Winter has arrived in Whistler, British Columbia
Our first trip as a family of four had us visiting the alpine village of Whistler, located about a 1.5 hour drive north of Vancouver, deep in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. It was also the first place we took Braydon when he was a newborn, almost 2 years ago to the day (you can read about that trip here).
It’s been an exciting few weeks adjusting to life with a toddler and newborn, but it’s also been exhausting and repetitive. It was time to escape the four walls of our house and return to our favourite Canadian destination.
Whistler is our go-to spot for short trips that don’t require a lot of planning and/or travel time. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s a world class adventure destination with one of the coolest pedestrian only alpine villages in North America.
The game plan was simple. Spend some time in the outdoor heated pool, enjoy a few pints of craft beer at Whistler Brew Pub, stroll around the village and play in the snow with Braydon. Although it was opening weekend for the ski season, we decided to skip the mountain activities and focus on family time with the little ones. Snowboarding would just have to wait for a few more weeks.
Fortunately for us, it started snowing as soon as we arrived. The last time we were around snow Braydon wasn’t quite walking yet and he didn’t get a chance to play in it, so this was a big deal for him. He giggled uncontrollably when he learned how to make and throw snowballs.
As the photos below illustrate, Whistler sure is pretty with a fresh dusting of snow on the trees and mountains!
The base of Blackcomb Mountain and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Whistler. In peak season there will be endless crowds of skiers and snowboarders in this spot, so it was fun (and eerie) to be there before the craziness begins.
Alpine views from Whistler Village
Big moment – Braydon makes his first snowman!
More posts from Whistler:
- Spring Snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain
- Whistler’s Record Breaking Gondola
- From Our iPhone: A Colourful Autumn Day
- Photo Essay: Snowboarding in Whistler, British Columbia