VEN­TURE OFF-ROAD

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You don’t have to be ter­ror on two wheels or even an ATV afi­cionado to make tracks on a mo­tor­ized, off-road Whistler ad­ven­ture. Cana­dian Wilder­ness Ad­ven­tures’ (CWA) “The Odyssey” tour puts you in the driver’s seat of a 4X4 all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle that’s as easy as it is fun to drive. The three-hour tour starts on wide gravel roads, where you can learn to drive the ve­hi­cles in a mat­ter of min­utes, said CWA co-owner Al­lan Craw­ford. The off-road “bug­gies” have steer­ing wheels and ped­als (and no clutch), which makes op­er­at­ing them no more dif­fi­cult than driv­ing a car. “They are very sim­ple to drive,” Craw­ford said of the Honda 4X4 ve­hi­cles, which also come equipped with roll cages for safety. “They’re a lit­tle like a dune buggy — the tech­nol­ogy has come a long way in re­cent years.”

The Odyssey tours take place in the beau­ti­ful Cal­laghan Val­ley, which is home to all man­ner of wildlife. Af­ter be­gin­ning on log­ging roads, guests will ven­ture into the for­est on nar­rower dou­ble­track trails as the tour as­cends the slopes of Mount Sproatt. A visit to an old gold mine is in­cluded as well as small, se­cluded alpine lakes and breath­tak­ing views of the Cal­laghan and Whistler val­leys far be­low. “It’s mostly a wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence … na­ture, trees, and some­times there’s bears and deer,” Craw­ford said.

Driv­ers of the ve­hi­cles must be at least 19 years old; younger guests are al­lowed as pas­sen­gers. Visit cana­di­an­wilder­ness.com.

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