The opportunity to go up to Whistler for the weekend came up as one of Adam’s work colleagues has shares in a condo building in the main village; for a discounted price, we decided to go up and check it out. Driving up to Sea to Sky highway was fantastic as usual although very cold for May. When we arrived in Whistler, I was not surprised that the mountains still had snow on them.
The condo suite was amazing and close to the marketplace in the village. Two large bedrooms each with its own bathroom (one with a hot tub), full kitchen with utensils, living room area and electric fire and two balconies. The place was two big for the two of us but unfortunately none of our other friends could make it that weekend.
After getting some supplies from IGA and BC Liquor Store, we headed out to the village for a few drinks. I really wanted to check out Garibaldi Lift Company by the edge of Whistler Mountain but it was shut down for the next few weeks (dead season in Whistler despite there still being snow on the mountain) instead we went to Dubh Linn Gate for a few beers – cheers!
The next day started off with deciding where to go for a hike – Pemberton and Joffre Lakes were a bit far and some of the other areas were still not open due to all the snow. We decided to go to Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, approximately 20-30 minutes south of Whistler. The park is famous for the waterfall whereby in the 1800s two people had a wager to see what the height of the falls were, the closest won a bottle of Brandywine.
The waterfall was spectacular but unfortunately you couldn’t get very close to it. We did a 8km round trip hike to the bungee bridge (people were doing bungee jumps from it) and to try to find another suspension bridge, which we failed at doing. Pretty impressive scenery none the less.
On our way back to Whistler, I wanted to stop at The Whistler Brewing Company as the place was a lot of fun three years ago when I stayed at the Hi Hostel at Function Junction. However, we were to be disappointed due to the fact we waited 15 minutes for service (despite it not being busy) and no one came to our table or acknowledged me at the bar when I went up there instead. Bit if shame really as the place used to be awesome and the drinks really reasonable.
Returning to the condo, I took myself down for a swim and a hot tub and enjoyed soaking my body after the hike. By the time dusk came in we were feeling pretty tired and after watching the hockey and cooking dinner I didn’t feel like going out but we did go for a few at a place called Beacon Pub. Whistler on a Saturday night seemed much more busy than Friday night as the bar was lively but still a good spot for a few drinks. We also popped in for a couple at The Warehouse pub (if you want cheap food, all their meals are $5)
I was sad to wake up to our last morning in Whistler. After checking out of the condo (we hope to go back again real soon), Adam knew of good place to get a breakfast pie. ‘Peaked Pies’ is an Aussie cafe which sells meat pies and you have the option to add mash potato, mushy peas and gravy to them. We both decided that a pie each without the trimming would be enough – absolutely delicious!
Travelling back along the Sea to Sky Highway, we stopped off in Squamish as I had never seen the town centre before. There was a great view of ‘The Chief’ from the small boat jetty in the town. Further along our journey, we couldn’t bring ourselves to go back to Vancouver too early and made another stop in Horseshoe Bay, the weather was fantastic and we needed a beer on an outdoor patio with a view.
Arriving back in Vancouver I was a little sad to see the weekend end but I am sure with the better weather coming up, there will be more weekends like this one 🙂