Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb is a ski resort in British Columbia.


Whistler and Blackcomb were originally two separate ski mountain resorts. Whistler was conceived as part of a bid to host the 1968 Winter Olympics. Although the 1968 Winter Olympics went to Grenoble, France the plans went ahead anyway and the resort opened in 1966.

Blackcomb opened for business in 1980. Intrawest Resort Holdings, which developed Blackcomb purchased Whistler in 1997, and the two ski resorts merged in 2003. Together at 33 km (8,171 acres) Whistler and Blackcomb form the largest ski area in North America.

In 2008 the Peak 2 Peak Gondola opened. This tri-cable gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It is a 11 minute, 4.4 kilometre (2.7 mile) journey.

Whistler was the centrepiece for the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted by Vancouver.

The ski resort is located approximately 121 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver.







Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is located on the eastern shores of the Howe Sound in British Columbia.


The park, which was established in 1981, is 56 hectares in size. It is a popular site for picnics, swimming, boating, windsurfing and camping. Note fishing is prohibited within the Park Boundary.

Porteau Cove, which is the most southerly fjord in North America, is also well known as a scuba diving site with a series of artificial reefs, including three sunken vessels. It was British Columbia’s first underwater park.

The name Porteau comes from the French word porte d’eau meaning ‘Water’s Gate’.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is approximately 38 km (23 miles) north of Vancouver on Hwy 99 and 20 km (12 miles) south of Squamish.





Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls is the third largest waterfall in British Columbia, Canada.


Shannon Falls is located in the Shannon Falls Provincial Park, and is named after early settler William Shannon.

The waterfall has a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet).

There is a kiosk located at the trail entrance, which has snacks, souvenirs, and park information. There are also a flush toilet block.

The Shannon Falls Provincial Park is located 58 kilometres (36 miles) north from Vancouver and 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway.





Spotting wildlife in the Canadian Rockies

A highlight for any trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains is the opportunity to spot wildlife.


It is possible to see elk, deer, big horn sheep, mountain goats, bears, moose, coyote, wolves, cougars and lynx.

As well as this there are many birds and smaller creatures, such as squirrels, chipmunks, pika, and hoary marmots.

The best time to see wildlife is first thing in the morning (around dawn) or late in the afternoon as this is feeding time for many animals.

Remember that you are visitor to these amazing creatures’ home, so be respectful and keep your distance. I seriously saw someone get out of their car to take a closer look at a bear – it’s not that cuddly teddy bear from your childhood!

Below are some of my photos from a week long road trip from Calgary to Jasper through Banff and Jasper National Parks back in July.