WHISTLER + GARIBALDI PARK
There is no shortage of adventures for outdoor enthusiasts in BC.
Whislter is probably the most well-known mountain around here, thanks in part to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Located in the Coast Mountains about 125 kilometres (78 miles) north of Vancouver on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, this resort town sees over two million visitors a year. Downhill skiing and snowboarding dominate the mountain in the winter, while mountain biking is the sport of choice in the summer. The village is popular all year, and with a permanent population of 10,000 people, there is always something happening. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy hurling your body down a mountain, we recommend taking the gondola (pronounced gOndola) to the peak for the views.
Garibaldi Provincial Park is located between Squamish and Whistler. There are five entrances along the Sea to Sky Highway, each with access to hiking trails and backcountry camping. The terrain is not for the faint-of-heart, and we recommend lots of research before you go. If you are up for the challenge, however, the views are unlike anything you may ever see again.