The drive to Whistler was the twistiest, but most beautiful drive I’ve ever taken. It was like entering another world, subhanAllah. I wish I could have captured the scenes I saw while on our drive, but the snapshots would only come out blurry as the trees, mountains, ocean, islands, and mist sped past. Once we arrived in Whistler, we took a stroll and I saw the most amazing river, the water wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen before. It was icy blue and the photograph above doesn’t due it’s beauty justice.
While in Whistler, we also visited the Squamish and Lil’wat cultural
centre, where we received a lovely guided tour, watched a video
presentation, and got to make our own cedar bark bracelets. My eldest daughter and I were naturally fascinated by all the handwork on display in the museum. The beautiful woven baskets, rugs, and clothing just had our hands twitching to learn the art of weaving! We really enjoyed our time there, not only because we have a love for handmade but also because we have a bit of native blood (Ojibway) running through our veins, and I have a sister-in-law who is Aboriginal Canadian so we feel a bit of a deeper connection. I thought it was so beautiful how these two tribes, Squamish and Lil’wat, banded together to share their territory and open a joint museum/cultural centre where they could share their story with others, and continue to inspire their own future generations, by preserving their language, art, and history.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” [Quran 49:13]
Before we left Whistler we headed to the village area where there were many small shops and restaurants. My children were however immediately drawn to the playground. It was the most creative playground that I have had the opportunity to visit. There were a lot of art and natural elements incorporated into the design and it was more like a treehouse than your typical playground. I wish I had taken more pictures of the playgroup but we were of course too busy having fun!
And that folks, concludes our trip to Vancouver, BC. Alhumdulillah for the opportunity to travel together as a family, to see new things, meet new people, learn about the world, and explore this wonderful Earth.