Sunday, August 10, 2008

Out and about in Whistler Village

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I seem to be rather remiss in getting the rest of my photos organized from my Whistler trip, two weeks ago now. Good heavens, what have I been doing?

While the two "old scientists" went up Blackcomb Mountain on the chairlift to do a hike, my friend and I decided to go into Whistler Village to check out the weekly Farmers' Market which is held from June to the middle of October in the Upper Village.

Before we went to the market we visited the brand new Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre seen above. This museum documents the history of the two local area First Nations bands but since the entry fee was rather expensive at $18 and we did not have time to do it justice, we left it for another day. In conversation with the people the front desk, we were informed that totem poles were not part of their culture but only welcoming poles, with two fine examples at the entrance, one of which is below.

There were many local people selling their wares at the market, from extraordinarily fresh produce, herbal preparations, jewellery, carvings, hats, both summer and winter, while this lady was selling some of her photos of the surrounding area.

During our conversation we learned that she lived very close to my friend's ski cabin and the photos of the bear which she had made into fridge magnets were taken at the nearby Meadow Park I showed you in an earlier post.

Yes, that is indeed a man with ski poles in the centre of the photograph, even in July for Blackcomb Mountain is open for skiing all year round at the very top, on the glacier.

Here are a few facts about the Whistler ski area which is on the two side by side mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb which together form the largest single ski area in North America at 8,171 acres (33.07 km²). Their combined areas also boast the highest "vertical drop" in North America, with Blackcomb being the highest at 1564 m (5,133 ft), but often rounded to one mile (1.6 km) for marketing purposes, Whistler is only slightly "shorter", at 1530 m (5,018 ft), making it the second highest vertical drop. The highest lift elevation, on Blackcomb, is 2240 m (7347 ft).

Perhaps you would like to buy a carved wooden bear to hold your address number or your bottle of wine or whatever you fancy. The hanging baskets in the background of this photo are a traditional display in the village at Whistler.

The village itself has very much the flavour of a European ski resort with similar architecture although much newer, and in summer, when there are almost as many visitors as in winter, they enjoy the beautiful outdoor restaurants where you can watch the passing parade as well as take in the splendour of the mountains which surround you. Fortunately there are no cars in the village itself and it makes for a pleasant experience browsing through the many stores where you can buy whatever your heart desires.

In the village is one of the four branches of Rocks and Gems Canada and as you can imagine one of my favourite places to visit. I thought you might enjoy this rather large fossilized ammonite they were featuring on display, a kranaosphinctes from Madagascar, along with some splendid bones and even a full skeleton of small animal (about the size of a dog) whose name I did not note, however I did note the price at $25,995.

As you can see it was a splendid day, quite warm in fact. So warm that I was tempted briefly to put my feet into the cool water along with the others at this refreshing looking spot.

All in all, a very pleasant afternoon, as we wandered through the market buying a few things here and there and enjoying the ambiance that is very special to Whistler Village.

I hope you enjoyed the photos taken from among the 125 I took that afternoon. Thank goodness for digital cameras. Imagine having them all developed at great expense and discovering half of them are less than stellar. Now all I have to do is to decide which ones to delete. Thank goodness for technology is what I always say.


DeLi said...

the second photo is lovely and teh last one too!

Dragonstar said...

That's a huge and beautiful ammonite!

Carver said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour. I think you got some great shots and you captured the flavor of the beautiful and interesting place.

Gledwood said...

that top picture of the museum looks like one of my fantasy ideal homes... (the more "environmental" one)...

Crushed said...

Some of these pictures have quite an alpine feel...

The totem pole gives it all away though :)

CherryPie said...

Yes I did enjoy them, a lovely photo journey.

I always take lots of pictures too and delete very few of them!

Dr.John said...

I was sure that fossil was an old dragon horn.
The pictures were great and I enjoyed the tour.

Nunyaa said...

It feels as if I am actually there, love the markets :)

leslie said...

Gee I like those wooden bears! One would go nicely in my little forested area of my garden along with my blue heron. Did you have any problems with traffic or road construction going up?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'd love one of those bears! Glad you explained about the ski-pole man as I thought I was going mad for a moment! Great pics as always, jmb.

Calum said...

jmb Thanks for taking me to Whistler.

jmb said...

Thanks Deli, it's a lovely place.

Isn't it Dragonstar. I have two tiny ones in comparison.

Thanks Carver. It's easy since it is so beautiful.

Hi Gleds, I hope you get that home one day.

Well Crushed it is in the mountains so is designed as an alpine village.

Cherie, it's so easy to keep everything, I should delete more.

Thanks Dr John, it does look like a mountain sheep horn in a way.

It's a fun event every weekend, everyone so friendly.

You should get one Leslie. Oh, yes. The traffic was horrific.

Thanks Welshcakes. It is funny to see the skis in the middle of summer.

You are welcome Calum. A lovely spot indeed.

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting.

Liz said...

Oh, I am looking forward to seeing these places!

I wonder if I could bring a bear home with me ...