After leaving our family in Vancouver we got to visit Whistler and this time in the summer! Whistler is awesome-sauce! I mean if you love any type of extreme outdoor sports or just nature at it's best, this is the place for you any season. Alex and I actually got engaged in Whistler near Shannon falls (a picturesque waterfall on the route to whistler from Van City) 13 years ago in the springtime and had loved our time there. We also got to visit in the middle of winter with Shyla and Lennon when we lived in Vancouver and got to enjoy snow tubing which is beyond awesome. I have a video of us snowtubing down a MOUNTAIN (not hill!) and I giggled so hard from nerves and sheer fun I might have peed a wee bit! lol Besides the obvious skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports it's known for, this time, in summer we got to see it's busiest season and I see why.
Picture this, beautiful mountains surround you, some are still snow capped, you're in a summer dress because it's 30 degrees out and sunny and yet kids, teens, adults from all over the world (yes its a busy tourist spot for a reason) are getting off the gondola rides from the peaks after enjoying an afternoon of skiing or snowboarding in their t-shirts!! Then at the bottom of the hill is the village filled with shops, restaurants galore and people enjoying the weather, beauty and atmosphere which is Whistler. I mean you don't have to spend a dime and just people and nature watch and I guarantee an amazing time. The vibe is so chill and friendly, people are just loving being there and I totally loved our 5 day stay camping in the area and our day in the village itself. I got to eat scrumptious chocolate from the Rocky Mountain Chocolatier (hello!!), bought myself some summer clothes from Aritzia (yeeessss shopping was a must after months of wearing same hiking gear), the kids played at a real cedar playpark/house, we enjoyed an amazing nacho platter with extra olives and guacamole while sitting at the bottom of the BMX hill (Lennon's eyes were glued and his heart broken as he had to be 8 to try it) and of course we did the Peak-to-Peak gandala ride (amazing views from extremely high heights, but not good on my nerves) between Whistler and Blackcomb mountain peaks. It really was a perfect day in the village for us 5freespirits and we even met another travelling family who love whistler so much they spend 6 months every year there so their kids can snowboard in the winter, spring and early summer!
As for our campsite in the area we stayed at Whistler RV Park & Campground and let me tell you it had INCREDIBLE views you cannot beat. We literally were backing on to the mountain edge and saw over all of Whistler and the surrounding mountains. The fellow campers were in the greatest mood and I realized it's because it was the end of school and start of summer holidays now. I do recommend staying at this RV park as it's close to everything you need and the views are absolutely worth it!
We spent a day at Rainbow Park on Alta Lake. This beautiful lake was friggin COLD, so cold that when i went all the way in to swim to the floating dock my lungs started quivering and you know what, Lennon was swimming next to me with blue lips but he insisted! lol You know you're Canadian when.......lol. We literally loved this day so much we spent sunrise to sunset (which is freaking 11pm in the summer on the west coast!) enjoying it. We took epic Canadian beer commercial-worthy pics of Alex and I jumping off the dock into the ice cold fresh water and the kids played in the sand and water while making new friends. Another traveling family spent the day with us too which made for awesome adult convo on how this full-time RV life is amazing, how to keep it up, exchanging tips on everything and anything and of course a bit of political talk (I mean with Trump in power it's just always coming up).
All I have to say is if you haven't gone to Whistler yet, please do add it to your bucket list as I promise it's well worth it. Oh I should also mention the remnants from the 2010 Winter Olympics that Vancouver hosted are still present in the village where the athletes competed. To be able to stand on the podiums and see our beautiful flag fly with the mountains in the background and a black bear moseying along the peak was just icing on the cake. Love Whistler, love my country and get your butt to see this wonderful outdoor haven!