Summer Camps Sea To Sky

Regional Summer Camps Offer Something For Every Kid

Summer is a time for adventure, new experiences, skill building, high fiving buddies, and creating memories that will last a lifetime, and there’s no better place to do all that then at camp. It’s a time to unplug from the TV, computers and cell phones, and take the time to stop and smell the flowers—literally.

Throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor there’s a range of camp options for the little kids all the way up to the big ones (like you), from half days all the way up to multi-week options. Take a look at the selection below to discover a camp that your kids, or you, might never want to leave.

Into the Valley

Beautifully set in the Upper Squamish Valley, Camp Summit is the ideal blend of outdoor adventure, creativity, and connection building for children and youth aged 4-17. There are eight different overnight camp options on offer, from the three day Base Camp all the way up to the three-week Teen Leadership Challenges. Camp Summit was founded in 1999 and went from 40 campers in its first year to now over 800 each summer. With a 90% return rate they must be doing something right, and it’s partly down to the passion of the founder, Geoff Parks.

Camp Summit Squamish

“We’re about the people. A lot of the team here has grown up at camp, and have experienced the programs. In turn, they want to provide an incredible experience,” explains Geoff Parks, founder and director of Camp Summit. “Everything we do here at camp is done with intent. We spend time thinking about the how and why we do things to ensure they’re as inclusive, supportive, and fun as they can possibly be. Camp is like a community. Whether someone is with us five days or six months, the impact we have on their life is transformative. Shy kids become self-confident and independent with the knowledge that they can thrive, even when Mom and Dad aren’t there. That’s a big asset for life. Seeing the passion of my team and the growth and development of the campers is simply incredible.”

The camps offer adrenaline-pumping activities like rock climbing, archery, high ropes and mountain biking, as well as orienteering, outdoor living skills, and geocaching that will get your kids reading maps and problem solving as a team. Add to a little guitar and drama around the campfire and you have something for everyone. The fun is not only limited to minors at Camp Summit, there’s a Women’s Weekend that has all the adventure trimmings of the kids camp with the addition of massage and yoga—perfect.

Into the Mountains

It’s all about finding the right combination of sports-based fun with the Whistler Sports Academy summer combo camps.

These day camps can be tailored to your little-one’s interests, with options like mountain biking, sailing, theatre, dance, gymnastics, tennis, survival skills, and jiu-jitsu scheduled for the morning. Then, in the afternoons it’s all about the water with their paddle sport programs. Set of the stunning Alta and Green Lakes, your kids will work on their canoe, kayak, and SUP skills with the camp’s certified instructors and guides.

The camps are five-days long and start in June with various dates throughout the summer. The Kids Combo Camps are for children aged 5-14, and the new Kiddy Combo Camps are for 3-5 year-olds. The Kiddy Camps are designed to help build your child’s core sport skills set, stamina, and concentration—and of course to have oodles of fun. Mountain biking is the core daily sport, and it’s good for first timers on run bikes up to little rippers who have got the hang of their pedals, and then there’s a mix of indoor and outdoor sports including ball games, trampoline, yoga, hikes, and paddling. The Kiddie Camps also offer spring and fall options if you want to extend that summer camp vibe.

What’s worth mentioning is that the people running these camps are Whistler locals who are certified to the hilt, and passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors and sports with the kids. They also run overnight leadership camps for ages 14+, and have a range of “Champagne Camps” for adults, including an all-women bike camp.

Into the Forest

It’s all about being immersed in nature and getting your hands dirty at Evans Lake Summer Camp. Set on pristine waters and surrounded by lush forest it has that serene feeling of being completely in the wilderness, although it’s just 15-kilometres north of Squamish. The camps are designed for children and youth aged 8-16 years, with overnight camps ranging from 6-7 days.

Evans Lake Summer Camp Squamish

A key point of difference at Evans Lake is their belief in the campers leaving with a deeper knowledge and admiration of the forest and environment they’re revelling in. Daily programming is held in the forest and includes stream rehabilitation, shelter building, erosion reduction, animal conservation, and general forest management. This is tied in with canoeing, paddle-boarding, rock-climbing, archery, theme days, skits, and songs.

“We have all the recreation activities you’d expect at camp, plus the forest education component,” explains Conor Lorimer, Director of Operations and Education at Evans Lake. “Discovering how we connect with the forest is a journey and exploring it in a camp setting, with other campers and leaders in a tight knit group creates something very special. Evans Lake is a stunning base, we have campfires on the shore with homemade cookies and hot chocolate, and get up to all the usual camp calamity with theme nights and costume parties. Camp is all about fun. The more fun we have outdoors the more likely we are to get out there and experience it.”

They even have a trademark game called “Survival” that requires a touch of stealth, along with team-building classics like Capture the Flag. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the option to add certain adventures to the camps like river floats, high ropes courses, zip lining, and white water rafting. They even claim to have the yummiest camp marshmallows, but I guess you’d have to check out one of their campfire sing alongs to find out…

Into The City

Perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to access summer activity options for all ages is at your local recreation centre. The sheer amount of activities on offer would be the envy of any town outside of BC! From rock climbing to reading clubs to art camps, we really are living in the perfect place for kids to play in the summer!

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S2S Summer Camps

wdt_ID Camp Name Location Type Of Camp Website
1 Camp Summit Squamish Weekly Stay http://www.campsummit.ca/
2 Evans Lake Squamish Weekly Stay https://evanslake.com/
3 Whistler Valley Snowboard Club Whistler Weekly Stay https://www.facebook.com/WhistlerValleySnowboardClub
4 Whistler Mountain Ski Club Summer Camps Whistler Weekly Stay https://wmsc.info/summer-race-camps/
5 Momentum Ski Camps Whistler Other https://www.momentumskicamps.com/
6 Rise and Shine Captains Camps Pemberton https://www.theriseandshinefoundation.com/sports-camps
7 Whistler Youth Soccer Camps Whistler Day Camp https://www.whistler.ca/summer-camps
8 Squamish Parks & Recreation Squamish Day Camp https://squamish.ca/recreation/recreation-programs-activities-and-facilities/
9 Whistler Parks & Recreation Whistler Day Camp https://www.whistler.ca/culture-recreation/recreation/rec-guide-programs
10 SLRD/Pemberton Parks & Recreation Pemberton Day Camp https://www.slrd.bc.ca/recreation-culture/community-facilities/pemberton-area-c-facilities/pemberton-district-community-centre/programs
Camp Name Location Type Of Camp Website

Squamish Summer Camps

Squamish Aerial Park

Aerial Park Delivers Excitement

Squamish is “Hard-wired For Adventure”.  It’s our municipal motto and part of the town’s identity.  And now there’s an amazing activity that takes that tagline literally.  The Rope Runner Park is, by its very nature, hard-wired for adventure.

Squamish Aerial Park

Standing 17m tall and 20m wide, the aerial adventure park has been purpose-built for fun.  A picture’s worth a thousand words, so please peruse the accompanying photos, but for those who prefer prose, let me attempt to describe this magnificent man-made structure.  At its centre is a steel tower and, when looked at from above, you could consider this the hub. Six satellite towers, interconnected by steel and cable, attach to the hub and form a hexagon.  And upon this sturdy frame is a coat of many colours; fifty to be exact. Fifty different elements on four horizontal planes with three different skill levels for people to challenge themselves.



I spoke with JP Tondreau, one of the owners, about the Rope Runner Park and its role in Squamish.  He said their goal was to help make Squamish less of a pit-stop and more of a destination.

“We have access to a ton of tourists driving the highway,” he said.  “how do we capture a portion of those people as they’re driving north?”

Calling Squamish home for over ten years, JP sees the growth this town has experienced and its potential to stand alone as a place for people to flock to and recreate.  And while we have plenty of natural habitat to play in, perhaps there’s a need for something different yet complementary to Mother Nature’s playground. The Rope Runner park reaches for and achieves that goal .  As for “capturing some of the traffic” it looks as though its caught quite a few modes of transportation in its web already! Central to the various ladders, rungs, walkways and ramps, are such items as a snowmobile, a bicycle, a boat, a kiteboard, there’s even an old triple chair from the Crystal Lift on Blackcomb that you can sit on.  If you can get to it, that is!

“We wanted objects for the course to reflect the activities already present in town and in the corridor,” JP says.  “And all of them were manufactured here in Squamish.”

You can talk about a thing until you’re blue in the face, but until you actually strap in, you’re not really sure what’s what.  It was time for me to try the park out for myself. I was given a harness with two lanyards attached to it, and listened as my Rope Runner guide explained how the Clic-it safety system worked.  There’s a video on their website, but essentially the gist is this: you cannot remove both lanyards from the safety cable.  When you unclick one lanyard a mechanism in the other one locks.  It remains locked until such time as you click your first lanyard back onto a cable.  As you can imagine, a park of this nature needs to be 100 percent safe and have all of its bases covered in order to instill confidence in its customers.  The forthright and concise explanation of the system and protocols by my guide proved to me that safety is their paramount concern. Safety followed very closely by fun.

Once harnessed up, I climbed the stairs to the first level and considered my options.  I’m a… hmm… moderately fit middle-aged fella.  So I thought I’d be able to handle most of the challenges put before me.  The secret to making that last sentence true was to not put some of the harder challenges before me!  Call it a cop-out if you must, but I prefer to think of it as saving some of the park for my next visit.  

It was an absolute riot navigating up, down, and all the way around the Rope Runner structure!  I was surprised by just how much fun you can have and just how strenuous some of the elements can be.  The beauty of this park is that you go at your own pace and wherever you feel comfortable as there are many different routes to choose from.  As I said, each element is rated a skill level: green, blue, and black just like a ski hill.  Each session can last up to two hours, but after 90 minutes my body had given up (even though my mind still wanted to wander!)  For my exit strategy I chose the most direct route: attaching your lanyards to a descending device for a controlled, fourth floor freefall.   I’d watched a few people take this leap of faith, yet still got the fluttering butterflies as I approached the edge… It’s that darned first step that’s the doozy, the rest of the descent was pure delight.

So, to the nitty gritty: who can play.  If you’re seven years old or more and 125cm (49 inches) tall or more you can test your limits and get that funtime adrenaline pleasing the pleasure centres as it courses thru your veins.  There’s an upper weight limit of 120.2kg (265 pounds) that has to do with the safety equipment, and there are other concerns and declaratives as well, which are all covered on the Rope Runners website.  I would encourage you to check it out.  They do birthday parties and private functions as well.  

As JP said, the goal of Rope Runners is, “Trying to make people happy by delivering a great aerial adventure.”  Mission accomplished, JP!

Malcolm Yates
Multiplicity WSSF 2018

WSSF’s Multiplicity Captures Spirit Of Whistler Culture

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival (forever after lovingly referred to as WSSF) is an annual confluence of events whose prime thrust is mountain culture; viewed thru multiple lenses, interpreted in myriad ways and celebrated by an ever-evolving cast of participants and enthusiasts.

When the festival first started, over 20 years ago, I was far more interested in the athletic aspect of it all, specifically as it pertained to snowboarding. That was my jam and everything else played second fiddle.

As I grew older and my horizons expanded I began to appreciate the other facets WSSF had on offer.  Skiing, of course (elderkin and Yin to snowboarding’s Yang) as well as the music that would soundtrack the stoke, whatever your mode of locomotion.  Then came my appreciation for the all-encompassing catch-all for everything rad: ART.  Art on canvas, art carved in stone, on the printed page, in wood, in what-have-you. To say nothing of the majesty that is photography or film!  To me, art is anything that holds within itself intrinsic beauty or curious genius.  Or both.

And so I found myself outside the Whistler Conference Centre (WCC) this Tuesday last with a level of anticipatory eagerness I’d not explored in some time.  The main course, MULTIPLICITY, was paramount on my mind, but the Swatch ART + Soul gallery in the main foyer of the WCC was an appetizer not to be missed. Showcasing the talents of local artists on various mediums, I was struck dumb by the sheer volume and level of artistry at play here in my backyard.  And as I strolled amongst the wooden divides with creative works on all sides, DJ Vinyl Ritchie performed his own auditory artform, stitching beats into the tapestry that unfurled over us all.

Then the call was made over the PA: Would everyone please make their way to their seats as the show is about to begin…

This is the WSSF website’s description of MULTIPLICITY:

The annual event, presented by Mountain Life Media, captures human beings’ rich tradition of storytelling, then elevates it, adding in visual elements of photography, slideshows and video. The result is best compared to a TEDTalk® on adrenalin, with stories brought to you by explorers, athletes, outdoor thought-leaders, and passionate personalities from the mountain world.

That works for me.  I mean, that REALLY works.  A night of people tellin’ tales?  Sign me up. And the event was in support of the Spearhead Huts, a great mountain culture cause?  Sign me the hell up!  And so I did as I was told and found my seat.  Mr. Feet Banks, the Mountain Life Editor (but also a writer, producer, director, reviewer, hoster, bard & boaster) stepped up to the mic and rocked his role as emcee with relish and whimsy.

Multiplicity SpeakersThere were seven speakers on the night, not including Mr. Banks (who you most definitely should include!) and all of them deserve more words than I’m about to give them.  Unfortunately I’m limited on space and suffer from a rare but real case of Linguistic Verbosis.  So in the interest of not turning this worthy tale into a weighty tome, I’m gonna give you the Coles Notes and this statement: you really had to be there.  My apologies to those whose shift I short.

First up was professional mountain biker, Darren Berrecloth, who gave a talk on ‘Fear’ and how to manage it.  It was amazing to me, watching this athlete’s ludicrous lines and ridiculous descents on the screen as he spoke.  He was a perfectly decent, if a tad unpolished, public speaker who had me completely mesmerized. Here was a guy whose footage literally caused me to sweat & fret in my seat as he “handled” the fear, yet it was here talking in front of an audience that Darren felt, if not fear then perhaps a tad out of his comfort zone.  Amazing.

Survivalist Ted Baird was next.  He and his brother were contestants and eventual winners on the History Channel’s hit show, Alone, which I highly suggest you check out.  Ted was great at making me understand how perfectly awful his situation was and how perfectly disgusting eating a gunnel fish would be, let alone buckets of them for days without end!

Alex Warburton spoke next and, of all the speakers, he was the one I was most interested in.  Like the gentlemen preceding him, Alex isn’t a professional public speaker. These are adventurers and athletes after all,  not orators and actors, and I give anyone who can stand up and talk in front of an audience a tremendous amount of leeway in their delivery because… it’s a bloody hard thing to do!  But my point is, Alex could’ve spent his whole time folding clothing and I’d still be stoked to watch.  He spoke of his early days in Whistler and how, “all six of us professional snowboarders lived in the same house” and I damn well know that to be true.  Alex beat me to Whistler by a couple years, but when I arrived, back in 1991, one of the first things I did was look up the pros that I knew lived here (Alex being top of my list) in the phone book.  What’s a phone book, you ask? Nevermind, sonny-boy, suffice to say I found a couple of my hero’s last names on a list but didn’t need to take it any further than this. To simply ride the same slopes as the blokes I idolized in the magazines was enough to fan the flame.  And now, almost 30 years later, the lantern light’s a little lower but baby, it still burns!

Hans “No-Way” Rey is a world renowned trials mountain biker, who spreads the joy of biking thru his charity, wheels4life, which donates bicycles to those in need of transportation in developing countries.  Hans spoke of his ascents and descents down Mount Kenya & Kilimanjaro and his commitment to that aforementioned joy is commendable.

Jill Heinerth spoke of her otherworldly experiences in “inner space”, the caves, cracks and crevasses below the surface of the sea.  The photos that accompanied her talk were simply amazing, and it was hard to believe they weren’t, in fact, alien landscapes.

Johnny Thrash Whistler

A long-time legend with varying degrees of infamy, Johnny Thrash spoke next.  Johnny epitomizes the ski-bum aesthetic and I don’t mean that like a jacket you can put on or take off.  “Ski-bum” oozes out of every pore with this guy. And while the long hair of his youth has been tamed and trimmed, the wild in his eyes remains.  And you know, through his words and photographs certainly, but just by looking into those damned eyes, that Johnny Thrash is the genuine article.  In what I suppose could clunkily be called Johnny Thrashian fashion, part way thru his talk a gentleman streaked the stage, hootin’ and wailin’ as his wang waggled wildly.  Planned or not, the spectacle added flavour to the soup.

Legendary rock climber, John “Largo” Long rounded out the night and, while I hadn’t heard of him before (one can’t possibly know every legend from every sport or discipline, can one?) I couldn’t have been more impressed with his bona fides.  As an amateur writer and chronicler, I look to those who’ve come before and achieved that which I wish to reach for.  To paraphrase and reinforce Feet Bank’s sentiments, Largo is a man who walked the walk, climbed the route, talked the talk and wrote the book.  Many books, actually. And magazine articles and tv shows and documentaries and movies and, when it comes to Largo’s accomplishments, the list is (forgive me) Long.

Speaking of long, this night went on way past my bedtime, and continued at an after-party I would have loved to attend had I not a very real job to do at 6am the next morning.  Oh the questions I would ask these speakers-of-their-truth over a pint or two!  But any regret on my part is just Greed speaking its truth.  I love me some stories, and MULTIPLICITY’s walk-the-walkers and talk-the-talkers combined to tell a tale I’ll not soon forget.

Wild Havens Glamping

Pemberton Business Serves Up Rustic Luxury

Wild Havens is BC’s first pop up glamping provider, providing a unique outdoor experience with their fleet of canvas bell tents.

The brainchild of Laura and Richard Joce, UK transplants with growing roots in the Pemberton valley, Wild Havens was inspired by the glamping experience of a friends’ wedding.

Wild Havens wedding Tents

The wedding, held in fields of lavender and chamomile, drove the couple to find a way to bring the experience to the spectacular natural environment of British Columbia.

As Laura herself says:

“Glamping as a concept is totally new to the Canadian market, hopefully we have brought the concept to BC at the right time and we will be at the forefront of a new craze.

It is inspiring to be part of such an entrepreneurial community and I really feel like owning a small business is a rite of passage in the Sea to Sky corridor. We are part of such a supportive area and community and having the opportunity to be part of that and be involved with other awesome and inspiring local businesses gives me the motivation to succeed and make Wild Havens very successful.

The name Wild Havens came to me in a moment of inspiration, I think as a name it really captures and resonates with the product we are offering.”

For those not yet familiar, glamping basically involves all the romance of traditional camping but with most of the luxury of a hotel room. A true haven in the wild.

The Wild Havens crew offer services ranging from a simple self pitch service with basic decor and air mattress, all the way up to fully serviced camps for weddings or other events. Their partnerships throughout the region mean they can provide almost any luxury or amenity you can imagine.

Wild Havens Glamping

After a hugely successful first season, providing services at weddings up and down the Sea to Sky and also at festivals like Bass Coast and Rockin’ River, this husband and wife team are looking to grow their home-grown enterprise in its second year.

With an upsized fleet of over 40 canvas bell tents ranging from a generously proportioned twin bedroom up to a veritable conference room (more often a chill-out lounge or bridal suite), Wild Havens can now provide for even larger functions and events.

Their brand new offering in 2018? Rooftop tents.

These tents load onto the roof rack of your car or SUV, providing an elevated sleeping platform safely away from bugs or critters. They pitch in seconds and are the ultimate in car camping.

Also new for 2018 are sales of canvas bell tents, direct to the public. Custom designed, built to last, and of the highest quality, they are unique to Wild Havens.

For more information check out their website at wildhavens.ca

Writer: Adam Gordon

Wild Havens Festival Wedding Tents

Batl Squamish Axe Throwing

The BATL for Squamish

If you were picking locations to set up a Backyard Axe Throwing League, Squamish would be an obvious choice and not just for the reasons you might expect.  I mean, sure, there’s a long history of logging and forestry related industry in this beautiful town. We’ve also got the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival, showcasing several axe-related feats.  Heck, we’ve even got a 10m high statue of a dude wielding an axe, welcoming you into Squamish! Sam the Logger is a goliath, from his wool-knit toque down to his steel-toed boots, and the tool of his trade is front row centre.  So yes, throwing axes is not a stretch for a town where that used to be a primary source of income and where that aspect of our history is celebrated annually.  But not all fresh-faced folk walking thru Squamish have that majestic tapestry wrapped ‘round their family tree.

Squamish has morphed, over the years, and the demographic for this one-time, one-tune town has evolved as well.  Nowadays, you’re more likely to see climbers and bikers than fallers and buckers. Squamish is the outdoor recreation capital of Canada and whether we gave ourselves that title or earned it in a hard-fought, countrywide battle-royale matters not one whit.  You can’t argue with the canvas we’ve been given! As to what you want to paint with it, the only limit to your activity is imagination. And so we have a populace that loves doing stuff, but we’re in a region where it rains from time to time. To time… to time… et cetera… ad nauseam…

So it’s raining, now what?  What can I do that satisfies my desire for fun, adventure, includes some friendly competition, and identifies as an activity undaunted by Mother Nature’s more precipitous urges?

Enter the Backyard Axe Throwing League, or BATL for short.  BATL was founded in CEO Matt Wilson’s backyard, back in 2006.  And what started as a personal passion became a word of mouth movement throughout Toronto which then grew into a company with 13 locations across North America boasting over a million participants.  And we’ve got one right here in Squamish!

Just off the highway, turn onto Industrial way and (temporarily) forsake Tim Hortons to your left.  Instead take your first right, which is Discovery Way, and you’ll soon discover BATL’s base of operations.  It was here that I spoke with general manager Shea Emry to get a little more information about this amazing pastime.

BATL Squamish opened this past September, and has been going gangbusters ever since.  They cater to group bookings of all sizes but also have drop-in times. And as the BATL acronym implies, there’s an actual league you can register for as well to fully feed your frenzy.

In addition to on-site axe throwing, BATL has a mobile arm of the company called Axewood.  The Axewood crew can set up shop anywhere fun is being had, I’ve seen them at music and beer festivals, even atop the Sea to Sky Gondola!  The community engagement of BATL and Axewood adventure crew is impressive and their mission statement is simple: we want to grow the sport of axe-throwing and show people how much it can be.  So let’s get back to base and get to it, shall we?

When I arrived, the BATL team were taking the aforementioned group of newcomers thru what was going to happen next.  Shea and his team stressed safety above all, highlighting the protections in place and the lines you can’t cross. After that came the specifics of axe-throwing and how best to toss that cute little axe towards the bullseye in front of you.  I say ‘cute’ rather tongue-in-cheekily but the truth is, the throwing axes are not heavy and one does NOT have to be a burly mountain man or woman to wield them. Although… if you’re in competition with the person throwing next to you and a tie needs to be broken, they bring out the big boy and this is an axe more akin to toppling trees!  Although the mechanics of throwing the big axe remain the same.

Once the safety talk and the basics of the sport were addressed, the group was broken down into smaller groups and escorted to individual throwing lanes, each two with a BATL facilitator to give pointers, encouragement and scorekeep.  Oh yes, we’re keeping score here! It was amazing to watch as a newcomer absorbed the information, and threw their first axe. There was some beginners luck for the odd participant, but generally the first toss wasn’t that great. Aaaah, but once you get that first one out of the way you know what to expect, and can calibrate accordingly.  Whether that means listening to BATL staff correct a potential error in your technique or discovering for yourself what needs to be done.

It’s the second toss where the transformation takes place.  I could see in the eyes of some participants that they were a little reluctant prior to throwing.  I’m just here with my partner, my friends, my company, whatever, and I’ll throw some bloody axes but I really don’t think it’s my thing.  When this silent minority threw their first axe I spied a glimmer of what was to come after throw number two: excitement.  So you’ve got the axe back in hand, your eyes are on the target that eluded you the first time around, your motion this time is a little more fluid, you release a tad earlier and-

T-CHOKK!!!

The axe finds wood!  Watching someone go from, “I’m just passing the time” to “This is *expletive* awesome!” is a moment I imagine never gets old.  Then comes the competition, whether with your lane-mates or just yourself.  Hitting the target at large is no longer enough, now it’s time to focus in and-

T-CHOKK!!!

Bullseye.  I’m not being hyperbolic in using three exclamation marks for my sound effects.  The sound created as the blade buries into the wood is loud and it is satisfying.  I watched as the rest of the group chased after that sweet, sweet sound and the smiles on everyone’s faces proved the hypothesis.  Listen, if you haven’t tried BATL Squamish or their Axewood mobile units, I can’t recommend them enough. It’s an activity anyone can enjoy at any time of year, and it’s right here in the Sea to Sky.

Story by: Malcolm Yates

 

Escape Room Whistler Feature

The Great Escape

​The Great Escape

Voted Whistler’s #1 rainy day activity, Escape! Whistler is the brainchild of Whistler locals Kori Klusmeier and Karen Mizukami. Now entering it’s third year of operations, the success of the project is shown by the thousands of satisfied customers to escape since December 2015.

Origins:

Inspired by escape room experiences while travelling in Europe, Kori and Karen mixed serious creative talent with good business sense and a little of the culture that makes Whistler unique to create the town’s first escape room.

For anyone not familiar with the concept, escape rooms are live action gaming experiences that originated in Japan. Groups of players are “trapped” in themed environments and must use teamwork and logic to solve puzzles and escape.

Escape Room Whistler

A new challenge…

As the team at Escape! Whistler have recently created a new room, The Pinball Machine, it only seemed right that we take on the challenge. A huge part of what makes these experiences so fun is that there are NO spoilers, so to maintain the suspense we’ll keep detail to a minimum but we can give away a little back story. While checking out an abandoned old video arcade you discover a cheat code that mysteriously transports you into a video pinball machine.
Any lover of the 80s will be stoked on the aesthetic (there’s a definite Tron/Stranger Things vibe); once you can stop admiring the design, teamwork, communication, logic, and perhaps the odd clue from the ever supportive staff will be required to find your way out.
 Which we did, just, with only a little assistance from Mr. Klusmeier himself.
This newest room has a strong focus on practical engagement, so you should expect to get hands on with the puzzles and challenges.

Get involved

There’s a definite buzz involved in the experience; while it may not be as extreme as some of Whistler’s other iconic activities, there’s no doubt that the challenge of real world problem solving in such an immersive environment really gets the adrenaline flowing.
There are 3 other rooms, each offering a different style of experience and level of difficulty:

  • The Pirate Ship – taken captive by a ruthless band of pirates, you start in handcuffs and must use your ingenuity to escape. The best room for your first Escape Whistler experience. Beginner
  • The Buried Cabin – A true Whistler tale… While spending a night in the backcountry your cabin is buried by an avalanche, sealing the door. How will you get out? Intermediate
  • The Rabbit Hole – While hiking you spot a very peculiar rabbit. After he darts down a hole in a tree, you follow him into a very strange world where up is down and weird is normal. Now you need to figure out a way back to your own world. Advanced

Thanks to relationships with local artists and creatives, the team have been able to give each room a unique vibe you won’t find anywhere else, and because there are no photos permitted in the rooms you’ll just have to go check them out!

Book online at escapewhistler.com.
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