Friday, October 22, 2010

Whistler :-)

We travelled up the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whister which was wonderful; the scenery was superb!  There are so many things to see, not least of which were the Brandywine falls close to Squamish of which you can see a snapshot above.  There was also a rather pretty lake on the route of which there are some images here and here.

Whistler was great.  Geared up for skiers when there was snow and mountain bike riders when it was warm and dry.  The downhill bike routes looked fantastic, but suspect after falling off my mountain bike and sustaining a reasonable head injury wifey wouldn't be too impressed if I tried them out!

The town itself was very pleasant , if not a tad "touristy".  There were heaps of cafes and bars, places to buy postcards and other tourist type paraphernalia but the overall impression was of a tidy and clean town with loads of fun activities to try out.  Much of the touristy part of the town was "pedestrianised" with vehicles banned to the huge carparks in the town.

We took the cable car up the Whistler mountain to enjoy the views and then took the Peak2Peak cable car over to the Blackcomb mountain.  This trip is superb and affords quite stunning views.  This cable car has a world record breaking longest unsupported span of just over 3kms between supports and is the highest lift of its kind in the world at over 430m above the valley floor.

The next photo shows a Peak2Peak cable car on its travels between the Whistler and Blackcomb peaks.  It was tricky to get any reasonable shots due to the reflections on the glass, but I have the memories :-)

Atop the Whistler mountain ... well, in fact, in lots of places of significance ... we came across these Inukshuks.  I think you'll remember the symbol from the recent Winter Olympics that were held here in Canada.

I'll close this post with a couple more shots for you ... just to whet your appetite to visit Whistler.  The first shot is taken from the Peak2Peak cable car and the second is from the close to the Whistler town centre.  Great place to visit.

Don't forget that you can click on the images to get an enlarged view and there's some more images from Vancouver on flickr. 

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