“Zipping” through the air in Whistler, BC


We are not what you would call early risers, but when we are given the opportunity to go zip-lining in Whistler, BC, Canada (thanks Ziptrek Whistler) we are willing to make a sacrifice.  This day began earlier than it should have, as the road between Vancouver, BC and Whistler was inundated with cyclists competing in a race between the two cities.  Therefore, although the trip normally takes about 2 hours, we were told to allow 4 hours for the drive.  So we were on the road by 7:30am with our friends Shayla 

Whistler - Ziplining Shayla

 and Chris

Whistler - Ziplining Chris

It took us 3 hours to get to Whistler.  After a nice lunch on the great patio of the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC), we checked in with Ziptrek Whistler in Whistler village.  We sat with great excitement waiting for our guides to come meet us!

We were harnessed up and given some important safety instructions before we walked up to start our adventure on the Bear Course.

Whistler - Ziplining Ready to Go

The first of five zip-lines is located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains (if you have been to Whistler and walked to the base of the mountains, you have seen it!).  Evan was the first to step up to the first line, as he loves the ride.  After being all locked in, he walked off the edge and the adventure began!!  What a rush!!  It is so exciting to fly through the air on a small cable; it definitely gets the adrenaline going! 

Whistler - Ziplining First Run

The rest of the zip-lines are a short drive from the check-in, so we hopped in a van and took a nice scenic drive up to the zip-line course.  Along the way you travel through the large trees of Whistler’s temperate rainforest and go past the Whistler Sliding Center, which was used for the bobsled, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.  One of the advantages of the trip with Ziptrek is the guides spend the time to educate you about the ecology of the surrounding environment during the entire tour and they are very entertaining.

On the zip-line course, we got to ride five lines, each feeling a little longer than the last.  The course is designed to pass back and forth over Fitzsimmons Creek, WAY up in the trees!  It truly is an experience of soaring in the air, as we were so high up. 

Whistler - Ziplining Forest Walk

Walking through the treetops.

Whistler - Ziplining The Course

the Four Lines

We were told to have fun on the lines.  We could do anything we wanted!!  We tried to get going as fast as possible and going backwards. 

Whistler - Ziplining Going Backwards

Going backwards

Whistler - Ziplining Lovin' It


On the last line, Ziptrek Whistler calls it the “freestyle” line where they ENCOURAGE people to try some big step for them.  They were clear this was personal to each person; some may finally open their eyes, others let go of the harness or even flip upside down.  Evan had to try flipping upside down.  Although he had some trouble at first, he got it eventually and loved every minute of the experience.

Whistler - Ziplining Chris Upside Down

Whistler - Ziplining Evan Upside Down

The experience definitely gets the adrenaline flowing!  Although it may seem risky, it feels extremely safe as well.  This was our third experience with zip-lining and it definitely felt the safest.  They have shoulder and leg straps on the harnesses to keep you strapped in.  On all the lines they have “brakes” that catch you and slow you down before you reach the landing platform (not present on any other course we have been to).  It was great, but we never felt unsafe at any point during the day.

Ziptrek Whistler provided us with a wonderful experience.  We had so much fun and learned a little along the way!  We would recommend this experience to anyone who is going to be in Whistler.  There are two other options with Ziptrek Whistler, you can go on the newer Eagle Course or combine the Bear and Eagle Course together and do the Mammoth Tour, so you can go more than once!

What a Great Day!!!

A special thank you to Ziptrek Whistler for hosting us on our adventure!

Another thank you to Shayla Sawchenko and Chris Fawcett for joining us and providing the pictures for this post.

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7 Responses to “Zipping” through the air in Whistler, BC

  1. You guys are absolutely crazy! 🙂 Looks like you had such a great time. I will try it with my best friends next summer, it looks so scary :):)
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    Agness (@Agnesstramp) October 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm Reply
    • Thanks Agness,

      Sometimes we feel a little crazy trying this stuff out, but it is so much fun! You definitely need to try it if you have the chance, it is well worth it!!

      evan&tracy October 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm Reply
  2. We just tried ziplining in Chiang Mai last weekend, and it was absolutely amazing! Our guides liked to shake the lines quite a bit and freak us out, which was pretty terrifying at first, but it ended up being part of the fun. I’d love to try it again in Whistler – your photos make it look beautiful!
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    Jessica October 14, 2012 at 1:29 am Reply
    • That is great Jessica! We are so glad to hear when others get to try something that is so much fun!!

      It is great that the guides are always have ways of making it more exciting for you, but it can definitely be a little scary at first. If you get the chance, you should definitely check Whistler zip-lining out!

      evan&tracy October 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm Reply
  3. Whistler Zip-lining is great! Had a blast when we did it — it also helps when your surroundings are so beautiful! Great photos!
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    Debbie October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am Reply
    • That is great that you guys got the opportunity to go to Ziptrek Whistler. The experience was amazing!

      The ability to “free-style” across the lines is definitely the best part of Whistler’s course.

      evan&tracy October 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm Reply
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