Sea to Sky to Whistler!

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Whistler Mountain bike run
Today we had to leave beautiful Victoria.....:-(
We started out by checking out of the fabulous Delta Hotel Victoria and driving north along Vancouver Island Highway 1 toward Nanaimo.  Driving up and down along the coast was awesome, looking east through the coastal islands from high up was incredible.....at the BC Ferry port in Nanaimo, we waited patiently for our ferry....it was like a Mercedes when compared with the Port Angeles ferry!  The crossing took about 90 minutes through the coastal islands and out into the Strait of Georgia toward Horseshoe Bay, just north of Vancouver.  Departing the ferry, we headed north-northeast on the Sea to Sky Highway; suddenly we were traveling along the base of a high mountain on the right, with Howe Sound on the left! Unfortunately, Olympics 2010 road construction  prevented us from using any of the viewpoints as we (and many other travelers leaving Vancouver for the weekend) drove along.   Passing through the golf community of Furry Creek, we paused for a photo chance, then on through Squamish towards Whistler.  Howe Sound was a beautiful deep blue until we came into view of Squamish, where it took on an aqua green tint from the mineral run-off in the mountains.  Once past Squamish, Howe Sound was done; next in line was Whistler. 
At Whistler, we found and checked in to the Adara Hotel (an eclectic, boutique style).  It was a former small ski lodge that had been completely renovated with new carpet (dark) and paint (dark gray-green).  Our room was a little funky, with a big white down comforter and a faux mink throw on the bed, holographic fake fireplace built in next to the tv; and a useless orange low wide sofa with a round, vinyl covered pillow for a back.  However, we were right on the edge of Whistler village and within walking distance of everything.  Dinner was a few steps away from our hotel at an outdoor cafe within view of the base of Whistler Mountain! 
Whistler seems to be full of people and a bit like being at Vail, Colorado; pedestrian-only areas were full of people walking and looking and shopping.  A big summer activity is mountain biking and we watched as one after another they came down from the bike runs.  Each was more dusty and dirty than the previous one; many wore gladiator-style protection and looked other-worldly!  After a bit of a walk-about, we were off to bed.
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Whistler Mountain bike run
Whistler Mountain bike run
Whistler
photo by: alitoronto