In 1862 the great Cariboo Gold Rush attracted an additional 5000 miners while Moody had selected the site for the 'secondary' capital of New Westminster establishing Cariboo Road and Stanley Park, where in September, as the leaves begin their fall colour change, we ride around absorbing the beauty found in the heart of Vancouver.
It was not until the 1960s when main utility infrastructure began to be laid, together with a road connecting Vancouver and Squamish. In 1962 four Vancouver businessmen explored the possibility of a ski resort with it in mind to bid for the 1968 Winter Olympics, an opportunity not considered by the Olympic Committee until decades later. Whistler mountain opened in 1966 to the general public.
Lying to the east of the village is the sister mountain of Blackcomb with an elevation of 7,992ft, topping Whistler by some 800ft, becoming part of the complete resort, its peak served by the Seventh Heaven lift facing Whistler Village. We are here in early autumn where mountain trail biking is the lead sport of this season.
Returning to North Vancouver we decide it time to explore the city, braving traffic over the Lions Gate Bridge and into world famous Granville Market. We had both experienced this amazing place on past visits but not to repeat is a mistake! The city skyline with its modern glass structures are a vast contrast to the wild nature we so enjoyed being part of.