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Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

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Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

My wife would like to go, having heard of it for years, but I wonder if it'd be very crowded, with more of a resort than natural/relaxing atmosphere (we loved Lake Quinault in Washington). Would likely be a mid-week visit, about July 8-10. We'll be spending most of our time in Washington, flying into and out of Seattle. Looking at real estate in WA. Already planning on taking the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, spending a couple of days there, and then going somewhere else before heading to the Seattle airport for departure July 14.

Any experiences in Whistler during July? Any other ideas, either in the same general area, or back on Vancouver Island?

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1. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

Really no comparison at all between Lake Quinalt & Whistler.

Lake Quinalt is a lovely serene escape. Whistler is an international destination with over 10,000 permanent residents and over 10,000 hotel / condo rooms on offer for visitors.

So....lot's to do in Whistler. It can be busy but it is stunningly beautiful and you can be as relaxed or as busy as you want.

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2. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

Whistler offers a blend of both...all the amenities of a tourist village, with the access to a vast outdoor playground. If you want to go hiking, there are lots of places you can get out into the forest. You can also ride to the top of the mountain and hike from there, or relax at the Scandinave Spa, nestled into the forest.

http://www.scandinave.com/en/whistler/

But you won't be "alone".

For a true "west coast" experience, you could also go to the west cost of Vancouver Island to Tofino or Uclulet. More of a 'water' vacation than a 'mountain' one.

http://ucluelet.ca/

http://www.tofino.ca/

Edited: 08 June 2014, 17:44
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3. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

Thanks. I have looked into Tofino and Ucelet. Lodging in Tofino more expensive than Whistler, but nice. We wouldn't be doing any biking, zip-lining, etc. at Whistler due to an arm injury my wife suffered recently (started physical therapy and will continue it during the trip as much as possible). Thought about whale-watching off of Tofino/Uclet, but she may not want to bounce at all in a boat (and I get seasick). We did go Orca-watching out of Friday Harbor last summer.

If we choose Whistler, thinking of Nita Lake Lodge, since it appears a bit more tranquil than some places closer to the "village."

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4. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

Whistler will be busy in the summer, especially with day trippers up from Vancouver, but the location of Nita Lake Lodge will be away from all that. Mid week, not so bad.

Just check if there are any big events going on during your dates. Crankworx takes place in August, so you can breathe a sigh of relief there.

http://www.whistler.com/events/

It's a beautiful place. Get up into the alpine, explore the valley trails, be transported by the scenery and views.

Another thing to think about is when to get to Seattle for your flight out. Best to be there the night before, especially if taking the ferry. Things can go sideways on the ferry and you want to make that flight. Actually, the other day, near Whistler, there was a single car roll over and fire, one death at the scene. The road was closed for 2 hours. Something like that could impact getting to the airport in good time as well.

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5. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

We'll be doing some business in Port Orchard and Sequim before heading to Victoria and Whistler. Will have two night at a SeaTac airport hotel before departure so wife can do final packing of purchases. We've done it before. Leaning towards the studio lake view rooms at Nita. $20 parking, but what the heck.

Edited: 08 June 2014, 20:11
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6. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

Early July is when the Whistler Longboard Festival is happening. Lots of skateboarders. http://whistlerlongboard.com

Edited: 17 June 2014, 01:44
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7. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

That event will be over when the OP visits.

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8. Re: Whistler in early July: more resort or relaxing getaway?

Think Nita Lake is a good choice for what you are looking for.

Ali

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