The magic of illumination is making the forest north of Whistler shine bright into that good dark night. The Vallea Lumina Whistler spectacle brings light into the darkness of the mountain forests year round in British Columbia’s biggest ski resort community. Vallea Lumina Night Walks is a multi-media experience of magical illumination, stories and music, located at the base Cougar Mountain. It’s an ethereal and entertaining experience that will wow visitors of every age.
Vallea Lumina Whistler Night Walk
The forest floor crunches softly behind your feet as you begin the night walk through the forest. Eyes are drawn to the lights that dance like fireflies, while ears listen for animal and bird calls of the forest. Vallea Lumina is an immersive experience that illuminates the beautiful forest floor and canopy over the course of a 1.5 kilometer walking route. The spectacle was created by Montreal-based Moment Factory, and Whistler’s Adventure Group.
This is the first Lumina installment in British Columbia. It runs daily in summer from July until October . The night walk experience begins at sundown and walks take place every twenty minutes. The trail takes approximately one hour to complete, and has some uphill portions. Wear comfy shoes and layers as it can get cool once the sun sets in the mountains. A complimentary shuttle is provided to transport visitors between Whistler Village and Cougar Mountain.
Vallea Lumina Winter
The Vallea Lumina Winter Journey takes place on a newly built level trail, contributing to a magical experience for all ages. Guests are invited to cozy up with warm non-alcoholic beverages and snacks at the base of Cougar Mountain, before entering the woods and commencing their journey.
The forest exploration lasts approximately 45 minutes, so be sure to bundle up with sturdy snowboots, mitts and toques. Combined with transportation to and from the venue, guests should allow 1.5 hours for the entire experience. Showtimes begin at sundown and tickets cost $29.99* per adult, and $24.99 per youth. (*Prices subject to change without notice)
Vallea Lumina Whistler Tips
Don’t forget your camera, and be sure to have it set for night mode and long exposure photography. The lack of light will make photography quite challenging. Consider taking a few photos, then putting your camera away to be in the moment and enjoy the show as you wind your way through the forest. If you’re visiting Whistler with kids, this attraction is very kid-friendly in every season.
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Disclosure: The writer experienced Vallea Lumina as a guest of Adventure Group. This post contains affiliate links.
Photo Credits: Photos courtesy of Vallea Lumina, Whistler, British Columbia, Moment Factory; Claudia Laroye.