Summer in Vancouver and Whistler: Day Three

Olympic hype two-years in its rearview, British Columbia is steering a course back to the four-season recognition it deserves. If you think winters here rock, wait till you experience summer.
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Eat: Feed your appetite with the Golden Dream’s all-organic breakfasts. If you’re lucky, host Ann will prepare her “Dual Mountain French Toast” with homemade syrup.

Don’t miss: Stock up on as much mountain air as possible before returning to the concrete jungle. A hike in the enormous Garibaldi Provincial Park, named after its towering Mount Garibaldi, should do the trick. Make the three-to four-hour trek to Garibaldi Lake, a 984-feet deep glacier lake, and bring your picnic gear. The best way to get to the park is by car, five access points are located along Hwy 99, between Squamish and Pemberton.

Whistler summer happenings: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra goes to Whistler July 20 and 21, hosting a free concert each night at 8 pm. During Crankworx Whistler, August 10 to 19, freeride mountain bikers from around the world compete in air, endurance and speed. Sample local and regional fare at the Feast in the Mountains, August 24 to 25.

Info: Tourism Vancouver recently released its new Visit Vancouver app for the iPad, providing all the essentials right at your fingertips. Super easy to navigate, it provides a great overview of the City of Glass—from the different neighborhoods to accommodations (including where to look for an apartment rental) to the food scene (broken down into West Coast, Pan Asian, Caribbean—you name it). Another useful feature is that each place is marked on a Google map, which gives you a really good sense of where you are in the city and where to head next. You’ll blend with the locals in no time.

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