From the Road: Ski Festival in Whistler and Vancouver

Posted April 15, 2013 by Kenza Moller in Blog

Symphony on Whistler

It’s the perfect time to live on Canada’s west coast – here in Victoria, BC, the past few weeks have been a transition from our usual umbrella weather to long, sunny afternoons spent in flip-flops. To enjoy the last of winter weather properly, I’ll be heading to Whistler in a few days to soak up the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, a 10-day blend of music, arts, and sports that draws worldwide visitors, courtesy of Tourism Whistler.

Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Whistler is a non-stop bustle of activity, offering up excellent conditions for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, winter ziplining and bungee jumping. During the summer, Whistler turns to warm weather activities like the Tough Mudder, a 10-mile obstacle course, and IRONMAN. It also hosts festivals and live music year-round, making it Vancouver’s favorite mountain.

During my stay in Whistler, I’ll be trying my hand – or feet – at snowboarding and running on mountainside trails in the mornings, checking out free concerts during the day, and soaking in the festival’s photography and film showdowns at night. I’m also hoping to stop in at Whistler Animals Galore, an animal shelter where visitors can team up with dogs for hour-long walks around idyllic Whistler (a win-win for traveling animal lovers!).

Following my mountaintop stint, I’ll be staying in Vancouver for a few days to take advantage of the city’s many adventures. I’ll be exploring the gorgeous Stanley Park by bike and horse-drawn carriage, checking out the city’s famous food carts with Vancouver Foodie Tours, and hopping on the Vancouver’s Seabus to the quaint Granville Island.

I’ll be spending some time in British Columbia’s backyard, as well, by walking through towering trees during a canopy walkway tour by the coast and standing 230 feet above a canyon on the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best places to live, and I’m eager to put it to the test.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Tourism Whistler

Pacific Coach Lines

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb

Disclaimer: These trips are made possible by several organizers, but all opinions expressed are our own. 

About the Author

Kenza Moller

Kenza Moller is our magazine editor and also our expert on budget travel. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and currently wrapping up a writing degree in Victoria, BC. She ran a non-profit foundation for animals and also interned at Canadian Geographic, and is happiest when traveling, scuba diving, writing or running. Check out her blog at

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