Whistler Ski Resort and Vancouver were home to the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The world was witness to Whistler's beauty and incredible hospitality during an Olympic event that ignited unprecedented enthusiasm. To travel Whistler from Vancouver by bus or car takes just under two hours.
If you have a little time to travel Whistler Ski Resort is a great destination for a scenic drive along British Columbia's beautiful Coastal Mountain Range to the shops of Whistler Village or Adventure of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
The beautiful drive along the Sea to Sky highway takes about 2 hours and affords you breathtaking vistas punctuated by scenic landmarks and points of interest along the way. There are several available modes of transportation from Vancouver to Whistler. If you don't have access to a car or would prefer not to drive you may like to take a tour or shuttle to travel to Whistler. You can even travel Vancouver to Whistler by train with Old World charm, which is an experience in and of itself.
Tourist Attractions Along the Sea to Sky Highway
Britannica Mining Museum
One popular tourist attractions along the way include Shannon Falls at almost 1,000 feet, it is British Columbia's third highest waterfall. Shannon Falls is an easy pullout from the highway and a short walk from the parking lot. It is located just before the city of Squamish, which is about half way to Whistler and known as an outdoor activity mecca. You can pick up a Starbucks here and continue on to Whistler. If Whistler hotels happen to be fully booked, you can stay at one of several Squamish hotels and commute the 45 minute drive to and from the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.
Sea to Sky Gondola
Are you ready for a stop with a good altitude?
As the name implies, the Sea to Sky Gondola base station is located along the Sea to Sky highway (Hwy 99) beside Shannon Falls and a few minutes before the city of Squamish. It was opened in 2015.
As you ascend in the Gondola views of Howe Sound (fjord) and the Squamish Valley will open up. Once at the top, the Chalet offers stunning views of the often s now capped mountains of the Sunshine Coast and aqua coloured waters of howe sound. The Chalet has souvenir shops, a restaurant and a bar area along with lounging areas, and tables indoor and on the view decks where you can picnic on food you brought with you, or purchased at the chalet.
From the Chalet you can access an easy 1.6 kilometre mountain hike which can include a top on a viewing platform high above the valley as well as an optional walk across the Sky Pilot suspension bridge 100 meters above a valley floor.
The parking lot at the base station is easily accessed from the highway but in busy times it can often fill up. There are alternative parking lots available with free shuttle service running between them and the base station.
Whistler and Whistler Village
Once in picturesque Whistler Village, you have your choice of activities to partake in. Upon entrance to the village's pedestrian streets and just off the bus loop, you will find the large Whistler tourist information office maned by pleasant staff eager to set you off on your Whistler adventure, whether it's skiing, zip-lining, hiking, whitewater rafting, trail riding, ATV riding or attending Whistler events. If boutique shopping and strolling quaint streets among the buzz of North America's top ski hill is more your style, Whistler Village is sure to deliver with galleries featuring local artists, jewellers, fine dining restaurants and, of course, outdoor patio bars and clubs perfect for the apres-ski.
To find out more about your day trip to Whistler Blackcomb and find out more about travel to Whistler, Ski Packages, Whistler Hotels, Transportation and Whistler Events , visit our Travel Whistler Day Trip Page.
Whistler Ski Resort and Vancouver were home to the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The world was witness to Whistler's beauty and incredible hospitality during an Olympic event that ignited unprecedented enthusiasm.