The second part of this Canada series is dedicated to our road trip to Whistler, driving on the Sea to Sky Highway. The drive itself is beautiful; with views of the mountains dropping off into the sea pretty much all the way from Vancouver to Whistler. Even if it is not a particularly long drive (up to two hours) we decided to do a few stops on the way, to break up the drive and spend some time exercising outdoors.
The first stop we did was at the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, where we got to do two things. Firstly, admire the beautiful Shannon Falls. And after that, set off on the adventure that is the Chief Peak hike.
We did a bit of online research the evening before, as we didn’t want to just jump into a hike we knew nothing about. According to the Internet, it is classified as a “moderate” hike. I am either really unfit, or somebody lied to me. Don’t get me wrong, it was still great fun, and the view once you reach the First Peak is absolutely stunning and definitely worth it, it was just a lot more tiring than we were expecting. It’s a round trip of 4 kilometres, so not particularly long, but it’s very steep and it goes up 500 metres, of which most are in the initial section of the trail, composed by steep wooden steps. As you progress in the hike it gets slightly easier, although the trail isn’t particularly well defined, and you feel like a proper adventurer, walking and climbing in the Canadian woods. There are also parts of the hikes with ladders and ropes to help you climb up, check out the video for footage of these cool sections!
Knackered after our hike, we got back in the car and drove to Brandy Wine Falls. A beautiful waterfall, that was also the biggest one I had ever seen (not that I’ve seen that many, but you know, it’s still pretty big).
From there we then continued on to Whistler, where we planned to just relax, walk around the city centre and have dinner before heading back to Vancouver. But an unexpected issue arose, when we left our keys inside the car, and got locked outside with no means to get back to Vancouver. Check out the video to see how we overcame this!
All in all, it was a very fun 24 hours and road trip to Whistler. Unless you are on a tight schedule and heading to Whistler to ski, I highly recommend doing some stops on the way there!
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