With the school holidays gently drawing to a close, it’s good to know there are plenty of ways to spend time in British Columbia’s wilderness without days of packing, preparation and epic levels of fitness. Whistler’s mellow trails and shorter alpine walks provide the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle with the family for an afternoon of nature therapy.
In this special 360 degree video cinematographer Brian Hockenstein explored a couple of Whistler’s shorter hikes, discovering massive waterfalls, rushing rivers and ancient trees – all from trail heads located a few minutes’ drive from Whistler Village.
Viewing on a Mobile Device? Click here to open the 360 video
Video by BRIAN HOCKENSTEIN CINEMATOGRAPHY.
360 Video Viewing Tips
Phone or Tablet (Recommended): Load the video on your mobile device and the motion sensors in your handset will let you move the phone and look around like you are actually there. Requires the You Tube App for the full 360 goodness – available to install for free for iOS and Android.
Desktop: Play the video, go to full screen and use the cursor to move around inside. Alternately, use the navigation circle in the top left corner of the film, or the arrow keys on your keyboard.
Virtual Reality Headset: If you so happen to have a viewer handy like Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR then throw your phone inside and marvel at the wonder.
More About the Featured Gentle Hikes
As immersive as the 360 videos are, the real benefits of hiking and walking with the family are only available in real life. Check out these Insider blog posts for more information on the featured hikes:
Brandywine Falls in the Insider’s Guide to Sea to Sky Waterfalls
Interpretive Forest and Cheakamus River Trails in the Insider’s Guide to Whistler’s Mellow Hikes
More about the Ancient Cedars Trail in Ancient Cedars: Tree Hugger’s Paradise
And if you are looking for a more amped-up experience, check out our Adrenaline Adventure 360 video.
For more ideas for last minute summer trips with the kids, Whistler.com has information on indoor and outdoor activities (plus, early deals on family ski vacations if you are the super-organised type – until August 31 only).