The magic of illumination is making the forest north of Whistler shine bright into that good night. The Vallea Lumina Whistler spectacle brings light into the darkness of the mountain forests north of the ski resort community. Vallea Lumina Night Walks is a multi-media experience of light, sounds and music set at the base Cougar Mountain.
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Vallea Lumina 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 night walk 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 will run daily in summer starting in July ntil 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.
New for 2020, this popular attraction will be operating in the winter months on a reduced basis. Everything in Act 1 (the start to the bridge) will be rebuilt for the winter to run parallel to the creek which removes all of the stairs so that there are no slip or fall risks.
Everything in Act 2 (the bridge to the end) will remain the same. So it will be the same experience but in a flatter area that takes less time so guests aren’t in the cold too long.
You can book the winter one online starting US Thanksgiving weekend: https://vallealumina.com/
Don’t forget your camera, though 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.
Take a video peek at the Vallea Lumina experience.
Cost: Tickets cost $29 for visitors over the age of 16, $24 for ages six to 15, and children under the age of five are free. It’s wise to purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure availability.
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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.