Building a school in San Quintin, Mexico [Photo Recap]

Back in May, we hosted the “Build-A-School Fiesta” to raise 💰 to build a school in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley 🇲🇽

This past week, #MissionSanQuintin came to fruition and Summit Lodge’s Lorraine, Tony, Marco, and Joanna ventured south to aid in the school build and learn about local culture.

Lorraine kept a detailed photo diary of the eye-opening journey.

Check out her photos and descriptions below.


Day 1: In transit, San Diego Coronado, Old Town.

Featuring – Yellow, 1am start, more yellow.

Day 2: Part I – Tijuana Border Crossing to Ensenada

Featuring: The staggering shift from wealth to poverty and crime, several dozen members of biker gang members lining the entrance entering the US, the current wall that spans between Mexico and the US, the juxtaposition of destitute shelters comprised of metal sheeting, plastic, wood and tarp with serene ocean views, abandoned towers by thriving apartment blocks, condemned buildings next to mansions, families who seem to be walking miles upon miles along the stretch of highway.

Day 2: Part II – Ensenada to Vincente Guerrero

Featuring – Tourist traps, fish markets, fish tacos, shark heads, cruise ports, windy mountain roads, tequila farms and cactus galore, incredible Mexican landscapes, cinder block buildings, bright buildings, wall murals, more driving, more poverty, queso-tacos at Pollo Loco, Basecamp, bed.

Day 3: First Day of Build

Featuring – Framing, framing, framing, last minute un-cancellation of second build, prepping the second concrete pad, adorable little ones, electrolytes, crashing the school’s dance and sing-a-long class, erecting walls, pre-nailing in the soffits and roof for assembling, puppies.

Day 4: Part I – AM School Build

Featuring – Some goofing, more framing, concrete pouring, hammer-time, getting the oil’ roof on, being super helpful, story time, and a boo boo.

Day 4: Part II – Women’s Transition House, La Dolceria, Thrifty’s Icecream

Featuring – Bacon making , a mini BJJ self defense demo and workshop, piñata, piñata, ice cream and prep for tomorrow’s garbage dump visit.

Women are still considered to be merely property in this part of Mexico, young girls are sold into prostitution and, when considered to be no longer profitable, are discarded. It’s not uncommon for these women to become pregnant in such circumstances, and will end up raising their children without basic parenting skills.

Dorothy take these women in and teaches them hi to be mothers, shows them what love looks like, and in turn teaches them to love the same. She teaches them basic skill, like cooking, and means to make a living. The more incredible work she does is helping restore these women to know that they are valued, of great dignity and worth because they are made in the image of God. Many women have been healed, transformed and restored through her work.

It was a joy today to participate in a basic self-defense demo to help empower these women and reinforce the truth that they are of value and worth, that the abuse that happened and still happens in the area is wrong and worth fighting against. Needless to say, Marco and Joanna led this out and were incredible in using their skills and talent to inspire hope to these women! Love them!

A small team in the evening prepped some food bags for a visit to the garbage dump where we anticipate to meet some people in abject poverty and need.

Day 5: Part I – Third Day Building

Featuring – Early morning bonding with Dakota, sandwich making, loving up some Mexican pups, getting the roof on the second build, lizards, inside walls, Jenga

Day 5: Part II – Abject Poverty in San Quintin’s Garbage Dump

Featuring – Burning refuse and waste, diseased dogs, crude shelters comprised of plastic sheets, tarp, cardboard or whatever can be salvaged from the garbage piles, hopelessness, despair and shame.

This is not just a wasteland or garbage dump, but “Home” to some of the most desperate people in the area. The people here survive from scavenging and salvaging what they can to attempt and sell elsewhere. We walked among flaming piles of garbage and through perpetual fumes of burning plastic searching for the people here to provide them some food and water. We wanted to meet them and show them that they are valued and not forgotten; they too are people made in the image of God, of value, worth and dignity. We wanted to hear their stories and understand the situation they were in.

The biggest thing to hit me was the shame that the people had who lived here. We introduced ourselves providing them with a bag of food and fresh burritos. Their blackened hands were happy to receive ours. All were glad to receive what we had for them, but it was quickly apparent that many felt a heaviness of shame for the situation they were in. They expressed little hope for their lives.

Some of these people spoke English, which meant that they had a reasonable education. It’s likely that a mix of drugs, crime, unfortunate circumstances or mental health issues have forced the people to the point where their only means of survival is to scavenge and salvage materials from the piles of refuse and garbage.

Worse still, we know that there are women who have been forced into prostitution who live here. We know that there are children who are raised in these horrific conditions.

Let’s make no mistake, what we did was not a humanitarian effort to make us feel like we did something good. The problems here are beyond simply providing people with meals. MSQ is working on establishing relationships with the people here with a long term hope of creating a program to free people from this kind of poverty.

Day 6: Fourth and Final Build Day

Featuring – A division of wealth, interior siding, roofing, trim, painting touch ups, clean up, adorable kindergardeners, a thank you feast, street soccer, happy birthdays.

Day 7: Our free day

Featuring – Communal nausea and cramping, awesome team members and nurse love , electrolytes, gravol, charcoal, foetal positions, an orphanage tour and trip to the market (that a couple of us sickies missed ) fish tacos, beach, dinner and sunsets… (and more nausea)

Day 8: Travel Day from Vincente Guerrero to Ensenada

Featuring – Goodbyes, long windy roads, police federale stops, sickies, Mexican mountains, wineries, quick taco stop at Ensenada, stunning desert landscapes, zero wait times at the Tecate border, antics back at Old Town, dance party, lobster, rock’n’roll, and a cigar with whiskies with “tight” friends 

Get Above The Clouds With Whistler Blackcomb This Summer

Alpine hiking at Whistler Blackccomb in the golden hour
photo: Andrew Strain

Whistler Blackcomb is going above and beyond this summer with new and improved summer activities aimed at elevating the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience. Guests will see upgrades at every turn, from food and beverage events to hiking and sightseeing.

“After a record breaking winter season, we want to keep the momentum going through the summer,” says Rob McSkimming, vice president of business development at Whistler Blackcomb. “Guests will notice a lot of action on the mountains throughout the summer months as we begin a number of a notable projects. We are excited to upgrade existing facilities as well as add new experiences, like the finished Blackcomb Ascent Trails.”

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day for the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience, which includes summer sightseeing, hiking and alpine dining, is Saturday, May 27. Here are some of the changes guests can expect to see at Whistler Blackcomb this season:

Completion of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails

This summer will see the completion of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails with the addition of Heart Burn, the final section which links to the two previously completed trails. The finished Blackcomb Ascent Trails will give guests access from the valley bottom to the Rendezvous Lodge and will travel a total of 5.2 kilometres (3.2 miles) with a total elevation gain of 1,200 metres (3,937 feet). The Blackcomb Ascent Trails will be fully open in July through September. For more information, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/activities/blackcomb-ascent-trail

There will be timed hiking check points at each of the three sections on the Blackcomb Ascent Trails with leaderboards available for guests to track their time and compare to others on Whistler Blackcomb’s interactive social platform, WB+. For more information about WB+, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/tickets-and-passes/wb-plus

New Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck

Last summer, renovations began on Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse Lodge, and this summer will see the completion of the Roundhouse Lodge Terrace and Viewing Deck. The new upper terrace will be open to the public in July, and the lower deck will be open in August. The two new patios will add an additional 555 seats to the Roundhouse Lodge.

Whisky Jack’s Umbrella Bar will be complete fall 2017 and add 63 year-round patio seats overlooking Whistler Village at the Roundhouse Lodge. Construction of the new umbrella bar will take place throughout the summer.

Mountain Top Summer Feast

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night all summer long, the Mountain Top Summer Feast takes place at 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Beginning June 23 through September 3, with seatings at 5:30pm and 7:00pm, each night will be a selection of the chef’s choice dishes paired with live music and incredible mountain top views. Saturday-only seatings will take place on June 17, and from September 9 until October 7. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/search?q=mountain+top+summer+feast

Ollie’s Grilled Cheese Shack

Ollie’s Grilled Cheese Shack, in the Fitzsimmons Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, will be open during the peak summer months of July and August to feed hungry bikers and GMC Pump Track spectators. Guests will be able to fuel up with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, coffee, waffles and more. For more information, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-village/dining/ollies-grilled-cheese-shack

Winemaker’s Dinner Series at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar

The popular Winemaker’s Dinner Series returns this summer to Steeps Grill & Wine Bar in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. On July 29, the dinner features Nk’Mip with winemaker Randy Picton and on September 2, it will feature Sumac Ridge with winemaker Jason James. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/on-mountain-dining/winemaker-dinner

Construction of the Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Viewpoint

Guests riding the Peak Express to the summit of Whistler Mountain will notice construction through the summer months on the Peak Suspension Bridge and West Ridge Viewpoint. These exciting new lookouts will be finished in the fall and open to the public for the winter season.

For more information about the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/discover/360-experience/tickets-and-passes

For live updates on the Whistler weather, take a look at our Whistler webcams page.

Recap: 5 Days Of Adventure In Whistler For #TheBCProject InstaMeet

Two weeks ago we sponsored Whistler’s first ever Instameet – 5 days of free adventure and exploration activities all arranged purely for the love of getting to know new friends and spend time in the outdoors.

Instameets are gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate their creativity, via Instagram.

The Instameet ran from Feb 6th – 10th 2015 and was arranged by travel and adventure mega-couple The Expeditioners as part of The BC Project – a year long journey promoting British Columbia as the ultimate outdoor adventure destination. Naturally, we just had to be involved!

Our instameet highlights in photos

Instagrammers came from far and wide including Alberta, Washington and Oregon to join up with us on various days of the Instameet. Here’s our photo journal looking back at some of our highlights of the week:

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Photo by @brookewillson

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Photo by @callumsnape

cedars sign (1 of 1)

Photo by @TwoTwoFourExplore

wayet and sean (1 of 1)

Photo by @VictoriaFarrand

man in tree (1 of 1)

Photo by @VictoriaFarrand

dan and jess (1 of 1)

Photo by @VictoriaFarrand

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Photo by @HannahKeiver

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Photo by @theexpeditioners & @Westcomb

wayet and hannah boulder field (1 of 1)

Photo by @VictoriaFarrand

wyett and hanna in trees (1 of 1)

Photo by @TwoTwoFourExplore

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Photo by @BrookeWillson

tom on boardwalk (1 of 1)

Photo by @twotwofourexplore

bella and brooke (1 of 1)

Photo by @TwoTwoFourExplore

brook and gang (1 of 1)

Photo by @VictoriaFarrand

put up (1 of 1)

Photo by @VictoriaFarrand

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Photo by @MoonMountainMan

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Photo by @MoonMountainMan

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Photo by @wildenesswyatt

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Photo by @DanCarrPhoto

Happy exploring, we hope you can join us next time!

 

 

Explore Whistler With Us: Snowshoe The Ancient Medicine Trail

There is a Moorish proverb that we’re rather fond of it says “he who does not travel does not know the value of men”.
Exploring the ancient Medicine Trail you’ll get to touch First Nation’s statues and old growth trees, hear and learn about First Nation’s culture and history, and even taste the traditional Aboriginal teas that grow along the trail.

A short history of the British Columbia west coast

The west coast of British Columbia is one of the most culturally rich places on earth. 10,000 years ago, when the great glaciers began to retreat BC’s first people may have journeyed to the region from Asia via a land bridge across the Bering Sea. As the ice receded, forests flourished in the newly fertile land and it is thought that BC’s coastal region became one of the most densely populated areas in North America.

Prior to European contact, BC’s First Nations populations may have numbered some 300,000. The Aboriginal way of life continued undisturbed for thousands of years, until the arrival of the British in 1778.
The Medicine Trail Snowshoe tour with Canadian Wilderness Adventures is an educational and respectful reminder of the true foundation on which this part of BC owes so much.

The Medicine Trail snowshoeing excursion

entering the medicine trail on snowshoes in the sun

You guide will walk you through an ancient forest full of mystery along a historic trappers path – sharing with you, along the way, the traditional local knowledge of the local First Nations. You’ll be offered healing teas hand-made from plants that grow along The Medicine Trail, as you travel deep into a special ancient forest in the Callaghan Valley. Hear a brief history of the area’s traditional uses and ways of the past. Let your imagination go as you gaze upon giant cedar, fir and hemlock trees that provide a canopy high above. Your tour will finish back at the caboose where you can warm up by the roaring fire.

Add The Medicine Trail snowshoe tour to your room booking

Did you know that you can book Whistler adventures and tours through our website at the same time as booking your room? Well you do now, so what are you waiting for!

You can book The Medicine Trail snowshoe tour in two ways:

1. Direct online here: summitlodge.com/whistler-canada/winter-activities/whistler-snowshoeing

2. Call our front desk free of charge on: 1 (888) 913-8811 to add the tour to an existing booking

What you’ll need for snowshoeing The Medicine Trail

Stading next to a 500 year old tree on the medicine trail with canadian wilderness adventures

+ Winter clothing – ski/snowboard pants and jacket are great (as shown in the video)
+ Good, sturdy boots. Either walking boots, hiking boots or snowboard boots
+ Gloves, hat, scarf if it is a particularly cold day
+ Goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the snow if it is sunny; or from falling snow if it is snowing
+ Be physically fit and comfortable with up to 3 hours of moderate walking pace

Departs: 9:00am & 12:00pm

Duration: 2.5-3 hours (round trip)

Cost: $89 Adult, $59 Youth (under 15yrs)

Explore Whistler With Us: Book A Full Day of Ice Fishing For Two

 

ice fishing with pemberton fish finder

At the Summit Lodge we believe that the true meaning of travel is to experience things that you cannot get anywhere else in the world. Cultural adventures that will be with you, always, from that point; and ice fishing is a tradition that has been in these parts for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. From the First Nations and Inuit, to the first European settlers and now to you – we’ve partnered with Pemberton Fishfinder to pass on local experience and knowledge.

Our Ice Fishing Excursion Includes:

+ Full Day of Ice fishing with Pemberton Fishfinder
+ All of your fishing equipment
+ An expert local guide
+ Lunch
+ Recipe for delicious pan-fried fish
+ A gourmet food basket to cook your fish
+ Transport to and from the Summit Lodge

Cost: $460 for 2 people

To book please call our front desk team, toll free on 1 (888) 913-8811

A one day freshwater fishing licence is required, but it can only be bough by the person who will be fishing. You can easily buy your licence online for $10 for BC residents and $20 for non-residents.
Buy your freshwater fishing licence here at the British Columbia government website: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/

Ice fishing in Pemberton, BC is a feast of adventure

Imagine this: you’re in the wilds of British Columbia in a town that was only accessible by train until the 1960’s; fishing for rainbow trout, bull trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout and pike minnows in the shadows of mountain ranges that are so spectacular they’ve appeared in Hollywood blockbuster movies. If you want to know what it feels like to be lost in nature, this is it. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

the incredible mountain views from ice fishing with pemberton fish finder

Ice typically forms on the lakes in Pemberton around November and remains there until March. Most ice fishing is done in Pemberton because the fish there are much larger. Trout from the Pemberton area easily reach upwards of 10lbs and large trout (like the one Brad is holding below) could feed you for a whole week! All of the full day ice fishing trips come with Pemberton Fishfinder’s very own “fish catch guarantee”.

What you’ll need for ice fishing in Pemberton

  • Warm clothing: hat, boots, gloves and thick socks!
  • You should be prepared for subzero temperatures. Wearing old ski pants is a great way to keep your legs warm.
  • Valid BC Freshwater Fishing License 

About Your Guides At Pemberton Fishfinder

You’re in good hands with the team at Pemberton Fishfinder, their guides are all super-friendly and busting at the seams with local fishing knowledge for Whistler and Pemberton. Brad and his team have a combined knowledge of over 100 years fishing the local lakes and streams.

Brad Knowles – Head Guide

Brand Knowles Pemberton Fishfinder
Brad was born and raised in Pemberton, British Columbia Canada. As a young boy, the small town of Pemberton didn’t offer Brad and his friends many things other than great fishing. So every waking moment Brad would be seen fishing the local rivers and lakes on a daily basis with his farther and siblings.

Brad’s years of hands-on experience lead him to become an angling guide and it was his reputation as “the man to see if you want to catch fish” that eventually lead to Brad hosting is own fishing show called ELITE FISHING – seen by 100,000 people a week on Whistler Cable. Brad’s ability to catch fish makes him one of the best guides in Canada. His passion for fishing is only matched by his love for seeing other people catch fish!

“We do not just provide a scenic adventure for the whole family and friends, we want you to catch fish! Our Ice fishing season books very quickly, do not miss out on this extraordinary fishing adventure while visiting Whistler and Pemberton this Winter.” – Brad

To book your day of ice fishing please call our front desk toll free on: 1 (888) 913-8811

Enjoy!

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