Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sea-to-Sky Highway

Howe Sound from the new Sea-to-Sky

Watercolour and crayon

©2009 Charlene Brown

My April 16 blog post was about a painting of this stretch of the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler, the two main venues for the upcoming Winter Olympics. That painting was based on a series of photos taken from the opposite direction on Christmas day when this part of the highway was just a clearing and the beginning of a cut through the ridge above Horseshoe Bay.

Now that the road is finished you no longer have to negotiate all the curves around the bay and the ferry terminal. Arrival at the entrance to Howe Sound is very sudden and quite spectacular… and about three steps ahead of the poor lady in your GPS who will continue ‘Calculating Route’ to exit the TransCanada Highway for about two kilometres after you’ve left it. We drove to Squamish last weekend, and only had the GPS on for the entertainment value, but out-of-province visitors attempting to drive north from Vancouver should probably be warned not to use any GPS programmed before about a month ago.