Friday, August 1, 2014

Whistler Creekside Adventures

Having stayed at the Whistler Village last August and December, R. and I have both developed a great liking for the Whistler area. This time, we decided to explore Whistler Creekside, about 4 km south of the Whistler Village along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

We stayed at Nita Lake Lodge set on breathtakingly serene lake and offers complimentary canoe/kayak/bike rentals. The lodge is across the street from the Creekside village, yet in close proximity to the Creekside gondolas (by foot) and Whistler village (by bike or car). There is underground parking available.

Front of the hotel



Studio Room
the washroom was HUUUGE!
Being a big fan of cycling, the first thing we did after we settled in was to take out bikes! The outdoor staff recommended a couple of routes and we took the scenic trail that loops around Nita and Alta Lakes. The bikes were in great condition and had switchable gears.

Hotel lobby - ready for a bike ride?
The tranquil lakes, the wilderness with snowy mountain peaks as backdrops made stunning scenery along the trail paths.We passed by Rainbow Park and Blueberry Beach Park, where many were tanning, picnicking and doing water sports. For someone who lives a sedentary life, the 2-hour hilly bike ride was pretty exhausting but definitely doable XD

Embrace the SUN!


Stunning mountains as backdrop of Alta Lake!
through the woods we go!
Without a break, we got changed and went for a stroll in the bustling Whistler Village, where there was an Ironman Triathlon going on. Walking through the village brought back nostalgic memories of our winter trip where we got engaged <3

ready for an evening walk <3
As a frequently-hungry 'pig', I am ways anticipating the next meal. Luckily, we found an awesome place in a slightly off-the-path plaza called Harajuku Izakaya. I love the retro feeling of the place; the decor, menu and atmosphere represents the Harajuku style well. The price was very reasonable and the food did not disappoint (stir-fry beef udon had the best vote!).

izakaya's bar table and one-of-a-kind-decor
check out the yummy food! Stirfry beef udon and Asian Mist cocktail were my fav.
The next day, we woke up bright and early to enjoy the morning bliss on Nita Lake canoeing. We have only kayaked before and I've got to say that I like the comfort of canoe much more.

back of the lodge + Nita Lake scenery!
After a fulfilling breakfast at the lodge, we spent a day walking around Whistler Village again.

hearty delicious breakfast!
Although our stay at the Nita Lake Lodge was short, it is definitely a place I would recommend and return to stay at in the future. The friendliness and helpfulness of staff, the earthy and comforting decor, the delicious food, generous outdoor activity equipment and the breathtaking surroundings make this lodge the perfect summer spot.

Overall, it was a very romantic and memorable trip, where we intimately bonded with nature and enjoyed life at a relaxing pace. There is still much to do in Whistler, including hiking on mountain peaks trails. Can't wait till next time!

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