Our family has been enjoying Whistler summer and winter vacations for nearly 20 years now, and before that, when I was living back in Canada, my father was the first manager of the Blackcomb Lodge so I spent a good amount of time up there skiing in the winter. Those were the early years of Whistler Village and back then it was just hopeful dreams that Whistler would turn out to the be international resort destination, for both summer and winter seasons, that it has become. This past long Labor Day weekend the town was packed, to the point of feeling a little overwhelmed by number of people. We heard languages from around the world as we walked the picturesque village. Afterwards, however, we enjoyed returning to our home on Green Lake, surrounded by pines and evergreens and hardly anyone at home around us.
GREEN LAKE DOCKS In the picture above the dock breaks into a “T” at the end. The end portion of the dock can disconnected from the dock creating a raft with furniture, BBQ and an outboard motor to cruise the lake. A number of the homes on Green Lake have this type of docking system. Below one can be seen with the outboard on it.
In the summer Whistler is world-class for downhill or mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, golf and swimming in the numerous lakes. Whistler mountain opens up for bikers and hikers and you can take the Peak-to-Peak gondola ride to the neighboring mountain of Blackcomb. In the winter the skiing and boarding is some of the best in the world.
Our son Jeff came up from Vancouver to spend some time with us, and our friends John & Tina dropped in on their drive back to Vancouver from Prince Rupert. J&T are very familiar with BC wines and both are great cooks so we enjoyed some wonderful meals paired with great wines. We love Nesters Market for its food variety and their basement Beer & Wine store that has an amazing collection of BC wines. J&T head back to Vancouver for a couple of weeks before heading to Costa Rica where they currently have their boat moored, and then continue on their world tour. We have made plans to join up with them in April in Fort Lauderdale, and cruise the eastern seaboard up to Washington DC.
Where Whistler usually means plenty of skiing/boarding for us during winter visits, and biking and hiking in the summers, this trip has been a little more low-key as we wind down our Canada summer visit. We had three weeks in Vancouver in Yaletown, in a penthouse condo with unobstructed views of False Creek, a week in the Okanagan at my father’s house that overlooks Kalamalka Lake, and now a week on the shores of Green Lake in Whistler. We’ve had some great water views to enjoy on this trip.
Below are some photos of the many activities we’ve enjoyed as a family over the years in Whistler.