Monday, September 8, 2014

Excursion review: Vancouver to Whistler Rocky Mountaineer Trip

Today we are on an excursion I booked through Viator.
We were picked up at 6.50 am at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver where we are staying and transferred to the train station where we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer train to go to Whistler. 
It's a lovely sunny day here with a forecast   temperature of 27 degrees. 
The train trip is a very picturesque ride through the fjords and mountains.
On the train they served us a nice breakfast of yoghurt and a ham and cheese croissant along with tea, coffee and juices. Very nice.
The trip to Whistler takes 2-3 hours. 

Here are some photos taken from the train as we made our way through the fjords and up to the mountain.
When we arrived in Whistler we had four hours free time before we had to meet our bus to go back down the muntain.
We had a nice lunch at The Blacks Pub. Heaps of Aussies everywhere!

Then we went on a cable car trip up to the top of Whistler mountain where we would get on a gondola to go 'peak 2 peak' between Whistler mountain and Blackcomb mountain. A bit scary but awesome. Here are soma shots we took.

These little cable cars take up to 6 people. 
This was just the cable car up the mountain. It took 25 minutes so you can imagine how high we had to go. As we approached the top of the mountain, the views became more majestic as snow topped mountains came into view. I can only imagine this place in winter with snow everywhere. I can see why this was the location of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Then at the top of the mountain we got on the gondola to go across to the other peak. Here is a photo of the gondola car. This one seats up to 24 people.
Just awesome.
Then we did the same trip in reverse to return to the base.
After this we went to meet our bus and started on the 3 hour rude back to Vancouver.
We got back to our hotel after 7.00pm so we were super tired. We had been out six 6.00am.
A great excursion, big day. Tomorrow we board the Disney Wonder!!

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