Here’s exactly how you should experience Canada in the most luxe way possible. By Pallavi Singh
Take a glacier walk, a First Nations waterfall hike or head to the skies and discover 360-degree vistas via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb peaks. Go ziplining, on a bicycle tour or on an ATV bike tour at Whistler Mountain. When in Victoria, set sail on the Salish Sea to watch the whales cavort in the blue-gray waters. A gondola ride to the top of Grouse Mountains for a tryst with the grizzly bears is a must-do in Vancouver. Hop on two wheels and take in the fall colours around downtown Vancouver, one of the most bike-friendly cities in Canada.
Try the universal favourite poutine – French fries with cheese curds topped with brown gravy. If you love fish, the salmon dishes here are to die for. At Whistler, IL Caminetto infuses a fresh contemporary style of dining with a modern interpretation of classics to the sleek Italian designed room. Executive Chef James Walt’s menu, featuring both Italian and local products, is perfect for dinners with family and friends. While in Vancouver, sample the freshest fish and the most colossal seafood towers at Coast Restaurant, an award-winning seafood restaurant near Robson Street.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver lets you tread 137 metres across and 70 metres above what the Squamish Nation call Kia’palano, or ‘beautiful river’. Explore more of the canyon on Cliffwalk. An essential part of Vancouver’s history, Gastown is a must-visit; take a stroll along Water Street, where you’ll find a picture-perfect collection of old buildings, cobblestones, the Steam Clock, and vintage lamp posts. Nature lovers shouldn’t miss the Butchart and Butterfly Gardens in Victoria.
Experience the Finnish tradition of hot soaks and cold plunges at the Scandinave Spa Whistler. The outdoor setting is as therapeutic to the mind as the eucalyptus steam bath, wood burning sauna, outdoor hammocks and relaxation solariums are to the body. If you are strolling past the country’s oldest Chinatown at Victoria, indulge in a decadent tea-inspired spa treatment, such as a green tea facial at Silk Road Tea.
Located in Whistler Village and a stone’s throw away from the slopes of the Blackcomb Mountains, The Westin Resort & Spa is an all-suite full-service conference hotel ideal for holidaymakers. Strategically positioned in downtown Victoria, Sandman Hotel Victoria is central to Victoria’s business district, attractions and shopping. Towering above the downtown core, the 34-story Hyatt Regency Vancouver is adjacent to a SkyTrain station and Royal Centre.