The Whistler Marmot

July 3, 2012 — 8 Comments

In a high mountain meadow, near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada lives The Whistler Marmot. I saw this cute critter on an afternoon in early August of last year. I watched him (or her) for at least a half an hour, as he called, slumbered, and then, took a short power nap. For the marmot’s privacy,  I won’t reveal his location.  I hope you understand. Please enjoy these photos, although I wish I had a better lens with me, as I had to stand well back because I didn’t want to disturb the little guy.

This is The Whistler Marmot.




After looking around for a while, the marmot obviously was getting a little sleepy.


 Getting sleepier…


and sleeping.


Must have heard something. Hopefully it wasn’t me. I was far back.


Time to get up.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like The Whistler Marmot resting on a rock.

I hope you enjoyed my visit with The Whistler Marmot. If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, or have ordered it, I really appreciate your support. It’s also out on Kindle. My Goodreads page has reviews and more information. Please share this post, and thanks for your time.

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


8 responses to The Whistler Marmot

  1. Awe, how sweet. You’ve made me want to learn more. Was he/she traveling alone, just like you? Perhaps he slept on the rock because it was warm from the sun?
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks. The Marmot was alone but I had a small group with me and we all watched together. It was very enjoyable. He is cute 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing this adorable little creature – cute is putting it mild.:-)

    • You’re very welcome. Yes, I was quite enamored by the Whistler Marmot. However, when I went to the location this year he, or she, was sadly not there 🙁

  3. Hi, Randall, Is this a wild marmot which you just happened to see it on the spot? You are lucky to be able to see the wild life so close to you!

    • Hiro, I was very lucky to see this marmot because he or she wasn’t around the last three times I was there. It’s not so close to me though. There is over two hours of driving and three hours of hiking. Still worth it for such magnificent scenery 🙂

  4. AHH How cute! As I once mentioned to you that I had never heard of a marmot before, until I saw your post on Google + So I decided to look them up, did you hear their whistle? According to wiki

    “Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another, especially when alarmed.”

    Priceless! a marmot whistling on Whistler. 🙂

    • I love listening to the whistles but I try not to get close. This particular Marmot didn’t even whistle but he was in an area frequented by hikers. Yes, the whistling Whistler Marmot 🙂

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