Whistler – Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre and Whistler Mountain

This morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, in Whistler ‘s Upper Village.  We were then given a tradition welcome, which we all joined in, doing a special dance while the Lil’Wat host sang the welcome song.   Following that we watched an interesting 15 minute film that introduced us to two of the the First Nations Peoples, the Squamish and the Lil’Wat.  These two nations shared the area of Whistler.  Then we were taken on a tour of the centre where we were shown how they made canoes, how they weaved their clothing and baskets etc.  We learnt the legends and stories behind the traditional regalia, carvings and songs and had time to wander through the centre on our own.

We returned to the hotel at 10.15am and the two of us decided to go for a walk to the Alta Lake, which was about a 4 kilometre round trip along a path beside the golf course and a residential area to the lake and a lovely park. We enjoyed the walk and the views of the lake with the snow-capped mountains in the background.


Whistler – 4 x 4 up Whistler Mountain

This afternoon, we went on an adventure in a 4 wheel drive mini bus from the outside of the village up to almost the very top of Whistler Mountain, to the Roundhouse Lodge.  The weather was great, and along the way, we had stunning views over Whistler Village and the surrounding area, including several lakes as well as Blackcomb Mountain.  We also saw several people catching the chairlift with their mountain bikes, part of the way up the mountain and then riding them back down – some of the jumps and drop-offs that they did were amazing.

Whistler Mountain is classed as a coastal temperate rain forest and is mainly covered in Hemlock and Douglas Firs.  Although the snow is melting, as we got closer to the top of the mountain, it was still covered in snow. The road had been cleared to allow access to the Round House Lodge and in places snow was about 2 metres deep on either side of the road. The people from our tour who joined us on this excursion, enjoyed some time at the top, taking photos and throwing snowballs at each other.

When we reached the bottom of the mountain again, our driver extended our excursion by taking us part of the way up Blackcomb Mountain to show us the Olympic Luge facilities, which was brilliant, because while we were there, WE SAW A MOMMA BEAR AND HER BABY BEAR!!  According to our guide, the cub would have been about 2 months old.  The driver stopped and allowed us plenty of time to take several photos because the bears were not right next to the bus and so we were not disturbing the Momma and her baby.  We were all so delighted – what a perfect afternoon!!

As we have a fully equipped kitchen and because it had started to rain just as we got back to our hotel, we decided to have dinner in our room, so we walked down to the grocer’s and bought pizza and chips to cook in our oven and we also bought some beer for Richardo!!

Check out the photos of the bears and other photos on our gallery!

2 Responses to “Whistler – Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre and Whistler Mountain”

  1. Maria says:

    Whistler looks beautiful – Nicole, Grant and Neve loved their skiing holiday there too…..love the bears – very cute xoxo

  2. Gail says:

    I’m jealous of all the bears you are seeing.

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