You can stand on the Olympic podium and wear a fake medal. Just go to the 2010 Winter Olympic trailer and right outside is the podium. Inside you can learn all about the 2010 Olympics from helpful people, watch Olympic movies, get great tourism info,e tc.
Statues of the logo can be found at the top of Whistler mountain. When you first get off the gondola you will be greeted by one. It is possible to get your picture taken with this one which looks down over Whistler Village. You will find the other one once you get off the gondola take the chairlift to the peak and then you can have your pic taken with it to with the mountains in the background.
Below I have explained the meaing behind the logo. It is hard to get the meaning when you sit it atop Whistler mountain as it is made of stone. Check out all my photos as I have a picture of the colour version too. FYI: Lots of controversy over this logo as BC people don't feel it represents us, especially Vancouver as it is an Inuit figure.
The head is green for coastal forest green.
The arms are blue for the coast and the torso is glacier blue for the mountains.
The maple leaf red is represnted by the left leg.
The right leg is alpine glow yellow to represent sunrises and sunsets.
Its arms reach for the sky but its feet are rooted to the land.
The name of the logo is "Illanaaq" which means "friend" in Inuit. The inukshuk is uniquely Canadian of symbol of friendship, hospitality....the symbol is used by the Inuit, to stack rocks in human form...a symbol of hope and friendship...
When I visited it, I kept following the signs towards the library from the village and must have been around the same block 3 times. Then I realised, that the building site I was walking around was the LIBRARY! Ugh.. Anyway, the library even though under construction was excellent and offered a great range of services from friendly staff and I could use all the facilities easily and without hassle. I recommend it to anyone needing to interact with the local community or just write a email home..
Whistler's little library located between the main Village and Marketplace has the latest magazines and newspapers, free internet access, a children's section, and provides research assistance. They can also order in books from other libraries.
Whistler Library Hours of Operation
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 10 AM - 8 PM
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesdays and Canadian public holidays closed.
4329 Main Street
The PEAK TO PEAK Gondola is the latest toy at Whistler/Blackcomb. New for the 2008/2009 winter season and just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics. An 11 minute ride from the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler. At mid-point the gondola is some 1500 feet above the valley below. Not really that scary and the Gondola can certainly take high winds. Two of the 28 gondolas ( the silver ones) have a glass bottom which is cordoned off so you do not stand on the glass.The PEAK TO PEAK GONDOLA is similar to the Kitzbuhel S3 gondola , but a little higher and longer , so the design has been tested .
There are five lakes in the vicinity of Whistler Resort - Green Lake, Alta Lake, Alpha Lake, and Nita Lake. Of these, Green Lake is the largest and nearest to Whistler. I took a drive to Green Lake one autumn morning and was enchanted by the tranquility of the lake. The name is derived from the greenish hue of the lake. There are seaplanes on the lake which you can charter for scenic flights in and around Whistler and all the way to Vancouver.
Whistler Village is the heart of Whistler. There are many restaurants, cafes, supermarket and shops selling souvenirs and ski equipment. When I was there in October, some of the restaurants were closed for the season. The gondolas and ski lifts were of course closed for maintenance.
Get a Peak Adventure ticket and take the Gondola and then a chairlift to the peak of Whistler! The views are outstanding!!! In summer this is great because at the base of the mountain you are sweating in 28 degree C and then at the peak you are walking on snow!!!
Inside Whistler Village is on par if not better than Squaw Valley ski resort and there's lots to see and do here.
Getting here is half the fun as the journey is scenic and breathtaking in many areas.
Once inside the village there is no shortage of places to shop, eat, drink, or just relax and take in the surroundings.
For activities, again, there is no shortage. The day I was there Whistler-Blackcomb was offering:
Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, zip lining, mountain biking, hiking, golf, tennis and there is white-water rafting and fishing in the area.
WE made a stop at Shannon Waterfalls on our way to Vancouver.
These falls are very easy to reach, as they are located just off Highway 99. There is a large car park, lawns, picnic tables and benches and Toilets.
The walk was on a paved track that took me over a bridge where a creek was running, and to the viewing platform, about 10mins at the most. This part is ok. for wheelchairs. The view was great, the water was flowing fast, plunging 335metres down the mountain side.
These are the 3rd highest falls in British Columbia.
The second viewpoint, was not as easy to reach. Still a short walk, but a steep one, the viewing platform juts out from the cliff. More brilliant views!
Certainly worth a stop.
Whistler Village in my view was pretty impressive looking! Units built in all styles of Alpine architectural mixes, and the surrounding Mountains as a backdrop, wow! this was nice!
The Village is a car-free town centre so I really enjoyed walking around here and browsing the shops, even though I didn't buy anything other than a Coffee. Needed that to warm me up, even though it was a sunny day!
There are heaps of shops, over 200 that sell everything. I thought they were fairly expensive. Shops generally open at 9:00 am and close around 9:00 pm, depending on the season.
Plenty of pubs, bars, cafes, outdoor areas for enjoying the great outdoors.
The FREE Village Shuttle runs from Marketplace (Village North) to the Upper Village loop seven days a week from 8:00 am to midnight. The front of the bus always reads "Village Shuttle"
Just a short 20minute walk, and I was viewing the beautiful Brandywine Falls. There was a viewing platform, so I had a good view of these falls plunging 70 metres to the canyon at the bottom!
From the second platform I could see Daisy Lake, and what a view it was, with spectacular Mountains surrounding it.
If you are lucky enough to be here in Winter, I was told the Falls become icy, and are very pretty.
Picnic tables & chairs, plus Toilets are in the park.
There is a gate which is locked between the hours of 11:00PM and 7:00AM.
Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day.
The Whistler Village Park is really lovely. I followed the pathway, which took me alongside beautiful water features, and nice sculptures. Lovely views of the small waterfalls, and the gardens were viewed from the bridges.
At Rebagliati Park, there is a covered bridge located over Fitzsimmons Creek.
This park is lawned and has picnic tables.
All of this is located in the main part of Whistler Town, I thought it was very nice!
The Gondola takes you up from the village up to the summit.
Of course in Summer it's just for a look see. In winter it's well a gimme...
In Summer the return ride costs about $20 Canadian. From the top you can walk around a path upto toward the snowline depending on how much it has receded.
Mountain Bike riders can't go all the way to the top. They hop off at the midstation.
Up the top there are helicopter rides and a few other things. The shop in the summer has a few sales of clothing which was good value when I was there.
I went to Whistler in January and it was SO cold in the Village but that didn't stop me to go up to Blackcomb mountain to have a great view. After paying our lift tickets (of if you want to ski, buy the ski ticket) we did ride the Gondola and after almost 25 minutes we got to the Ski resort. Up there you find a souvenir shop, ski school a cafe, etc. Even we didn't ski, me and my sister had a great time playing with the snow, like if we were 5 years old again.
Whistler is quite simply a giant ski resort. There are two seprate mountains with three enclosed gondolas which provide access to 38 different lifts. These lifts open up 8,171 acres (3,307 ha) of skiable terrain. The vertical difference from top to bottom is as much as 1,609 m (1 mile) on Blackcomb.
The village is located at 657m (2,214 ft) and the ride to the top of the gondola takes more than 10 minutes. At just over 1,545m (5,069) on Blackcomb and 1,850 m (6,069) on whistler the chair lifts can take you even higher. With all this terrain one may get a little tired, there are 12 lodges for one to refuel at while traveling around the mountain. Other statistics are equally as impressive. This mountain is certainly a World Class ski resort. Oh, and if you want to save money check out this deal.