Many of you will know Whistler as one of the best ski resorts in the world. Well if you know me you will also know that ski-ing isn’t really my things (although the aprés bit is quite fun). So I convinced my friend Karen to go up for a couple of days and enjoy what has also become a great summer destination. The downside was the constant haze caused by the forest fires in Kamloops which are impacting much of Western Canada and the US – you could have believed there were no mountains surrounding Whistler at all – but luckily I have been before so know better. Real shame for first time visitors though. Poor air quality score of 10 – so memories of my time in China.
Never daunted we walked around the town and also took gondolas and chairlifts up Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and the Peak to Peak gondola built for the Winter Olympics – it is the single longest unsupported structure in the world and the highest – so essentially you sit very high up and cross from one peak to the next in about 12 minutes. It is pretty impressive engineering and a must for visitors. We also took a hike (yes me) and you will see that even in Summer there is snow about and some cool ice walls too.
So sad to leave Canada as have had a fantastic time – not just seeing the country but catching up with many of my old ex HSBC pals – we spent a lot of time reminiscing about the “good old days” as you do!
Until my next trip – I’m signing off as just back in Melbourne ready to enjoy all the fun things going on here – especially two next exhibits at the NGV – Hokusai and Dior. Can’t wait.