Valentine’s Day is about more than chocolates and fancy meals, it’s about creating memories that you can look back on in years to come. Memories that make you laugh out loud and smile when no-one’s there.
The key to creating these kind of life-long memories is to think outside the ordinary and do things that are new to both of you.
Here’s a list of our favourite things to do on a Valentines Day (or any other time of the year) road trip weekend to Whistler:
Day 1, 9am: Drive the epic Sea To Sky Highway
Day 1, 9.30am: Savour the little (& big) things at Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park marks the point where the Burrard Inlet meets the Howe Sound and is home to West Vancouver’s last standing first-growth Douglas Fir trees – some of which are over 500 years old.
Day 1, 10.45am: Get a 360º view from the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge
Day 1, 2pm: Fat biking through the Whistler forest
If you’re new to fat biking, it’s the same as regular mountain biking except the bikes have giant, over-sized tires that allow you to ride on snow. You can ride on hiking trails, biking trails and snowshoe trails, and bikes can be rented from Bike Co., right around the corner from the Summit Lodge.
Day 1, 6pm: Toast to your adventures at Bar Oso
Bar Oso is our new favourite spot in Whistler. Opened at the end of 2015, Bar Oso is the little sister to Whistler’s infamous Araxi restaurant. Serving small Spanish-influenced, house-made charcuterie and delicious craft cocktails, Bar Oso is a welcome addition to Whistler for people who like the creative culture of Vancouver’s food and drink scene.
Day 1, 9pm: Grab a hot chocolate & cozy up next to the fire
After a long day of exploring the mountains, what’s more perfect than a hot chocolate? Grab a mug and head to either the hot tub, or cozy up next to the fire in your room and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.
Day 2, 11am: Snuggle up in the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
After breakfast wrap up warm and head for the Whistler Blackcomb mountains. You don’t need to ski or snowboard to enjoy the incredible alpine scenery, just pick up a sightseeing ticket from a Whistler Blackcomb ticket window. You can also ask our front desk team to pre-book them for you 72 hours in advance.
Day 2, 11.30am: Take Valentines photos with the Inukshuk
Day 2, 1pm Escape to a secluded look out over Whistler village
Some of the most spectacular photographs of Whistler are taken from across the valley on Flank Trail at the base of Rainbow Mountain. This photo was taken at the lookout and shows Alta Lake below and both Whistler and Blackcomb in the distance.
To get there you’ll need a pair of snowshoes and the walk is about 3 – 4 hours in total, but well worth it! Guests can rent snowshoes from the front desk for free. They’re given out on a first come, first served basis, so if you need them all day it’s best to get them early.
Directions and trail description: http://bit.ly/FlankTrail
Day 2, 6pm Relax at the Scandinave Spa Whistler
This gorgeous 20,000 square foot outdoor Scandinavian spa is nestled in a secluded forest hideaway on the edge of Lost Lake. In the hot and cold pools, saunas, steam rooms, sun rooms, and outdoor fireplaces you’re surrounded by west coast rainforest and have an interrupted view of Rainbow Mountain.
Access to the spa baths: $60 per person and massage therapy services are available on site.