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Whistler to Quesnel

semi-overcast 65 °F

Today we boarded our busses at 7:00am for the 30 minute trip from Whistler to Pemberton where we boarded the train for our 550km trip to Quesnel. (The 's' is not pronounced). Today, we were in the second seating so we had a pre-breakfast of a hot scone and coffee. We also had a great late lunch with super food and plenty of wine, all included. Our trip took us through the Frasier River Valley, into the Cariboo region to Quesnel

The Fraser Valley is a geographical region in southwestern British Columbia, Canada, and typically describes the Fraser River basin downstream of the Fraser Canyon. This section of the Fraser River is known by local indigenous peoples as "Sto:lo" in the Halqemeylem language of the area, and this term has been adopted to refer to all of the indigenous peoples of the Fraser Lowland, other than the Squamish and Musqueam. The indigenous peoples of the area have long made use of the river valley for agricultural and commercial exploits and continue to do so today.

The Cariboo region is located in the central interior of British Columbia. It is situated between the Cariboo Mountains to the east and reaches west across the Fraser River plateau to the Coast Mountains. Major cities in the Cariboo region include 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Quesnel.

The geography of the Cariboo region is diverse and varies considerably over short distances. It encompasses the Cariboo and Coast Mountain ranges, the Central Plateau and numerous lakes and rivers. Major rivers that bisect the region include the Fraser, Chilcotin, Chilko, Quesnel, Cariboo and Horsefly. The vegetation of the region also varies ranging from dry grasslands to spruce, pine, and fir forests at low- to mid-elevations. Inland temperate rain forests and alpine forests are also found in the region. The Cariboo region is rich with the indigenous history and culture of the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, and Dakelh First Nations.
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Long before the arrival of prospectors during the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1862, the Southern Carrier (Dakelh) people lived off the land around Quesnel, occupying the area from the Bowron Lakes in the east to the upper Blackwater River and Dean River in the west. The Southern Carrier Nation were known among themselves as ‘Uda Ukelh’, meaning ‘people who travel by boat on water early in the morning’.The name "Quesnel" is derived from Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean.

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Posted by rpickett 03:33 Archived in Canada Tagged to whistler quesnel Comments (0)

Vancouver to Calgary

Vancouver to Whistler

sunny 66 °F

We met in the lobby of the hotel at 7:00am this morning for the short bus trip to North Vancouver to board the Rocky Mountaineer. We settled in our assigned seats and the train started forward at 8:00AM. Breakfast is served on board in two shifts and we had the first shift today and will be the second shift tomorrow. The train seats in Gold Leaf service are heated spacious and very comfortable with multiple position buttons to push. Each car has 4 staff members to take care of any need with all beverages, snacks and food included. The train is very accessible for folks with movement disability in that there is an elevator between the lower dining area and the upper viewing and seating area. The trip to Whistler is short and we arrived at the Whistler train station at about Noon and the buses transported us to the Fairmont Chateau in the upper village. Our rooms were ready when we arrived, and we got our keys outside as we stepped off the bus.

Whistler is a town north of Vancouver, British Columbia, that's home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Besides skiing and snowboarding, the area offers snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping at the Olympic Park, a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The hub of Whistler is a compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in the summer, mountain biking at Whistler Blackcomb. Its pedestrian village has won numerous design awards, and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler hosted most of the alpine, Nordic, luge, skeleton, and bobsled events.

I wandered the village after we settled in the room and we are looking forward to dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Posted by rpickett 00:32 Archived in Canada Tagged whistler Comments (0)

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