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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler June 25th 2017

Bonjour à tous, Certain parmi vous ont dû voir sur la chaîne 24 RMC découverte, les constructeurs de l'extrême. C'est l'émission qui diffuse, l'activité de la société Pioneer, qui construit de magnifiques chalets de bois rond, souvent de plusieurs millions de $. Elle est basée à Williams Lake. Ce matin en partant je suis passé à côté du chantier de construction de préparation. Malheureusement dans une zone de travaux, et je n'ai fait qu'une photo en roulant, j'ai aperçu, de la route, pas mal de ces chalets, mais tous sont bien abrités dans les arbres, et l'à aussi pas de photos exploitables. Ma route du jour, plein sud, direction Clinton, où je suis passé hier matin, mais cette fois par la route nationale, le décor rien à voir, avec mon chemin de terre d'hier. Beaucoup plus ... read more
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Williams Lake

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler May 29th 2017

Monday 29 May 2017 Whistler Did you know? There are midges and mosquitoes aplenty round here and in Clearwater. I've been bitten to death - well not quite, but the bites do itch a lot. It's been another incredibly hot day, up to 30 degrees. The good news is the bus's flat tyre has been fixed; the bad news, the AC in the bus hasn't. Luckily the hot weather is due to break here tomorrow, so we might not fry before we reach Nanaimo and the ferry. It was billed as a free day. Ha! As we had a bus flat, Mireille suggested we walked through the Olympic village to an area called Lost Lake and then on to Green Lake using the well organised trails laid out around here. Most of us went on this ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler May 28th 2017

Sunday 28 May 2017 Whistler It's amazing how you can become quite blasé about the views/scenery/wildlife! A leisurely early start for the short hop to view the Helmcken Falls themselves. What a brilliantly sunny day too. Already very warm. Another impressive outlook onto huge waterfalls through a narrow gap; these falls are higher than Niagara Falls, but not on the same scale of course. 10 minutes and we were back in the bus for a long day's drive to Whistler. Yet another bear was spotted en route, but this time it ducked into the trees and shrubbery to avoid human contact. Refuel in Clearwater and stock up for lunch, then up the Highway. We did stop off regularly as the temperature rose, both outside and inside the bus. The AC does not work properly, so many ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler March 4th 2017

Geo: 50.1183, -122.954On Saturday, March 4, 2017, I drove toWhistler, British Columbia to participate in the “DiscoverBobsleigh” activity that was being offered by the Whistler SlidingCenter. During this activity the participants are given basicinstruction on how to pilot a two person bobsleigh and how to operatethe brakes. Then it is off to the Olympic ice track, the fastest inthe world, for two runs down the track from the lower starting point– one run as the pilot and one run as the brakeman. Here is adescription of the “Discover Bobsleigh” activity (temporarily off line):http://www.whistlerslidingcentre.com/community-sport/sport-programs-camps/discover-bobsleigh-introductory-clinics-20162017My interest in bobsleigh goes back toat least 1987. In November of that year I flew from Oakland, CA,where I was living at that time, to ... read more
Discover Bobsleigh
Discover Bobsleigh
Discover Bobsleigh

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler October 24th 2016

So most of the day was spent in Whistler today after we got up and had breakfast. Jennifer and I drove up the mountain where we hopped on to ATVs for a 2 hour tour. I have ridden a lot in the desert and thought oh this would be easy to ride on...let me tell you that riding in the mountains is a totally different experience. I was sore by the time this was done. The technical level here was much higher and I felt like a first timer getting on a quad up here. Jennifer was great at it and had a blast enjoying every minute of it. We went through a ton of mud and water, I was drenched and dirty brown and it was awesome. Jennifer was trying to hard to get dirty ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler September 10th 2016

Today is a huge 122km bike race from Vancouver to Whistler with 4000 entries. It is called the GranFondo and is one of the main cycling events in North America each year. The main car park is closed for competitors and prize giving, roads are diverted and the main road has a lane taken out. So, what to do in order not to get too tangled with this event? Our host suggested that since we were in Whistler South we should continue in that area and hike up a river valley to a small lake called Logger Lake. It would also incorporate seeing the bike riders coming up the main route into Whistler. First, we went into Creekside to get some lunch then packed a backpack and set off on a shared bike trail just down ... read more
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A strange caterpillar

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler September 8th 2016

Our day started with a shoe purchase for me since my Nike's are bald and we're intending to do some hiking in Whistler. The sports shop guy was a sport enthusiast and very helpful. He had also run in NZ so there was much to talk about. We had an amazing driving day as we went through dramatic scenery. As we left Kamloops we travelled alongside a large lake where we could see an incredibly long train on the other side so we stopped to take a photos and a video. The train must have been more than a kilometre long with two engines hauling it along. It looked like a long coloured snake against the mountains and lake. We drove through badlands with heavily eroded steep rocky hillsides dropping away to flat irrigated farmland. At ... read more
Fraser River near Lillooet
Steep terraces along Fraser River
Creekside Village, Dusty's Pub

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler September 3rd 2016

Whistler BC Canada 3 September 2016 During our return visit to Vancouver, with the hire car, we drove up to Whistler. What a beautiful drive. We followed the Cheakamus River on one side and incredible rocks the other. It was a beautiful day. We drove along Howe Sound between Vancouver and Squamish which is generally considered to be one of the most scenic routes in the world. Historically, the Sea To Sky Highway also had a reputation for being one of the deadliest scenic highways in the world, but was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is far safer today. The drive took us 1 ½ hours and arrived at Whistle Village finding a car park with ease. We drove around Upper Whistler Village first before parking. It was a busy ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 20th 2016

Geo: 50.1183, -122.954Today we took the Gondola up to Mt. Whistler.  We walked through the upper village to the lower village, up and down many steps until we reached the first leg of the Gondola.  It was raining and cloudy.  We rode to the peak where we reached the summit house.  Enjoyed hot chocolate and admired the snow capped mountains.  Visibility was not good though; but, we made the best of it.  We then rode the Peak to Peak Gondola which is the longest suspension gondola in the world and covers 1.88 miles with no poles.  Amazing views even when it's cloudy.  We wanted to take the chair lift up to the top of Mt. Whistler but it was too cloudy and rainy.  We rode back to the summit house and down again.  We managed to ... read more
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Farewell Dinner
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 19th 2016

Geo: 50.1183, -122.954Today after the conference meeting this morning, we were scheduled to take a float plane to look at the surrounding area from above. The heavy fog caused this trip to be cancelled; so, we decided to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. We hiked to Lost Lake and took lots of pictures. After our hike we stopped by the wine store and then back to our hotel to enjoy our beautiful room and relax until tonight when we will attend an Awards Dinner at the Alpine Cabana Courtyard. I've included lots of pictures of our hike.... read more
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Hike to Lost Lake
Hike to Lost Lake




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