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Whistler Electric Snowmobile Tour

The movement towards Electric Snowmobiles

The electric snowmobile is not something that is going to be available tomorrow, but it is coming and Canadian Wilderness Adventures is committed to help lead the charge. In December 2008 Canadian previewed and tested a prototype electric snowmobile that was assembled by the McGill University Electric Snowmobile Team, with roughly $24,000 in research funding from Canadian and a donated snowmobile chassis.

This weekend Canadian got to test the first production electric snowmobile designed by Taiga Motors.  This electric snowmobile has zero emissions, is odorless, silent as a whisper (we couldn’t even believe it was turned on), and the only thing the electric snowmobile disturbed was the snow it was gliding on.

Samuel Bruneau, Paul Achard, and Gabriel Bernatchez started Taiga Motors in the fall of 2015 after graduating from McGill University. The project originated from a mashup of technologies that they had developed when they were building electric racecars and snowmobiles as part of their student project.  They have overcome many technical challenges to get the design to where it is today, some of which include designing an electric propulsion system that can operate smoothly in harsh environments while still remaining lightweight enough to compete with traditional snowmobiles as well as convincing investors that three recent engineer graduates have what it takes to build a company that competes with the big guys, such as Ski-Doo, Polaris, Yamaha, and Arctic Cat to name a few.

The snowmobile is currently in the first phase of development and the sled we got to test was the prototype. The next step of the project is to customize the design and build 10 units from the ground up that will be distributed to Taiga Motor’s testing partners across Canada next winter.

So how does it actually work you may ask. Well…. From the riders perspective the snowmobile works very similarly to a regular one, just with better handling, less noise and no emissions. On the technology side, it is comparable to electric cars, but there is more of an emphasis on keeping everything lightweight. The only drawback for some if the restricted range, but as battery technology keeps improving, Taiga Motors is able to offer an even greater range than combustion sleds. For now though you just plug it into your standard outlet or connect to a standard electric car charger and wait 50 minutes and then you can travel up to 100 km.

When asked what the future of this project will be Taiga Motors said “The Ultimate goal is to give any snowmobile rider the option for an affordable high performance electric snowmobiles with a minimal environmental impact.”

All photos by Calling Mountain Productions.  

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Whistler Yukon Breakfast

Yukon Breakfast Snowmobile Tour Named Top Canadian Winter Experience

There’s nothing more Canadian than snowmobiling through the backcountry of British Columbia, then chowing down on an old-fashioned Yukon-style mountain feast. Those of us at Canadian Wilderness Adventures aren’t surprised our Yukon Breakfast snowmobile tour was named one of the Top 50 Signature Winter Experiences in Canada by the travel experts at FlightNetwork.com. However, if you haven’t embarked on one of our Yukon Breakfast tours yet, you may be wondering why, with so much competition, our tour made spot No. 35 on the list.

Flight Network is a popular Toronto-based online travel agency, and their team of intrepid travelers set out to find the most distinctly Canadian winter experiences across the country. While some adventures, like visiting Quebec City’s Hotel de Glace Ice hotel and skiing the steeps at Revelstoke, made the list for obvious reasons, our Yukon Breakfast snowmobile tour was selected for its impressive combination of winter adventure, unrivaled natural beauty, and authentic Canadian eats.

About the Tour

The Yukon Breakfast snowmobile tour is one of our favorites, because it brings the best of one of our country’s most rugged territories to beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. Visitors can spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the ski resorts and discover the picture-perfect backcountry of the Callaghan Valley. Those who choose this experience will snowmobile throughout the wilderness to Sproatt Mountain, where our rustic cabin and a traditional Canadian Yukon breakfast await.

Cooked in a skillet on an old-fashioned wood stove, your meal will include Canadian favorites, like Yukon gold potatoes, Canadian bacon, scrambled eggs, local veggies, cheddar cheese, and of course, pancakes with authentic Canadian maple syrup. There’s no better way to fuel yourself for speeding across a frozen lake or touring the snow-covered alpine terrain surrounding the cabin. This 4-hour-long excursion comes to a close with an enjoyable cruise back to our homebase in Whistler.

Yukon Breakfast from Canadian Wilderness Adventures on Vimeo.

Other Authentic Canadian Adventures

Our Yukon Breakfast snowmobile tour may be the only tour featured on Flight Network’s list, but our Canadian Wilderness Adventures guides are eager to help you discover the beauty and thrills of a Canadian winter in a number of other ways. Try the three-hour Blackcomb Mountain snowmobile safari, a snowshoeing trip along the Medicine Trail, dogsledding on open, winding trails, or an exclusive fondue dining experience at 6,000 feet.

Every excursion we offer at Canadian Wilderness Adventures is one that is unique to Canada and our fascinating slice of the Great White North. To us, all of them are signature Canadian winter experiences.

 

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

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

 

Whistler Food Bank Shelves need stocking

Canadian Cares is participating in Foodworx and we want your help!

Whistler Community Services Society logo

Canadian Cares is participating in the Foodworx competition from August 8 – August 15 and we want your help! This fundraiser is an initiative put on by Whistler Community Services and runs during Cranworx Whistler. It is a  friendly competition amongst businesses in Whistler to see who can collect the most amount of food by weight during a week long competition.

How can you help?

 

From August 8 – 15 CWA will be collecting food at our front desk. If you bring a donation for the food bank to our desk in the Carleton Lodge we will give you 20% OFF any of our Summer tours! (Direct Bookings Only)

Whistler Food Bank Shelves need stocking

Some stats about the Whistler Food Bank:

  • In 2013 the Whistler Food Bank had 2,370 visitors
  • Children were served 470 times
  • The busiest times of year at the Whistler Food Bank are the shoulder seasons when people find their hours cut, lose their job, or have difficulty finding work
  • The majority of clients use the Food Bank only 1-3 times in a 12 month period

Much Needed Items at the Food Bank

Food Items:

  • Canned Tuna/Salmon/Meat
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Oats
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Cereal
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Granola Bars
  • Dried Beans
  • Tea and Coffee

Non Food Items:

  • Powder Laundry Detergent
  • Diapers (Size 3+)
  • Re-Usable Shopping Bags
  • Toothpaste + Toothbrushes

Thank you for you help!

Whistler canoe and float combo package

New CANOE and FLOAT combo package!

Whistler canoe and float combo package

Canadian has partnered with West Coast Float to offer the perfect combo package for those looking to enjoy a double floating experience of nature and relaxation.

Voted Whistler’s number one thing to do, not only by visitors but by the locals, our River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour is the ideal way to experience the journey.   An enchanting journey from lake to lake, the River of Golden Dreams is a Whistler summertime classic. Begin your adventure by paddling across the historic Alta Lake where you will pass the original site of Myrtle Phillip’s summer fishing resort. Following families of ducks and geese into the lush river mouth you’ll paddle through flowing lilies and around bends of overhanging greenery. Flowing with the current, use the strokes our guides taught you to navigate the winding river and steer through narrow passages . As the river opens up again on the other side you’ll get picked up at Dream River Park and enjoy a snack before being returned to the village.

Then you can compliment the experience with a new-to-Whistler experience that will blow you away with it’s amazing benefits.  Floating speeds athletic recovery, relieves pain, stress & sleep deprivation, deepens meditation, encourages visualization & creativity.  The practice involves floating in 10” of water with 650 lbs of Epsom salt, allowing you to be completely buoyant.  The water is heated to the same temperature as your skin and the float pod is light and sound proof. Floating is unique in that it provides exactly what you need using the same three factors – reduced gravity, sensory deprivation and Epsom salt.  Floating is a unique activity to offer to Whistler guests and locals alike.  More information about West Coast Float.

River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour & West Coast Float Combo
Adult $155.00

Call us for more information.

Play in Whistler in both summer and winter

CWA is sponsoring Whistler Outdoor Photography Summit again for 2014

Last year Canadian Wilderness Adventures was a sponsor for the local annual Whistler Outdoor Photography Summit.  This year we will be sponsoring again.  2013 participants in the general outdoor photography workshop got transported by our Jeep’s up to our beautiful Sproatt cabin in the Callaghan to take advantage of the stunning terrain and vista’s.  The rainy and muddy weather only added to the beauty of the Callaghan which can be seen in the Whistler Outdoor Photography Summit 2013 video:

 

 

Whistler Outdoor Photography Summit poster

 

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Whistler Salmon Bake ATV Jeep

NEW CALLAGHAN JEEP TOUR!

New this year is the Wild West Jeep Tour that takes you on an exciting adventure through the Callaghan Valley.   Until now ATV’s were the only summer and fall option to explore this amazing terrain.  Now the option to travel by Jeep opens new doors.

Your professional driver will lead you on a journey of discovery in one of our custom Jeep 4x4s. Traveling up the Olympic Highway you will likely see bears and other wildlife.  Stop in at our sled dog kennels to better understand ‘life as a sled dog’, then head up mountain trails to the abandoned North Air goldmine where you can try your hand at gold panning.  We’ll also take you into the old growth forest with trees as old as 1000 years, and to view the impressive 140 ft Alexander Falls.

Departure:        9:00am
Duration:          3hours
Rate:                $129 Adults, $109 Youth & Senior, $69 Kids 12 & under

Check out some photos here.  Call us for more information or click here to book.

Whistler Callaghan Gold Panning on jeep 4x4 tour

Whistler Callaghan Jeep 4x4 Tour

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.