For 2012/2013, The Whistler Shuttle offers the most departures out of Vancouver Airport. I was greeted at the airport, and left yvr in 10 minutes. There is a 1 hour maximum wait guarantee and if it takes longer you get a free ride. [http://www.ridebooker.com/shuttle] . This company also offers shared taxi rides for late night travel, suv, limo and sedan options. The driver told me about alot of cool places to check out on the mountain, as well, where to avoid! The drive up is amazingly beautiful, and takes around 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Its flies by.... enjoy it!
To get to Whistler one must fly to Vancouver, a major city with direct flights to many global destinations. Hourly shuttle buses (by www.perimeterbus.com) connect the Vancouver airport to Whistler, in about 2.5 hours door-to-door. The drive on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, however, is incredibly spectacular! This road travels along a sound that reaches deep into the mainland and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains that descend right into the water. The attached photos, fuzzy because the bus's windows were wet, were taken during the drive.
On the 11th we collected our car and said goodbye to Vancouver (see photo of Ethan and Ted). We then had a leisurely trip to Whistler. We arrived at our hotel and found we had been upgraded to a mountain view suite - yay. That evening we had dinner and Sam and Ethan stood outside in the snow!!
The drive from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea to Sky highway is scenic and you should take your time to take in the sights. However, our son had a 07:30hrs flight which gace us a couple of options - stay in an airport hotel the previous night or drive him down to the airport in the middle of the night. A much better alternative was for him to get the bus (Pacifc Coach lines) which picks up at various places in Whistler (he stopped at our hotel in Blackcomb at 02:40hrs) and took him straight to the airport. In April 2010, a one way adult ticket was $54. Well worth it.
Whether at Whistler and Blackcomb villages, the various lakes nearby (e.g. Lost Lake) or on top of the mountains, there are opportunities for cycling during the summer months. Bicycles and related equipments can be easily rented at both Whistler and Blackcomb villages.
The ski lift from the mountain top station of Mt Whistler all the way to the peak is called the Peak Chair, and the cost of the ride (together with the Whistler Village Gondola) is at the webpage below.
During the ride, you will be treated to some amazing mountain sceneries as shown in the attached photos. At the peak of Mount Whistler, there is a resting place with 360 degrees views of the surroundings which is very breathtaking. From here, there are several trekking (hiking trails) which can also be for mountain biking.
The cable car from Whistler Village up to Mount Whistler is called the Whistler Village Gondola, and is the fastest and most comfortable way to reach the mountain top all year round. The price of this gondola is at the webpage below, and it also include the Peak Chair which brings you all the way to the top of the mountain.
The sceneries of the surrounding mountains, lakes, forests and buildings from the ride are simply amazing especially on a clear day.
In summer 2009, there will be a new ride called the Peak to Peak Gondola, which you can travel from Mount Whistler across to neighbouring Mount Blackcomb.
In the warm and dry months of summer (especially July), Whistler mountain offer very good trekking (hiking) opportunities with many trails ranging from simple to tough ones.
More information of the trails and maps are at the website below. During the trekking, you will see great views of the surrounding snow capped mountains on a clear day (see photos). The main trails are well paved and there are many people trekking, so don't worry. However, you need to watch out for the mountain bikers.
In order to prepare yourself, wear comfortable clothings especially good shoes. Bring enough water and rain gear as the weather can change quickly. Also bring some basic first aid stuff such as plasters, antiseptic cream etc just in case.
During the warmer months such as summer, it is perfect for walking around Whistler Village and nearby Blackcomb village. There are many shops here e.g. souvenir shops, clothings, supermarket, restaurants etc. There are maps of the entire place which can be obtained from your hotels, and there are many direction signages and location maps everywhere.
Also, during summer, there are many colourful flowers all over the place. Besides winter, summer is the best time to visit Whistler and Blackcomb for the warm sunny weather.
If you are travelling from Vancouver city to Whistler by bus, you can try the Greyhound tour buses which depart at the Whistler Village bus stop and takes about 3 hours to arrive at the Pacific Centre bus terminal.
The bus is air-conditioned and ride is comfortable, passing through breathtaking sceneries of the mountains and sea. More information is at the Greyhound website below.
Perimeter Bus offers express air-con bus services from Vancouver airport to Whistler via the town of Squamish. You can book on-line via the website below and the bus will drive you all the way to Whistler. The drop-off and pick-up locations at Whistler are:
For more information on the bus schedule, please visit:
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Overall, the journey takes about 3 hours and pass through breathtaking sceneries of the sea and mountains before arriving at Whistler.
One of the best side trips of Whistler is taking a leisurely walk to Lost Lake, which is located about 2km away. The entire walk (one way) takes about 1-2 hours at a leisurely pace, and pass by a river, lovely wide trails with trees and flowers and finally to Lost Lake where there is a big garden and a beach. During summer, many people are here having picnics, beach activities, lazing around etc.
If you are too tired to walk back to Whistler, simply take the free bus back to town (about 5-10 minutes bus ride). The bus stop at Lost Lake is conveniently located at the entrance of the garden area.
There are frequent buses from Whistler to nearby places such as Lost Lake which are free of charge. Do make use of these buses to explore the surrounding areas.
Check with your hotel conceige at Whistler for the location of the bus stops and the bus routes.
The Rocky Mountaineer runs between Vancouver and Whistler. The 3-hour trip takes riders through beautiful mountain scenery in an incredibly comfortable train car. We were served cocktails then high tea. The train includes an open-air car built in 1914 that is great fun to visit and a terrific place from which to snap photos. I can't think of a better way to make the trip between the cities. Once you arrive the at the station, the train provides hotel shuttles.
I was fortunate to pick the Whistler Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Whistler and I used a LandSea Tours 24-passenger bus for the return trip so that I could see different things on a different route.
I booked both trips via LandSea Tours.
On the train ride up, I would recommend seats 1A or 1B for the best unobstructed view window although there really are no bad seats. The 1st class car serves a full hot breakfast, wine and snacks on the 2.5 hour trip. There is also an open air car for those that wish to soak up the outside air during the trip.