WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
It was on June 21, 2008 when our host Peter Lingbanan (a member of the Baguio
Web International Mailing List) took Nena and I to Whistler which is some two
hours from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99). We left Vancouver
just before noon and it was already about 9:00 pm when we got back.
Whistler is a resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains
in British Columbia, Canada, approximately 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of
Vancouver. Incorporated as the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), it has a
permanent population of almost 10,000, plus a larger but rotating "transient"
population of workers, typically younger people from British Columbia.
The resort destination of Whistler is nestled below the Whistler and Blackcomb
Mountains in the Whistler Valley. In recognition of its world-class status as a
ski resort, the cosmopolitan Village of Whistler will co-host the 2010 Winter
Olympic Games with Vancouver. Whistler continues to be the fastest-growing
municipality in British Columbia, and has been recognized as the Top Ski Resort
in North America for the past decade.
Winter in Whistler, with downhill skiing at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is
what has made the area world famous. In addition to the downhill ski facilities,
winter visitors enjoy cross-country skiing, heli-skiing, ice skating,
snowmobiling, sleigh-riding, dog-sledding and a host of other winter
recreational pursuits. I wish I were into skiing, however, at my age now I might
just end up breaking my bones.
Summer in Whistler is just as spectacular as winter. Mountaintop sightseeing,
world-class golf, mountain biking (Whistler is considered "one of the top bike
towns in North America"), hiking, in-line skating, horseback riding,
sightseeing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and even glacier skiing are but of the
few of the opportunities the area provides in the summer months.
At least I can still go for sightseeing, fishing, and a little of canoeing.
Horseback riding seems fun and I enjoyed it a lot when I was still a teenager.
We were then residents of Fort McKinley (now Fort Bonifacio) and I spent a lot
of time taking equitation lessons with the Philippine Army cavalry unit that had
their stable just close to where we were staying. However, I still could not
forget a horseback riding incident that happened to me when I was with the
academic faculty of the Philippine Military Academy. The horse I rode to a
gallop (A natural three-beat gait of a horse, faster than a canter, in which all
four feet are off the ground at the same time during each stride.) around
Borromeo Field (the parade ground of the academy) suddenly stopped and I was
thrown out of my saddle and landed face down on the ground. Luckily, I just had
some minor bruises but with no bones broken. Since that time, I have not
attempted to go horseback riding again.
Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and
mountain biking at Whistler-Blackcomb. Its pedestrian village has won numerous
design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North
America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. From the accompanying
photographs you will see how beautiful the buildings are in Whistler.
It was during our short visit to Whistler that Nena, Peter, and I tried riding
the gondola up to the mountains. We were only able to make it to 3 stations and
missed going further up since it was very windy and not safe to be riding on the
gondola. On our way up we did see a few black bears that didn't seem to be
bothered at all by the people riding on the gondola. They were just probably
looking for food along the slopes of the mountain.
After our gondola ride we just wandered around the village checking out what was
going on. I also found time to take pictures of the different buildings as well
as the visitors and tourists.
The accompanying photographs will give you a good idea as to what the resort
town of Whistler is really like. To view the photographs, just click on the link
Whistler, British Columbia
Enjoy your cyberspace tour of the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.