Megan Lalonde

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A Carleton University Journalism grad back in Ottawa, Ont. after more than seven years spent writing and posting on the West Coast 🇨🇦

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- Feature writing
- SEO
- Video / audio / photo editing
- Content creation
- Digital strategy

Awards

- Canadian Community Newspaper Award (CCNA) gold, Best Historical Story
- CCNA bronze, Best News Story
- BC and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association Award (BCYCNAA) gold, Multimedia Feature
- BCYNAA silver, Feature Writing
- BCYCNAA bronze, Outdoor Recreation Writing and Environmental Writing

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Kaillie Humphries' gold caps Canada's medal haul at Whistler World Cup | Sports

Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz capped a successful opening day at the World Cup for Canada by taking gold in the women's bobsled.

Canada wrapped up Friday by winning four medals — two gold — at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

It was the 21st victory, and 46th career medal for Humphries, who remains unbeaten on the Whistler track since 2010 when she slid to her first of two Olympic medals.
• The hot seat: Everyone wants to ride with Kaillie Humphries​​

"I love this track. It is a place I l

The legend(s) of Air Jordan

Once skies clear after a snowstorm, patrollers have thrown all the bombs, and alpine lifts start spinning, there’s arguably no better place to be in the Sea to Sky than in line for Whistler’s Peak Express.

That’s not just because Peak Chair is the gateway to some of the best lift-accessed terrain on the continent. Good skiing aside, it’s where you can usually witness one of Whistler’s favourite powder day rituals. At least, you could before Whistler Mountain closed for the season on April 16.

Recurring Olympic Dreams

Jim Watts remembers the first time he felt excited about the possibility of the Olympics coming to Whistler.

It was 1972, and the resort where he and his family spent weekends—Alta Lake, as it was still officially known then—was invited to host the 1976 Winter Olympic Games alongside Vancouver. B.C.’s bid for those Games had originally been rejected and the Games awarded to Denver instead, but the Mile High City turned down the opportunity after a referendum that November.

“In my room in Whist

‘They just vanished’

Hugh Smythe was riding up Whistler’s Green Chair when the sky around him suddenly turned white.

It was Saturday afternoon and Smythe, Whistler Mountain’s hill manager, was nearing the end of his sixth season at the resort. The lift came to an abrupt halt just before 3 p.m., and remained stopped for nearly 15 minutes as violent gusts sent chairs swinging and flurries reduced visibility to zero. The chair ahead disappeared from view. Smythe was a couple of towers away from the top terminal when t

Busting Whistler’s myths

- a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.

Going by the first definition for “myth” that pops up in Google search results, Whistler was built on one.

The resort lies within the shared territory of the Lil’wat and Squamish First Nations. According to their history, the

Whistler joins global climate strike

Hundreds of Whistlerites took to the streets today, joining millions around the world who participated in a Global Climate Strike.

A crowd of approximately 400 people of all ages braved the rain to march from Lost Lake Park, through Whistler Village to Municipal Hall to protest climate inaction, many toting handmade signs bearing slogans like "Whistler let's lead the change," "Climate action now," "There is no planet B," and "I'm sure the dinosaurs thought they had time too!"

Why begin the mar

'Eight loud bangs, and then people started screaming and running'

Andy Clark was sitting in front of Whistler Village’s Carleton Lodge waiting to meet a friend for an afternoon hike on Sunday, July 24 when he heard the first shots ring out.

“I didn’t know what it was at the start,” he said. “I just heard, like, eight loud bangs, and then people started screaming and running. So I just absolutely legged it to the Westin—I ran as fast as I could.”

The Vancouver resident and former Whistler local didn’t even take the time to grab his bag or phone before fleeing

Whistler Search and Rescue extricate hiker stranded on Black Tusk's west face (VIDEO)

A 52-year-old hiker was rescued Tuesday after spending several hours perched in a precarious position on Black Tusk, following a high-stakes operation that search-and-rescue officials say they would not like to repeat.



The woman called 911 for help after finding herself disoriented while hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park, said Whistler Search and Rescue (WSAR) president Brad Sills. WSAR volunteers were alerted to the call at around 1 p.m. on July 6.

“We would normally associate a call of

A curious bobcat was spotted strolling along Whistler's Valley Trail (VIDEO)

A Whistler local was greeted by a unique passerby during a stroll along the Valley Trail recently.



Brandon Green captured some National Geographic-worthy cell phone footage after stumbling across a bobcat, out for what appeared to be a leisurely walk. The wild cat made sure to cross the painted divider and stay on the right side of the trail as it set off in the opposite direction, but not before taking a good look at Green as the two crossed paths.

"It was such a surprise to see (and so

It’s ‘grim’: Whistler’s housing crisis continues to deteriorate ahead of another winter

Whistler local Briony Valentine jumped at the chance to secure a windowless space north of the village that she describes as “basically a cupboard” ahead of the upcoming winter season, agreeing to pay just shy of $800 per month for the privilege.

Though she’s “pretty sure” the lack of a window is a fire hazard, “I don’t want to give it up because I found it through a friend from work and it’s cheaper than $1,000 and includes all bills,” she told Pique.

Fire hazard notwithstanding, Valentine’s

How to stay AdventureSmart in the backcountry this winter [VIDEO]

BC AdventureSmart staff spent their weekend in the sun-drenched Sea to Sky corridor, educating outdoor enthusiasts of all ages about how to stay safe in the backcountry before heading off on their winter weekend adventures.

AdventureSmart outreach educators PJ Richards and Kelly Uren were on hand at Callaghan Country’s Alexander Falls touring centre trailhead throughout Saturday and Sunday to increase awareness about snow and mountain safety and outdoor preparedness, in addition to sharing sear

Whistler takes to Highway 99 to protest old-growth logging (PHOTOS)

Teal-Jones has said it plans to harvest about 20 hectares at the north ridge of the 1,200-hectare watershed, out of 200 available for harvest.

Activists, however, say very little of the best old-growth forest remains in B.C. and Fairy Creek is the last unprotected, intact old-growth valley on southern Vancouver Island.

When it comes to some of Whistler's oldest trees, between 30 and 55 per cent of the Cheakamus Community Forest’s old-growth is protected.



For many locals, that doesn’t go f

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