Are you scared of the prospect of spending the night in “the great outdoors?” It can be a scary place full of unknown factors, moderate isolation, and just a thin tent between you and the world. The lack of electricity or immediate technology can seem hard to wrap one’s head around. And yet, maybe because your significant other or friend urges you to give it a try, you’re willing to. But, if you’re terrified of camping, I hope you’ll give it a try after you read this post.
In Winter you have downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling (are you seeing a trend here?) and on-mountain sightseeing. There’s no doubt that there are plenty of reasons why most people who think of Whistler think of it as a winter destination.
Summer in Whistler is also a lot of fun, with the world-class mountain bike park that is ever-expanding, lakes to jump into, and plenty of hiking trails for every ability level.
Fall is also a great time of year to take a break and head to Whistler. With the mountain bike park and gondolas closed for the season in early October, the rest of fall in Whistler is a lot less crowded.
Take a look at this post to find things to do in Whistler during the fall season.[Read more…]
What is Astrotourism?
The definition of astrotourism, according to dictionary.com is, paying to travel into space as a form of recreation. This isn’t what I mean when I say astrotourism.
Instead, astrotourism is travelling to a place with the intent to stargaze – with or without camera in hand.
While people have been stargazing for a really long time, the difference here is the intention to deliberately seek out dark sky spots in order to more fully see the night sky.
Why is Astrotourism so Popular?[Read more…]
One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to check out the local museums and art galleries. When I’m unable to travel, I have a feeling like I’m missing out on something. Spending time on weekends or evenings to attend virtual museum exhibits makes me feel like I’m exploring a new place, I’m back in university studying art history (with no exams!) and like I’ve gotten a new outlook on the world and different cultures.
Why Spend The Time to Attend Virtual Museum Exhibits?
I, for one, hope the trend of having virtual collections and exhibits available for the public will continue. Even when it is easier to be able to visit institutions in person, there will be many reasons why people may choose to view exhibits online:
- Accessibility – perhaps the museum or collection isn’t set-up for wheelchairs, hearing impairment, etc.
- Illness or need to remain at home or in a care facility
- Physical distance – with exhibits available online, people can view things from across the country and around the world
- Cost – museums and galleries, when not free or by donation, can be too costly for people to visit as often as they’d like to.
- Time – online exhibits and resources allow people to “visit” anytime of day or night.
Virtual exhibits or digitized collections aren’t something new. VirtualMuseum.ca, founded in 2001, is The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations. You can find exhibits here from both large and small museums across the country. What I like even more than virtually touring the museums, through a 360 degree virtual tour or otherwise, is attending seminars or lectures that allow me to learn and get more from the experience as a whole.
As one might take a guided tour through a museum or gallery in person, so too can you take a virtual tour. Many institutions offer seminars/lectures, guided virtual tours, and art history lessons online for free or for a small fee.
I’ve taken a few free (with donation option) virtual tours/lectures offered by the Washington D.C. History and Culture non-profit. Typically, they used to offer in-person tours to bring people together to experience the history and culture of Washington D.C. Since the beginning of the pandemic and into the future, they provide virtual versions of these tours. The added bonus is that they cover major museums and galleries in other cities, too.
You can take a look at Eventbrite for free or paid events. Use the filters to select a date, price, category, format, language. . .[Read more…]
Sure, when most people think of Whistler, British Columbia, they think about winter sports, like skiing and snowboarding. And it’s true that Whistler Blackcomb Resort (and the entire town) was originally set up to be a winter destination, but things have changed in recent years. Whistler is the place to visit both in winter and summer.
There is no shoulder season in Whistler – people flock here year-round, which means that many of the hotels don’t offer a discount for off-peak times and that the town is pretty much always busy.
In addition to the many conventions and conferences that happen here year-round, people from nearby Vancouver drive up for weekend getaways and day trips. There are so many different outdoor activities to partake in, lots of high-end shopping/hotels/restaurants, plenty of casual dining options, and also a lot of free things to check out, so there is really something for everyone here. There really are so many things to do in Whistler in Summer.[Read more…]