Our first real adventure when we got to Canada was Whistler- we did stay in Vancouver for one night beforehand as our flight came in late (around 9/10) so if you are planning on going to whistler after a late flight beware that it is a bit of a drive (around 1.5-2 hours); I would recommend staying in Van for the night and heading up in the morning, because also- it is an amazing drive, great roads and breathtaking scenery so best seen in daylight. We got there by bus and was taken away by the scenery on the way up, if we were to do it again we would 100% drive it. Just so you can stop off at points and take in the views and explore the little villages along the way.
When we got there we checked into our hotel which was in a great location, literally a 2 minute walk to the main village and about a 10 minute walk to slopes. So of course, we dropped our bags and went to explore. The village caters to everyone/everything; there is a supermarket, lots of places to eat/drink (alcohol or coffee/tea etc), shops, tobogganing and the Olympic sign; and it is so soo cute!!!
Now onto the slopes- Jamie and I decided to try snowboarding, I had skied in the past but Jamie had done neither so this was going to be interesting (because I’m better). I will tell you now, we absolutely loved it– it is (personally) so much harder than skiing, but challenging, fun and rewarding. You feel like you have done a fully body workout by the end of the day. We had great weather while we was there, we was fully wrapped up and actually ended up being too hot and just wearing our under layers up the mountains.
We had 3 days of lessons and 4 days of snowboard hire for our week there (through Affinity Sports that was connected to our hotel; very handy); I felt this was the perfect amount of time. We got to learn the basics and gain confidence in the 3 days and then try out our new skills on the final day. What adds even more to the experience is the views- WOW, they are truly amazing. Not only was I blown away by the views on the way to Whistler but when you get up the mountains it’s truly magical. See for yourself…
Up in the mountains, there are great places to eat with good atmosphere. Or you can go back down to the village where there are a few restaurants, bars surrounding the slopes that are good too- most of them that we went too had heating methods, including a fire place which was so nice to sit besides and dry our clothes off whilst eating a big hearty lunch (BURGER). As for the evenings, we quite often cooked ourselves- this was because of two reasons, one- because we had just begun our travels and wanted to save money where we could and two because our room was like a studio and had the amenities to cook etc. Which was great- this was also the start of our ‘adult’ life as well as the first time we were fending for ourselves- not that our parents did everything for us because we did cook at home etc- but we didn’t have the flexibility to ring mum and ask how to turn the cooker on (JAMIE). Other than eating out for lunch, I think we only ate out in the evening twice- both at the same place, El Furniture Warehouse which had $4.95 meals all day every day- EVEN BETTER!!! And to be honest, the food was delicious and not small (which you would expect at that price).
Overall Whistler was amazing, a great adventure and somewhere that we would definitely visit again- in the summer or winter. All hotels and other details are linked in this post- if you click on the word it will take you directly to the website we booked it through.
As I am new to this, please tell me if you want me to write more and what you want to hear about in my posts- I have been told I can go around the houses when telling a story (SAMMY) so don’t want to bore people and let my pictures and videos do the talking. However, if you would like me to continue talking let me know in the comments below- I would love to hear if anyone else has been to whistler and if they recommend anything that we didn’t do, as we were pretty much tourists and didn’t venture out doing anything other than eating, snowboarding and sleeping.
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