2016 September – Gran Fondo and Brackendale Fall Fair Weekend

gsb_canada-4266-20160910_squamishThe first weekend after Labour Day is typically a busy one in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. At 8:13 am, the first two riders of the 2016 Gran Fondo ride between Vancouver and Whistler were already in Squamish (after a 7:00 am start in Vancouver). The inaugural Gran Fondo between Vancouver and Whistler occurred  in 2010 and provided 4,000 cyclists the opportunity to ride the world-renowned Sea-to-Sky Highway on a dedicated car-free lane from downtown Vancouver to Whistler. In the intervening years, the ride became more and more popular, peaking with approximately 7,000 cyclists in 2011 and 2012 (I don’t know how many riders were in this years race). On the same day, the 22nd annual Brackendale fall fair was held (Saturday, September 10) – this community event features local food, live music, farm animals, hay rides and fun and games including face-painting, mini-golf and the ever popular zucchini races plus over 50 vendors with crafts and other specialty items drawn largely from the Sea-t0-Sky corridor. A few photos of the day can be seen by clicking this link, or the embedded photo.