Hanging out in Whistler: It wasn’t all just sorting archives!

Dear Readers,

Now that our primary mission is all over but the shouting, we thought we’d take you on a bit of a tour of Whistler, where we’ve been sorting out our family archives all week.

While we spent a lot of time indoors with our noses to the grindstone, we did get out occasionally to enjoy Whistler’s stunning mountain scenery:


Walking around Lost Lake, we skedaddled rather quickly when we heard a bear not too far off the path.


In Whistler Village, we stopped to admire this imposing First Nation carved figure, silhouetted against the mountains.

Did we mention that while we were here, it snowed…several times? Of course, this is a ski resort, so snow is not an unexpected occurrence, but in April? We were less than impressed. Even though it did look very pretty.

But the snow disappeared by mid-day most days…and by early evening, we could sit out on this patio to eat our extremely healthy supper. Look: veggies! And, um, other stuff.


Snow. Like Rachel and Karen hadn’t seen enough of that this year.


Eating outdoors at Merlin’s, Whistler.

Of course, we know you’re wondering about our faithful beaver companion. In fact, Bucky was quite restrained on this trip, but he did venture out to meet the bear who guards the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They sang that John Denver song together before anyone could stop them.

He also enjoyed a cup of coffee with Karen and Rachel. For some reason, Rachel seemed less than enthused by his attentions. She still refers to him as “that little creep.”


Bucky met his match outside a chocolate shop in Whistler Village.


Rachel, Karen, and Bucky stop for coffee in Whistler Village. Stop looking so long-suffering, Rachel. Bucky is just being friendly.

Today Wendy will be leaving to head back to London, and tomorrow Karen, Rachel, and Bucky board a plane for Ottawa. It’s been a great visit, and we’re so glad we’ve had the chance to share it with you!


Karen, Wendy, Rachel, and Bucky







  1. I live very close to Whistler — such a beautiful place! :)

  2. It is always nice to appreciate the beauty we live in through someone else’s eyes

  3. My daughter lives in Qualicum Beach — do you know where that is?

  4. This looks like heaven to me. Your beautiful photos have inspired me to add Lost Lake and Whistler Village to my must-see list. Lovely! Thank you so much for sharing!

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