A rambling narrative
in which bardsmaid travels to Vancouver to visit her
good friend Listen, and together they trek around Vancouver and
environs taking in the sights... and hunting down a handful of
locations where the X-Files was filmed. Because how can
you see a picture of the Grouse Mountain tram and not think of
that scene in Ascension?
first trek was north to Whistler and beyond. Since Whistler will
be hosting many 2010 Olympic events, there's construction to expand the
current two-lane road going on everywhere.
Nature paints with a huge brush in BC.
The mountains are towering, the rivers broad. Listen considered
this 'just a stream'.
broad river runs in the mountains north of Whistler, pouring a
never-ending flood of pale, almost opalescent water through the forest.
Much of the scenery looked similar to what we have in Oregon, but on a
much larger scale. The adjacent campground was well laid out and
Just before we returned to Howe Sound (above), at the far
end of the fjord
running north from Vancouver, we passed a local mining museum used in
episode Paper Clip as the Strughold Mine (unfortunately, we were nearly
it with traffic following us before we noticed it, so no pic.) We also passed a
on our way north--shades of the opening scene of Herrenvolk!
Island in the middle of Howe Sound.
When I looked on a map later, I discovered that what appears to be
the western edge of the sound is actually two more huge islands.
Howe Sound, looking north toward Whistler as seen from a small marina
where we stopped.
Tram car starting up Grouse Mountain in
the northern part of Vancouver. Actually, I was surprised that the
mountain was right next to a residential area. The tram cars have
been updated, though, since David Duchovny dangled from the upper edge
of one of these cars in the XF episode Ascension.