WHISTLER

Wel­come to Sea to Sky Coun­try

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TRAVELLER I CONTENT - IM­AGES BY JOERN RO­HDE

Where ex­treme ath­leti­cism and nat­u­ral beauty con­verge, you find the Sea to Sky Cor­ri­dor. Lo­cated against the back­drop of south­west Bri­tish Columbia, the re­gion is dot­ted with crys­tal-clear lakes and punc­tu­ated by the sky­rock­et­ing Coast Moun­tains. “The Cor­ri­dor,” as it’s of­ten called, in­cludes the quaint com­mu­ni­ties of Squamish and Whistler be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing in the fer­tile Pem­ber­ton Val­ley.

The Her­culean land­scape has not gone un­no­ticed by sports en­thu­si­asts, so be pre­pared to see adren­a­line junkies at ev­ery turn. This is a place where skiers and snow­board­ers per­form aer­o­bat­ics in fresh pow­der and na­ture lovers re­joice in the splen­dour!

What­ever re­gion of the Sea to Sky you find your­self in, you will be sur­rounded by breath­tak­ing scenery.

It’s hard to pin­point what ex­actly about Whistler cap­ti­vates trav­ellers and con­tin­ues to call them back again and again. Per­haps it is the su­perb ski­ing and snow­board­ing and the va­ri­ety of other snow-sports and ac­tiv­i­ties. Per­haps it is the range of up­scale hotels, out­stand­ing se­lec­tion of restau­rants, and diver­sity of shops. Or per­haps it is sim­ply the youth­ful en­ergy that seems to float around the vil­lage. One thing is for sure: Whistler is the kind of place where you can al­ways spend a lit­tle more time.

The re­sort got its start in 1914 when Myr­tle and Alex Philip pur­chased 10 acres (four hectares) of land and es­tab­lished Rain­bow Lodge. It was an im­me­di­ate hit. Tourists trav­elled across Canada to fish and re­lax in the sum­mer. Of course, Whistler (or Alta Lake as it was called back then) was a far cry from the es­tab­lished world-class re­sort it has be­come. That all started to change in 1960 when four Van­cou­ver busi­ness­men showed up with the dream of turn­ing the area into a ski re­sort and bid­ding on the 1968 Win­ter Olympics. While their Olympic dreams went un­re­al­ized at the time, the ski plan took off.

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