Whistler – British Columbia – 2013 – Day 5

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We woke up bright and early to make our way to Whistler. Arrived an hour ahead of time. We booked on the Whistler.com and booked the Superfly – Ziplines & Treetop Adventures – 3 Activity Combo. We chose Ziplining, Tree-top Trekking and Scandinave Spa. We started the day with zip lining. Our guides were Mel from Ontario and Fran from England. It was an amazing thrill to zip line down the world’s highest lines (1st and 2nd highest) and do 6 runs. We liked to make things easier for people so we introduced ourselves as Yo Ro Jo and Vicky. Along for this adventure were a couple named Brittany and Nick from Ottawa and Shane and Steve from Alberta.

Ziplining tips: You pencil or dolphin to go fast and squirrel to slow down.

The fastest line we went on was called Godzilla and when Jo and Vicky went down, Jo startled a doe passing underneath. The very last line called Base-runner had a challenge: if you can keep a note the entire run down you win a chocolate bar which Vicky tried to do. She sang “I came in like a wrecking ball” but fell short. As we were leaving the last platform, the girls turned to me and said surprise! They split the cost for the whistler adventures for me since it was my birthday then we turned to Yo and told her that we also paid for her adventure as well. I’m not one to celebrate my birthday but I am glad timing was perfect to goto Vancouver and especially with these wonderful ladies.

We ended up waiting until 130PM instead of starting at 1PM for tree top trekking because we were waiting for 4 more to join. Jenya our guide brought us over to the demo course to make sure we knew safety procedures and I was starting irritated because the group of 4 that joined us were too slow. Luckily, when it came time for the real thing, Vicky went first and we just sped through it. Some of the “games” were easy but some were so hard and required a lot of arm and leg strength. Secret to one of the games with logs was to step only in the centre because it teeters and another with the balls was to step on the sides because the balls spin. I think my fave were the bridges that you need stretch across or in my case, lunge across. The Tarzan rope swing was pretty cool as you propel yourself into a net then climb up. There was only one obstacle I had difficulties with at first as you hold on to a two handed pulley then you launch yourself off with no view of what is next until you have launched. Luckily, there is give in your safety line. The ziplining portion was good but the harness dug into your sides as you zipped. Jenya said we were probably one of the maybe loudest groups she has had. Good to have Vicky leading us through as we finished in an hour. It was also perfect timing to head back to Whistler Village. We got a photo with the Olympic rings then we walked over to Whistler Museum where I was able to see my dear friend Patricia Lynn who I haven’t seen in at least 2 years (my uni mate) who is now living in Whistler.

We were behind our schedule so after a short catch-up, we were on our way to the Scandinave spa. We had access to their pools where you soak in the hot ones for 10 minutes, transfer to a cold one for however long you desire then relax in a hammock or solarium for 10 minutes and repeat. All in silence. We were only able to complete 2 rounds of this before we had to leave and scurry over to Surrey for Joanne’s family Thanksgiving dinner. Ended off the night with good company and great food.

Itinerary – British Columbia 2013

This is my 1 week trip to British Columbia (Kelowna, Vernon, Vancouver, Whistler & Squamish). The main reason for this trip in particular was for my friend Miranda’s wedding to Tom. I travelled with my friend Joanne first to Kelowna to help set-up for the annual BMO Okanagan Marathon. During our time in Vancouver, we stayed with our friend Yolande who recently moved to Vancouver and were also joined by our friend Vicky. We added on 2 day trips to Whistler & Squamish.

1009-1713 – British Columbia

10/09

FLY – Air Canada – YYZ – YVR

­Rent car
Drive to Kelowna, BC ­- volunteer for the BMO Okanagan Marathon prep

Airport ­- Kelowna ­ 398KM ­ 4h 6min

 

10/10 – Kelowna

BMO Okanagan Marathon prep

Kelowna – Vernon

 

10/11 – Kelowna – Vancouver

BMO Okanagan Marathon prep
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Drive – Kelowna -­ Downtown Vancouver 389KM ­ 3h 58min

Pick-up Vicky from Airport

Meet for dinner with Nelson & Jordan

 

10/12 ­- Vancouver / Burnaby

­Miranda & Tom’s Wedding
Dinner reception -­ Empire Seafood Restaurant ­ #200 ­ 5951 No.3 Road, Richmond BC

 

10/13 ­ – Whistler

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Downtown Vancouver – Whistler­ 123km 1h36min

Whistler – Treetop Trekking, Ziplining & Scandinave Spa

Whistler Museum – Visit friend Trish

­Whistler ­- Surrey ­ 150km ­ 1h 54min

Surrey – Have Thanksgiving dinner with Joanne’s extended family

 

10/14 – Vancouver – Squamish

Downtown Vancouver – Squamish ­ 63.5km ­ 53min

Squamish ­ Stawamus Chief ­ Start (Park at Shannon Falls)
­Goto Daiso in Richmond
­Drop off Vicky at Airport

Dinner with friends Lisa & Jordan

 

10/15 – Vancouver

Final clean up of BMO Okanagan stuff at BMO office
Lunch with Ben – Minato Sushi ­

Dinner with Christian & Robbin – Cactus Club

Meet up with Jamie

 

10/16 – Vancouver

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Visit Joanne’s family friend in West Vancouver

South Richmond – West Vancouver – Steveson’s Pier

Dinner with Miranda, Tom & Nelson – Kintaro Ramen

 

10/10 – HOMEBOUND – YVR – YYZ

­Return car rental
FLY – Air Canada – YVR – YYZ