Through Your Eyes: Whistler During Lockdown
The best views come after the hardest climbs, and this “climb” has been a toughie. In the middle of March, Whistler shifted into a lockdown state, much like most of the world. As a town built on tourism that usually welcomes thousands of visitors in the spring for late-season skiing and the start of the mountain bike season, it’s been hard to look out over empty runs, trails, strolls and patios. They seemed like a tease on one hand, but also a reason to hold the line so that we can get back to them as soon as it’s safe.
Although many things changed in the last few months, Mother Nature stayed constant. Daffodils and crocuses started to poke through the cold ground, bears came out of hibernation and the sun helped to raise the snow line and uncover our precious trails. Many of us adjusted to a slightly slower pace of life and got to witness these things with a new level of appreciation.
A lot of these experiences were captured on camera and shared on social media. We’ve pulled together a highlight of these posts to showcase what life has been like in Whistler over the past couple of months. Thank you to the people who tagged #OnlyInWhistler and shared their thoughts, images and strength with us all over this time.
Finding a Way Through the Clouds
Seeking Open Spaces
Spending Time With Loved Ones
Weathering the Storm
Loving Spring Colours
Welcoming the Bears
Braving a Cold Dip
Taking in Views
Taking Time Over Morning Coffee
Singing With Backyard Birdies
Reflecting on the Future
Getting a Dose of Culture
Watching the Mist Rise
Creating New Paths
We’re dreaming of a time when Whistler’s Village Stroll is filled with people, bikers are sending it in the park, hikers are reaching our peaks and patios are buzzing with people sharing their après celebrations. Until then, know that the mountains are waiting for you and that we’ll see you soon.
Like you, we’re passionate about exploring Whistler, but now is still not the time to travel. Please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe. We’re so close, hang in there.