1. Whistler Via Ferrata


Who is it for: Via Ferrata is Italian for “Iron Way” and describes a climbing method that uses a path of iron rungs to scale vertical rock faces – a perfect introduction for people with no rock climbing experience. Starting at the base of Whistler Bowl, you’ll hike and climb all the way to the 2160m summit of Whistler Mountain.

Who with: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (formerly Whistler Alpine Guides)

How long: 3-4 hours

How much: Adult $129, Youth $119, Family $449, Private $649. A Whistler Blackcomb lift ticket is also required to get you up the gondola to the start of the tour.

Book the Whistler Via Ferrata, here


2. Half Day Backcountry Horseback Ride With A Cowboy Supper

Who is it for: Anyone who enjoys getting lost in the nostalgia and romantic tales of the wild west. Your journey starts out at Birkenhead where you’ll spend the afternoon riding on horseback through the wilderness backcountry of British Columbia with real cowboys. As dusk approaches you’ll be cooked a traditional “cowboy’s supper” before moseying-on back into civilization. No previous riding experience needed, but all levels of rider are welcome on the tour. Copper Cayuse Outfitters take great care to match their guests up with the right horses for their experience.

Who With: Copper Cayuse Outfitters

How long: 3-4 hours

How Much: $339 per person for a minimum of 4 riders. Must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Book the Half Day Ride And Cowboy Supper, here


3. Summit The Mount Garibaldi Stratovolcano


Who is it for: This once-in-a-lifetime trip is for everyone from beginners to expert mountaineers who are in good physical fitness. Over two days you’ll make your way out in to the Garibaldi Provincial Park where you’ll camp over night before starting your ascent up the north-east face. Mt Garibaldi (aka known as Diamond Head) is the last peak in a chain of stratovolcano that start all the way down in California.

Who With: Altus Mountain Guides

How long: 2 full days

How Much: $1350 per person for 1 guide and 1 guest, or $750 per person for 1 guide and 2 guests. Both prices include transportation, food and equipment.

Book the Mt Garibaldi tour, here


4. Hike The Ancient Whistler Mountain Glacier


Who is it for: If you’re not quite feeling up to scaling a volcano, you can always go for an afternoon hike on an ancient glacier. Kitted-out with harnesses and ropes, you’ll traverse centuries-old glacial snow and ice on a traditional short-roped mountaineering ascent of Whistler’s alpine bowl. No experience needed.

How long: 3.5 hours

Who With: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (formerly Whistler Alpine Guides)

How Much: Adult $109, Youth $89, Family $349, Private $589

Book the Whistler Glacier Hike, here


5. Rock Climb The Stawamus Chief


Who is it for: This is the perfect introduction to rock climbing for those people who like to “jump in off the deep end” when learning something new. No prior rock climbing experience is needed, only good fitness and upper body strength.  The Stawamus Chief is a 700m granite monolith towering over downtown Squamish. If you’re to make it all the way to the top you should expect to be physically active for 8-9 hours, each day.  This weekend challenge is for anyone who enjoys pushing their physical and mental limits.

Who With: Altus Mountain Guides

How long: 2 full days

How Much: $340 and includes all climbing gear, transportation and guide.

Book the Challenge The Chief tour, here


6. Scale The Blackcomb Buttress



Who is it for: Absolute beginners with moderate fitness who want to push themselves to do something they would never normally do. From the top of Blackcomb mountain you’ll take a short alpine hike to Blackcomb Lake and the base of Blackcomb Buttress. The route is mostly a scramble with a short vertical rock climb to the top. The climb has difficulties up to 5.7, but don’t worry if you find it too hard, your guide will haul you up to make sure you don’t miss the view from the top.

Who with: Altus Mountain Guides

How Long: 1 full day

How Much: $550 per person for 1 guide and 1 guest, or $300 per person for 1 guide and 2 guests. Both prices include transportation, guide and equipment.

Book the Blackcomb Buttress tour, here


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