So you’re travel plans are solidified and you’re headed to Whistler for the Wanderlust Festival! Well, we’ve come up with some Whistler Wanderlust musts that might not be on your schedule itinerary. These bliss bearing activities will keep your mind, body and soul happy by letting you escape the festival chaos for some peace and quiet on your own account.
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Vancouver: If you’re headed our way from the greater Vancouver area, we suggest you take a scenic stop in Squamish. Shannon Falls is breath taking. Feel humbled standing next to the tranquil and powerful falls. To practice your balance stop by the Chief campground area and let the city vibes go as you slackline under the stunning Stawamus Chief Mountain. Want to get your heart racing? Hiking the Chief can be done in roughly an hour one way. The step journey through the coastal rainforest is eye candy, but just you wait, the view from the first, second or third peak are all equally gorgeous and rewarding. Of course you can bypass Squamish and head straight to Whistler, but there is one last stop we recommend, and that is a stop at Brandywine Falls. The gentle walk to the look out area is right off the highway, but you’d never know it from the rushing water and insulating tree canopy. The Brandywine Falls look out is above the falls; the unique perspective is jaw dropping.
Pemberton: Heading south to Whistler? A quick stop at the North Arm Farm is a must! Pick fresh berries in a gorgeous mountain setting below the towering Mount Currie. This is a great place to stock up on all kinds of fresh produce for your week of Whistler activities. In between Pemberton and Whistler lies the hidden Narin Falls. Narin Falls provides a great place to admire the power behind the water that has shaped our valley for years. Watch the mesmerizing patters of whirlpools and waterfalls through the smooth rock walled canyon.
Explore our mountains
To escape the crowds, we recommend grabbing a friend and heading on a local hike. Hiking provides the perfect time to reflect on all that you have learned and experienced at Wanderlust as you make your way to a calm glacier lake in the alpine. We recommend checking out Cheakamus Lake for a mellow 6km round trip or for more of a heart pumper head to Rainbow Lake for a steep 16km hike.
Put this truly silent haven on your Wanderlust Must list. Alternate between warming the body, cooling the body and relaxing the mind through the hydrotherapy process at the Scandinave Spa. Hydrotherapy is a natural way to detoxify the body and increase circulation. The peace and quiet of the indoor and outdoor relaxation areas is the perfect place to engage in personal meditation.
Ziptek Eco Tour
If a bit of adrenaline, a bit of local environmental knowledge and a whole new valley view sounds like a like something you might enjoy, then head to Ziptrek Eco Tours. Ziptrek will help you soar between the mountains and create a new appreciation and knowledge for the sustainable efforts made here in Whistler.
We welcome you for Wanderlust and hope that you’ll check out one or more of our Whistler “wanderlust musts” during your stay. Our mountains are more than just a beautiful backdrop, so get out and explore so you can see for yourself!