Smile #144 – Nice to Meet You, British Columbia, Canada! [Part IV]

Nice to Meet You, British Columbia, Canada! [Part IV] 

In the blink of an eye, our adventure in Canada has reached the end.  After we waved goodbyes to Ayo’s Sis and little Ash and said see you later to Ayo’s Mom. (I’ll be seeing her at the wedding next year.), we piled our luggage in the trunk and headed on the road.  There were still a few places left on our Vancouver 101 crash course we need to check off today.  Ayo has planned the route and calculated the time meticulously to ensure we won’t miss our flight home.

Long distance drives are not my strong suit.  It is almost a guarantee that I will pass out within a few minutes of a drive and miraculously wake up just in time for the GPS’s ‘You have arrived at your destination’ announcement.  Oh no, not this time!  I was fully alert, thanks to the stunning panoramic view of the blue coast along the Sea-to-Sky highway.  This famous highway is voted as one of the world’s most spectacular seaside drives.  Every bend offers a new view that is just breathtaking!  It was challenging to take photo traveling north since we are on the opposite lane, however, we surely made up for that on our way down.

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En route to Whistler, we passed by road signs translated in both English and Squeamish (Skwxwu7mesh)!  That is some intense spelling!  What sounds does 7 make?!

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Whistler is well known as a winter playground – after all it did host the winter Olympics and it is rated as the number one ski resort town in North America – but the town is bustling with summer vacationers.   We took a stroll down Whistler Village.  The stone walkways and quaint architectures felt familiar;  it shares a striking resemblance to European Old Town.  This compact village is lively with mountain bikers racing down the sandy slope and zipliner flying across forested valleys.  Of course, plenty of people-watching from the patio as well.  We speed through each of the villages and were halted by a sign that advertised 95 cents tacos.  WHAT?!  That is an attractive offer we couldn’t pass up.  Our schedule might be tight, but there is always time for tacos!

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Time to bolted down the mountain to our next destination – Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  I learned of this place from a coworker.  She had recommended this place as a must see landmark.  The Capilano Suspension bridge stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River.  That is about four full sized Tyrannosaurus Rex stacked up from the river.  (I didn’t make it up, I learned it from a sign.)  I love the higher perspective!  The bridge actually swayed with each step making the crossing even more fun!

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On the other side of the bridge, we entered the Living Forest.  During our stroll through the rainforest, we saw trees that are over a thousand years old and rocks that has gone through a century of erosion. It is a neat learning tour!  From there, we went through the Treetops Adventure.  Started from the tree house, a series of smaller suspension bridges connected us from trees to tree. If I was a squirrel, running between these bridge would be epic!

The excitement doesn’t end there.  We made our ways to the Cliffwalk.  A wooden walkways suspended from the granite cliff.  It is not the faint of hearted and I loved it!  It is a bit insane how this circular bridge is support by anchor points.  The view from here was awe-inspiring!  For a even more thrilling experience, we walked out on the glass platform.  The forest stood still right under our feet.

We completed all the attractions and even got a certificate to prove it!  🙂

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We arrived at the airport with enough time to eat the most famous Canadian dish, Poutine.  It is made with french fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy.  It is a bit salty but unique combination.

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And this has concluded our reunion.  Ayo, VP and I hugged goodbye and can’t wait next time!  🙂

 

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