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Whistle all the way to Whistler

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Today the world knows about Whistler, British Columbia, thanks to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Yet people have been drawn to Whistler for year-round outdoor recreation for nearly a century – it’s not all about the winter sports! Summer recreational activities are popular too!

There are many ways to take in the stunning views of Whistler, British Columbia. Start off by taking the three-hour train ride from Vancouver to Whistle Climb. Play a round of golf at each of the four championship Golf Courses in Whistler. Hang on for dear life while flying down a zip line, or take a scenic helicopter ride and stand atop a glacier. Sit back and relax during the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Whistler is also home to some amazing events! This upcoming Canada Day, celebrate on the Mountain! The Parade features over 50 festive floats, marching bands and community groups. Or take in an outdoor music event with one of the many concerts that are part of the Whistler Outdoor Concert Series!

Whistler is an ideal mini get-away! It takes about two hours to reach Whistler from Vancouver, BC, making Whistler Bed and Breakfasts ideal retreats from city living!

Durlacher Hof Alpine Inn
Durlachers’ reputation as having Whistler’s most welcoming and generous innkeepers is legendary. The Hof serves up the complete authentic Austrian experience with painstaking attention to detail. All eight rooms have mountain views.

Go Austrian at Durlacher Hof in Whistler!

Go Austrian at Durlacher Hof in Whistler!

Cedar Springs Lodge
Quiet Canadian lodge, close to park & valley trail. Comfortable rooms with superior beds/duvets. Fireside living/dining rooms. Gourmet breakfasts, afternoon tea, home baking, hot tub, free parking & wireless internet. German and Australian are spoken here!

Chalet Luise Inn
The closest B&B Inn to Whistler Village. Comfy rooms with private en-suite bathrooms. Great breakfasts, 8 minute stroll to Whistler Village. Free parking, free wi-fi, hot tub, jacuzzi, TV lounge area. secure bike/ ski storage,  workshop and drying room with lockers.

Whistle while on your way to Whistler, and enjoy the scenery, the town and the B&Bs!

Paralympic Flame Ignited

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The inspirational 10 day Paralympic Torch Relay is underway as the first group of Paralympic Torchbearers- one from each province and territory- gathered in Ottawa and witnessed the lighting of the flame today, March 3, 2010.  Over 600 torchbearers will carry the flame on its proud journey through 11 communities until the the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron at BC Place in downtown Vancouver on March 12. 

 The Paralympic Flame has no ancestral home but was ignited and blessed by Aboriginal firekeepers of the Pikwakanagan and Kitigan Zibi Algonquin bands on Victoria Island during a special ceremony.  It then was placed in a lantern and delivered to the Parliament Buildings where it passed to three youth representatives of the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit, Kanatami and Metis National Council.  This trio of flames was brought to a stage located on the Hill’s historic front lawn where Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed and  Squamish Nation Chief Gibby Jacob, on behalf of the Four Host First Nations, reunited the flames in the Paralympic Cauldron.  Arnold Bolt, a multi-sport Paralympian with many world records, officially started the flame’s journey by dipping his torch into the Paralympic cauldron in front of a crowd that included Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Bolt then handed off the flame to 15 other torchbearers on the way to Vancouver. 

Paralymic sports include Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Cross country skiing, Ice sledge hockey and Wheelchair curling.  The events will take place at several of the Olympic venues in both Whistler and Vancouver.  Crowds will likely be smaller than at the Olympic Games, but the competition and excitement will be just as electric and memorable.  Click here for more information about the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.   For superb Vancouver Bed & Breakfast accommodation and Bed & Breakfasts in Whistler, be sure to visit BCsBestBnBs.com.

Olympic Teams Train at Mt. Washington

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
 

Mt. Washington powder with a Georgia Strait view.

Mt. Washington Ski Resort, located in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island, is hosting Olympic teams from an estimated 26 countries, all in training for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics and Paralympic Games.  Teams from China, the U.S.A., Sweden, Germany, France and our own Canada are just a few of those you may see on the slopes now and into March.   Conditions are ideal and similar to Whistler, with Mt.Washington boasting a snow base of over 340 cm.  Courtenay and nearby Campbell River B&Bs offer great accommodation for those wanting to see the athletes train or perhaps share a lift with an Olympian.  It’s only a 30-40 minutes drive from the Comox Valley to the ski slopes.  Imagine an exciting day on Mt. Washington, a great dinner by the sea, an evening’s entertainment and then a perfect sleep in an “Oh so comfortable” BC Innkeepers B&B.  In the morning enjoy a relaxed breakfast and you’ll be ready for another day’s adventures.