Whistler backcountry - Fissile Mountain
If you're a hardcore skiier/rider then you'll want to test out Whistler/Blackcomb's backcountry. To give you an idea of the geography concerning my particular trek: Singing Pass trail leads from Whistler village, between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, all the way back to Overlord glacier, continuously climbing in elevation along the way. In the summer months this is a great way to get back there but it is definitely a trek and a half. In the winter, the hardcores start out from the top of Whistler's peak chair and traverse across Picolo, Flute and Oboe and continue towards the hut at the base of Fissile. Fissile is a jagged peak looming just to the right of Overlord Glacier and it can be seen all the way back from Whistler's in-bound terrain as jutting out by its lonesome into the sky. It takes a day to traverse all the way back there to the hut. One can overnight in the hut and then attempt the Fissile climb the following day. When I was 19, dumb and gung-ho I clambered up Fissile with no avalanche or safety equipment, trudging along in the footsteps created by wiser, older backcountry fellas that were using ice axes and crampons. It was definitely steep and I couldn't fathom looking down behind me. Nevertheless, in an hour and a half I had scaled Fissile and then proceeded to carve out 150+ turns in untouched, knee deep powder in the month of April - and it hadn't snowed in a month. This was the north face of Fissile (no sun!) and it was the most pristine experience of my life.
Just fyi, the picture here simply shows a very small section at the very base of Fissile mountain. We carved these turns upon arrival at the hut before the main trek to the top. 5 of us made it to the hut but only 2 of us attempted the Fissile climb. Not for the faint-hearted.
Stanley Park is a must when...
Stanley Park is a must when you come to Vancouver in the summer right in the heart of the downtown and you must rent a powerboat from Reed Point Marina costs about $60/HR and cruise down to Indian Arm or head to downtown waterfront and you don't need to have ever powered a boat before as you will get an intorductory course approx 15mins and that is all you will need.
Second largest Chinatown in North America,Little India on Main st and little Italy on Commercial Drive,great diversity and great entertainment.
Oh i can go on and on forever but the best part of Vancouver and Canadians is it's people they will go out of their way to help and wellcome you.
There are so many 'absolutely...
There are so many 'absolutely musts' but to name a few, one must sip on a cafe while strolling along
English Bay, have dinner at any of the many diverse 'infusion' restaurants, shop along Robson, roller-
blade along the seawall, take a walk through Stanley Park, visit Granville Island, take a daytrip to Whistler where one can enjoy snow-
boarding, skiing, etc, or take a 15 minute (Harbour Air) flight to Nanaimo (the island) and make your
way to Long Beach, or how about going to Murin Lake for a picnic, the list can go on... I miss the scenery, the mountains, the water. I feel that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities
in the world, not being biased at all!
Capilano Suspension Bridge
One of the oldest tourist attractions in the Vancouver area is the Capilano Suspension bridge. The bridge, with aid from the other bridge walkers, sways back and forth across a canyon . Once you have reached the other side there are hiking trails for you to enjoy as well as the new tree top adventure. This is a series of paths constructed high in the trees.
Admission to the park is:
24.95 for adults
18.50 for students & seniors with ID
12.50 for youth between 13-16
6.50 for youth 6-12
and free if you are under 6
The bridge is located in North Vancouver across the Lions Gate Bridge. Take the exit on the right hand side once you have crossed the bridge and then take a left at the first set of lights (Capliano Rd). the park will be 5/10 min up the road on the left hand side.
Alternatively there is also Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge which is a little smaller then the Capilano but free of charge. This bridge is also located in North Vancouver.
visit Vancouver Science World....
visit Vancouver Science World. This unique structure was originally built for Expo '86 and has become one of Vancouver's more famous landmarks. This is a great place to take your kids. Aside from numerous science-themed exhibits, it also showcases an Omnimax theatre. Admission to Science World is $7.75 CAD (excluding Omnimax). Science World also hosts numerous events including the annual 'First Night' event held every New Year's Eve. This was where we celebrated New Year's Eve 1999, celebrating the upcoming millenium with fireworks, singing, dancing and having fun with more than 50,000 people!