roadtrip: whistler

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My two Danish exchange student roommates (and their Swedish exchange friend) and I hit the road for a few days to Whistler to see what sort of adventures we could rally up.

Our first stop was the beautiful Alta Lake in Whistler – also one of the first road trips that I did with my parents when I first moved here to Canada. The lake is right off the highway and we snapped some photos from the dock in Rainbow Park.

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We spent the night at the UBC Whistler Lodge for an early start the next morning down to Brandywine Falls. I visited here in the summer with my parents and had heard of the secret trail down to the bottom, but we weren’t able to find it.

Determined this time not to miss out, we scrambled down the rocks to the left beyond the fence through the forest, along the base of the boulders and up along the stream to the falls. We were the only people in sight, given that it was pouring with rain, but absolutely beautiful.

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The road approaching the hike up to Callaghan Lake was narrow and steep, but with our big rented Jeep we thought we could manage. The hike had been suggested to us by some other travelers at the hostel who spoke of the beauty of the lake.

Well, it turns out that there was a few feet of snow up on the mountain and the car got stuck before we could even make it to the trail head. Luckily, we had our snowshoes stowed away in the back and pulled them on for a trek up the mountainside.

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*Including photos by Josefine, Carolyn & Emma

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