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The Somewhat Unexpected Active Adventures of Whistler, B.C.

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Sure, you may expect a zip line and a ski trail at a mountain resort town, but championship golf? A world-class bike park with ski-lift access? A chance to hurtle down an Olympic track on a skeleton sled? How about the opportunity to chuck an axe indoors? Head for the hills and see what Whistler has to offer.
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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb receives lots of press about its big-mountain features, but the resort offers plenty of terrain for every family member and skill level. The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, among the best in North America, is...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The River of Golden Dreams that connects Alta and Green lakes is a calm, meandering stream that gently conveys your kayak or canoe with hardly a riffle in sight. The self-paced three-mile voyage, typically about three hours, takes...
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4282 Mountain Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb doesn’t do anything small, so it was no surprise that Whistler Bike Park quickly emerged as the global go-to, lift-access, downhill-biking destination. The park even has its own massive festival, Crankworx,...
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Pemberton, BC V0N, Canada
Of the four big golf options in town, what makes Robert Cupp’s Big Sky Golf Club design more appealing than those of the three other designers (whose names happen to be Jones, Palmer, and Nicklaus)? Landscape and layout. The 18 holes...
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4282 Mountain Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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...
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Valley Trail, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The 25-mile Valley Trail provides an optimal circuit for anyone wanting to get in a daily run while on vacation or traveling. The locals' preferred route starts at the entrance of the Valley Trail beside Whistler Golf Club and...
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Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Canada
Of all the reasons to hike in B.C.’s Coast Range, visiting a train wreck would not rank high elsewhere. This is Whistler, though, where a train derailment becomes a canvas for artists and a must-see novelty that remains well off the beaten...
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1208 Alpha Lake Rd #1, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Canada
Located just an axe toss from Coast Mountain Brewing in the heart of Function Junction, Forged Axe Throwing might be the most perfect representation of the "lumbersexual" aesthetic, if you judge by the groomed beards in the crowd....
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There is no Winter Olympic legacy quite like the bobsled run, simply because you can get in on the fun, winter or summer. The Whistler Sliding Centre track remains the fastest in the world, and careening down the track at 78 miles per...
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Alta Lake, Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
There are a few ways to paddle Alta Lake—you can head to Wayside Park and rent a kayak or you can head to Lakeside Park and rent a canoe or a stand-up paddleboard. Either way, drifting around amid this scenery makes a...