How do you make your first trip to Whistler, BC memorable?
Go on a date,
…to the top of a mountain,
…in a helicopter.
I love travelling. And while I’ve been fortunate enough to have been to Europe twice I’ve also come to truly appreciate just how beautiful Canada is. So I took some time this past June to explore around Vancouver and finally experience the Sea to Sky highway and make my way up to Whistler.
To celebrate his first visit to Canada (and subsequently, Whistler) I surprised my special guest with a helicopter experience tour over the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. I know, I know, extravagant right? But if I’m going to Live Life, I’m going to live it to the fullest.
I chose to book online through a local company called Blackcomb Helicopters. They’ve been proudly operating for over twenty years in the Whistler/Blackcomb area. Their online booking was fast, easy, and most importantly they didn’t require payment until the day of the booking to accommodate the changing weather conditions.
Blackcomb Helicopters offers year-round services including sightseeing, hiking, biking, mountain picnics, glacier exploration, and proposal & wedding tours. They also offer custom tours to fit individual needs!
I opted to book the BC Experience Tour which included a 24 minute air ride and a 15 minute glacier landing (weather permitting). The flight gave us a bird’s eye view over Whistler and Blackcomb, Cheakamus Glacier, and Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Our tour started with complimentary shuttle service provided by Blackcomb Helicopters directly from our hotel in Whistler to the Whistler Helipad which was less than a twenty minute ride from Whistler Village.
After a quick stop at the helipad office to settle our payments we took off to the skies with our fantastic pilot and a Swedish family of three and quickly rose to 7,000 feet above the Whistler area. I personally found the ascent to be smooth and quick; before I knew it we were higher than the mountains!
We leisurely passed over Whistler Village and a number of lakes and parks that the pilot graciously pointed out to us. I’m going to be completely honest and admit that I didn’t listen to what he was saying because I was too busy admiring the views from the window.
He then landed us on a 12,000 year old glacier on Rainbow Mountain for one of the best photography experiences of my life. I’ve got to say, we couldn’t have asked for better weather that day. The sky was clear, the sun was out, and the mountaintop was warm (to the Canadian at least)!
The view took our breath away. Our pictures definitely do not to it justice. It was sky and rock as far as the eye could see and the fresh mountain air did wonders for our senses.
I could go on for hours about how stunning the Sea to Sky highway is. But I don’t think I’ve ever experienced something quite as breathtaking as the view from the skies over the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
Blackcomb Helicopters is the “Sea to Sky’s premier heli-adventure company.” I definitely recommend checking out their website here if you plan on taking any type of heli-tour while visiting Whistler.
Have you ever experienced the skies above Whistler in a helicopter? Let me know in the comments section below!
(Featured image: Kathryn Ho, www.instagram.com/khitters)