What a change in scenery! I am in Canada, having spent time in Vancouver, and then several days in Whistler with my daughter. This is a magic place, with special opportunities for all sorts of activities in the outdoors. Unfortunately, although we had planned to ski/snowboard, the snow is really skimpy, and very icy, so we decided not to attempt skating on thin ice, and instead spent the time walking the trails and touring in the village. Some indoor rock climbing reminded me of lots of forgotten muscles, but as we were walking around and across the frozen lake, it started to snow. There is something entirely peaceful and relaxing about snow gently falling, making everything fairy-tale white. The temperature also seems to rise (even though the thermometer suggest otherwise).
I then went with Nicole to Gibsons where she lives. Idyllic sea-side town (and site of the 1980’s TV series The Beachcombers.) Although the weather is foggy and wet, the slow pace somewhat reminds me of canal time.