Whistler Day 1 – Travels

by jc


The third airplane trip of Pete's life!

The third airplane trip of Pete’s life!

We have arrived in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia.  We left Ottawa in the early hours and despite flying-novice Peter discussing the marvels of flight, “HOW DOES THIS HUGE THING EVEN GET OFF THE GROUND?!” (visual: terrified middle-aged woman in seat next to us listening to this), we arrived in spring-like Vancouver shortly before 10:00 am.  Pete and I had rented a car so we took advantage and drove a bit of scenic route through Vancouver, stopping to check out the UBC campus and the nearby Spanish banks.  I’ve been to Vancouver numerous times but I guess I have always been in a big rush to get up to Whistler because I just couldn’t get over how beautiful it is this time!

Beautiful Spanish Banks.

Beautiful Spanish Banks.

Lion's Gate Bridge.

Lion’s Gate bridge.

We headed up the Sea to Sky highway in cloudy, rainy weather.  Despite the lack-luster weather, the views were still incredible and Pete was on sensory overload the whole time (it’s his first time out here).

Sea to Sky highway.

Sea to Sky highway.

We checked into our lovely [dated] one-bedroom unit at the Marketplace Lodge in Whistler.  This place is not luxurious but it’s perfect for the two of us – full kitchen, balcony with views of Blackcomb Mountain, and a common-area hot tub to soak our sore muscles in after skiing.  After checking in we headed over to Nesters’ Market to stock up on some groceries and Kokanee Gold.

Our home sweet home!

Our home sweet home for the week!

For dinner I just had to take Pete to one of my favourite junk-food spots: Splitz Grill.  They give you the option of having your burger [cut in half] in a wrap and it’s the best!  We both had the bison burger with Splitz special sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, hot peppers, pickles, and red onion… om nom nom!

Splitz bison burger is a WRAP!

Splitz bison burger is a WRAP!

Pete the Olympian...?

Pete the Olympian…?

After dinner we took a short walk through the Village Stroll to walk off the burgers.  There was 10+ cm of snow forecast for the next morning (and we were on Ottawa time – 3 hours ahead!) so we were lame and went to bed early.

Stay tuned for more exciting ski pictures and other adventures to come!