Last Updated on May 4, 2021
As we walked down the path entering Vallea Lumina, we started to hear enchanting sounds of nature. The path lit by lamps along rope really set the stage for a great atmosphere. It felt a bit like we were walking through an Indiana Jones movie set. Though the beginning of Vallea Lumina was rather simple, you just knew that you were in for something special. It felt magical and that feeling kept getting better and better. I honestly felt like a kid again as we wandered.
Walking through the forest you’re treated to a variety of multimedia displays telling old stories of the wondrous history of the land with two long-ago hikers, a little girl and her Grandfather, that were following a trail of stardust to find the mystical hidden valley.
There were a couple of spots in particular where we stood for a while, watching the lights a second time around. It was wonderful that it was not too overly busy, being a Sunday evening. Though we had several people passing us by, it never was crowded to the point where we felt we couldn’t stop for a second look. The lights were mesmerizing. The bridge blew our minds. Standing on that bridge, it felt like we were in the middle of an Avatar movie, or Tinkerbell and her fairy friends had sprinkled pixie dust all around us. The light show near the tent scenes was also spectacular; those two scenes had us hang back for a second look. The hologram scenes were incredible as well.
It was a bit of a cold evening, so after our walk through the enchanted forest, we warmed ourselves at one of the fire pits at the base camp and enjoyed some s’mores. The setup at the base camp with all the strings of lights and the fire pits sure was a fun atmosphere too. Seeing that it was just Darcy and myself on this adventure, it was a great opportunity to take in a little romance in what felt like a fairytale setting.
We found the path to be easy, but keep in mind that it is a 1.5km walk in the dark and you may come upon some uneven parts and a couple of small hills. There is no time limit for you to finish your adventure, so take your time if you ever feel weary. Vallea Lumina would also be perfect to bring kids along, though you are not allowed strollers, so do not forget that baby carrier. There were several times in our journey that we commented how much our kids would have loved to have come along for this. They may have even been more mesmerized than we were!
You’ll be picked up by a shuttle bus in the village and in about ten minutes you’ll arrive at the TAG base camp at Cougar Mountain. Make sure you wear enough clothes to keep you warm enough, and for us, it was so important that we had good boots for the snow.
Take your time and enjoy the entire magical experience in Whistler’s forest of enchantment. You don’t have to hit the slopes to find some magic in Whistler! This is an experience that we could not recommend highly enough – both to Whistler locals and visitors. You know you had a good experience when looking back, it still makes you smile with the wonder of a little kid.
Take a look at the enchantment in the photos below:
Have you ever seen an impressive light and multimedia display?
Our Vallea Lumina adventure was courtesy of TAG Whistler, but as always, our opinions are our own.