Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rhonda's Travels - Whistler BC

Whistler BC, Canada - Olympic Village  

While in Vancouver BC, Canada the first of December I enjoyed a beautiful drive to Whistler. The drive is called the "Sea to Sky" Highway and is a gloriously scenic drive. I guess the drive could be done in an hour and a half, but why rush. I stopped many time to take photos and had my breakfast tea in the beautiful village of  Horseshoe Bay.

Horseshoe Bay - Whytecliff Park
Horseshoe Bay locate about half way between Vancouver and Whistler is worth the drive almost within itself. It is the ferry loading junction for several ferry that take cars and walkers to remote islands in the Howe Sound. The islands are for next time.  While there I enjoyed a beautiful walk-on the pier and watched as the ferry load and depart with the mountains in the background. Whytecliff Park is located just west of Horseshoe Bay and had incredible vistas overlooking the sound with jagged cliff and large rocks just off the shore. 

Whistler and Vancouver were the host cities for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Much of that spirit seems to be still there. I spent later morning and early afternoon there; Exploring, lunch, enjoying the views and shops.  It was snowing while I was there. Lunch was by a fireplace in an beautiful village restaurant and after I found a bakery for delicious and much appreciated hot chocolate. From the bottom photo you can see the ski trails in the distance on one of the mountains. Whistler village is between two mountains with skiing available on both. Both mountains have over a 5000 ft drop down to the village and surrounding lodging. A beautiful ski village.    

What a fun "Sea to Sky" escape.  

1 comment:

  1. About 15 years ago I was in Seattle on business for a few days and my meeting set for my last day was cancelled. Rather than change flights and come home a day early I rented a car and drove the 4-5 hours to Whistler. I had a ski day the likes of which I had never had before. Half the day on Whistler and the other half on Blackcomb. My legs were rubber. I drove back to Seattle and took the red eye back home. That drive from Vancouver to Whistler and back is the most spectacular drive I can remember ever taking.
    Thanks for stirring old memories.