hiking out of Whistler, BC, Canada

During a one night stop at the luxury ski resort I took the opportunity to research the hiking opportunities in these fantastic mountains close to Vancouver.

I was shocked at how little hiking is being promoted. A visit to tourist information will get you only a list of short day walks appropriate for non-hikers.

Why? The problem is that Whistler has so much to offer besides hiking — especially skiing and mountain biking.

The tourist infrastructure is geared for the 2 million+ gift shop tourists each year.

No need for a serious hiker to plan on basecamp hiking out of Whistler. Head for the much less expensive climbing mecca of Squamish instead.

A day hike up granite Stawamus Chief looming over the town is an excellent warm-up.

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To plan your hikes, grab a copy of “Don’t Waste Your Time in the B.C. Coast Mountains” and head for the hills independently.

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