By Danielle Swink
Whistler
Canada
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Whistler, British Columbia, a place that is rated year after year as the best mountain resort in North America. Home of two mountains, skiing and snowboarding, hiking, golfing, and mountain biking; Whistler is favored by outdoor enthusiasts year-round.

Visitors often choose to fly into Vancouver (YVR) and travel to Whistler Village from there. Upon arrival in Vancouver, there are a number of options for traveling to Whistler; take the airport shuttle, rent a vehicle, or even hop on a helicopter or float plane! Let Escapewizard.com help book your flight to the city  today (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  We can also help your search for great hotel pricing, click here to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Whistler was lauded as a premier summer destination for travelers in the early to mid 1900’s. Today, the fishing that originally drew visitors is still a favorite pastime. Visitors can book a guided tour or strike out on their own to fish for trout, salmon, steelhead and char. If you enjoy the water but prefer something a little faster paced; canoeing, rafting or jet boating may be more your style.

Outside of the water, there is still plenty to see and do in the Canadian summertime. Enjoy golfing on one of the four award winning courses, stretch your legs hiking on Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, climb onto an ATV or a horse to explore more of the gorgeous nature that surrounds Whistler.  Bear sightings are not uncommon and visitors can even join black bear researchers on a viewing that visits common bear sites.

If it’s skiing and snowboarding you yearn for, Whistler is the place to be. The two mountains, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are commonly lumped together and referred to as “Whistler Blackcomb,” Between the two mountains there are 3 glaciers, over 200 marked trails, 16 alpine bowls, half pipes, terrain parks, and 8,100+ acres of slopes! Skiers of all ages and experience can find a place perfect for them at Whistler Blackcomb.

Take a break from skiing to strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore some of the trails around the Village or plop down onto a tube at the Base 2 Zone on Blackcomb Mountain for a fun ride down the slope. Ice skating at one of the outdoor skating rinks, sleigh riding through the woods, or rushing across the snow behind a team of sled dogs are all wonderfully enchanting ways to spend time in Whistler.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Whistler, you will find that nature takes center stage. Wildlife is abundant and varied; from bears to cougars, deer to rabbits, and eagles to marmots. Whistler derives its name from the rock-dwelling marmot as its call is a high pitched whistle. The opportunities to view the wildlife are plentiful for visitors who take time to view and enjoy rather than rush past. Natural beauty abounds in the towering mountains, plunging waterfalls, and majestic glaciers that are encountered in this land.

After a day enjoying the scenery, visitors have a plethora of choices for dining. Whether you are in Whistler Village or Whistler Creekside, you will find something to suite your pallet and your wallet. World renowned chefs and world class restaurants share the streets with local pubs and cafes. The day doesn’t need to end because the sun has said goodnight; comfy lounges, cozy bars, and pumped up nightclubs await those seeking a good time. All ages and musical tastes can find a place to enjoy the abundant Whistler nightlife.

Summertime hiking or wintertime skiing, canoeing or zip lining, fishing or partying; Whistler has it all. Let EscapeWizard.com book your Canadian adventure today!
Hotels in Whistler
By Elizabeth DeCicco
Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC
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If you’re visiting the Canadian city of Whistler, the Westin Resort and Spa is the place to stay for a calm and charming vacation on Whistler Mountain. And best of all, visitors are allowed to bring along their dog as an extra guest. The hotel is located less than a mile away from the Whistler Air Service. Near the hotel are various shopping areas, the Whistler Golf Club and the Whistler Museum. The hotel offers shuttle service for guests. Check-in time begins at 4 p.m. Luggage hold and ATM machines are available in the lobby. Hotel guest parking requires a daily fee.
   
All rooms at the Westin Resort and Spa feature the Westin Heavenly Bed®, as well as the Westin Heavenly Dog Bed for your canine. Guests can order in-room movies or choose to play video games. There is a daily fee for wireless high speed internet access. A fireplace, kitchen, sofa bed and balcony are few of many components of the standard room. The bathroom includes a hairdryer, bath amenities, a make-up and shaving mirror, bathrobes and a soaker tub. The room also has in-room video check-out, an easier way to end your stay.
   
Besides Whistler’s variety of summer and winter outdoor activities, the hotel has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, attached to the Health Club where there are hot tubs, a sauna, a Eucalyptus steam room for men and women. Guests’ dogs are not permitted to play in the pool area. Also at the hotel is the Avello Spa providing services such as facials, body wraps, hot rock massages, and pedicure and hydrotherapy treatments.
   
Before checking out at the Westin Resort and Spa, visit the Aubergine Grille or the FireRock Lounge for a bite to eat. Express check out time ends at 11 a.m. EscapeWizard.com provides the easiest way to find what you desire in a hotel experience, in the city, on the beach, even in the snowy mountain city (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Whistler
By Albert Anderson
Whistler Peak Lodge
4295 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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Located amidst Whistler’s award-winning pedestrian village, the recently renovated Whistler Peak Lodge (formally the Holiday Inn Whistler) Village Centre is an excellent choice for visitors to this renowned resort town. Guests can arrive by air to Vancouver International Airport or rail via the Rocky Mountaineer station, although travel arrangements from both the airport and station to the hotel must be made separately. Taxis and rental cars are both efficient options, but guests on a budget may want to look into Pacific Coast Lines, which offers buses from Downtown Vancouver to Whistler daily (with a reservation). Check-in time is 4 p.m., with check-out at 11 a.m.

Once there, guests will find the rooms at Whistler Peak Lodge to be well equipped, whether lodging in a studio, 1 bedroom suite, or 2 bedroom suite. All rooms feature cable/satellite color televisions, phones with voicemail, coffee and tea makers, microwave ovens, stoves, dining and cookware, toasters, irons (with board), closets, and operable windows. All rooms also come with private bathrooms equipped with a bathtub and hairdryer, and select rooms offer kitchenettes with refrigerators, separate living rooms, fireplaces, and washer/dryers.  In addition, all rooms provide access to free high-speed internet, are non-smoking, and receive free daily newspaper delivery.

Due to the Hotel’s locations within Whistler’s pedestrian village, guests are mere minutes from the slopes of Whistler & Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Convention Center, and the many restaurants and attractions that the town has to offer (and that the friendly hotel staff are more than willing to give advice regarding). After a long day hitting the powder, guests can utilize the business center to catch up on work, or the health and fitness center, which includes an exercise room, hot tub, and showers. Parking is also not a problem with 24-hour on-site parking available for a fee.

Guests looking to take advantage of all that Whistler has to offer need look no further than the Whistler Peak Lodge. With its convenient location, well-appointed rooms, and host of amenities, it would be difficult to find a hotel better suited to fill most any visitor’s needs. EscapeWizard.com can help you book today, simply click this (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started!