Adventure and Adrenaline in Whistler (TWIW)

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van Veen, tobias c. 2015. "Adventure and Adrenaline in Whistler". The Province (7 July): 22.

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ThisWeekInWhistlerADVERTISEMENTBy tobias c. vanVeenSPECIAL TO THE PROVINCEWhistler beckons withthe call of the wild. Justpast the comforts of theVillage lies the majesticsplendour of silent for-ests, the tranquility ofsummer lakes, and theraging of river rapids de-scending from high al-pine glaciers. Glance uphigh and you might spota solo figure spiritingbetween the trees. Sus-pended from a wire andhollering through the air,this mammal is knownas the adrenalin junkie,a subspecies of humanwho lives for the thrill ofoutdoor adventure.Either that, or it couldbe a Sasquatch sneaking aride on Ziptreks new airyadventure, or a buzzingSuperfly. Ziptrek Ecotoursand The Adventure Group(TAG!) will have you shar-ing screams on fast andfurious zip lines throughthe forest. Snap pics ofblurry shapes in the treesand claim the Sasquatchsighting. Flap your wings,as you soar with the birdson TAGs Superfly.For the more sedate,Ziptrek will guide fam-ilies through the forestcanopy on their Tree Trektour. Like Ewoks on En-dor, take the time to ab-sorb the ecology and soakin spectacular views.Meanwhile, up inWhistlers fresh alpineair, intrepid adventur-ers grapple with laddersand rungs, seeking newheights in the verticalhorizon. Via Ferrata of-fers a way to exploreoutdoor rock climbing insafety and style, thoughwith enough exposurefor even the experiencedalpinist to crack a grin.Down in the valley, therapids await. TAG keepssun-baked bodies soaked,while navigating thewhitewater with WedgeRafting. Three tours areon tap: a relaxing andfamily-friendly cruise onthe Cheakamus River,a moderate swelling ofspeed on Green River, oran advanced degree inadrenalin from the Ela-ho-Squamish torrents.If the rolling waters leaveyou in cold sweats, seekshelter in the forest greenwith the summer equiv-alent of a snowmobile,on the couple-sized, four-wheelin RZR tour fromTAG. Access the deep sol-itude of Whistlers back-country, while churning updirt on the back roads andenjoying a four-star feastwhile watching the sunset.Of course, engines arenoisy beasts compared tothe beauty and grace ofa horse. Canadian 01while offering wickedlydirty jeep, side-by-sideand ATV tours for the en-gine addictwill teachyou to whisper hoarsely astrails unfold at a medita-tive pace, free of noise andthe mechanical world.There is a lifetime ofadventure in Whistler,from skiing and boardingon Blackcomb Glacier, todiving headfirst into thevoid with Whistler Bun-gee, or screaming downthe cement racecourseof the Whistler BobsledCentre, on wheels. What-ever your outdoor ad-diction, Whistler has theadrenalin rush for you.Check out www.whis-tler.com for more details.Adventure and Adrenaline in Whistler1.800.944.7853WHISTLER.COM/EVENTSUPCOMING EVENTSVisit whistler.com/events for the full schedule of events.July 10 12 | Whistler Olympic PlazaWHISTLER CHILDRENS FESTIVALBring the family out for a fun-filled weekend of hands-onworkshops, crafts, and live entertainment.July 12 & 15 | Upper Village StrollWHISTLERS FARMERSMARKETFind food for a picnic or the perfect gift every Wednesday andSunday at this open air market featuring local artisans and produce.July 15 | Whistler Bike ParkPHAT DHWEDNESDAYSPut your downhill skills to the test by competing with locals andvisitors alike. Complete with awesome prizing and aprs.July 19 | Whistler Olympic ParkRED BULL 400Testing both speed and endurance, this race challenges runners to400 meters from the bottom of the ski jump, straight up to the top.July 26 | Whister & PembertonSUBARU IRONMANCANADACheer on the athletes as they tackle one of the toughest triathlonsin the world and be a part of the triumph at the finish line.WHISTLERPRESENTSEndless EntertainmentPackagesstartingfrom$149peradultperadultTHEULTIMATEMOUNTAINPACKAGENOWOFFERINGBOOK NOW! call 604.935.0001 or at ziptrek.comWhistlers two most popular year-round activities havebeen combined to deliver one ultimate experience!Peak 2 PeakSightseeing ticketa ZiptrekEcotour+The ULTIMATEMountain Experience=604-966-5715|spa@nitalakelodge.com|www.nitalakelodge.comrelax this summerenjoy complimentary use of our spa deck, eucalyptussteam room and roof top hot tubs and receive25 % off spa retail productsuntil august 31stBySPEWhistler MPmost visible frtomgiant jumps and obstacles affectionately nicknamed,And survideos and photos depictrathletic abilities and theair sense of a hummingbirhype machine selling thedrthe grworld, thera better time to drand leartheingmanager Bstoneis to ensurone who comes frcrbackgrpaperdayto rwith a logical prfrpardoA-lineperrplanetwas upgrthis yWhistlers Keg at theMountain4429 Sundial Place|604.932.5151SEE YOU TONIGHTPHOTO COURTESY ZIPTREK ECOTOURSVAN01207035_1_122 THEPROVINCE.COM TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015

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