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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.
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.
Views from the Jeep Tour
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.