Sea to Sky Highway

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Alice Lake Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Midday temperature: 20C

Today we drove along the Crowsnest Highway. Not an easy drive, it twists and turns and goes up mountains and then down mountains. We experienced our coldest temperature: -3C. The drive is very scenic but because the mountains are 'in your face' it was very difficult to take pictures. But the most challenging driving was when we approached Vancouver. They are in the midst of a 5 year highway construction project that spans 27 kilometers and so the traffic was backed up for 27 kilometers. I guess we are here a couple years too early.

We have decided to take a bit of a detour before heading over to Vancouver Island. Greg and I have never been to Whistler so we are going to take a day and travel the Sea to Sky Highway that we heard so much about during the Vancouver Olympic Games. We wanted to spend two nights in a provincial park near the south end of the highway but it was full. A new experience for us since every campground we have stayed at has been just about empty. We ended up in a provincial campground near Squamish. This campground has warnings about bears and cougars in the area but nevertheless Greg and I biked some of the trails around the park. We spoke with the PFO (park forestry officer) who told us that they haven’t seen any bears for four weeks and officers are actively pursuing the cougar because this cougar has been eating cats and small dogs in the area. This park is quite large, surrounds Alice Lake, and sits under Diamond Head Mountain. It’s a beautiful location, but we found out that all the provincial parks are run by private companies for the province for profit. The PFO told us that in the summer months it is full of campers and they are expecting a full house during this Thanksgiving weekend. Lucky for us we are here Thursday. If we had arrived tomorrow we may not have gotten a site.

Province driven in: BC
Driven today: 388 km
Driven to date: 7706 km
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Judy B on

Our impression - absolutely beautiful beyond words with the ocean and straight up mountains and islands along he coast. And, oh yes, one step to the beach of you don't make one of the road's many curves!

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