Vallea Lumina is an attraction with lights and illuminations in the forest near Whistler. It’s located a couple of hours north of Vancouver.
Operating over the Christmas season as well as in the spring, summer and fall, it’s a magical place.
This article contains the following information about Vallea Lumina:
Vallea Lumina in Whistler
The Adventure Group (TAG) is a company that offers ziplining, all-terrain vehicle tours, white-water rafting and ropes course adventures. It also has a cool light walk attraction called Vallea Lumina.
About the Vallea Lumina Light Walk
Vallea Lumina is located on Cougar Mountain just past Whistler. The experience is a collaboration between The Adventure Group and Moment Factory, a Canadian production studio.
The night walk is held throughout the whole year, with differences in theme during the winter compared to the warmer seasons. Vallea Lumina is an all-encompassing multimedia show that has all sorts of lights, projections and special effects. It turns the woods into quite a magical place!
The whole experience takes place on trails that wind through the Whistler forest. The beginning is at The Adventure Group’s Basecamp which is only a 10 to 15-minute drive from Whistler Village.
Vallea Lumina in Spring, Summer and Fall
The summer show usually takes place from May to October. The 2022 edition opened on June 3rd and ran on select dates until October 16th.
Because the sun sets at different times over the course of the summer, the time that Vallea Lumina starts changes too (or at least that’s the case in most years). At the peak of the summer the first show begins at around 10:00 pm each night. By the beginning of the fall the experience begins at around 7:30 pm.
The summer version is also a little longer than the winter show at around 45 to 60 minutes. As such, tickets in the summer cost a little more as well. Adult tickets are around $40 and youth tickets are $35.
The summer show has a couple of steep staircases. Because of that, if you have mobility issues, we suggest you don’t visit the Vallea Lumina. If you don’t mind climbing a few stairs, and hiking up and down some fairly easy slopes, however, then we highly recommend the experience! Strollers are also not allowed on the trails.
For most people, the experience isn’t too strenuous. The total distance for the summer show is around 1.5 km (and in the winter it’s around 1 km).
Vallea Lumina in Winter
The Vallea Lumina winter show opened on November 17th in 2022 and will likely run until mid-April in 2023.
There isn’t an exact time length for the experience as you can walk at your own pace. The winter show though usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes. Tickets cost about $35 for adults (ages 16+) and $30 for youth (ages 6-15). Children ages 5 years and younger are free.
As Vallea Lumina is entirely outdoors, make sure to bundle up! Except for during dangerous storms or other extreme circumstances, the event doesn’t get cancelled. As a result, if it rains on your scheduled day don’t expect to get a refund. Umbrellas are not allowed since they can block other peoples’ view of the lights, so bring a rain jacket!
Vallea Lumina Video
Below is a video with scenes of Vallea Lumina in the summer. As you’ll see, it’s very dark in places and the illuminations are really cool.
The video begins near the entrance by the parking lot. It then passes by the Superfly Ziplines starting platform, which is lit up but not operational at night. After that you’ll see the Basecamp with a campfire area and a few buildings including the snack bar.
As you’ll see in the video, there are stairs you have to climb. There are quite a few of them. The path goes up and down the hill with signage along the way. There are scenes that follow a storyline, magical illuminations, and flashing lights in places.
The adventure ends about 45 minutes later back at the Basecamp at a second campfire area. The entire experience is magical, fun and most enjoyable.
(Note: To see a video of the attraction in winter see the article about Vallea Lumina on the WhatToDoInWhistler.ca website.
Other Attractions at The Adventure Group
The Adventure Group is a great organization if you’re looking for fun outdoor activities in Whistler. Along with Vallea Lumina, ziplines and bungee jumping provide year-round fun.
In the summer specifically, TAG also offers ropes courses, white-water rafting and RZR motor tours among other things. Designated winter activities include snowmobile and snowshoeing tours.
For more information about the venue visit the Vallea Lumina website.
To learn about The Adventure Group’s ziplining adventures, see our article about Superfly Ziplines. Other amazing activities offered by the same company include the Aerial Obstacle Course, Snowmobiling, Whitewater Rafting and RZR All-Terrain Vehicle Tours, plus other fun things too!
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Whistler Village
- Whistler-Blackcomb (the Ski Resort)
- Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver
- Vancouver Parks and Nature