One of our family's favorite pastimes is just wandering Whistler.
is so much to see in this mountain setting that you will never get
bored no matter what the season.
Whether it's people watching in Whistler Village,
Village In The
enchanted castles hidden away on the mountains,
"wandering" into the Blackcomb Glacier for a little fresh "pow",
Hiking Into Blackcomb
surveying one of the three championship golf courses,
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf
or checking out the local
wildlife (and no, I don't mean the 2am post-nightclub scene), there is
plenty to see and do.
speaking of wildlife, when you are wandering Whistler (especially in
the spring and summer) there is a chance that you may encounter a local
black bear. Some are of the friendly sort,
Thomas and Mom
Getting A Bear
Hug, Roundhouse Day Lodge, Whistler Mountain
while others tend to be a little more on the wild side.
Bear At The Side Of The
Road, Whistler BC, Canada
black bears around Whistler is, unfortunately, becoming more and
more common. I say unfortunately because, although it is very
interesting to see such beautiful and powerful creatures up close and
personal, when they start spending too much time in close proximity to
people, their lives are in danger.
It is not uncommon for bears
to break into cabins (through the front door or a window) and help
themselves to what's in the refrigerator and the cupboards. And once
they have learned that there is food inside, they will continue to
break in to people's homes. If a bear is tagged as a repeat offender,
unfortunately they are often times killed in order to prevent any
further human-bear contact.
We saw the bear in the picture
above just off to the side of the highway about two minutes outside of
Whistler. I was a good 100 meters away when I took the photo (and hence
the graininess). Here's some video footage I took as well.
Fortunately, as the problem of people
encroaching on the black bear's territory has increased
over the years, so has the awareness of the problem. Programs for
dealing with bear-human contact
been put in place, and by-laws have been passed to try and protect
people and the bears.
Two of the biggest problems are garbage, and people feeding the bears.
When you are wandering Whistler you will notice that all of the garbage
containers are bear-proofed.
As well, there are no sever fines if you are caught with garbage at
your home that is not in a bear proof garbage container.
me the term "Don't Feed The Bears" hearkens back to my childhood and
watching the Yogi Bear show. Unfortunately, feeding bears in real life
is no laughing matter and usually becomes a death sentence for the bear.
Two Sons Thomas and Callum
Looking at a Grizzly Bear Skull and Learning About Bears - Whistler
if you do find yourself wandering Whistler, (especially if you are a
little bit off the beaten path) remember to be "Bear Aware". For more
tips on being bear smart, visit the Whistler based Get Bear Smart Society's
Bear Smart" webpage.