Canada: Whistler – Mountain Village I
Mountain village of Whistler is to be found in western Canada (BC). It is built to the middle of forest surrounded by high mountains. This place used to be possessed by other creatures – black bears. Righteously so they peak into the village. Simply put: Whistler is the land of bears.
Whistler became famous for the 2010 Olympics. It is 120 kilometers to the southeast from Vancouver. This young village’s population are mostly young people loving downhill biking, skiing a snowboarding. The character of the village is greatly represented in the following poem:
The place alive night and day,
full of power due its mountains.
Whether its summer or winter,
its always great in Whistler.
Bikes and skateboards in summer,
or trips to lakes.
Longboards in winter,
just avoid the bears.
Whistler is so beautiful thanks to mountains Blackcomb (2 440 m) and Whistler. Both near the village to its southwest. Two cableways run up to the mountains. Wizard Express and Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola to Blackcomb; Whistler Village Gondola and Fitzsimmons Express up to Whistler. You can enjoy a unique ride between the mountains by Peak 2 Peak Gondola which hangs above the valley. In summer, however, cableways’ operation is very limited. Fitzsimmons Express is used by bikers for whom trails and jumps are under the cableway.
If you get to the top by Whistler Village cableway, you can go to the top of Whistler mountain by following the trail of Harmony Meadows, however, it is rather a more difficult climb. Or you can get to the top by Peak Express cableway and enjoy easy trail on the top. The trail’s name is Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk. You will enjoy beautiful vistas of the mountains, forests, and lakes (especially Cheakamus Lake).
You cannot reach Blackcomb’s top (to Blackcomb glacier). In slightly forested part below rocky top, there are moderate trails. Along rocky ridge goes difficult Decker Loop trail which later joins moderate Overlord trail that follows the contour line to the east. The borderline between Blackcomb Glacier Park and Garibaldi Provincial Park goes across both Blackcomb and Whistler mountain.
Text/photo: Martina Brožková
When it comes to Canada and national parks, most probably think of the western part of Canada, mostly British Columbia and Alberta. Today, however, we will be talking about the eastern part of Canada, the province of Quebec. Come and be carried away by the untouched nature of the Gaspésie Park.
Do you prefer peaceful walks on pebble beaches with the soothing sounds of the ocean? Do you want to look into the beautiful Canadian nature? Forillon National Park offers a wide range of experiences by the sea, along the cliffs, but also in the woods. You can even go snorkeling, discovering underwater plants and underwater life. You can even watch whales here. And it's really an experience!
Montreal ranks in the top of several categories - it is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second largest city in Canada and also the second largest francophone city in the world.
Ottawa has been the Canadian capital for more than 150 years. It played an important role in the construction of the canal that connects the Illinois River with Lake Michigan. Near Ottawa, there are large deposits of quality sand that can be transported by river. Thanks to them, the glass industry has developed a lot in the city.
Vancouver Island is in the Pacific Ocean. It lies near Vancouver near its shore. It is also part of British Colombia.
The Sea to Sky freeway running between Squamish and Whistler (BC) offers you wonderful vistas. Don’t, however, let it to decoy away from the turn to Garibaldi Lake. It would be simply a sin to not to see Garibaldi Provincial Park.
When one says the Rocky Mountains do you know what mountains he is talking about? The so called Rockies embellish western part of North America.
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Last week we concluded our story about Toronto with a short mention of Ontario Science Center. It would be pity to don’t spend more time at this great institution.
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.
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Ottawa is a pretty big city. You can do there a lot of things. Today we look at some landmarks like museums, galleries or so.
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Vancouver and its surroundings is filled with greenery. There are many parks, golf courses, forests, trees and skyscrapers.
South hills of Whistler village we have came to known already. But what can we find in the north? Around the village there are many bike trails called Valley Trails. The area is quiet, only the road no 99 (Pemberton - Vancouver) runs across it.
When we asked at tourist information center, Whistler, where to hike in the area, the recommendations of the lady at the reception were same as the recommendations we got from our friends. They knew the area around Whistler very well. The weather got much better after two days. Therefore we decided for the most difficult trip in the area – to Wedgemount Lake located high in the mountains.
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Calgary is a city people known mostly for its team the Calgary Flames. The city is located in the western part of Canada, in the province of Alberta.
Should you be a person loving mountains, a person that is or has been in western Canada, you certainly know about Jasper National Park. It might have been one of the reasons why you visited the country.
Should you plan to do some hikes in Canada to see thick forests and green hills, and experience some adrenalin, or meet local residents – moose, bear, and there are many of them. They say you meet here more bears than people. You have to see Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Colombia.
Are you of excellent fitness? Are you tourist that really enjoys it? Regardless the two options, we have a trip that will give you the best view of the town of Jasper and gorgeousness of the national park of the same name surrounding it. The hike is to the Mt. Whistlers (2466 m).
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Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers part of North America, neighbors wit...