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Canada - Whistler

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Since arriving in Canada we've explored in and around Vancouver as well as some of Vancouver Island and when family came over it was time to see what else was on offer in British Columbia and the Rockies in Alberta! It has involved two trips to Whistler, which most noted for it's fantastic skiing...we hit it up in summer and found that there is still loads to do.

It's a resort town only about 2 hours north of Vancouver, home to many of the winter Olympic events from 2010. It has a great feel with loads of restaurants and bars - a popular destination for Vancouverites and always seems to have a real buzz about it. Modern buildings and facilities in a stunning setting, flanked by Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb and others - very impressive. Summer activities could keep you busy for weeks, there's an info book which actually lists 99 things to do in Whistler - unfortunately we couldn't pack them all in. Some highlights:

- Taking the chair lift to the top of Blackcomb mountain, followed by the new 'Peak to Peak' gondola which stretches all the way across to Whistler mountain. It holds the record for the longest free span between towers and the highest point above the ground - 465m!
- Hiking the High Note Trail, which loops around Whistler mountain for 360 degree views of the entire area including Cheakamus lake.
- Mountain Biking on the wide range of trails around Lost Lake, world class!
- More mountain biking at Whistlers Mountain bike park which has over 200km of lift serviced gravity fed downhill mountain biking! Well worth the lift pass, just make sure you have the right gear! (Paul looked slightly out of place going up with an old school bike, lack of armor and regular non-full face helmet!)
- Emerald lake, picturesque and very emerald!

All that plus the plethora of dining options and the hostels are good too. We stayed at Fireside lodge which was great and the Hi Hostel was home to the Olympic Athletes when they competed in 2010. Hope we can get back to see what it's like in winter...

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Canada

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