Whistler etc.

We’ve just returned from a wonderful week in Whistler! Just over a month now in Canada, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather, and take a well-earned break.

Vancouver is a wet city absorbing 150 days of rain per annum. This September, however, it received just 13mm compared with the average 53!

Granville Island

Granville Island

When we set off the forecast was not so good, and we feared that the dry spell had come to an end. We thus decided to do a bit of city sightseeing en route, spending a wet afternoon mooching around Granville Island.

False Creek

Granville Island: False Creek

The early explorers dubbed this inlet False Creek when they discovered it was not the mouth of the Fraser River. Not disimilar to Sydney’s Darling Harbour, this former industrial wasteland has been transformed into a trendy neighbourhood and successful mix of markets, restaurants, arts and entertainment precinct.

We went for a harbourside stroll before wandering through the many galleries and craft shops. Of course we had the mandatory stop for coffee, all the more essential on a wet and windswept Vancouver afternoon.

From Granville Island we headed over the Lions Gate bridge to Grouse Mtn on Vancouver’s North Shore. Hoping to take a Gondola ride to the top of the mtn for the city’s best view we were deterred by the weather, deciding to wait for a better day.

Fortunately for us the weather cleared and we had four sunny days in Whistler to appreciate all it had to offer.

Whistler is North America’s premier ski resort but is just as appetising in summer with it’s beautiful mountain scenery. Located just 120 km north of Vancouver, it’s easily accessible.

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One Response to “Whistler etc.”

  1. Rhordon The Brave and Trying Says:

    I loved seeing the boys….and of course you Dave….but what really made this page was because I really Miss Jenny too.

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