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I can only speak for myself but I love the outdoors more than anything, and Whistler truly is the end of the world for a person like me. It has it all. Sure thing, if you want a man for his money don't go to Whistler. I only need enough for rent, food, and beer. It's a simple life and I love it. I'm very happy I have finally come to the realization of what makes me happy in life. And this is it.

Doug Decloux

Toronto (temporarily)


Register for hiking trails

As a frequent hiker in and around the corridor I have been surprised that there are so few means for visitors especially to ensure their safety in the backcountry. In many countries there are warning signs posted at trail heads – "Does someone know where you are today!" – as well as registers, directions to a local store or someone who can make a note of your plans or a telephone number on which you can record your intended destination and route.

I know that the purists would have us never venturing out of our front doors alone, but we all do it. Some say providing registers, along with increased cell phone coverage, will only increase the number of single hikers, but I seriously doubt that would be the case. It may even encourage more families and groups to venture into our wonderful backcountry.

We all like to think that nothing bad will ever happen to us, but it can, as Brian Faughnan's family have tragically discovered. Providing trailhead registers is something that many other communities have done and Whistler should consider doing likewise. Costs could be partly met from the sale of trail guides, which would also help visitors to understand and value the beauty around them.

Paul Giblett



I am writing with regard to the public access (boat launch) in Alta Vista.

Back in the mid ’80s we approached the muni with our plan of operating canoe/kayak trips down the River of Golden Dreams. It was applauded with great enthusiasm. Our trips offer one of Whistler's oldest and most environmentally-friendly activities. We transport members of the public in our multi-passenger vehicles to the public access in Alta Vista.

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