We arrived at Vancouver airport on Thursday 19 May 05, our driver arrived moments later and we were driven the 111kms to the Whistler ski area.
Wow, what a drive; the sheer beauty of the crisp, white mountains sparkling in the sun was breathtaking.
We arrived at our home for the week, the Pan Pacific Lodge Hotel, with first-class mountain views, a luxurious room, and very helpful staff.
The Lost Lake in Whistler Village has crystal clear glacier streams, unique flowers and fauna and picturesque scenery - as you breathe in, you can feel the clean, fresh air at the back of your throat. We were told to look out for the Black Bear, so I had my camera at the ready but I think they were camera-shy that day.
Hiring a car was a great way to explore the region, and as soon as we got our Pontantic Grand Am (admittedly I didn't want to give it back) we set off up the highway 99 to Lillooet, that lies along the bench lands of the Fraser River. As you enter the town you will see the 'Gold Rush Trail' sign pointing North towards the Gold Fields; Lillooet is the start of the trail followed by gold minors in the 1800s. The town is steeped in interesting history.
As we'd hired the Pontiac Grand Am for the week, we ventured further a field, along the Trans Canadian highway, crossing the border into the US.
We drove into Seattle and spent the day exploring the fantastic city, and decided to stay over-night, as it was easy to find a nice place to stay. We returned back to Whistler along the highway 99, taking in the scenery on a different route.
In early spring literally hundreds of Bald Eagles soar above Horshoe Bay, watching the ferries cross over to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
As we set off on our adventure to visit the wonderful Buschart Gardens on the island, a single Eagle flew over us causing a brief shadow. Imagine the sight of hundreds of these majestic birds together!
The gardens themselves were fantastic and well worth spending an afternoon visiting.
The week flew by, though we managed to see so much. From now on we'll be entering all competitions for trips to Canada, as Kim and I are now ready to emigrate at the drop of a hat!
Our thanks to Simply Prizes, to Now magazine for a fabulous comp and prize and also thanks to Tourism Whistlers Lynn Chappell for making us feel so welcome.
Trevor & Kim Williams