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Riverside Resort, Whistler, British Columbia
By Parkbridge Resort
Time for a family getaway? Is your girls’ weekend long overdue?
If you love the outdoors and being active, treat yourself to a stay at Riverside, a Parkbridge RV and Camping Resort that’s a 20-minute walk from the heart of Whistler Village.
A year-round resort, the campground has 180 sites situated on 40 acres of land along the banks of Fitzsimmons Creek, close to Lost Lake Park. You can rent a cabin or yurt, book a walk-in tent site, or tow your RV and hook up to full or partially serviced sites.
The campground is a stone’s throw from everything that Whistler has to offer: hiking, biking, golf, downhill and cross-country skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, you name it. It’s also an “adventure tourism” hotspot for ziplining, white-water rafting, snowmobiling and dog-sledding.
“It’s just the perfect launch point for any sea-to-sky kind of vacation,” says Riverside Resort Manager Stephen Miller. “We’re close to downtown Whistler, but you’ve got access to all the bike trails and hiking trails – and there are a lot of them, right out of the campground.
“You’re still within touching distance of the other provincial parks up near Pemberton, including Nairn Falls and Joffre Lake. The attraction of Riverside is definitely convenience and proximity, plus the beautiful location itself.”
Nigel and Ann Pickin arrived at Riverside last December for a one-month stay and quickly realized they had found a “real gem” of a resort where they could indulge their love of skiing and hiking. They extended their reservation and now are scheduled to stay until November.
They like to hike at least 15 kilometres a day, and Nigel says it’s not a challenge finding new trails right on their doorstep.
“Yesterday, for example, we stepped out of the van, walked less than 20 yards to the trail and set off on a four-hour hike around Alta Lake. At the halfway point, you realize that you have been walking on a cycle path which continues all the way into Whistler Village. In the Village, it’s difficult to avoid the temptation of a fresh-baked cookie and a coffee from the bakery and enjoy a hard-earned treat on the last few kilometres back to the Resort.”
To get to Riverside Resort from Metro Vancouver, you are treated to a two-hour drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway that features stunning vistas at almost every twist and turn. Once you get to the Resort itself – which is just off the highway – you find yourself surrounded by beautiful woods and picturesque mountain views.
Onsite, guests have access to a host of amenities, including a picnic area, a designated spot for BBQs, a communal firepit, a children’s playground, and a full-size volleyball court. Resort services also include laundry facilities, free WIFI, snowshoe rentals and free equipment to play soccer, bocce ball and horseshoes.
If you’re looking for a massage or want to lounge in a rejuvenating Scandinavian bath, the renowned Scandinave Spa is located right on Resort property.
A key feature of Riverside is the paved Valley Trail that meanders alongside Fitzsimmons Creek right into the Village.
“We love how close the Resort is to the Village either by bike or on foot,” says Holly Spratt, who, with her spouse, has stayed at Riverside three times over the last year. “We cycled the Valley Trail on a five-lake tour. It was fabulous!”
Aside from Whistler’s outdoor recreational activities, there’s no shortage of other events and entertainment year-round, says Miller.
The Audain Art Museum, billed as Whistler’s newest cultural hotspot, has a permanent collection of art from British Columbian artists as well exhibitions from top museums around the world.
Then there is a bevy of local festivals and big events that are held throughout the year.
“Crankworx is the big one for mountain biking, there’s the Ski and Snowboard Festival in the Spring, and they’ve got a food festival called Cornucopia, in the fall,” says Miller. “So, all those things are big draws for people to the area.”
Crankworx is a draw for Daryl and Michelle Beukers – avid mountain bikers from the lower Mainland who plan to book a return visit to Riverside this summer with their two daughters to do some camping, explore some bike trails and attend the famed international mountain biking event.
The family – and their dog – recently visited Riverside for the first time for a two-night stay in one of the Resort’s fully equipped cabins.
“We haven’t had a lot of family away time, obviously, due to circumstances in the world right now,” says Michelle. “Our main focus was to just get away from the housework and just kind of tap out, and it was the perfect experience for that. Our stay was definitely a launch to return and explore a lot more.”
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Published: June 3, 2021
Last Updated: November 17, 2022
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