Western Canada Part 1: Whistler & Kelowna (September 2017)

Part 1 out of 6. 
Read about the rest of my Canada trip HERE

As I was planning my trip to Seattle, I realized I could take a detour to Vancouver. So I looked up possible activities and stumbled upon Moose Travel Network.

This is not a paid advertisement, I’m just extremely happy that Moose and its partner hostels are passionate about bridging solo travelers and creating a community of adventurous spirits. The experiences I’ve had with them are priceless (plenty of ‘firsts’ in this tour!) and certainly a bar higher than regular sightseeing trips, which makes it worth the premium.

This is the first leg (2 days) of my 7-day tour package.

ON THE WAY TO WHISTLER

Shannon Falls, Sea to Sky Highway, and more.

 

SQUAMISH VALLEY

Awed over the grand vista of the humble Squamish Valley and the surrounding mountains aboard a Cessna 172. Mid-flight, our pilot fancied to turn off the engine for 2 seconds without warning. That was NOT funny.

WHISTLER’S TRAIN WRECK TRAIL

Behind HI Whistler

The pop of color from the graffiti is an interesting element to enjoying this unintended exhibition in the middle of a forest.

WHISTLER VILLAGE

Atop this mountain town lies adventure and adrenaline. Known to the world as a home to outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers (Winter Olympics was held here). Most locals started out as tourists, fell in love with the place, dropped everything and settled here. Hop on a local bus and you’ll find a vibrant crowd of mostly-below-40s carrying at least one article of sport gear: a skateboard, an outdoor pack, a harness, etc. Here, the mountain requires you to participate, so there is no excuse to stay at home.

ZIPTREK: WHISTLER & BLACKCOMB MOUNTAINS

Given my fear of heights I do not understand why I signed up to do five mountain ziplines. Interestingly, the most terrifying was only the first, and towards the end I found myself enjoying slightly more than trembling. I might need to do a few more to have the courage enough to go upside-down, though.

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