Whistler & Blackcomb, Vancouver
Whistler is the famous ski resort in the Coast Mountain range (not the Rockies), located about a 2 hour drive north of Vancouver. As a result, it makes for an easy day trip or weekend getaway from Vancouver.
Whistler is the name of the mountain and the name of the town that sits at its base. Right next to Whistler mountain is Blackcomb, another mountain. Blackcomb is more famous for its advanced skiing and glaciers. Whistler, however, is better if you're learning.
Whistler, the town, has a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and boutique shops. While the central village caters to the tourists, the outskirts of the village have perminent residences, schools, condos, townhouses, and multi-million dollar homes. There are grocery stores and fast food chains and pretty much every urban convenience in Whistler. This is a luxury resort catering to international tourists.
Whistler is not cheap. If you are on a budget, book a hostel well in advance - there is really no economic way of staying in Whistler otherwise, unless you visit off-season.
While skiing and snowboarding is the prime reason why people visit Whistler between November and May, there's a lot to do in the summer months as well. In the summer, the snow is clear from the mountains, so you can go hiking and cycling along the local trails. There are several lakes and golf courses which surround Whistler - popular in the warmer months.
There are dozens of Vancouver-Whistler transportation options which include limo, shuttle bus, coachline, and even helicopter! A quick Google search for transportation, Whistler, and Vancouver will give you many options. Note that once you arrive at Whistler, you don't really need a car, as the roads in the village are cut off to traffic, and practically everything is accessible by foot.
Note that most Vancouver locals will make weekend trips to Whistler, so it will always be busier getting to Whistler on Fridays and busier getting back to Vancouver on Sundays.
WHISTLER mountain again:
Structures dedicated to tourism are at the maximum level.
This place seems not "real", but build just a minute before you arrive, because it is so clean, quiet, organized, new (somehow). People is happy and weather also in july is sweet not cold and not warm, the ideal for a relaxing holiday.
Whistler. It's a couple hours north of Vancouver by bus. It's mainly a ski/snowboard resort. It was ok, if I was a skier, it probably would have been better. In the warmer months, there are some good hiking trails in the mountains. While I was there, I followed the Valley Trail around Whistler. It was quite a walk but worth it. The picture is of an area near Rainbow Falls - not too far from where I stayed.
Well if you are in to swimming, hiking, and camping, I would suggest heading up to Nairn Falls (~30min passed Whistler). We all headed up there this summer for the weekend. It was the most beautiful camp site I have ever had! The site is Provincialy taken care of, and the fees are good. I think we paid about $16 a night. Water is available from water pumps! That was a first for me. And they have outhouses, but sorry no showers on site.
As you can see it we had a GREAT TIME!