Adventures in British Columbia (Vancouver to Whistler)

We had skied Whistler before, but this was our first trip to British Columbia (BC) in the summer — stunning! In June 2022, we drove up the famed Sea-to-Sky Highway and stayed in Squamish a few days, enabling us to visit several notable sights, including the fascinating Britannia Mine Museum, where we learned a lot about copper mining. We climbed juuuust about to the top of Peak 1 of Stawamus Chief Mountain, locally known as “the Chief.” We were definitely the most senior hikers on the trail (rated “hard” by AllTrails), and Diana particularly considers this climb an awesome personal achievement. And even though hiking up was just about straight up, hiking down was worse!

Continuing up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, we spent a few days in Whistler, where there was still plenty of snow, but alas, no skiing allowed. We visited two spectacular waterfalls and, as we were leaving Whistler to drive back down to Vancouver, we had a delightful close encounter with a black bear, who didn’t mind us gawking at him and snapping photos. Vancouver gave us an opportunity to eat some amazing Chinese food, and bike around the spectacular Stanley Park. We got a kick out of a seaplane flight to charming Victoria, where we visited gorgeous Butchart Gardens. Thank you, Canada!

See Bob’s short video below – there’s nothing like video to capture rushing waterfalls, seaplane take-offs, and the fun we had on our BC adventure. Some of our favorite photos are below; click on any photo to start a slideshow.

See more about our ski trip to Whistler, or view more of our touring adventures.