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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Whistler

Yesterday saw us on a bus heading from Vancouver to Whistler...a just under 2 hour journey. We were just going up there for a look around and then coming back to Vancouver later in the day.
We travelled along the coast in the first part of the journey...

Then we saw snow capped mountains...
At one stage the road travelled beside a fairly fast flowing stream...and we also caught sight of a train.
The upper village at Whistler seemed pretty busy to me but DsD3 assured us it was quiet compared to the winter months!


In many ways Whistler reminded me of Queenstown in New Zealand...a town of extreme sports and lots of young people! 
We did not participate in any of the sporting activities and even DsD3 was happy to 'hang out' with us...although we were tied to a bus timetable. After a family confab we decided not to do the Peak to Peak gondola/chairlift ride. At 2 and 1/2 hours long it would mean catching the later bus and a late arrival back at Vancouver. But more importantly, DH would not be able to join us as he has problems with heights and this thing was very HIGH. The third consideration was that the cost was over $60 Australian per person and we have paid hundreds of dollars in entry fees already this last week and fourthly, the young man on the ticket counter said that it would be extremely hot up there. 

So we had a nice lunch and just wandered around and there is plenty to look at!

Shops...so many!


Naturally I soon found some lovely garden beds and planters...


The Westin Hotel not only had nice gardens, but also a cooling waterfall!

Because it was such a hot day, we decided to catch an earlier bus...we had to race up to the stop. The bus had already gone but all buses have to do 'the loop' to turn around so we were able to catch it when it came back from turning around...phew! 
So here are some pics of the scenery on the other side of the road...







When we arrived back in Vancouver we found it was a lot cooler...and a nice breeze was blowing. 

3 comments:

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Whistler is so beautiful, those majestic mountains, I love your photographs. I would not have expected it to be so hot, I have only ever seen photographs of it in the snow.

Nanette said...

Looks beautiful. I was surprised when you said it was hot, I thought it'd be cold. You're certainly having a good look around.

margaret said...

this is a holiday you will never forget, this latest stop brings back memories of the Olympics a good few years ago now, not that I was competing or even there but watched it on the tv