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The 2010 Winter Olympic Games showed the world just how beautiful Whistler is in winter. The region is home to some fantastic ski areas and after the snow has melted it still has plenty to offer. Whistler is known as the mountain resort of North America. The excellent variety of shops and restaurants provide a welcome break from the many outdoor activities available in the surrounding mountains.
Whistler is about a 2-hour drive north of Vancouver and is easily accessible by car. Another great way to travel from Vancouver to Whistler is by train. The Rocky Mountaineer follows the Sea to Sky Climb route along the magnificent Howe Sound and chugs through the rugged Cheakamus Canyon. After a magnificent 3.5-hour journey the train gently rolls into Whistler station.
After the snow has melted on the Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains and the skis have been put back in storage, it's time to enjoy a range of other activities in the mountain region. Mountain bikers can choose from an almost infinite number of trails. The presence of the many ski lifts makes it easy to get high up in the mountains guaranteeing spectacular descents. The Top of the World alpine trail takes mountain biking fans to the 4 highest points of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains for some spectacular views and a mind-blowing biking experience down the mountain. Kayaking on the River of Golden Dreams (yes, that's the river’s real name) is a good way to spot such wildlife as beavers and bears. Hikers may explore dozens of kilometres of mountain trails. Whistler is also a paradise for golfers; there are 5 18-hole golf courses which are among the very best in Canada.