Whistler photo diary (August 2016)

I love going to Whistler at any time of year. It doesn’t matter if its winter or summer, this mountain resort city is fun all year round. I can vouch for anyone that doesn’t do mountain sports. I have been to Whistler numerous times and on this holiday, it was my first time on a ski lift (to get up to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola). It takes about 2 hours to get to Whistler from Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway. The views from the Sea to Sky Highway are famously beautiful and make the drive pass by quickly.

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I stayed in the Creekside area at Evolution and I enjoyed walks over to the Nita Lake Lodge to their Fix Cafe for breakfast. The cafe is open early til 3pm and they serve up great warm drinks and snacks. Many of the pastries and treats pictured above are made on site.

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Here is the beautiful Nita Lake. The Nita Lake Lodge is known as a culinary destination with 3 restaurants on site. I have stayed here, at Nita Lake Lodge, a few times and I highly recommend it to stay at when in the Creekside area.

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Whistler is very pet friendly and there are dogs everywhere. We ran into this cutie named Austin trying to relax on a hot summer day in the Village.

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The mountains look so different when there isn’t snow on them.

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Whistler proudly hosted many Olympic events during the 2010 games. There is lots of Olympic memorabilia and monuments all over the Village that brings back a lot of nostalgia from that time when our city hosted.

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I always have to pay a visit to the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop that’s right in the Village. They have tonnes of variety and all types of candies. They even have imported candies from England.

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This is what the Peak 2 Peak Gondola looks like when you are standing in the Village. I still cannot believe I went on it. It goes from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb mountain. It is an incredible structure that has broken world records.

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Speaking of records, here are some of the details about the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and its broken records.

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To get up to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, you can go up the Blackcomb side or Whistler side. It does not matter. The ticket is valid for one trip up and one trip down but you can do the Peak 2 Peak as many times as you like.

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We were getting close to the end of the first gondola we took up on the Blackcomb side. It was time to disembark and get on the next one.

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The Solar Coaster Express took us up the rest of the way.

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Here we are arriving at the top. It took about 20 minutes to get up here. There are lodges on both sides that house a variety of eating options, including an upscale restaurant called Christine’s. I didn’t have a chance to check it out on this trip unfortunately.

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There were still glaciers in the end of August. Definitely bring layers of clothing with you up here. I was so grateful for my jacket. It was very windy as well.

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I had to take a picture in this set up frame for photo ops of the breathtaking surroundings.

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The Peak 2 Peak Gondola cars are large and spacious. There are glass bottom cars that you can wait in a separate, longer line for. I was too nervous on this trip to take that car. Maybe next time.

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The above seven photos were taken while I was on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The views are magnificent and you get to see all of Whistler and its stunning backdrop. It takes about 11 minutes to get across. I am so glad I mustered up the courage to do this.

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The Olympic Rings and Inukshuk are on the Whistler Mountain side outside the lodge.

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We enjoyed some beverages inside the lodge. We were lucky enough to sit by the window. I warmed up with a chai tea latte while my husband had an apple cider.

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The gondola down on the Whistler side was not a ski lift, which I was a little sad about since I really enjoyed my relaxing ride on the way up on the Blackcomb side. These were closed off cars and you took the same one the whole 20 minutes down.

There is something in Whistler for all types of vacationers. Whether you are looking to ultimately relax, have a food inspired trip or mountain adventures, there is something for you.