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Day 69 - Day 76: June 24 - July 1, 2012

Pemberton- Ice Cap Organics

storm 10 °C

Ice Cap Organics was our sixth and last WWOOF location- our journey is all of a sudden winding down!

Ice Cap is an organic vegetable farm located north of Pemberton at the tip of the Sea to Sky highway. They have a beautiful location in the heart of the Pemberton Meadows Valley, surrounded by mountains and the turquoise Lillooet River. They have a 100 person harvest bin program, and sell vegetables at farmers markets in Vancouver. We spent our time helping with harvesting for the markets and preparing the bins, which meant lots of time in the beautiful sun and learning about gardening- we both feel 100% confident about starting our own veggie gardens now!!

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Beets!

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A pro harvester

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Got hungry in the veggie patch....

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The farm!

Aside from working at the farm, our time was filled with explorations around Pemberton, Squamish, and Whistler areas! Our stay in this part of Canada was short, so we knew we couldn't go a day without an adventure of some kind! We nick-named this 'Five Days, Five Hikes' because we made sure to do all of the main hiking trails despite our sore bodies and short time frame. The names of the hikes we did in this five days were Campbell Lakes trail, the Grouse Grind, Tenquille Lake trail, Joffre Lakes trail, and the Stawamus Chief....all back to back! These are totally worth looking up on Google, to get a better idea of how intense this actually was for us. We have surfing in the near future- we need our beach bodies in prime condition! We also like to think of it as training for our upcoming Juan de Fuca trek- 47km...

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Joffre Lakes hike

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Joffre Lakes hike

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Joffre Lakes hike

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Joffre Lakes hike

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The Chief

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The Chief

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View of Squamish from the top

Anyway....

Other than satisfying our new obsession with hiking, we spent our time at strawberry socials, local breweries, hanging out at Mt. Currie Coffee Co. (best coffee joint EVER, ever, ever), battling with mosquitos the size of golf balls, preparing dinners in our trailer with different variations of the in-season vegetables (beets, turnips, garlic scapes, and lettuce), and constantly planning for the last month of our trip across Canada.

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Howesound Brewery

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the 'Spit' in Squamish

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Kite surfers at the Spit

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Doing the dishes with a mosquito net hat ;)

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Our trailer!

The festivities during Canada Day deserve a new paragraph....

Although the weather was the worst so far this summer, we did not let it damper our spirits or enthusiasm toward celebrating this beautiful country! We spent the Saturday touring around Whistler Village, mostly shopping and fantasizing about nice outfits, trying to ignore the terrible weather. On Sunday morning we woke up and decked ourselves out with anything red and white that we packed. We covered our faces with maple leaf tattoos, packed up, and headed to the village for the festivities. In the parking lot we filled our water bottles with special beverages and then caught the tail end of the parade. After the parade we walked around the farmers market, filling up on tons of samples to avoid buying lunch- new genius strategy! When we were full of samples, we continued our window shopping and trying things on (not actually buying anything). This turned into a game, having mini competitions about who could create the best outfit (this ridiculous behaviour may or may not have been a result of our beschwipst systems). We had some good laughs, and then ended up at the Amsterdam Pub for some nachos and celebratory drinks. Not even five minutes after sitting down, we were approached by a group of young people who ended up treating us to our food and an additional multitude of pitchers. After a big group prost, we sang the national anthem with our glasses in the air, and then headed to the Longhorn Saloon to watch the fireworks (Hastings definitely trumps Whistler's fireworks, just for the record). The rest of the night was spent dancing, singing, and general awesomeness at the bar with our new friends. Monday morning's breakfast at the Burnt Stew Cafe in Function Junction consisted of eggs benny, omelettes and coffee- a great way to prepare for our 16km hike up the Black Tusk trail.

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Canada Day in Whistler!

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Looking quite festive...

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Breakfast in Function Junction

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YUM!

All in all, our time spent along the Sea to Sky highway was one for the books to say the least. Thank you to Alisha, Delaney, Ira, and Annicka for hosting us in Pemberton, and for teaching us all about organic farming! Also a huge thanks to our new Australian, local, and stag friends for giving us the time of our lives on Canada Day.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA, WE LOVE YOU!

Posted by mcmillanallen 12:56 Archived in Canada

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