Located at the north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest and most amazing ski resort in North America. The official host for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler Blackcomb is beautiful all year round. As a British Columbian, I am super lucky to have Whistler in my backyard as it has become one of my favourite local destinations!

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Where is it exactly?

Take the Sea-to-Sky highway to Whistler and the trip takes about 2 hours north from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). See the full list of transportation suggestions here. Click the map for directions!

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The resort is now mostly owned by Whistler Blackcomb Holdings and Nippon Cable.

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Fun History Facts

  • 1858: the 1st account of the valley area between Whistler and Blackcomb was of the Hudson’s Bay men searching for another way to the Cariboo Gold Rush up north.

  • 1860s: British Naval surveyors referred to the mountain as “London Mountain”, which soon obtained the nickname “Whistler” because of the shrill whistle made by the Western Hoary Marmots who lived among the rocks.

  • 1960: the Canadian Olympic Association surveyed the west coast for possible locations to host the 1968 Winter Olympics. Because there was no road, no electricity, and no piped water or sewer in the area, their bid for the Olympics was turned down. Franz Wilhelmsen, a local businessman, went forward with developing a ski area on the south side of the mountain.

  • January 15, 1966: Whistler officially opened for skiing and won instant praise for its vertical drop, excellent snow conditions, and gigantic alpine area.

  • December 6, 1980: the newly developed Blackcomb Mountain opened for skiing and the Village became available to the public.

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Peak 2 Peak

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola deserves its own section in this blog because it is a MUST do whether you are visiting Whistler Blackcomb in the winter or summer! A tri-cable gondola lift that links Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain from peak to peak, it holds the Guinness World Record for the longest free span between ropeway towers (3.024 kilometres!). If you are not afraid of heights, I highly recommend taking the gondola cabins with the glass bottoms; it is SURREAL seeing the whole world unfold beneath your feet!

Check out this video of the Peak 2 Peak from Whistler’s official site!

Winter activities

As a snowboard lover, I find myself constantly itching to pay visits to Whistler when that first layer of fresh powder sets on the mountains. Along with my school’s snowboard/ski racing team, we went to Whistler many times for our competitions this past year; I am pretty excited to hit the slopes again this winter!

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I love Whistler because there are always so much to see and do even if you are not a skier or snowboarder. Whistler has its own village, full of shops, restaurants, and mini-attractions for locals to enjoy. My personal favourite is taking strolls across the village, holding a cup of steaming hot chocolate, while watching the snowflakes swirl around me as I dash in and out of boutique stores.

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One thing I do recommend if you are coming to Whistler in a family unit is to rent a house as opposed to booking a hotel, especially if you have pets. There is so much more flexibility living in a rented place as it provides maximum family bonding time and it makes the whole experience warm and cozy. You never need to worry about disturbing other guests and you can cook your favourite meal anytime you want (there is even a supermarket in town)! Check out all the different lodging options here!

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If you are up for some adventure, have fun in the Coca-Cola tube park, go on a snowmobile tour, take a scenic helicopter flight, or book a Blackcomb sleigh ride! Go forward with a full Canadian experience with some ice-hockey down by the lake while sipping on a maple latte and munching on a big bowl of poutine. Unwind at the Scandinave spa; life will never be the same again after you’ve submerged yourself in a hot bath, surrounded by a spruce and cedar forest! The Whistler Blackcomb website is the most informative place to check out if you are looking to book these activities!

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Summer activities

Whistler is beautiful during winter AND also during the summer time! Recently I was able to attend the Whistler Children’s Festival and that was a whole new Whistler experience that I have never had!

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The past few weeks I have gained an interest in hiking and, oh boy, Whistler in the summer never fails to impress! The gorgeous scenery and the absolutely breathtaking views of the forests, mountains, and lakes are just some of the #BeautifulBritishColumbia snippets that always give me a sense of joy!

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There is still a huge variety of activities to do up on the mountain! If you want some daunting excitement, try the zipline eco-tour across the Fitzsimmons Creek, take the open-air chairlift rides to get a good look at the mountain, say “hello” to bears on a bear-sighting tour, and mountain bike up the adrenaline fueled trails. Golfing, horseback riding, river rafting, and spending time at the lakes & beaches are all great options to explore; set up a BBQ while you are at it – take your time to savour on the good food and the fine view! Again, check out the Whistler website’s summer activities section to book your next vacation now!

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Insider tips!

  • Whistler in the winter tends to be packed with people!!! If you want to skip the line, I would suggest that you book Ride Tribe/private/girls-only lessons (depending on your preference). There is a lot of freedom, the instructors are super friendly, and they can even guide you to the runs that are fresh & sans-people!

  • There is a Whistler App that gives you the newest deets on amount of snowfall, temperature, and updates on mountain conditions!

  • Try the penne alfredo if you are in Blackcomb mountain’s Glacier Creek Lodge; you can ask for half chicken and half chorizo sausages and they can accommodate with no extra cost!

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Next time you visit British Columbia, make sure to drop by Whistler Blackcomb for lots of fun in the snow/sun!

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Today I had the chance to visit and volunteer at Whistler Blackcomb, one of my favourite local destinations in BC for Arts Whistler‘s Whistler Children’s Festival! I was able to say hi to people from all over the world and I was able to celebrate the day with many, many adorable children! Thank you to Rebecca for giving me the opportunity to attend the event!

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This was my first time at Whistler during the summer time and I really wanted to stay for a couple more days! Because of my involvement with my school’s Snowboard Racing Team this past year, I visited Whistler for quite a few times during the winter months. Although I would consider myself somewhat of a regular, there are still so much to do at the resort that I have never tried before! Check out my first blog assignment for more details about Whistler Blackcomb!

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Happy Canada Day! From sea to shining sea, Canada is known for its cultural diversity and its beautiful wonders all year round. I am so thankful to be Canadian and I am thankful for its inclusivity! I cannot imagine a better place to live in; what’s not to love about Canada?

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This year, I had a very exciting (and busy) Canada Day and I started off the morning with a bang at the Steveston Salmon Festival parade! Richmond holds a very special place in my heart because it was where I lived when I first moved to Canada, and I was able to meet quite a number of my classmates and teachers from my elementary school during the parade! Alongside MINI Richmond and a few of the other Miss Teenage BC 2016 delegates, we skipped down the road to spread as much Canadian “spirit” as we possibly could, saying “hi” to the community and wishing everyone a Happy Canada Day.

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Proud to be Canadian!

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Before we knew it, the parade had ended. I had to quickly dash to my second parade of the day in Burnaby with some crazy navigation skills through the Canada Day traffic. Burnaby was my home for my senior high school years and it was just great seeing old friends and meeting new ones in my hometown! Thank you to Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel for allowing me to be a part of today’s festivities!

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The day had not ended and I was glad. My last event of the day was definitely the craziest (crazy good!) and the biggest. I had a lovely afternoon with my 2016 Miss Teenage BC family as we came together for the annual Downtown Vancouver Canada Day Parade! All I can say is “WOW”; I am still wide awake from the excitement that is celebrating my Canada Day with a group of amazing ladies and incredible Vancouverites! There were lots of smiles, laughs, and waving as we jammed along the music throughout the parade route. The BC girls are ready to bring the heat to nationals and we would like to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!!!!!!

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I was honoured to have been the emcee for this talent competition! I was able to watch the competition from a brand new perspective; it sure feels weird when I am not competing! Congratulations to C.Y. Royal Crown productions for a successful show and to all participants for all their hard work!

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Pita bread and gods of Olympus, these were just some of the highlights of my day spent at Greek Day!!! I am an advocate for encouraging diversity and multiculturalism, and Greek Day in Vancouver gave everyone a chance to have a taste of Greece and its amazing cultural identity!

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At Greek Day, I was honoured to have been interviewed by “Spill Ur Beanz”, a TV program set out to promote multiculturalism in Vancouver. I look forward to watching the segment and connect with Spill Ur Beanz for a future project!

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Ahh! It is always so exciting to cheer on the runners and being a part of running events!!! Today I had the chance to volunteer at Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K as a medal distributor. I personally find it one of the most rewarding jobs because everyone will get to feel like they have accomplished something great since everyone is a winner!

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Completing half-marathons and 5K courses are not easy accomplishments; the sweat, the training, and the determination of all the participants are especially inspiring! I wholeheartedly support all activities that encourage active & healthy living, and I cannot wait to run the course myself in future years to come!

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I wish to take this time to thank one of my sponsors for the unwavering support that they have provided me throughout this journey! From skincare to healthy lifestyle choices, Sandra & Estie are truly professionals at their job! After every skincare session I have had at Derma Bright, my face is rejuvenated and my skin starts to breathe! Thank you so much for all the help for making sure my skin is as healthy as possible!

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It is always a joy working with children and creating mini masterpieces on their faces! On June 25th, 2016, along with Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, Miss Teenage Southwestern BC 2016, and Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016, we were able to help out at Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC’s Picnic in the Park 2016. A charity that gives help for children in every corner of British Columbia, Variety BC is a foundation that provides health care and support for children with special needs.

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At the event, we were given the job of face-painting for the children’s activity area. We had a load of fun drawing dragons, roses, deers, and other fun designs on the children’s arms and faces; our adorable customers were the best!

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Thank you to Maureen for allowing us to come and volunteer for this year’s Picnic in the Park! We had a wonderful time and we look forward to take part in Variety’s events again!

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On Fri. Jun. 24, I was able to help out at the Surrey Food Bank, providing food assistance to many in the community.

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It was my first time volunteering at a food bank and I was not quite sure what to expect when I started the day. We were given a very informative orientation about who used the food bank and how the food bank worked before we headed out to help with the distribution line. We calculated the basic cost of living nowadays, and I was genuinely surprised at how much we could spend a month! It was a wake-up call to me as I realized how much money I had wasted on non-essentials and that there were a lot of people around in my community who didn’t enjoy the luxuries that I had.

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Working at the distribution line, we were able to meet all sorts of people regardless of gender, race, size, and religion. It was a lighthearted environment and everyone had an enjoyable time, whether it be distributing the food or receiving the food.

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Along with Miss Teenage Maple Ridge 2016 – Shawna and Miss Teenage Surrey 2016 – Anne, we all appreciated this educational, valuable, and inspirational experience; thank you so much to the Surrey Food Bank for the warm welcome!

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Despite the light showers, everyone was PUMPED at the walk/run and I had a fabulous time helping out with the great cause. I was beyond excited to celebrate today with families and dads from all over Metro Vancouver! A special BIG thank you goes to my dad for being awesome!

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Did you know that 73 Canadian men, on average, are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day? Sooo…I did some research on how to fight/prevent prostate cancer:
1. Eat fruits and vegetables.
2. Limit consumption of animal protein. Diets high in red meat, dairy products and animal fat have frequently been connected with the development of prostate cancer.
3. Seek plant protein.
4. Green tea.
5. Whole grains.
6. Limit sugary drinks.
7. Choose organic foods when possible.
8. EXERCISE!!!

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