Day 134 - Whistler, BC

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Today we took a bus ride to Whistler.  We had a long day (12 hours), but it was a great day - sunny and warm!!  We left the house at 6:00 a.m. got to the sky train, took that for 40 minutes, got into Vancouver and had a bit of time to have a bagel before we met our bus driver and 8 other people going up to Whistler.  We were with quite an international group - England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and us.

We had several stops on the way to Whistler including Prospect Point; Porteau Cove; Shannon Falls; Brandywine Falls and Cypress Mountain, then we headed to Whistler where we had 4 hours of free time.

Porteau  Cove Provincial Park - scuba diving hotspot with sunken shipwrecks
Shannon Falls - Third largest falls in BC.
Brandywine Falls - These falls are perched on the edge of a volcanic escarpment.
Whistler Olympic Park - built for x-country; biathlon; Nordic combined and ski jumping events for 2010 games.
Whistler informally acquired the name due to the whistling calls of the local hoary marmot population that - you guessed it - make a whistling sound.

We had a great lunch and then wanted to take a walking tour of the town, but after we waited at the spot we were told to go to and no one came, we found out that they discontinue that on Labor Day so we just did our own tour.

Whistler has done a fantastic job of "reinventing" themselves when there is no show.  They take kids of all ages up on the chair lift with their mountain bikes and they come down the mountain on them!  Oh Gosh that just makes me crazy.  They definitely have lots of gear on, so I guess that helps, but I have to wonder how many they lose up there?  We spoke with one guy who said it takes 40 minutes to ride down!  Wow.  And, it was so hot that day and they are covered from head to toe with all kinds of stuffed clothing to help when they wipe out.  Didn't look all that fun to me.  I had wanted to go on the zip line, but it was for 3 hours, and Nick wasn't interested, so instead we walked all over the place through the little village and over to the Olympic Village and did lots of people watching.

It is a great little town, with lots of charm.  I found myself imagining being there during the winter season and seeing everyone with their skis and gear.


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Virginia on

Enjoying all the days of y;our journey. Surrey is the suburb where our Japanese dear friend Eiji had a mansion. We stayed there on one vacation. He has died, and it saddens me. Quite a fellow. Carry on

Joe and Ginny on

Jealousy can not explain what I am feeling. You guys have had a marvelous trip and seen and done so many wonderful things. Keep having a Great Adventure and keep us posted.


Kathy Rathbun on

Spectacular! Looks like you are having the time of your life! And yes we are envious!

Pamela on

OMG!! When first I read your sentence about the marmots I saw it as
'H-O-R-N-Y' marmots not H-O-A-R-Y!! That certainly surprised me!! I thought this had turned into a PG-13 blog! hahaha

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