They say home is where the heart is, well again I say where has Whistler gone? It's been home for 25 years and now who knows where the heart of this valley has gone!
I was not going to write this until I saw the letter last week. I also remember the days before the no clothesline bylaw, I remember the school in the village, the little post office, the forest behind Grabbajava. I also remember the fear when I went for my coffee one morning, ready to walk down our little wooded trail to the village with my three-year-old boy and, oh my God, the tears dropped when looking at my son's face - the forest had gone! In one day our little forest had gone, no little path left. The only memory is the tiny group of trees on Blackcomb Way - look carefully and you may notice it!
I remember The Keg and the fire engine that was not tall enough to stop the fire. I remember when the conference centre was our tallest building! The completion of the Fairmont. The walk out to Lost Lake to find Lost Lake. The original lift barn in Creekside. Wow, where have our hearts gone?
Then came the black hole which is now the Pan Pacific and Holiday Inn. The little bridge that connected the villages, that's gone too as we have a cement one now. We have reached buildout, wow, I guess at least four times already. Remember the stables and the KOA campground with the teepee?
The good news is we still have our little cute museum. It's hidden behind the big new library. Gone is the wood bridge at White Gold, now a cement one that's rusty. Now we have a bus depot in the middle of our valley and maybe, just maybe there may be a plan to put some trees back along the highway to buffer the constant high pitch sound we hear in Spruce Grove and hide the awful view of the hydrogen towers. And then we have the ever-increasing industrial area of Mons next to the beautiful Nicklaus North golf course, below the scenic mountains!
So where has our Whistler gone? We were a tourism village and in February the whole world was celebrating here, and now we are going to be allowing heavy industry and logging in our forests? Where is the tourism in that?
So where has our Whistler gone? I hope it's in the people of Whistler! Those people we say hello to on the Valley Trail, and they say hello back. Don't see that in Detroit or Toronto or even Vancouver!