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Pemberton, Canada

Breakfast on board the Queen of Oak Bay at 8.30 am. Great views of the island as we steamed out of Nanaimo on our way back to the mainland. The smoke haze had cleared but as we took Highway 99 out of Horseshoe Bay towards Squamish it started to rain. Stopped off at Shannon Falls Provincial Park just past Britannia Beach to view the 335 metre waterfall just a short walk from the car park and then on through Squamish stopping again at Brandywine Falls just before Whistler. As we parked up we spotted picnic tables and decided that it would be a good spot to stop for lunch once we had the seen the falls. The rain had stopped and we headed out for a 15 minute walk to the viewing platform accessed across a railway track. Views of the waterfall feeding in to Daisy Lake a mile or two away. Useful tip - both stop offs have loo facilities and even the Pit toilets at Brandywine falls had a hand sanitiser unit and they weren't smelly!

A tiny squirrel was gathering moss just a few yards from the table – we guessed he was changing the bedding in his little den. We weren't sure whether he was a juvenile or a ground squirrel, if they exist as he never left the ground. Well that was our fix of nature for a while as our next stop was Whistler. Nice to have seen it and get a flavour of what it's like but predictably commercialised with the main focus currently seeming to be on Mountain Biking.

As we left for Pemberton it started to rain again. It got steadily worse but by the time we arrived at Pemberton Valley Vineyard it was just a light drizzle and as the clouds drifted away we caught sight of the most beautiful mountains, their peaks dusted with patches of snow.

Our room was on the first floor with amazing panoramic views of mountains all around us. We have booked dinner here, which in hindsight was a good decision as there appeared to be very little in Pemberton itself.

permalink written by  rickandsuejohnson on August 9, 2010 from Pemberton, Canada
from the travel blog: Go west, then go west some more.
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