While winter in Vancouver this year has been mild and snow-free, those looking for a more traditional winter adventure have the opportunity to do just that, thanks to the offerings of a locally-based company.
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Among its many outdoor activity packages, West Coast Adventures offers people the opportunity to build – and spend the night in– their very own igloo.
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Participants are picked up from Whistler Village and whisked away to the “igloo base camp,” where they are instructed and guided on the basics of building an igloo where they will spend the night.
Snow blocks are cut and formed into “one of the most ancient and perfect architectural shapes the world has known,” the company says on its website. “When finished, sheepskins, luxurious thermarests, winter sleeping bags and candles are added for a truly cosy night.”
But beyond just showing up and sleeping in the snow, the excursion also offers guests a “mouth-watering gourmet dinner with fine wine is served in your snow kitchen beneath the stars,” and yes, there is desert afterwards before bedtime.
In the morning, participants are served a hearty breakfast and have the opportunity to explore the area by snowshoe, before saying goodbye to the valley.
So if you’re looking to get out away from the city without going too and get a proper taste of winter all at the same time, this might just be what you’ve been looking for.
The cost for this adventure is $1,500 USD + GST per person (based on two people – pricing varies with size of group).
More information on the trips, including how to register, is available on West Coast Adventures website.