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Adventure differently this summer in Whistler

Enjoy new spin on Whistler

If you’re in need of adventure this summer, it’s closer than you think. Whistler’s doors are open and ready to offer you the ultimate holiday close to home. This summer, Whistler is changing its pace and upholding to the highest standards of health and safety so we can all adventure confidently, openly, mindfully and sensibly in the great outdoors.

Connecting with nature has never been more important to our health and well-being, and while things may look a little different this summer, everything you know and love about Whistler is still available. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, golfing or fishing, Whistler invites you to discover a new pace by adventuring lightly and exploring safely in its wide-open spaces from peak to valley. With plenty of options to get you outside, Whistler is the destination to reconnect with your sense of adventure.

Find the perfect place to refuel and satisfy your cravings with delicious eats from Whistler’s award-wining dining scene. With safety measures in place, toast to your day’s adventures and indulge in local flavours from casual après snacks to fine dining fare through a variety of dining options, including patio seating, indoor dining, takeout and delivery available throughout the resort. While many restaurants, pubs and cafes are open, capacity will be limited, so consider dining during non-peak times, making reservations or opt for a grab-and-go option and take your meal to the park.

To find out what you need to know before you go, check out the Doors Open Directory. The perfect place to start planning your summer adventures in Whistler, the directory provides up-to-date information on what is open in Whistler and how businesses are adapting to help us stay safe by upholding the highest of standards in health and safety.

With plenty to discover, you’ll need more than a weekend to uncover everything Whistler has to offer this summer. Extend your stay, and explore more with midweek lodging from $93 per night and offers that include a free $50 adventure voucher when you stay three nights or more.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.


Experience BC’s northern wild, nature on a whole new scale

Explore BC's vast, wild north

If you’re looking for perspective, connection with nature and space to roam, look to our province’s vast and wild northern reaches. Discover glacial valleys, soaring mountain peaks and wildlife parks—the kind of sweeping landscapes that adventurers aspire to witness.

Regardless of how far from home or enormous these parts may appear, the wilderness in B.C.’s north is as inviting as it is untamed. You’ll feel right at home when you arrive and will leave with a new understanding of just how deep B.C.’s beautiful backyard goes.

Ways to Explore the Vast, Wild North

Tour by car or RV along key corridors like the scenic Route 16 through Smithers and Terrace, forest-lined Highway 37, or the historic Alaska Highway. Or, link them all for the ultimate northern circle route.

Edged by jaw-dropping scenery, Prince George is a great place to stay a few days and get a taste of life in the north. Meet the locals and enjoy a glass of fruit wine at B.C.’s northernmost winery; walk amongst 300-year-old black cottonwoods and view tree bark carvings in Cottonwood Island Park. Discover secluded waterways of the Omineca with a guided fishing charter.

For a more direct route from the south, fly direct to Terrace or Prince George.

Enjoy Heart-Pumping Adventures Along Route 16

Give your northern adventure a theme and go on a fishing, rafting, mountain biking or hiking road trip along Route 16. Head west from Prince George and spend a few days in towns like Terrace, B.C.’s up-and-coming mountain biking hotspot. Set up a home base in Burns Lake or Smithers and explore the dozens of lakes and rivers in the area—full of healthy populations of rainbow trout and char, so don’t forget your fishing licence! Visit the Hazeltons and the ‘Ksan Historical Village, Campground and Museum to honour generations, past and present, and immerse yourself in 8,000-year-old Indigenous history.

Explore Big Nature East of the Rockies in “The Peace”

Carved by water and wind over thousands of years, mountain ranges give way to valleys and prairie skies east of the Rockies along the Alaska Highway (Highway 97)—an area affectionately dubbed “The Peace” by locals.

This historic route leads you to old settlements like Fort St. John and “Mile 0” of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek. Tumbler Ridge, one of only three Global Geoparks in North America, is another must-visit; see dinosaur trackways and fossils and appreciate just how far travel in B.C. can take us in both space and through time. Continue onward to Fort Nelson and explore Stone Mountain and Northern Rocky Mountains provincial parks and make a stop at the picturesque Muncho Lake.


The UNISUS Matching Program helps students reach potential

Education a wise investment


What has been the best investment you have ever made? Chances are it was some form of education.

Education, just like most services of value in life, is not created equally. That’s OK, because not everyone has the same goals as to how they want to use their education. If you value the preference of selection from top-notch colleges and universities or if your future goals include global experience and international business, an independent school is something you may have your sights set on. If tech and innovation or fostering a highly organized and successful entrepreneur mindset are high on your list of outside-the-box, education program goals, your value again is going to be quite high for an independent education program such as Unisus, as these are regular opportunities for students.

OK, so you've already done your research; you already highly value and understand the advanced programming available at Unisus. Maybe you've previously visited campus and seen what the future of education rooted in innovation looks like. You may still be left wondering how to afford it.

We know Okanagan families are experiencing unprecedented financial hardships and have had to make tough choices. We do not want those tough choices to land on sacrificing your child’s educational opportunity. That’s where the Matching Program comes in.

Newly initiated, the Unisus Matching Program is available to a limited number of families in the Okanagan who share the values and future-forward vision of Unisus. The Matching Program was designed for Okanagan residents to partner with the school during this time of financial distress, seeing school founders share in the investment that the advanced programming at Unisus brings to the community.

The program matches candidate families’ financial commitments equally, up to half of the required tuition amount for your student. That means your junior school student has access to a rigorous International Baccalaureate World School education for just a little over $300 per month and $775 per month for senior school students.

Senior school students who are up to the challenge of completing the rigorous IB Diploma Program with Unisus have the added value of consideration in receiving many first-year, post-secondary credit courses as standing granted. What that means is you could save almost all of that first-year university tuition and essentially one whole year of related post-secondary costs such as rent and food by merely completing the IB DP for your Grade 11 and 12 cohorts.

Other financial award programs are available for students, including scholarships for outstanding education and community achievement, and bursaries based on financial need. All that is needed to start the enrolment and scholarship process is an online application at www.unisus.ca. Start your application today, and get ready for the road to success.

A free interactive webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 7, to provide more information about the IB program and scholar-athlete academies, not to mention exclusive scholarship access. Registration at unisus.ca is required, as there is limited availability.

From valleys to vineyards: British Columbia’s bountiful playground

Vineyards, valleys delight

On the West Coast, we know that the province’s fertile valleys are ripe with, well, food and wine. But did you know that the area that stretches from the fields of the Fraser Valley to the vineyards of the Okanagan is also an ideal spot for outdoor play?

For every fresh peach that’s devoured, there’s an orchard to cycle through. For every Pinot that’s sipped, there’s a paddle that first needs to be dipped in a cool lake. So embrace this delectable yin and yang, and rediscover your next great B.C. adventure.

Explore the Fraser Valley

In British Columbia, we’re blessed with natural settings that are as fruitful as they are beautiful. Rolling fields, vineyards, and wide-open spaces are all ready for exploration—and adventure.

A trip just east of the city to the Fraser Valley is the quickest way to immerse in farm life. Beginning in Langley, you can nibble your way from farm to farm to Abbotsford and beyond—all family-run operations that boast everything from fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables to homemade waffles, ice creams and ciders. Among the pretty landscapes and grazing cattle, you can ride the rapids during a river-rafting excursion or try your hand at catch-and-release sturgeon fishing near Chilliwack. To understand more about local Indigenous culture, opt for a guided tour of the area’s significant sites.

Road Trip to the Okanagan

There are many ways to journey to the Okanagan, and we know them all: the oft-travelled Highway 1; scenic Highway 7; Highway 5/Highway 97, a.k.a. “the fast route;” and Highway 3/Highway 97. But don’t rush along these corridors.

Fuel up at coffee shops and dig into some of the best home cooking anywhere at famed roadside diners in Hope. With bellies full, test your mettle on winding trails or seek out quiet spots at local green spaces. Pedal fast and furious at bike parks or visit historic ranches and outdoorsy resorts, and consider staying awhile.

Enjoy Lakeside Adventure

Spend more than five minutes in B.C.’s sun-kissed Okanagan, and you know that wine touring, craft breweries, cideries, and meaderies are prime for summer visits. Also prime for warmer months? Hours spent on a boat, swims in hidden coves and long, leisurely paddles with your pod.

Beyond the shorelines, explore the bucolic valleys and the sustainable agri-tourism that fuel this lakeside lifestyle. Try two-wheeling among the vineyards—a novel way to visit local wineries near Penticton. Hike the Okanagan’s many trails, discover local Indigenous culture near Osoyoos or visit a family farm for homegrown treats. Another option? Take it all in from a patio at one of the region’s premier winery restaurants. Cheers to that!

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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