Canadian Wilderness Adventures invited us up to their Whistler playground to try one of the action packed ATV Tours the company runs. With "adventure" and "wilderness" in their name we didn't need to think twice. Selecting the moderate skill level "Call of the Wild West" tour, our crew of adventurers threw on our Vancouver, we love you shirts and left the city behind for an afternoon of rugged trail exploration.
After we filled out all the necessary waivers at the Canadian Wilderness Adventures headquarters in Whistler Village our tour guide for the day, Georgie, loaded us in the van to head to the Callaghan Valley, twenty minutes outside Whistler Village.
A quick gear up and instructions on ATV basics and we were off! Since we were all beginners our guide took us along some logging roads and easy terrain to get us comfortable with the vehicles. After ten minutes of basic training we all felt confident in controlling our beasts and began the first series of trails.
Our first stop was an incredible look out over the Callaghan Valley. Lucky for us, somebody had left a whole living room to sit down and enjoy the view from! ATV'ing gives a great opportunity to reach new vantage points and experience the mountain side in a whole different way than we had before.
We continued on with the tour and found our way to the abandoned mining grounds and secluded lake. It was a hot morning, the water was still and crystal clear, so when our guide gave the invitation to jump in the lake... we jumped.
Our caravan of adventurers were off again, this time to explore some single track trails through the forest. With our fearless guide Georgie in the lead we confidently went over boulders, tree trunks, through rivers, and up and down some pretty impressive inclines. By the end of the tour we felt like seasoned drivers, ready to take on even more challenging trails and obstacles.
We were sad to see the tour come to it's inevitable end and had massive smiles on our mud caked faces as we drove back to Whistler Village. Still covered with dried on mud and dust, we fit right in on the patio enjoying a cold, well earned, Whistler Brewing beer before heading back to Vancouver.
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Thank you SO much to Canadian Wilderness Adventures for an amazing time exploring the Callaghan Valley. We highly recommend anyone to check out the tours they have available and experience Whistler in a whole new way.
In addition to the COW tour that we went on, Canadian Wilderness Adventures also hosts basic beginner tours around the Blackcomb mountain side as well as family friendly Jeep tours. They are also the "go to" adventure company for winter activities with a whole line up of snowshoe, dog sled, and snow mobile tours available. Send them a note to book your tour today!