Panoramic 360 degree views and year-round sporting thrills are available just 45 minutes from the coastline. The deepest natural snowpack in Canada is alpine magic for skiers and snowboarders barreling down more than 80 runs. Snowshoe and cross-country enthusiasts, meanwhile, can trek across the groomed and forested trails of Paradise Meadows. When the white stuff vanishes, hikers and sightseers bloom along with the alpine flowers.
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Things to do on Mount Washington
- Enjoy the full range of alpine activities – downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing included – when the white stuff is falling fast and furious during the winter season.
- Summer begins officially at the resort in late June. Ride the scenic Mile High Chairlift to the alpine heights for strolls along a wheelchair-and-stroller accessible boardwalk or across flower-filled Paradise Meadows at the edge of Strathcona Provincial Park. At the resort, play mini-golf or disc golf, and let the kids romp on the popular bungy trampoline.
- No matter the season, take in the truly spectacular panoramas that stretch in all directions to include Island peaks, lush green valleys, ocean vistas and amazing sunsets. Enjoy it all from the top of the mountain or the comfort of chalets that can be booked year-round.
- Check out the resort’s annual winter events like the Boxing Day Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. The spring calendar is highlighted by the Afterdark Invitational and Slush Cup.
- Summer festivities include July’s Tapped Beer Festival and, in August, the Alpine Wine & Food Festival and Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle.
- Ted’s Bar & Grill is the popular, year-round après ski and hiking destination thanks to its delicious food, friendly vibes and live entertainment. A collection of cafés and snack barsare open during the winter, including the healthy fare at Fresh and fried fixes of sugary goodness at Beavertails.
- Expect encounters with the local wildlife (and we don’t mean those roaming the slopes on skis and boards). Vancouver Island marmots, black bears, black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk inhabit a beautiful landscape that is also home to 600 kinds of plant and 170 bird species.
- Explore Strathcona Provincial Park on a guided evening snowshoe tour followed by a fondue dinner at the breathtaking Raven Lodge.
- Choose between a wide range of ski in/ski out accommodations as well as seasonal vacation homes for rent during summer or winter.
- The fun doesn’t end when the snow melts! Mount Washington’s Mountain Bike Park is always growing every year, offering a great selection of trails for all levels, from first-time riders to experts.