The night skies over Cougar Mountain have been set alight by a new multimedia event by TAG Whistler titled Vallea Lumina. Moment Factory, a global leader in video, lighting, sound and special effects, are behind the masterpiece. They invite visitors to the site to embark on the night walk “..in pursuit of hidden wonders”.
So, What’s It All About?
The story goes: ‘Old stories tell of the wondrous things that happen near Whistler. Between the trees, in the shadow of mountains, legends say there’s a hidden valley where stardust falls from the sky, filling all living things with its pure light.
It’s a place that’s filled with unexpected enchantment. There’s a way to get there, but few know how to find it. Those who visit and witness its secrets remember it long after they leave.’
Tickets must be purchased in advance for the experience and can be found online via the The Adventure Group’s website. Event times begin at 9:20 pm with the final tour departing at 11:00 pm. As the nights draw in, it is expected that these times may vary and earlier slots will become available. We would definitely recommend ensuring it’s fully dark out in order to enjoy the full experience.
How Do We Get There?
Driving to the venue is not recommended and there is no parking available. However, tickets include a complimentary shuttle service from Whistler Village or Upper Village. We actually enjoyed this part of the experience as the excitement and sense of wonder was palpable!
I found the base camp area itself is well structured. There’s washrooms and refreshment options, as well as plenty of space to meet with friends and relax.
The journey itself begins with a steady incline and a number of stairs, which shouldn’t pose an issue to many, however those with mobility issues may experience some difficulty. I would be sure to contact Vallea Lumina in advance if you have any concerns.
Discovering The Vallea Lumina
As the experience begins, it’s easy for even the most grown-up grown up to get sucked into the magic and wonder. Lights flicker and catch the eye as the forest comes alive with sound and smoke. The story of the lost hikers really makes Vallea Lumina and I’m sure children will really enjoy the sense of adventure. The holograms used are wonderful and the interactive segments were a definite crowd pleaser.
One particular highlight for me was the discovery of the Valley of Light itself. I felt like I was immersed in a real-life Avatar-esque world, filled with other worldly natural phenomena. Our group must have spent 20-30 minutes here alone – soaking in the atmosphere before continuing on.
The website explains that Vallea Lumina is an hour-long experience, however I identified many visitors that were in no hurry. It’s a real bonus that you’re welcome to go at your own pace. If you miss something, or particularly enjoyed something, just hang back and it’ll replay.
The designers of Vallea Lumina have done a wonderful job and should genuinely be proud of their accomplishments. At $29 per ticket, it’s certainly affordable – even for the budget-conscious. This is an experience that I could not recommend highly enough – both to Whistler locals and to visitors in the area.
As well as being well suited to families, friends and groups, I’d say couples would really enjoy a Whistler date night here, too. Heck, I’d even visit alone and still have the best time.
For a truly unique and memorable experience this summer in British Columbia, Vallea Lumina definitely ticks all of the boxes.