The world is coming back to life just in time to make the most of what summer has to offer. One of my favorite pastimes is adding to my ever-evolving “bucket list” of places to explore. My criteria for the list includes the following:
- The destination has to be somewhere I’ve never visited previously.
- There has to be something in nature to do at said destination (even if that’s not the main purpose for visiting).
- The destination must include the availability of an activity that I’ve never done before (i.e., when I went to Fairbanks, Alaska, I went dog mushing).
- There must be at least one type of cuisine at the destination that I have never sampled before.
Neighbors to the North
Living so near to Canada, pre-pandemic I visited the country every few months to see art exhibits at Vancouver galleries, stock up on my favorite tea (only sold there) and explore new places around British Columbia.
One area that’s quite popular with my friends who love to ski, is Whistler. Seeing their Instagram photos of beautiful snowy vistas has always made me want to go, but the more I research it, the more I think I’d actually like to experience it first in the summertime.
So, does it qualify as a Bucket List destination?
It is somewhere I’ve never visited previously, so that’s one requirement met. But what about the other variables?
Recreational Opportunities in Nature
Of course, as I mentioned above, skiing is the no. 1 activity in the region, but as I did my homework, I realized there are several things I would enjoy in the great outdoors there:
I hike regularly at home, so a great trek in the Canadian countryside sounds ideal. I’d especially like this jaunt.
I was delighted to see that like Seattle, they have their own Green Lake.
If I really want to be part of the snow, I could also take a glacier tour.
A Unique Adventure
An activity that I’ve never done, but would love to do is zip lining and that appears to be an option readily available in Whistler:
I love the eco vibe of this group.
Admittedly, this also looks exhilarating.
A Taste of Whistler
Something I’ve heard a lot about are Whistler Jeggs—a savory pancake that I think I would definitely enjoy, if they’re all presented as extravagantly as this.
So yeah … every Bucket List requirement is met. But what about the vibe?
Real Estate Reality
A great way to tell if an area is thriving is by browsing homes and values in nearby areas. Looking at the beautiful properties here, it appears Whistler is going strong. Check out the real estate for sale in Whistler.
When the border is open—hopefully next month or the month after—I may have to make Whistler, BC, one of my first excursions …