Hi again! I now have 15 days of Canadian Rockies to write about ...
Once again another awesome tour, with mostly great people. I survived the camping, and am now a pro at assembling a tent, stuffing a sleeping bag and navigating public showers. I am now enjoying a proper bed with a pillow (not a raincoat), access to wifi and power, and not having to dress myself in a puddle of water.
The meeting point for the tour was Vancouver. From here we headed straight to Whistler. Our driving stop was Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls, the start of the many more waterfalls to come. After arriving at Whistler, we learnt to set up camp, and then were free to roam Whistler Village. Lots of nice shopping and places to eat. Whistler is where the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were staged. At the time of our stay an event called ‘Crankworx’ was on. This is a mountain biking competition held in Whistler every August. Watching competitors ride down the steep skiing slopes was interesting, with even tiny kids competing in junior comps. That night after dinner a bear cub is spotted in campsites further down from us. A bear cub means a mumma bear as well… not exactly what you want to be hearing when you are camping.
The next day a group of us headed up Whistler Mountain on the gondola. 4100 people ride these gondolas every hour. We did a few smaller hikes while up here and then took another gondola to the peak, and then again over to Blackcomb Mountain. After we had more of a wander through the village, and then went swimming at pretty Alta Lake, surrounded by mountains. Both of the days here were abnormally hot, at about 36 degrees. Tonight at dinner, a grizzly bear strolls right past our table. Quite concerning as our campsite was next to the office, toilet block and car park. A couple of hours later news comes that a bear had attacked and destroyed two tents only a couple of sites down from us. Well! I didn’t sleep at all after that! … and just as I was beginning to drift off at about 2am, some lovely person screams BEAR, and then continues to yell. After a few of us having a few sleepless nights after this our tour guide Mindy sat down and explained that we would actually survive our tour. Those whose tents were destroyed had a tube of toothpaste, and a can of shaving cream inside them. You cannot take any risks by leaving and food or toiletries inside the tent or campsite.