Resort Set in Dramatic Mountainscape

By Bruce Vittner

In September we had the opportunity to visit the Fairmont Whistler Chateau Whistler at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, about an hour and a half northeast of Vancouver. Having never been to this area and remembering the beautiful scenes from the 2010 Winter Olympics, we were definitely looking forward to it.

It didn’t hurt that we would be staying at the Fairmont hotel that sits at the base of the mountain. We have written about the Fairmont near San Diego, the one at Richelieu in Quebec and last December at the Fairmont at Southampton in Bermuda. The hotels are always spectacular with no amenities left out.

Getting to Whistler from southern New England is quite a journey. We flew to Seattle and then took the Cascades Amtrak train to Vancouver because Brown University golf coach, Mike Hughes, said that it was the prettiest train ride that he’s ever been on. He was right! The train travels along Puget Sound through pretty town and gorgeous views.

We met the other golf writers at the Vancouver Airport and were bussed to Whistler. Waterfalls, tree-lined islands, ferry boats and snowcapped mountains made the bus ride an adventure in itself. More