Whistler Mountain is only a few hours away from Soundview, across the border into British Columbia. But I had never been there, winter or summer. It’s a spectacular resort – refurbished and enlarged for the recent winter Olympics, with beautiful shops and common areas, respectful of the fantastic landscape.
The natural obelisk you see on the horizon is Black Tusk – the ubiquitous landmark of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Blessed with two peaks, lakes, forests, meadows, and waterfalls, the area is a mecca for mountain lovers like me. In the summertime, there are free outdoor concerts in the village almost every evening. We totally enjoyed Jason Mraz – just him – acoustic and personal – with one other musician, a fabulous guitarist. What luck!
To get oriented, we took a chairlift up Blackcomb Mountain, then boarded the Peak-to-Peak Gondola which sweeps across a deep abyss to Whistler Mountain, and then walked down (you could have ridden down instead). Normally in the summer there are many trails open at the top for hiking, but this year summer came late, and even in August snowfields blocked most of the higher paths.
So we hiked to Lake Cheakamus (lower elevation) and drove to a couple of spectacular waterfalls. Our weather was splendid, and we had a great time.