Day 134 - Whistler, BC
Trip Start May 01, 2013
172Trip End May 01, 2014
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What I did
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
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.