As we navigate through challenging and uncertain times, who knows when we will be able to visit our favorite places again. For the last few weeks, Whistler has been shut down to visitors and I’m sure many of you had to cancel your vacation plans. Until everything gets back to a “new” normal, we thought we’d come up with a list of Whistler’s best virtual tours.
It’s not because we are all asked to stay home that we can’t keep dreaming of our next adventure.
1- Whistler Village
The first thing you will want to see when you visit Whistler is the village itself. The whole village is a pedestrian stroll with many shops and restaurants to answer everyone’s needs. Winter through summer, the village stroll is always bustling with people. Here’s what Whistler’s Village Stroll looked like a few summers ago.
2- Whistler From Up Above
Have you ever seen Whistler from up above in the clouds? In this video, check out Whistler’s mountain peaks and lakes from above. You can even get up close and personal with the majestic Black Tusk. Did you know that this iconic mountain peak is actually the center of an old volcano? So sit back, relax, and enjoy this virtual plane tour of Whistler.
3- Bear Viewing in Whistler
Whistler is bear country, especially from April to October when the bears are out of hibernation. Meet Whistler’s true locals with Destination BC’s bear viewing video, in the comfort (and safety!) of your own home.
Remember to always keep a safe distance between you and the bear if you encounter one during your outdoor activities. Believe it or not, social distancing with bears has always been a best practice!
4- Whistler Museum and Archives
Visit the Whistler Museum and Archives virtually and learn about Whistler’s history. Through this virtual tour, you will get to know Whistler’s pioneers, the beginnings of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the building and upgrading of the resort, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and more.
Check out this 360-degree virtual tour here.
5- Chili Thom’s Masterpieces
“Michael “Chili” Thom (1976 – 2016) was a man of the mountains. A wilderness guide turned artist, he was always happiest and most comfortable when he was out exploring in nature.” Visit the Chili Thom – Masterpieces exposition virtually at Audain Art Museum by following this link.
“Your experience in nature depends on how you choose to position yourself within it.” – Chili Thom
6- Whistler Train Wreck
This super realistic virtual experience of the Whistler Train Wreck is rich in color and history. Back in 1956, a train derailed in the forest, and years later, the 7 wagons remain scattered in the interpretive forest for all to discover.
The wagons are covered in colorful graffitis and make for a nice sight through the tall trees right by the Cheakamus River. Learn more about this Whistler hike here and check out this cool virtual tour of the Whistler Train Wreck.
7- Cheakamus Lake
This Whistler hike is one of my all-time favorite summer adventures. Nestled deep in the interpretive forest just south of Whistler village, Cheakamus Lake is a glacier-fed lake that promises dreamy views.
Please note that this hiking trail, as well as all BC parks and protected areas, are currently closed until further notice. Check out BC Parks‘ website for the most up to date information.
8- Vallea Lumina
Vallea Lumina is an award-winning one of a kind multimedia night walk happening winter and summer in Whistler. So turn off the lights, grab the popcorn and check out the Whistler Winter Virtual Tour right here:
Vallea Lumina – a multimedia night walk through an enchanted forest in pursuit of hidden wonders
It’s certainly a surreal feeling to be asked to stay home and not socialize – or you’ll be fined. When they closed the parks, public places and international borders, that was also a crazy feeling. When you’re a traveler and you need to be outside all the time it can be hard to adjust to the “new” normal. Let’s hope this too shall pass and for now, we’ll enjoy life a little bit differently.