Blogs from Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler August 8th 2015

My, my. How the time flies when you are not at work. We left home 8 days ago and it has gone in the blink of an eye already. Well we had a fabulous day for Butchart Gardens and I must say they were magnificent. So many different and equally impressive areas to walk through. There were HEAPS of people there because it is still school holidays in the States and Canada. Kids don't go back until after the first weekend in September. After a rest from all the walking we ventured into Victoria Harbour and wandered the marina area. It was all very clean and tidy. Beautiful flower baskets hanging from the lamp posts and balconies made it so pretty. We went to Miniature World inside the Empress Hotel (very grand!) and had a late ... read more
Sunken Garden at Butchart
Federation Building Victoria
Noel got attacked by a BEAR!!!!!

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler August 1st 2015

Arriving into Vancouver on Saturday morning, and after finding the bus and then the hostel, I went to explorethe local neighbourhood. I had arrived on the first day of the "Festival of Light" a 3 night firework competition, the first night was China. I have no idea how they judge a firework competition however China's fireworks were awesome. I liked the smiley faces ones for the novelty factor, also they looked happy! I was staying in west Vancouver in near Davie street, which is in the "gaybourhood" even the zebra crossings were rainbow coloured and the bus benches were all pink. It is a colourful, vibrant and friendly place. There is a community garden which was built on top of a old service station which I thought was a cool idea, and the best part was ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 30th 2015

We did quite a bit today, and it was all good. After breakfast we drove out through Stanley Park and over the Lionsgate Bridge to the Capilano salmon hatchery. There is no guided tour there, but it is built with tourists in mind, so you can follow a self-guided tour of the facility with explanations and models along the way. And, of course, you can watch the fish in the fish ladders and rearing ponds. So we learned a bit more about salmon and trout in British Colombia. We then went for a walk around the Capilano river. There are several trails around the hatchery, winding their way through gorgeous old growth forest, between ancient trees, over bridges and around moss-covered boulders. Absolutely beautiful. We got back to the car and drove along the Sea-to-Sky highway ... read more
Tamar's moss hair
Treetop bridge

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 19th 2015

Legendary Whistler Blackcomb is widely regarded as one of the top four-season resorts in North America. The resort appears regularly in "Best of" lists from around the globe not only for its skiing & snowboarding, but also for its hotels, restaurants and golf courses. Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. Whistler became even more world-renowned after it was the site of the alpine & Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding in the winter, & mountain biking on Whistler Blackcomb mountains in the summer. History: Until the 1960s, this quiet area was without basic infrastructure, ie no sewage facilities, water, or electricity, and no road from Squamish ... read more
Entrance to Visitor Center
Inukshuk at the visitor center
Visitor Center

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 10th 2015

The album features photos taken between Vancouver & Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. It mainly features our interesting visit to the town of Squamish halfway between Vancouver & Whistler. Part 2 will feature the Whistler photos. More info: Sea to Sky Highway image gallery: SQUAMISH, population about 17,000, is a community & district municipality located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway, halfway between (60 kms) Vancouver & Whistler. The town of Squamish had its beginnings during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the 1910s. It was the first southern terminus of that railway which is now part of CN. The town remains important to that rail line and also the port. Forestry has traditionally been the main industry in the area. The ... read more
The old bridge is being dismantled on the right
Falling ice issues

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 7th 2015

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler BC The Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation have coexisted respectfully as neighbors since time immemorial. They thrived on the bounty of the ocean, the rivers, and the land, living in close relationship with the world around them. Their cultures are grounded in rich, ancient traditions, & continue to grow and evolve in a modern world. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) was built to preserve these cultures & share them with others. The idea of a world-class center was born in 1997. The historic Protocol Agreement between the two nations was signed in 2001 & is the only agreement of its kind in Canada. The center, built on the north side of the property in order to leave the forested area mostly untouched, includes a modern interpretation of a ... read more
Park entrance

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler October 10th 2014

The first stop on our journey north was Crescent City, yet another small town in California. We then had another day's drive into Oregon through the Redwoods National Park and along the southern Oregon coast so this stage of the journey had far more dramatic scenery to enjoy. We stopped at a place called Coos where we were lucky to find the freshest fish and chips ever! Depoe Bay was another stop en route where we could see grey whales migrating south quite close to shore. When we arrived at Rockaway Beach our accommodation did not disappoint. The apartment we had rented overlooked a seven mile long sandy beach which we could enjoy from the large picture windows in the lounge. In fact we were able to enjoy a spectacular sunset on the beach with a ... read more
Rockaway Beach
caught out
Haystack at Cannon Beach

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler August 4th 2014

In order to avoid street closures for a parade, we made an early start. Only 4 miles form our downtown hotel is the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the park in which it resides. It is difficult to visually reconcile the residential neighborhood where you park with the wild area just on the other side of the park gate. The park contains the iconic suspension bridge but also nature walks, a cliff walk, and a treetops path consisting of a series of 7 suspension bridges of lesser magnitude. It all wanders through an old growth temperate rainforest of Douglas firs, western red cedars, and hemlocks, some of which are up to 1500 years old. The suspension bridge itself crosses a chasm with a small stream in the bottom. What could have been a peaceful interlude was somewhat ... read more
Lucie, Jennie on Cliffwalk
Mountain vista from Whistler

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 2nd 2014

Had a greater dinner with matched wines at the Gray Monk Winery, it was such a lovely venue, overlooking Okanagan Lake about a half hours drive from the Sparkling Hill Resort,with a really nice restaurant, but of course all their wines are a lot lighter than ours. We were served lovely appetizers out on the deck with sparkling wine and then sat down inside for the main dinner, lovely views! Today on the road again, did nearly 600 kilometres winding our way back towards Whistler, drove through lots of different countryside, through ranch style country, lots of hick towns, in fact we stopped for a BBQ lunch (burger) at Hat Ranch - BBQ bison and salads. Then as we headed towards Whistler climbed back into the Coast Mountains with snow peaks and avalanche sites, lots of ... read more
SQUAMISH Lil'wat Culteral Centre

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler May 7th 2014

Już po kilku chwilach obserwacji Whistler doszliśmy do wniosku, że to miasto snowboardowch dudes'ów, gdzie dziewczyny, a tym bardziej ładne dziewczyny, to - nomen omen- towar na wagę złota. Dudes'i są międzynarodowi, bo przyjeżdżają tu do pracy sezonowej ze wszystkich stron świata, żeby kelnerować, odgarniać śnieg, albo "podawać orczyki", podczas gdy tak naprawdę chodzi o to, aby w wolnym czasie samemu jeździć. Teraz, po głównym sezonie, na deptaku jest pustawo, a w sklepach clearance sales. Świeci piękne słońce, w górach jeszcze mnóstwo śniegu, dudesi i nieliczne dudeski przechadzają się ze snowboardami w ręku i w japonkach, dzieci biegają w t-shirtach. Q ogarnął nam wypasiony dwupiętrowy apartament przy deptaku z dwoma (!) telewizorami, z balkonu widzimy więc całe życie miasteczka i góry - można nie ruszać się z pokoju. A jak sie już r... read more
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Piwko na placu zabaw w kraju prohibicji
Water taxi

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