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Vancouver- Sea to Sky Highway

rain 19 °C

Today was a grey and slightly rainy day but that didn't stop us from having quiet an adventure on the Sea to Sky Highway. Our plan setting out was to go from Vancouver to Permberton but as you will find out, things did not go to plan perfectly.

We began with breakfast at a little restaurant called the Tomahawk which has been in business since 1926! A great family restaurant with lots of character.
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Heading out after breakfast, it was misty although not too cold and traffic was light. The highway itself is full of twists and turns and is a fun drive with sheer rock cliffs that stretch to the sky on one side and the sea on the other. The clouds were so low that we could barely see the many islands in Howe Sound. We stopped in Porteau Cove Provincial Park where there was a boat launch. From the launch we spent some time watching some harbour seals fishing. Pictures were hard to get because really most of the time they looked like rocks with just the top of their heads out of the water.
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Here we saw what would be our first "fun" bus. It was a Pink Panther bus and we would see many more on our ft drive today.

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We saw this fellow perched as well. He is a Sandhills Crane.
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We stopped to cruise around a neighbourhood in Furry Creek where the homes sat upon the hill looking into the sound. Wha an amazing view they must have everyday. Then we headed to Shannon Falls to have a look at the waterfall that rains down from the top of the mountain.
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We drove through Squamish, BC an it's high cliff rock faces. No wonder it is known as an outdoor playground for those thrill seekers wanting to rock climb or bungy jump.

We stopped at Garabadi Lake Provoncial Park which was a bit off the highway and Bud took some video with his drone of the beautiful rushing river and scenic mountain views. The clouds were still pretty low but formed interesting shapes themselves.
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On to Whislter! The drive from Garabadi Lake turn off to Whistler should be about 20 minutes but it happens there is a music festival in Pemberton this weekend and so the traffic line was many kilometres long! It took us over an hour to drive it. Hence no drive to Pemberton today.
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This brilliant person decided not to put up her top when it began raining and instead thought it would be smart to just hold an umbrella.DSC_0251.jpg
Whistler has an atmosphere quite like no other we've experienced before. Adventure seekers of all ages, shopping, sitting on cafe patios, and roaming the area with bikes. We had lunch at BG's and then drifted in and out of shops. At the of the walking concourse there is the biking park where we sat and watched the bikers come down the course. What an amazing rush it must be to navigate the course down from the peak of whistler mountain.
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We walked the infamous walk that we remembered Jon Montgomery made when he won the Olymic Gold Medal in 2010, pitcher of beer in hand and had our picture taken by the Olymic Rings.
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We sat for a while and took in an open air concert but the cool air had us heading back to car around 7:00pm. Our drive back from Whisler had much better traffic. We stopped I at the Brandywine Falls stop and learned that this part of the coast was actually formed by volcanos 13,000 years ago.
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The clouds had cleared for our drive back down to the sea and we stopped to snap some of these wonderful photos of snow capped peaks.
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When we got back to North Vancouver, we headed to the Spirit Trail and shot some pictures of Downtown Vancouver and the harbour front all lit up. Just beautiful.
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Posted by blgracey 09:40 Archived in Canada

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