May 29 , 2011
The Sea to Sky Highway and the Sunshine Coast
Driving south we worked ourselves out to the coast on the Sea to Sky Highway past Whistler and caught a ferry north to the Sunshine Coast.
More about the Sea to Sky Highway.
More about the Sunshine Coast.
We drove the Sea to Sky Highway from east to west. Between Lillooet and Pemberton, a distance of about 97 km (60 miles), the paved road is pretty narrow, and has some steep grades. The worst ones descend in the direction we were traveling so we took it easy and had no problems.
The nearby Narin Falls Provincial Park campground makes a pleasant place to say while visiting Whistler, it's only 29 km (18 miles) from the village.
Another View of the Falls
Looks much quieter in this picture doesn't it. Amazing what a small change in your angle of view can do.
Olympic Monument at Whistler
The new monument makes a a great place to take pictures.
When we visited the tops of the mountains overlooking Whistler were still open for skiing, and the bottoms were being used by mountain bikers. It's really a pretty slow part of the season, nothing like the crowds during the Games.
More about Whistler.
Waiting for the Ferry
Over the next few weeks we'll take four ferry rides. Two as we work our way up the Sunshine Coast to Powell River, one more to get over to Vancouver Island, and a final one from near Victoria to the Vancouver area. This is known as the Circle Route and there's a special rate. We also saved some money by driving the pickup/camper and the Jeep on seperately.
Almost the Last One On
Alone on Deck
This ferry must have been full of residents, not tourists. Although it was warm and not raining we were the only ones who went outside to watch the scenery go by.
RV Park in Powell River
A Visitor in Camp
On The Boardwalk in Lund
More about Lund.
Mile 0 of Hwy 101 in Lund
Some people say the other end of this road is in Chile!
Not so! We parked behind this rig while waiting for the ferry to Vancouver Island. The Jeep was registered in Washington state.