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Whistler Hemloft

The Iconic Whistler Hemloft lives on

Wondering what happened to the Hemloft? Mountain Life did a feature on this mysterious acorn-shaped treehouse and Canadian Wilderness Adventure’s plans for it’s future.  Read about how Whistler’s favourite treehouse, The Hemloft, will be repurposed.

The Hemloft in its original home in the Whistler woods. Photo: Kyle Graham

Canadian's backcountry Cabin on Sproatt Mountain

Thank You for Your Support

The Canadian family would like to extend a deeply heartfelt Thank You to everyone who supported in our permanent zoning of the Callaghan Valley. We are proud to announce that the zoning has been approved and we will be breaking ground in the near future.  Thank you to the 70 people who attended the public hearing for the Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1478-2016, and to the 43 people who submitted supportive written submissions.

We are truly touched and overwhelmed by the amount of support we received on this journey. Canadian’s vision for a sustainable backcountry adventure operation built using reclaimed materials, and proudly showcasing green building strategies and technologies, is becoming a reality because of you.  We look forward to welcoming visitors and locals alike to come enjoy our quintessential Canadian Experience.

Canadian's backcountry Cabin on Sproatt Mountain

Fall trees in Whistler

Fall Schedule

The leaves have begun to fall and Autumn has arrived. We will be switching to our Fall Schedule starting September 19th. We will also be offering $20 OFF our ATV & Off-Road Buggy Tours!

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Fall Schedule in Whistler

 

 

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Team Whistler

Planning a Staff Party

Planning an End of Season Staff Party? Join us on an adventure. Canadian has amazing adventures for groups of all sizes. We love organizing memorable group experiences that will have your team talking for years to come.

Planning a staff party in Whistler with Canadian Wilderness Adventures

 

Reconnect to nature in Whistler

5 Ways to Enjoy Spring in Whistler

Spring, to many people, means the arrival of allergies or a time to do a big clean. To us here at Canadian Wilderness Adventures, it is a time to truly experience Whistler. Here are 5 ways to enjoy Spring in Whistler:

Beautiful spring evening in Whistler village

1. EXPLORE

Spring is the perfect time to explore without large crowds. Whether it be walking the village stroll, biking the valley trail, exploring the numerous hiking trails, or joining us on one of our tours, there are many ways to experience what Whistler has to offer.

Scallop dinner Whistler

2. EAT

If there is a restaurant you were hoping to try, now is the time to do so. Many of the restaurants in Whistler offer discounted 3-5 course menus during the Spring season. Pick up a copy of Pique Newsmagazine to find out more.

Scandinave Spa Whistler

3. RELAX

The Scandinave Spa is currently offering 25% off all Bath Access passes (Monday to Friday). The Scandinavian baths are a perfect way to relax while enjoying a beautiful view.

Reconnect to nature in Whistler

4. RECONNECT

Now is the perfect time to reconnect with nature.  As a society we are always online and connected. Take time to reconnect with nature by joining us on our new hiking tour. This tour is designed to inspire people to think differently about the environment and the world around them.

Play in Whistler in both summer and winter

5. PLAY

The Spring season offers the best of both worlds here in Whistler. In April and May you can ski or snowboard in the morning and mountain bike or golf in the afternoon. There are activities for everyone!

Hokey pokey gold rush tour Whistler

Pony Patio Party at Whistler Brewing Company

Join us on Sunday, April 26 for a PONY PATIO PARTY at the Whistler Brewing company from 12-8pm.

Come by for a cold one, stay for the BBQ and meet some of Canadian’s horses.

Pony patio party in Whistler with horses and beer

 

Canadian Wilderness Adventures fishing boats Whistler Philippines

The Fishing Boats are Finished!

On June 19th Canadian Cares hosted a Prohibition Party/Fundraiser for the RYOT foundation. We managed to raise enough money to purchase 4 fishing boats for fisherman in the Philippines who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The boats are now ready and will be presented to the fisherman soon! Huge thank you to David Darg, from RYOT, who hand delivered our logo and is keeping us updated on our progress.  Thank you to all the volunteers, everyone who attended, and everyone who donated. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Canadian Wilderness Adventures fishing boats Whistler Philippines Canadian Wilderness Adventures fishing boats Whistler Philippines

Whistler horseback tours

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Introduces Horseback Adventures

EVERYBODY LOOKS GOOD IN A COWBOY HAT!

On July 12, 2014 CWA will be welcoming guests on Horseback Tours in the Callaghan Valley. These tours will be guided by Larry Veilleux, Casey Raimondo, and Bailey Raimondo.

Larry E. Veilleux

Larry E. Veilleux was born and raised in southern Alberta and has been around horses and livestock his entire life. Being able to share the spirit, personality and uniqueness of each horse with clients has been a wonderful experience. Just like people, horses have bad days; at Canadian Wilderness Adventures we respect that and have a rest and recreation pasture where horses can be allowed to take a break when we see the need for it. Having traveled extensively globally, with work commitments, Larry knew there would be a time when he could devote his time fully to his passion for horses. “Our horses came to us like a bunch of rowdy school kids at their first day of school. Everyone was an individual with various life experiences from previous owners. Now, we have a herd, which is tightly knit and each horse misses the other one when one is gone.” The horse experience is fun and we hope to give our clients a unique learning and riding experience coupled with the most gorgeous scenery and terrain.

Casey Raimondo Whistler Pemberton

Casey Raimondo is a born and raised Sea t0 Sky local, growing up in Pemberton. Casey has spent countless hours in the mountains on her horses and her dirt bike, and she is very knowledgeable of both the wilderness and the wildlife. Casey got her first horse, Rusty, when she was four, whom continues to be her best friend today.  Since the day she got him she has not gone a day without being a horse owner. Over the years Casey has competed province wide on her horses in barrel racing, and has had much success. In 2013, Casey graduated from a two year course and is now an Equine Sports Therapist, specializing in massage, chiropractic’s, saddle fitting, and holistic medicine for horses.

Bailey Raimondo Whistler Pemberton

Bailey Raimondo, Casey’s younger sister, was also born and raised in Pemberton. Bailey has owned horses her whole life, and has spent endless hours in the saddle exploring the mountain ranges of the sea to sky valley. Since Bailey was very young she has been traveling on the rodeo circuit with her sister, Casey, competing in barrel racing.  Bailey is a recent graduate from Pemberton Secondary School and will be attending the University of Victoria for nursing in the Fall.

The tours we will be running are:

Hokey pokey gold rush tour Whistler

HOKEY POKEY – Gold Rush Tour

This tour is for the faint of heart! The horse’s power will be felt but speeds will be kept to a minimum for your comfort level. You will ride  nice and easy wide trails to stunning viewpoints and to the historic Northair goldmine. From here you can marvel at the valley below!

Departure: 9AM

Duration: 3 hours round trip from Whistler

Price: $159 Adults, $129 Kids 10 – 12 years

Minimum age: 10 years old

Alexander Falls Whistler

HIDDEN VALLEY – Waterfalls Trip

Are you ready to step into real nature? This tour rides deep into a stunning old growth forest that is so quiet you might even hear your heart beat. The horses will take you along a wagon trail path that follows the gorgeous Callaghan creek. Expect to see 1,000 year old trees, get energized by the 150 foot waterfall and relish in the beauty of the area with the horses. It is as if you returned to the olden days.

Departs: 12:00PM & 3:30PM

Duration: 3 Hours

Rate: $159 Adults, $129 Kids 10-12 years

Minimum age: 10 years old

Photos by Kate Mada Photography 

Survivors walk by damages at typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Canadian Cares Foundation has raised $3,600 for the RYOT Foundation

Survivors walk by damages at typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

On November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan known as Typhoon Yolanda struck Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan was and still is the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. More than 13.3 million people were affected by this disaster. 6, 368 people lost their lives, and more than 12,000 people were injured. As of January 2014 bodies were still being found. Hundreds of Thousands of people were left homeless. Over 1.5 million fisherman and farmers need assistance to restore their livelihood.

Based on the fatalities and destruction caused this could be one of the most devastating natural disasters to have occurred in our lifetime.

In January 2014 Allan Crawford, the owner of Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA), went on a humanitarian vacation to the Philippines. This is his story:

 

While he was there he built homes for numerous families, but he came back feeling as though there was so much more he could do. This is when the idea of the Canadian Cares Foundation started to form. Through discussions with Brittia Thompson, CWA In-Resort Sales and Marketing Manager, and Leah Primeau, the Sponsorship and Development Coordinator for WFF, the idea was born to host a fundraiser in partnership with the RYOT Foundation.

RYOT Foundation boat

On June 19th, 2014 CWA hosted a Prohibition Dance Party / Fundraiser for the RYOT Foundation. Though we had a few setbacks, such as weather, and technical issues with the auction, the Canadian Cares Foundation was able to raise:

$3600 and will be purchasing 4 Fishing Boats

($860 buys one fishing boat)

so far….

With your help we hope to reach our goal of purchasing 10 Fishing Boats. Please contact Brittia Thompson at [email protected] if you would like to donate and help us reach our goal!

CWA could not have done this without the help of some amazing people and companies.

THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors:

THANK YOU to those who donated items for the auction:

THANK YOU to our volunteers:

  • Ellie Irwin for selling drink tickets
  • Sarah Johnson for selling drink tickets and raffle tickets
  • Amanda Bouchard for selling raffle tickets
  • Imogen Osborne for selling raffle tickets and drink tickets
  • Lindsey Rosstrom for selling raffle tickets
  • Natalie Skokan for selling raffle tickets
  • Krista Sirianni for bartending
  • Angie Nolan for bartending
  • Fish Boulton  for bartending
  • Emily Wood for bartending
  • Randy Randoid for being the Head of the Casino
  • Chelsea  for helping run the Casino games
  • Nolita Anada for donating your time (it was an amazing performance!)
  • Kat for helping run the Casino games
  • Benny Bock for being our MC
  • Larry Veilleux for being our auctioneer
  • Valerie St-Arnaud for setting up our photo booth and taking amazing photos

And last but not least CWA wants to give a huge round applause to LEAH PRIMEAU who donated all of her time in order to help us put on an amazing event!

For images of the event please click visit our Facebook Page.

 

 

Whistler Hemloft

Acquiring the HemLoft

On April 11, 2013 The Pique News Magazine revealed that it was time for The HemLoft to find a new home. When I stumbled upon the article I knew that this ‘secret acorn’ would fit perfectly at our base in the Callaghan Valley.

Whistler Hemloft

Not knowing how Allan would be making his selection I blindly submitted my proposal and crossed my fingers that Canadian Wilderness Adventures would be chosen. After anxiously waiting to hear from Allan, I finally received the phone call revealing the fate of the treehouse: it was to join our collection of refurbished and recycled buildings!

Whistler Hemloft treehouse

The HemLoft is our way of being able to celebrate the forest and what it represents. It will be an art piece showcasing what Whistler truly represents: nature and ingenuity. The exact date of reassembly is still unknown at this point, as we are currently searching for the perfect tree. However, I can tell you that it’s new home will be nestled amongst 1000 year old trees in the Callaghan Valley.

Stay tuned to hear how the next chapter of the HemLoft’s life unfolds.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us dismantle the HemLoft; as well as to Nester’s Liquor Store and The Bearfoot Bistro for their donations.