Bears and berries

Two generations adventure in the Northwest

Alpine lake

Hike past alpine lakes.

Paul Morrison

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Tour Whistler

One thing to keep in mind on a summer getaway to Whistler: There's no need to shatter an ulna to have a great time. Though the legions of hard-core dirt-devil mountain bikers around town do seem to boast a higher-than-usual tally of crutches and casts, there are plenty of places for mere mortals to explore.

Mere mortals and bears, that is. Whistler's bear man, Michael Allen, supports his research into local black bear populations by leading bear-viewing tours on Whistler Mountain. We spot Jeanie, one of Allen's favorites, only minutes after heading out. "I named her after my Scottish grandmother," Allen explains fondly. "They have the same color hair."

Back at the mountain's base, we wander around the main village―a compact collection of hotels, shops, and restaurants connected by a series of paved, pedestrian-only walkways. But after a few hours, the village starts feeling pretty tame.



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