Mount Washington Travel Guide
The Mt Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island is the
second busiest recreational winter holiday destination in British
Columbia after Whistler Blackcomb, with an average snowfall of 30ft
(9m) that usually lasts from early winter to after Easter; 50
marked ski runs, snow tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing
trails and a snowboard terrain park.
The Mt Washington holiday and ski resort is also set in a spectacular location, looking out across the Strait of Georgia with vistas of the Sunshine Coast and the peaks of the Coast Mountains. Nearby Comox Valley hosts many of the holiday visitors to Mt Washington in its variety of hotels, motels and B&Bs that offer special ski packages during winter months. The ski resort is located 20 miles (32km) northwest of Courtenay, about three hours drive from Victoria, on Vancouver Island.
Mount Washington is one of Canada's best ski resorts in terms of the runs available, with its nearest competitor being Whistler on the mainland. It is known for a reliable snowfall, with an average of 30 feet providing a blanket of powder to glide on. It has hills with a range of difficulties, varying from gentle beginner slopes to challenging black diamonds and professional runs.
Shopping in Mount Washington is very limited, with only a few stores at the resort, and those focused on general goods and sporting supplies.
There are a few restaurants in Mount Washington, with options including sushi, sandwiches, steaks, burgers, and other mainstream fare. Be sure to try the local coffee from Beavertails.
Mount Washington doesn't have much of a nightlife with only two bars. Fat Teddy's can be busy on weekends, but overall the resort is geared more toward families than young singles.
Mount Washington is a small resort with no real village, so there is a lack of shopping, restaurant and nightlife options.