Photo courtesy of Ziptrek Ecotours
It takes a serious zip line to gain notice in Whistler. Ziptrek launched its lines above Fitzsimmons Creek long before the bobsleds started rumbling down the Sliding Centre or the Peak 2 Peak Gondola began soaring overhead. Though zip lines are as familiar as breakfast buffets in resorts today, the Bear and Eagle lines here were the first in North America. Ziptrek has recently strung together the continent’s longest line, the Sasquatch, which is 1.25 miles. Sasquatch zip liners can reach 75 mph while sailing from Blackcomb Mountain to Whistler Mountain. As part of your experience, you'll start with a comprehensive interpretive nature tour of the Coast Mountains rain forest. You can then review your notes while cruising among the eagles high above the treeline.
By Crai Bower, AFAR Local Expert
Zip Through the Forest on an Eco Tour
Take a guided treetop eco tour through Whistler’s ancient coastal temperate rainforest with Ziptrek. On the fun, family-friendly Sasqatch tour, you’ll zoom down an exhilarating 7,000-foot zipline—the longest in the U.S. and Canada. After launching from Blackcomb Mountain, you'll reach speeds of more than 60 miles an hour. The 90-minute tour also takes you for a walk through the trees on swaying boardwalks and teaches you about Whistler’s super-sustainable village plan. You may even be lucky enough to spot bears who live in the pristine mountains and forests, which haven't been touched since the last ice age.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
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