Scout trips to Whistler and Vancouver have a great way of bringing the true outdoors to life. Whistler, also known as Canada’s adventure capital, grips Scouts with its sensational zip lining opportunities and famous mountain hikes, whilst Vancouver offers a welcome contrast with its urban culture and green spaces.
The South London Scout County were incredibly excited to get out to Canada for their jam-packed itinerary. Not only were the outdoor activities and excursions exciting for the group, but they really appreciated that opportunities like these don’t often come around. The thought of being out in nature with other Scouts is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that would make anyone excited!
Time to travel…
The group met with their Tour Manager, Jade, at London Gatwick before checking in and preparing for their flight. Then the adventure truly began!
After they touched down in Vancouver, they gathered with the coach and transferred to the Riverside Resort in Whistler. Famous for its furry marmots and Olympic ski facilities, the alpine village is commonly known for its skiing. However, the Scouts would be here to take part in the exciting outdoor activities the village had to offer.
They would also use the area as a base to go and explore the surrounding landscapes – including the granite dome known as Stawamus Chief (which they would later be hiking!).
Upon arrival, they settled into their unique yurt accommodation, which the group seemed to love! A great way to immerse them in the rural, outdoor culture they’re used to. Because who doesn’t love waking up to nature on their doorstep?
They then sat down to enjoy an evening meal and some well-needed downtime, making use of the Rayburn Fun Files that’s packed with activities and quizzes.
Following the 10-hour flight, the group welcomed some time to explore the Canadian wilderness and its famous rural landscapes with a trip to the jaw-dropping Shannon Falls! Not only is it British Columbia’s third largest falls, but its water descends to the ground from over 1,000ft. It was an ideal spot to take in their surroundings and grab some photos before moving onto the epic Stawamus Chief Hike the next day!
Towering nearly 2,000ft above Squamish, the Stawamus Chief is one of the largest granite monoliths in North America. Upon arriving at the foot of the trail, they began their journey full of excitement at the thought of ascending the monolith’s three peaks.
After battling with the monolith’s steep and tricky terrain, there were some very tired adventurers. Although it was tough to navigate, the end result was worth it! The group then had chance to look at the stunning views, including those of the Sea to Sky Highway and the river below. Take a look at the gallery which shows their journey along the way!
They may have conquered Stawamus Chief, but the fun was far from over! Next on the list was river rafting, a wilderness tour, zip lining, axe-throwing and canoeing!
Stay tuned for a follow-up blog…