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24 HOURS IN WHISTLER - Katie Bamber, Whistler BC
Thursday August 3, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Not the ideal amount of time for a summer visit to the most popular ski resort in North America, given. But if it’s all you've got… NEW

I made my pilgrimage to Whistler back in February - a ski-journey I'd been waiting to take for over a decade.

To one of the world's notorious ski spots.

And then I paid my second visit.

My opinion after 13 winters of waiting and just 24-hours in August?

It's even better in summer.

Yours truly, WhistlerWhistler, August

A 90-minute drive from Vancouver, the views are what roadtrip dreams are made of.

And if landing in Vancouver is your first stop in North America then it's even greater; the sheer size of the trees, the space, the sky, the roads.

The trucks...

Across from the glistening Sunshine Coast and up through Squamish, the outdoor capital of British Columbia and the bald eagle capital of the world.

Both were proved true, sighting eagles not much past Cypress Provincial Park and the endless things to do spotted just from the road:

The famous Chief rock sits right by the road for bouldering and climbing; Shannon Falls cascades down to the right, with pools at the top for bathing out of melt season;

Countless lakes hide through the trees.

There's Ilahoe River for white water rafting and of course the golf and biking that Whistler and the area are famous for.

Whistler, and British Columbia, is the adult's playground

Whistler boundHeaded north. Up, up to Whistler

Arriving mellow and contented - perfect, it's Canada - through some intense alpine scenery was timed oh so well for cocktail hour at a Whistler favourite, FireRock Lounge.

FireRock patioMai Tai - the classic of the tiki world - on the classic Whistler patio

Whistler's best, the FireRock patioWhistler's best, the FireRock patio

And then sushi - got to love the mountain style food here so close to Van city - at Samurai Sushi in Creekside: affordable, generous, good...

So in winter I covered the peak to creek race that runs down the Dave Murray Olympic downhill piste - the resort's most fun run that leads down to Creekside.

Waking up on a gorgeous morning, despite some oncoming forest fire haze, a proactive thought while the troops rallied was to dash up to the Olympic rings just up the piste.

Rings, a snow capped mountain & wildflowersRings, a snow capped mountain & wildflowers

PlanetSKI on the Dave Murray, Coast MountainsPlanetSKI on the Dave Murray, the Coast Mountains

First time on a piste I know with no snow - it's so much steeper than I imagined, warning!

Not a quick ascent but a good butt-burning wake up call with a show stopping view of the Coast Mountains and some snowy peaks.

Next up was frolf.

See the link above for a full account of frisbee-golf in Whistler.

In short?

The ideal way to spend two or more hours out in the BC wilderness, over rocks, through forest, up its hills and out over its views.

Frolf here is slow, sociable, harder going than you'd expect and hella good time spent.

Frolf, Whistler Lost LakeFrolf tee off

FrolfPutting from up close, 100000+ over par

Frolf, WhistlerAnd again...

Frolf, WhistlerHole 13

FrolfFrolf hole

Now you can't be in Whistler without acknowledging one of its main attractions: golf.

I'm no golfer so a drink in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club was my hello.

A drink at the golf clubFairmont Golf Club

With a more refined viewWith a more refined view of the countryside

Before getting back to the real Whistler grind and into the village for burritos - yes plural, challenge! - at La Cantina.

La Cantina, Whistler VillageLa Cantina, Whistler Village

A sociable spot in the centre of town lead to chatting to some BC locals.

They were off to find a hidden lake, discovered in a different mood some time before and the friendly, inclusive folk they are offered us to join their adventure.

Off on an adventureOff on an adventure

Now something I've learned here as a Brit in a mountain resort is that a hike is not just a walk, and an adventure in Canadian terms is more than just the quick venture outside we did as children...

So filling up some growlers with sour beer - oh, yes - we started on the railroad track.

Whistler, BCI couldn't tell you where we went but it was a way down here

Off the beaten trackOff the beaten track, literally

First sightingFirst sighting

The lake, somewhere in WhistlerDestination lake, somewhere in Whistler

Whistler nativeA shock on arriving

A short pause for my buddy that was rattled by this guy.

A swim in the glassy water of the remote lake.

A second pause after we saw another gliding through the water. And then dipping under...

"I did not need to know they swim under water..."

We'd found a raw, perfect spot.

I didn't even touch on biking; Next time, Whistler...

And then there's the glacier for summer skiing or riding.

The message? Stay longer!

Back to Vancouver Lions Gate Bridge

A blurred picture crossing back into Vancouver after a whirlwind yet chilled 24 hours in Whistler.

Let's say it represents the mood, feeling and relaxation on time spent there...

In a word?


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