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The Ultimate City Guide on Whistler British Columbia…

My name is Chelsey and I have lived in Whistler, British Columbia for the past four years.

Whistler can best be described in these five words:

  • adventurous;
  • spectacular;
  • natural;
  • enchanting; and
  • iconic.

Women should consider visiting Whistler because it’s the ultimate girls getaway, family vacation or romantic couples retreat. The beauty of mother nature, coupled with the active social vibe of the resort, makes Whistler an ideal mountain escape.

Plus, there’s so much to see and do besides hitting the slopes!

Whether you’re an intrepid mountaineer or a non-skier who loves to get a dose of fresh mountain air, Whistler is arguably the best all-season mountain resort in North America (okay, I may be a little biased).

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The Best Reason to Visit Tofino Canada (Hint: It’s Bigger Than a Bus!)

Wanna know what is special about Tofino Canada?

You get three hints…

  1. They’re bigger than a bus.
  2. They’re endangered.
  3. They weight over 40 tons.

If you guessed Humpback Whales, you’re right!

And the best part is…

The waters off Tofino, Canada in Maquinna Marine Park are the  world’s best destination for whale watching.

Its strategic location along the migration route, nutrient rich waters, and protective bays is the perfect sanctuary for a variety of whales who migrate the 16,000 mile (25,000 km) journey every year.

People from around the world to visit Vancouver Island in the spring and fall to gaze at the pacific ocean’s gentle giants.

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Wildlife Viewing; Queen Charolette Island, Canada

Haida Gwaii – which means “Islands of the People” – is an archipelago located roughly 90 miles (150 km) off the Prince Rupert coastline. It features over 200 small islets as well as two major islands: Graham and Moresby. It’s abundant flora and fauna earned its nickname, the “Canadian Galapagos.”

Why?

Because Haida Gwaii narrowly escaped the last Ice Age, which allowed its inhabitants to survive and evolve in completely unique ways. In fact, at least 39 different subspecies of plant and animal – including black bears, yellow daises, hairy woodpecker, and saw-whet owl – exist only on Haida Gwaii. There’s also an astonishing number of marine life, including otters, whales and sea lions.

But it’s the Haida Gwaii black bear which receives the most attention. Thousands of years ago, black bears needed exceptionally strong jaws to break through their prey’s thick shells. Over time those with the strongest jaws survived and passed on their genetics; therefore, the Haida Gwaii black bear is the largest black bear (with the strongest jaws) in the world.

There’s even polar bears. Well, not really… in fact, these white bears – called Kermode, or “Spirit” bears – are a type of black bear found only along the British Columbia coast. Their distinctly white fur results from a recessive gene passed down from both parents. Local tribes believe these bears serve as a reminder of the last Ice Age. It’s possible to view these bears on a one day wildlife tour.

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Tea at the Empress Hotel; Victoria, Canada

The Empress Hotel may be out of your price range. Or not. Regardless of your bankroll, however,  it’s certainly worth wandering through its various meeting halls and enormous colonial lobbies…

… and whether you stay here or not make sure to take tea in the afternoon. Scones, preserves, Jersey Cream, cakes and (of course) tea are all served throughout a six course menu.

All for only $60 CAN per person.

And if that’s too rich for your blood, skip the Tea Lounge and head to Bengal Lounge, where tea and scones are available without additional menu items and price hikes. Plus, they’ve got one heck of a curry for only $15. Continue

Ski World-Class Mountains; Whistler, Canada

Whistler – located just 77 miles (125 km) from Vancouver – is widely considered one of the world’s finest ski resorts. While it is a four-season resort, Whistler really shines in winter; while snowboarding and skiing remain its main draw every possible winter activity – including cross-country skiing, ice skating and climbing – is available.

Now let’s be honest: it’s crowded. Really crowded.

Over 2 million lift tickets are sold each year, making it the most popular (read: busy) ski resort in North America.  Fortunately, Whistler is also one of North America’s largest ski resorts, and easily handles a surprising number of visitors on its 200+ slopes and twelve ski bowls.Continue