One of my most cherished childhood memories was from when we and my family took a trip up to Whistler, BC, Canada a few years back. It was my first time in the small mountain town and it reminded me a lot of Banff, it is your typical small mountain town full of friendly people, good food and amazing views. My family and I were staying at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler which is situated at the very base of the Blackcomb Mountain, one morning we ( excluding my dad who had a business meeting ) went for an early morning swim at the beautiful outdoor pool. As we were splashing around and having fun I look up to the side of the mountain situated just outside the fence of the pool and I see a mother Grizzly Bear and her cub. As we were in the pool we did not have our camera with us, so sadly I have no photo to prove what I am stating but the memory will forever be vivid in my mind. It was just one of those picture perfect, once in a life time moments that you will always remember. I am still so grateful for being able to witness something so wild and free as a Grizzly Bear, and even more humbled by the fact that I was able to see her cub.
I haven’t been back to Whistler since then, but I hope that one day I will be able to return. And maybe, just maybe I will be able to see my old friend again.