I like to think of myself as someone who has checked off a lot of big adrenaline-filled adventures in life.
I’ve bungee jumped, paraglided and scuba dived all over the world. I’m no stranger to ziplining either, having done it in Peru, Costa Rica and Italy. So ziplining in Canada? I thought I knew exactly what I was getting into. And oh, how wrong I was…
Ziplining in Whistler, British Columbia, turned out to be one of the biggest highlights, and surprises, of my Topdeck trip across western Canada.
Before signing up for the experience with Ziptrek, I’ll admit I didn’t even know it was possible to zipline in the snow. But after having experienced it, I can safely say that ziplining in the snow is just as much fun (or perhaps even more fun) than ziplining without it.
Before embarking on our ‘Bear’ zipline experience of Whistler and Blackcomb, our guides gave us all the advice we were going to need. In short, they told us to have fun and take in as much of the stunning views as we possibly could (while flying through the air at high speed, of course).
The courses with Ziptrek are set up so that they crisscross the two mountains, giving you unbelievable views over Fitzsimmons Creek. On a clear day, there are few panoramas as beautiful as all of those snow-capped trees and icy peaks. Even without the adrenaline, the views made the entire trip.
But make no mistake, there is plenty of adrenaline. With ziplines ranging in length from 400 to 1,100 feet, I was unprepared for just how much fun I’d have flying from mountain to mountain.
The feeling of the alpine air rushing past as you soar hundreds of feet above the snowy vistas is one that is hard to describe. But if I were to try and condense it down into one word? Jaw-dropping. Figuratively and literally jaw-dropping. I dare you to try not to scream on your first run!
The tour leads you along absolutely gorgeous paths through forests only accessible by those on Ziptrek tours. The guides and the tour also focus on the ecosystem and natural environment that surrounds you. They pride themselves on raising awareness about ecological sustainability.
If you’re lucky, you may even spot some wildlife. We saw a snowshoe hare but we didn’t see any bears on our ‘Bear’ tour.
As I’m not one for skiing or snowboarding, I was worried that I might not be able to experience Whistler and Blackcomb mountains to the full. But, ziplining was the perfect way to see a different sides to the mountains.
Between the thrill of the ziplining and the overwhelming beauty of the views throughout the tour, not to mention how much fun I had and how safe I felt, I can wholeheartedly recommend ziplining in Whistler.
This unique way of spending time on the mountains will be one of the best things you try in western Canada – I guarantee it.
Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Brenna Holeman has been writing This Battered Suitcase for eight years. The blog has gained recognition for its long-form narratives about travelling, dating, and navigating life as a woman who’s perhaps looking for something a bit different. While you may not find many practical guides on This Battered Suitcase, you’ll find a lot of honesty (and hopefully a few laughs). After visiting almost 100 countries, most of them on her own, Brenna now spends half of her time in Canada and the UK and the other half living out of suitcase. She is currently editing her first book.