Did you know that Whistler is right in the middle of one of the rarest types of rainforest on the planet? It would really be a big shame if you missed it just because of a little precipitation.
We think that rain storms are the best time to experience the rainforest…after all, that’s what they were made for!
Here are our 4 favourite ways to enjoy the rainforest when it’s raining. It doesn’t have to be raining, but they’re pretty fun when it is. Especially number 2 – you go way quicker when it’s wet.
1. Fat Biking
Fat bikes are mountain bikes with giant tires that are perfect for getting extra grip in the wet – you can plough right through the mud or snow. The other great thing about fat biking is that, in the winter, you don’t need an existing trail. You just set off in the snow and on you go. Fat bikes can be rented from Spicy Sports in the Upper Village at the base of Blackcomb mountain for $20 per hour – which is plenty of time to get to Lost Lake for a rip around!
Ziplining is a great activity to do in the rain because when you’re not on the zipline you’re covered by trees or shelter; then when you’re out on the line you’re traveling so fast that you don’t even notice it’s raining!
The incredible 360 degree birds-eye-view makes ziplining one of our favourite ways to explore the Whistler rainforest, all year-round. There are two companies in Whistler who offer zipline tours in Whistler: Ziptrek and Superfly – but quite frankly they’re both awesome. At Ziptrek, the tour lasts about 2-3 hours and your accompanied by a very knowledgeable local guide who will teach you all about Whistler’s diverse ecology and wildlife as you travel between lines. If you’re not into the ecology, but want to experience what it would be like to soar like a bird, high above the mountains and valley, Superfly is for you.
Book Superfly: superflyziplines.com
Book Ziptrek: ziptrek.com/whistler-canada
If you’re staying with us at the Summit Lodge, you can call or visit our front desk who will happily make the booking for you: 1(888)-913-8811 or (604)-932-2778
Whistler has hundreds of biking and hiking trails that are almost all accessible by snowshoe. Whistler Hiatus is our year-round trusted source of snowshoe guides and maps.
We have free snowshoe rental for our guests, yay! So come by the front desk and grab as many pairs as you need.
Mid-winter rain reveals some of the summer’s hiking trails in the valley. So if you want to explore Whistler, but you don’t fancy snowshoeing, the rain might just be your ticket to adventure.
Whistler Hiatus is our one-stop-shop for trail maps and guides for hiking in the Whistler valley.
Cheakamus River (above) is about a 2-3hr round trip. The drive in is around 15 minutes along a snowy fire service road that is 4×4 access only.
Cheakamus River route: whistlerhiatus.com/snowshoeing/cheakamus-river.html
The train wreck trail (above) is a mountain bike trail in the summer that is now marked by plastic yellow arrows that say “train wreck”.
It’s a simple trail with no elevation gain and is roughly a 2 – 3 hour round trip – depending on how many photos you stop to take!
Train Wreck Route: whistlerhiatus.com/snowshoeing/train-wreck.html
The Parkhurst ghost town trail (above) leaves from the north end of Green Lake and is about a 3 – 4hr round trip that winds through an abandoned logging town from the 20’s and 30’s.
Parkhurst Ghost Town Route: whistlerhiatus.com/snowshoeing/parkhurst-ghost-town.html
Happy exploring folks!
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