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Whistler Canada

Updated on July 4, 2011

Going to Whistler

I had the opportunity to visit Whistler a couple years ago and just loved it. I had never been to Canada before, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been able to go. It was summer time, and just absolutely lovely. We flew into Vancouver, and it was for a business trip with my husbands job. I will always remember just what a neat place it was, and hope to go back to take the kids one day.

I loved the water around the area, and there is so much to do in regards to sports and recreation. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay, as we had a room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This is located in the Upper Village, and has a great view over the valley and of the mountains behind as well. Some things that stand out about the Fairmont Chateau are the antiques, Canadian art, gold leaf on the ceilings and the general ambience and location. It was quite an experience. I liked that there was so much within walking distance even that I could go and do. There is a neat Mallard Bar with a heated outdoor area.

One of the beautiful lakes in Whistler
One of the beautiful lakes in Whistler | Source

Vancouver to Whistler

Most people fly into Vancouver then take the 75 mile drive to Whistler.  Its an amazing drive as you get to see so much beauty.  For instance you get to go by Howe Sound, which has a beauty all its own, and shows the beautiful snow capped mountains in the distance.  Whistler attracts more than two million visitors a year.  The beautiful peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountain are simply breathtaking.  Of course many will recall the 2010 Olympic Winter games being in Whistler, but we went before that.  I imagine that it will be quite popular, all the more since that huge event.  We went there not all that long before the Olympics, and they were getting ready for it. 

There are over 90 restaurants, and over 200 shops but has the feel of being in the great outdoors with its lakes, rivers, and forests. 

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Views from the Jeep Tour

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Some Highlights in Whistler

We were able to take a Jeep tour up Blackcomb mountain that I will never forget.  On this tour, you went from warm temperatures at the base of the mountain, to snow at higher elevations.  We often stopped and took pictures, and saw a bear den with a baby bear nearby.  It was just amazing seeing the views from up high, and seeing the wildflowers growing in beautiful meadows.  That is something I will never forget.

During meetings, I had the opportunity to explore some on my own around the area.  I took my camera with me, and had the best time!  I found remote lakes, and rivers and streams.  This one had rapids that were just amazing to me!  There was this amazing floating device some people were taking down the rapids and it was circular in shape, like a big ball but much more complicated than that describes.  I loved seeing the natural fauna and flora of the region and tried to capture as much as I could with my camera. 

Going to whistler made me thankful for the beauty that life offers, and just thankful for being alive. There was a neat opportunity for me to go up the mountain on the ski lift, and this was just breathtaking as well.  I did that, while my husband did an amazing zip line tour over rapids.  I was too chicken to do that!  I think next time I might consider it.  I truly loved being out in nature and observing from that vantage point. 

Some pretty wildflowers by the river that runs through Whistler
Some pretty wildflowers by the river that runs through Whistler | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kcflight, thank you very much! It IS a fun place, and I hope to go back again and take the kids there. Both my husband and I think so, and we don't always say that about just any place.

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      kcflight 

      7 years ago

      Great hub. Looks like a fun place.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      GmaGoldie, thank you for the comment! It has my vote as well, and I hope to go back.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      oceansnsunsets,

      I have been to Whistler twice! Loved it so much I had to return. The climate is amazing. My friends dragged me there initially for skiing and my body responded without the usual altitude sickness. The scenery, the architecture - breath taking. If anyone is contemplating Colorado to Whistler - Whistler has my vote.

      I barely play golf, barely ski and those watercraft I know are not for me - but Whistler is a dream visit on all the other fronts.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you very much, James! I bet you could do that too, and it looks like great fun. It was the last day there, and we didn't get a chance to do it ourselves on that trip. I think its great someone came up with such a cool idea. Imagine going down the rapids like that with your family or friends doing it too. What great fun!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I love this Hub! I've not been to BC, but I have heard about Whistler. I've never been on the rapids, and figured I never would. But until today I had not seen these watercraft in your photo. I think I could do that. Thank you for the education and the beautiful pictures.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Nifty!

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      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      Very beautiful country! I would like to visit Canada some day. Thanks oceansunsets for the tour!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Karanda! I appreciate the comment.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you, Kirutaye!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Glad to share it Dallas, and thank you for the comment.

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      Karen Wilton 

      7 years ago from Australia

      It looks wonderful and you have done a great job of bringing it to life. Though I have never been there, Canada is one of my husband's favourite places in the world, now I can see why.

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      kirutaye 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Cool hub...breathtaking views.

      Thanks for sharing. :o))

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great pictures. Thanks for the information.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      FloBe, well I think its wonderful that you get to live in such a beautiful area! I do hope to go to back, and I can't wait. Thank you for the comment!

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      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      PhoenixV I totally agree and couldn't believe how fun that round raft ride looked. They were inside, and just bumping around having a great time going down the river.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Canada, I do too, and hope to see more of it. This was my first time, and I really enjoyed it and the beauty there.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You visited my area of the world! Glad you enjoyed it so much. I never tire of the beauty that is around me. Hope you do come back for a visit. I'm only 1-1/2 to 2 hours from Whistler :)

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      PhoenixV 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wow that raft ride looks fun!

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      canadawest99 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Nice hub. I love the west coast of canada.

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