Perhaps you just graduated high school and you’re looking to gain some life experience before deciding on a career path. Or maybe you just got out of college and you want to see the world before settling down and dedicated yourself to building a life. What if you’ve gotten several years into your chosen profession, only to find out that it wasn’t the unending source of fulfillment that you thought it would be?
If you find yourself in any of the following three predicaments, then it’s high time that you blew off the nonsense of the real world and moved to a place that resonates with your untamed soul. One of these places happens to be the mountain town of Whistler, British Columbia, where abundant outdoor activities keep its very young population happy and healthy.
Surrounded by fragrant evergreen trees, picture perfect lakes, and snow-capped peaks, Whistler is the ideal place for you to start from zero, as natural beauty, like-minded peers, and a fun-filled social life will surround you every day that you spend here.
With that said, this guide to Whistler will delve into the details of how to make your year (or life) here your new awesome reality!
Because paradise ain’t free: getting a job
While you may be considering spending a year in Whistler to leave behind the monotony of your home behind, you still need to earn your keep during your time here. Life here isn’t cheap, and staying in hotels and hostels will drain your bank account dry in record time when paired with the lifestyle you’re accustomed to.
The good news about this is that many jobs available here put you into direct contact with the outdoors, as the major ski resort of Whistler/Blackcomb hires loads of lift operators, kitchen staff, snow instructors and patrollers every season, and during the summer, their thriving mountain bike park business also requires hands available to keep this summer activity running smoothly.
A cornucopia of outdoor recreation opportunities … all at your fingertips
On the days where you aren’t making dough, they’ll be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outstanding natural environment that the Whistler area is blessed with. Hiking trails and placid lakes beg to be used during the endless summer days, while the expansive terrain of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains have endless lines to explore throughout its lengthy winter season.
Partying the night away with locals, stars, socialites and sasquatches
Whistler’s party scene is a legendary one, as young outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe come here to enjoy the outdoors during the day, only to let their hair down in epic fashion at night. What’s more, the vibrant metropolis of Vancouver is only an hour and a half drive away; as such, Whistler has become a trendy place for Van City’s party set to travel to when they seek a change in scenery. From homely pubs, to nightclubs that kick out the latest jams, there is no other mountain town in Canada that can match Whistler’s nightlife.