Early summer is a great time to see wildlife in the Canadian Rockies, when magenta and blue lupine line the fairways of the stunning Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.
Black bears are often sighted munching on wild berries in the deep rough, while coyotes and deer stand their ground on the edges of the Douglas fir forest. Golfers bring their binoculars and cameras for the daily pageant of golden eagles, swooping osprey and resident pileated woodpeckers.
Within the vavcation village of Whistler at the foot of the dramatic Coast Mountain range in British Columbia, the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Chateau Whistler course lies on tilting terrain studded with monumental granite outcroppings. Cascading across the track are three glacier-fed streams, spawning grounds for Rainbow and Kokanee trout.
- luxury accommodations
- unlimited golf
- Kids are Free (up to age 16 per 1 paying adult)
- from $229 CAD per person per day (double occupancy)
- June through September
Annual events in charming, Euro-style, pedestrian-only Whistler village range from all-summer, live street-side entertainment to World Beat Weekend, the First Nations Festival and Jazz and Blues Weekend. An exhilarating recreational and sightseeing activity is taking the gondola up the mountain for summertime hiking and picnicking in alpine meadows, and having Sunday brunch with a view at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. From here you can take a thrilling ride on the new, year round, 1.88-mile Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Rendezvous Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain.
Conde Nast Traveler says that the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the Best Golf Resort in Canada and Golf Digest gives it 4 ½ stars.
Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She blogs golf travel here and writes about culture and eco-travel at DeepCultureTravel.com. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.