Many in the community are adventurers who love an active lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty

By Kristin Seller, Special To The Vancouver Sun

Every Monday until the third Whistler Spirit Run takes place Sept. 25 and 26, read columns written by guest writers.

Many of Whistler’s residents are outdoor enthusiasts who came just for a visit, decided that wasn’t enough and then launched heart-first into a love affair with the Sea to Sky region.

With unique, breathtaking panoramas visible from trails, lakeside parks and village pathways, it’s impossible to ignore Whistler’s allure on the slopes and in the valley.

Coast Mountain vistas, crisp air and easy access to a variety of outdoor adventures have inspired Whistler’s locals and its visitors to embrace an active lifestyle.

Whether you’re cycling or walking along the valley trail, riding the cross-country mountain biking trails in Lost Lake Park, taking a gondola ride up Whistler Mountain for a scenic alpine sightseeing experience or enjoying an evening paddle on Alta Lake, there are numerous ways to move through Whistler’s beautiful landscape and appreciate all that it has to offer.

Celebrating athletics and outdoor fun is a cherished part of Whistler life, whether you’re watching mountain bikers compete during Kokanee Crankworx, pedalling from one Pemberton farm to the next on Slow Food Cycle Sunday or congratulating competitors at the RBC GranFondo Whistler finish line. Whistler’s events contribute to its vibrant, energetic vibe and offer unique ways to appreciate its natural beauty.

The Whistler Spirit Run, for example, is a two-day cross-country and trail running event that includes races for children and adults at a variety of ages and ability levels. Participants are offered the opportunity to absorb the spectacular scenery of the Callaghan Valley as they share time on the trails with friends and family at Whistler Olympic Park.

Events such as the Whistler Spirit Run provide undeniable proof the Whistler atmosphere is invigorating and full of possibility.

Whistler is a community surrounded by soaring mountains, rooted in its passion for a huge variety of adventures and constantly embracing many routes to inner happiness in the great outdoors.

Kristin Seller is with Tourism Whistler.