Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 11 Canada, 01/07, Whistler & Happy Canada Day

The town of Whistler with its central area being for pedestrians only was a very nice place to spend some time. Again we had only booked a short optional trip, a tree top walk just out of town. Various gondolas travel up the mountains and across too. Whistler really is a place of wires in the sky.


It is not just a place for snow related activities. It was just as busy in the summer, for good reasons. The dirt area is where bicycle riders come down the mountain side.


We found that both Canada and New York deal with huge crowds very well.


Up the hill in this little bus.


We are left with our very personable and not unattractive guide, a tall and well built Asian Canadian.


A wood pecker has been busy.



At times we were a long way off the ground of the valley with very steep sides. The silence was constantly broken by the sound of people zipping on lines across the sky. It was like spider web of zip lines. It looked to be fun and if I was younger.......


This lass just became stuck with something tangled in a tree and had to be rescued by another person out on the zip line. Our guide made a phone call to alert the base.



Steps, platforms, solid and suspended walkways; we did them all. Our guide's commentary was very informative.


This growth on the tree is called Witches Hair. It will only grow where the air is almost completely free of any pollution.


We descended to a lower point, where the Winter Olympic facilities were built. This is the end of the luge. Within the structure the participants come flying down and then make a half a circle to slow them for the finish. Whistler hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010 and the town appears to have been completely rebuilt in the preceding years. There is a lot of accommodation.


You can just see our guide in the blue shirt. Some zip liners stopped to steal our paid for commentary.


I can't find details of when the land slipped into Fitzsimmons Creek below but I heard that the creek was dammed by the slide until it could be cleared and tens of thousands of salmon were trapped and died.


Bears don't always go in the woods.


It's the 1st of July and it is Canada Day. We were back in time for the midday celebration parade.



What I think is a euphonium was booming out the theme to the Australian tv kids' show, Bananas in Pyjamas. What a laugh.







After the parade we lunched with some of our fellow travellers who we came across in the parade. The wine flowed and lips were loosened.




We dined with T & B at an Irish pub. I could hear what I thought was rather good live music. Then the doors were opened and the group played to the outside as well as the inside. It was a very nice evening.


Beware of snow in a snow resort village. Really! Sister was in Whistler several years ago and appeared here in Melbourne on a commercial morning tv programme. Next stop, Victoria, Vancouver Island.

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  1. Great views from the gondola. I didn't get to Whistler so interesting to see what I'd missed.

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    1. Marie, we weren't actually on the gondala, just the tree top walk. Whistler is of course very commercial, but also very vibrant.

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  2. Unfortunately we spent only an afternoon and overnight at Whistler. The tree tops tour sounds great.

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    1. It was good Victor. Our options were an evening bear viewing, and those who selected saw plenty, orca watching, car buggy riding (they saw bears too) and discounted gondola travel.

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  3. Canada Day was a huge and nice celebration.

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    1. Good local fun Gosia.

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  4. The tree top tour sounds amazing.
    It seems that almost everywhere else does parades better and more often than we do.

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    1. EC, it was very good, the parade small town, but fun.

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  5. I'd love to do a tree top tour one day. The scenery from that is amazing.
    Nice that you got to see the parade.

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    1. River, we have done a few local tree top walks but this one with a guide was extra good.

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  6. It looks to be a delightful small town. I'd heard good things about it but my aversion to all things snow related stopped me. Clever that they have made it as popular a destination in summer as in winter. I agree with the others about the tree top tour - that would have been my choice for a tour too.

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    1. Craig, funny, English born R has an aversion to snow too. I experienced only very little of it when I was a child.

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  7. Gorgeous pics, as always x

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  8. That was a great tour you had.We found a lot of Australians working there.

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    1. Diane, I am sure there were/are. I think I did hear an Aussie accent there, but I am not good at identifying accents.

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  9. Sounds as if you great fun on that day...I'm back in civilisation again!

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    1. Margaret, but not back to Tassie?

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