, hiking/biking tours to name a few. Westin Whistler has a fitness center, the Westin Workout gym for guests to use to keep on track with normal work out routines. The Avello Spa and Health Club will get you pampered and relaxed with its options from manicure/pedicure to hydrotherapy treatments. Visitors can also spend time in the indoor/outdoor pools at Avello spa. If you must do business during your stay the Westin Whistler has a business center on premise and offers rentals for computers, printing and copying services and plenty of space for meetings.

The Westin Whistler has two dining options. The first is the Aubergine Grill where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner with great views of the surrounding area with your meal. Guests wanting a more intimate setting can visit the Fire Rock Lounge and can partake near the large fire place that inspired the name.

The spectacular location and plethora of activities make the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa is a great vacation destination. Book your next hotel stay in Whistler here with us (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
4050 Whistler Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
By Jessica Howell

Welcome to the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, named the 10th top resort hotel in all of Canada by Conde Nast.  Nestled against the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, this resort is one of the top ski destinations in Canada.  Even if you are not much of a skier, WhatsCheaper.com guarantees that you will enjoy spending time in the charming mountain village of Whistler, sipping hot chocolate, and enjoying delicious meals in one of the hotel’s restaurants.  

Guests can begin checking into the resort at 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m.  When you arrive at the hotel you can either explore the resort or immediately hit the slopes.  With chairlifts just steps from the hotel, you can check in and be zooming down the mountain within the hour.  If you prefer to just gaze at the mountain vistas, then make your way to the Cinnamon Bear Bar.  Here guests can soak up the essence of Whistler village while sipping on a cold cocktail or comforting hot chocolate while they watch the skiers make their way down the powdery white slopes.  The Cinnamon Bear Bar also boasts giant sports screens, pool tables, and interactive games.

Reflecting the warm, inviting vibe of Whistler Village, the rooms at the Hilton are designed with your comfort in mind.  Retreat to the serenity of your guest room or suite after a long day exploring the town or conquering the slopes.  Lavish feather bedding and sumptuous 250 thread count sheets will envelope you in tranquility and you will awake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  Guests will also enjoy the 37-inch flat panel HD television, high speed internet access, Crabtree & Evelyn bath amenities, and much more!

WhatsCheaper.com insists that you travel to Whistler village, Canada and stay at one of the top 10 hotels in all of Canada.  Let us assist with your booking today by visiting the following link:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).     

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