Since Bear and I met, he has been telling be about Whistler – British Columbia. He is a mountain biker and likes to visit Whistler during the summer. I really wanted to visit the village for my birthday, especially after he showed me many pictures of it, and he completely sold me on it was when he sent me pictures black bear cubs on the bike park trail (it’s not like we have bears just chilling in Western New York)! However, we had decided not to go there due to other plans while I was visiting BC.
I have day hiked in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and smaller local trails in the past, and started to look into hiking Whistler. There are some amazing trails there, mostly moderate that will take more equipment and preparation. When I was in Vancouver, Bear surprised me with a trip to Whistler for my birthday! I was so excited.
The drive to Whistler was beautiful, honestly the whole province is probably beautiful with so many mountains! When we arrived we decided to walk around the village for a little bit and it was amazing to see all different kinds of people from all over the world, people in the bike parks from really young to old, others were there to enjoy the day, people ready for hiking and many other activities.
We got to the gondola and the trip up the mountain was so beautiful, it felt like it never ended though, so we were planning on our small hike while going up since we would have a couple hours until the last gondola down. We decided to do Peak to Peak, and hike the Overlord trail in Blackcomb, then come back to Whistler to go to The Top of the World and then grab something to eat before returning to Vancouver.
However, when got to Blackcomb, there was snow!!!! People were still skiing/snowboarding in the end of June! I thought it was crazy! Our hiking was going to be only a few miles, but it was absolutely beautiful. Sadly, the times for the last gondola changed, and we had to switch our trail to the Blackcomb Lake, instead of finishing the Overlord (Isn’t it a badass name though?). The whole time we had the most amazing view of the mountains, and it was a beautiful day, the temperature was very pleasant up the mountain, and we made up to the lake fairly fast
The lake was, as you guessed… beautiful! The water was extremely cold since it is straight from the glacier and I was able to dip my feet in it for a few seconds while we were resting, preparing to go back. I also drank some of the water which was very refreshing and I couldn’t believe that people go there in the winter to go down those mountains, it looks extremely terrifying!
On our way back, we let a lady pass in front of us, and right after she stopped and pointed something out to us, when I looked, IT WAS A BEAR!!! A beautiful black bear was in the grass, and that to me just made my whole trip complete! I couldn’t believe it. As someone who grew up in Brasil, seeing a bear so close in the wild felt amazing. The whole trip back down I was just talking about seeing a bear. We ate at the Mexican restaurant towards the back of the village, which I highly recommend their burrito, it was huge and I had to share with Bear.
After this day, Bear was sold on the idea of doing a thru-hike with me! I wanted to do the PCT, however, after the movie Wild, we figured that it would be better to dedicate ourselves to the CDT instead, and hopefully in 2017 we will be sharing our journey here on this blog.