Victoria to Whistler

We left the hotel this morning and headed along part of the Trans Canada Highway through Victoria (up Island as the locals call it) and up into the mountains covered in pine trees, heading for the BC ferry at Nanaimo, which was a different one to the one we caught over to Victoria from Vancouver.  Our first stop was at Chemainus to look at the beautiful murals on the buildings.  Chemainus is a quaint little seaside village on the Salish Sea and the village has about 40 murals painted on the sides and fronts of buildings.  Chemainus is one of the world’s most unique outdoor art galleries and the artists who have painted the murals come from many countries – Canada, the USA, Scotland, the Bahamas and Germany.  It is also a logging town and we saw large quantities of logs being floated down the river.

As we continued along the highway towards the ferry, Sandy and a few of the other people on the bus saw a small brown bear down by a stream – none of us were quick enough to get a photo, but we were all excited!  We boarded the ferry at Nanaimo and headed across the Georgia Strait to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver – the ferry trip took 1 hour and 40 minutes.

As we drove towards Whistler, we were surprised at the scenery that we had never encountered before – on the right hand side of the bus was forests and on the left hand side of the bus was the Pacific Ocean with another large island beyond it, forming a kind of channel and every so often we caught glimpses of snow capped mountains.  Just beautiful!!

We drove through Squamish and stopped at Shannon Falls, where we walked up to the falls and were greeted by a spectacular, fast flowing, noisy, beautiful waterfall and watercourse.  Needless to say we took lots of photos and even walked up lots of steep steps cut into the mountain to another viewing point about quarter of the way up the falls.

We arrived at Whistler at the Westin Resort and Spa at about 4.00pm.  Whistler is a Canadian resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia.  Apparently, over two million people visit Whistler annually, mainly for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in the summer, mountain biking at Whistler-Blackcomb.  Its pedestrian village has won numerous design awards and during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler hosted most of the alpine, Nordic, luge, skeleton and bobsled events.

We were delighted to see that our room is virtually a self-contained mini apartment complete with fireplace!!  It has a little kitchen with oven, hotplates, microwave and dishwasher and a huge king-size bed.

We went for a walk around the beautiful village before dinner and found a grocery shop where we bought some real milk, coffee, washing powder and bikkies!!  We did some washing before heading down to dinner, which was in the dining room overlooking the mountain range.  We enjoyed a lovely three course dinner, while watching the sun go down (at 9.00pm) and chatting to our dinner companions, John and Judith from Pullenvale in Brisbane!!

The weather this morning started off overcast with very low clouds and the threat of rain but by mid morning it had cleared and the sun had come out, making for another wonderful day!


One Response to “Victoria to Whistler”

  1. Selle-Belle says:

    Hi Stupendous Sandy & Reliable Richard,

    Your holiday looks very picturesque…..I’m getting itchy feet!!! I’m pleased to see you took a photo of the man in action, Sandy!!! Richard your photo’s are stunning….keep up the great work!!! 🙂

    Look for ward to the next leg of your amazing holiday!!!

    Lots of love & friendship,

    Shell-Belle xo

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