The World Class Traveler

The World Class Traveler

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Day of Canadian Adventures

I have a full day ahead of adventures!
I decided to contact Canadian Wildnerness Tours since they provide all kinds of tours in the area!  My first tour of the day is the River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour.

Now you know I love a good adrenalin rush, so why would I book a leisurely canoe tour?  Because it is voted Whistler's number one thing to do and a summertime classic.

The tour begins in the main village where we board a bus that takes us to Lake Alta.




I'm so excited as to what this lake will look like and what kind of adventure this will be.  Once we arrive at Lake Alta I am blown away by how beautiful it is.


And we're off!


The River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour will take me from Lake Alta, through narrow passages and end at the shore of the glacier fed Green Lake.


We start out by paddling across the historic Alta Lake.  This is truly a popular place as I see people enjoying paddle boarding, kayaking and of course canoeing.

Words can not describe the beauty of this area!  So I've done my best to try and show you through pictures.

  We made our way into the lush river mouth paddling through flowing lilies. 






After about 2 1/2 hours of pure nature, I was ready for some lunch before my next adventure of the day!

As I wandered around the main village I found a great place that is well known for their Bison Burger and milkshakes!  So Splitz is where I decide to have lunch.
Once I placed my order with the cashier, I then moved down the line and told the cook which toppings I wanted on my burger. 



This was a true gourmet burger joint!




It's now time for my next tour of the day so I head back to the Canadian Wilderness Tour Office and get ready for some real adventure!

I'm now ready for another great tour that Canadian Wilderness offers, their most popular, the ATV Adventure!!

Of course, I decided to wear all black clothing so I would be completely dusty and dirty at the end, but I didn't care I was ready for a wild ride that was ahead.


Once the tour started it was a smooth path, but I couldn't wait to start getting to the challenging areas.



As it started getting more challenging I have to admit my heart was pumping while I was riding the ATV, it was a rough fun rugged ride.  The tour guide took us over large rocks and sandy, muddy, narrow and wide pathways, around sharp corners and up steap hills to get to a very high area of the mountain.


But the view of Whistler Valley below was breathtaking and well worth the ride to the top!



I actually felt quite happy I accomplished something so scary, usually I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to things like this.

After all that fun I worked up quite an appetite!
I took a walk around the village and found the Mexican Corner
Perfect, because I LOVE Mexican food!! 


I decided to sit at the bar and couldn't help but watch the bartender make drinks that looked really good right about now after my ATV adventure! He was so friendly and energetic!


I chatted with him about my day and he made me a Pina Colada which was delicious and helped calm my nerves.


Then the manager came on over and joined me!


As I looked over the menu, I had a very hard time trying to make a decision on what I was going to eat.  Everything looked and sounded delicious.  They had a few different choices for the customer who can't handle the heat but most of the dishes will have a kick to them so be prepared.

I started with some beef taquitos.  I know, this looks like a meal in it self, but that's what they do here, give you plenty of food!



I then decided to try the Cochinita quesadilla. Oh my, this was filled with a Mayan style braised pork and marinated in axiote spice.


And of course I had to have dessert!
So in true Mexican tradition I had the Churros!
Golden brown and crispy on the outside. These Mexican “doughnuts “are coated in cinnamon and sugar and drizzled with Mexican Abuelita chocolate and served with caramel ice cream


Well my body is screaming at me right about now!  I ache in every square inch and now I am so stuffed, I literally waddled and limped back to my room and collapsed.  Tomorrow is a new day of adventures and I need my beauty rest!!

Whistler, Canada

Today I am on my way to Whistler from Vancouver.  I had so many choices for my mode of transportation,  what ever shall I choose? A shuttle, a taxi, or a bus?  Those are the obvious, but I wanted something a little different.  How about a private car service!!  Heck, I've always wanted to be chauffeured  around while traveling!

So I contacted "Whistler Wired".  My driver picked me up right on time, and he was very informative about Whistler.  
Now, my driver did like sharing some wonderful information about Whistler, but I truly loved that he was willing to help me capture some of this beauty on our drive up.



My accommodations for the next 3 days is at the gorgeous Westin Resort and Spa, which is ideally located in the centre of Whistler Village, just steps from the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain gondolas.


The Westin has a modern feel with a twist of the outdoors. Grizzly Bear and all! 
While checking in I asked a couple of questions about the area and discovered that there is a wonderful trail that leads to Lost Lake.  Alright I definitely have to check out this Lost Lake and find out why it seems to be a must see, but first I have to see my room.
And this is my view!

Time for a little exploring now!  I don't know if you realize this or not, but I am actually in the 2010 Winter Olympics Village.  This is where all the athletes stayed during the events.  As I am walking around, I remember my driver had mentioned that Whistler is divided into 2 villages. One is the Upper Village and the other is the Lower Village. The Lower Village is popp'in with summer adventurers and people of all ages doing twirls and flips on their mountain bikes.  I loved seeing people sitting outside some of the colorful restaurants having a quick bite and a beer chatting it up about their agenda for tomorrow.







I thought I would do some window shopping, I was a kid in a candy store popping in and out of shops like Lulu Lemon, a Canadian based company, NorthFace, Columbia, Foot Locker and many more.  I continue on through the cobblestone pathway guiding me through the delightful floral arrangements complete with streams and waterfalls.


I stumble a cross a giant replica of the Olympic rings and behind it is a grass area used for event space, continuing on around the corner there are more shops and restaurants.

All that walking and window shopping made me a bit hungry.  I thought it would be great to actually go back to my room and enjoy the view and relax while I had a little something to eat.  With so many choices I decided to ask the Concierge at my hotel for his recommendations on a good place that delivers!  He recommended Avalanche Pizza which just so happens to be the best pizza in Whistler!   Organic pizza and gluten free pizza dough.  The owner of the company, Rick, is originally from Toronto. When he decided to move to Whistler he opened Avalanche Pizza and he has been the only business in 20 years that has lasted here in the village.  He made me a special pizza, one half of it was called the butter chicken also known as the curry chicken, the other half of the pizza had spinach and mushrooms with sprinkled ricotta cheese. I have never had any pizza or seen any pizza like this one. Make sure to try his pies when you are in Whistler. They truly are a great pizza place.

Well this girl needs to get rested up!
Because Whistler has a great variety of activities you can do!
If you have been following me and my travels, you know how much I love a great adrenaline rush!  And there are plenty of outdoor activities for me to choose from to fulfill this, need for speed!   Hmmm, which shall I choose?
Zip lining?  Riding an ATV?  Mountain biking?
Well who said I had to pick just one?
I've decided to fill my day tomorrow with some outdoor activities to get the adrenaline pumping through my veins!!