Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Whistler
Canada is more than its graceful appearance and sculpted coasts, it is also a place for lovers of cuisine, culture and wildlife.
The second largest country in the world has a multitude of landscapes. High mountains, sparkling glaciers, tropical forests and remote beaches are all spread across six different time zones.
Canada is the backdrop on many computers and I wish for many adventurers on duty. The continental country has a huge and diverse cast of local characters, such as: polar bears, brown bears, whales and darling elk.
The country’s geography also contributes to making this a fantastic playground for travelers, whether it’s snowboarding in the Whistler Mountains, surfing the waves on Vancouver Island or kayaking on the South Nahanni River. There are also quieter options, such as strolling through Vancouver’s Stanley Park or swimming on the pink sand beaches of Prince Edward Island.
Canada is also a destination for food lovers. The country has a diversified international cuisine, which reflects the community that lives there. If the tourist travels from east to west, he will find some highlights: wild salmon and velvety scallops in British Columbia, poutine (fries covered with cheese and curd sauce) in Québec and lobster with some bread and melted butter in the provinces maritime In addition to all this, the visitor can also delight in the award-winning red and white wines of this country.
When to go to Canada: best time, climate and time zone
In Canada, the seasons are well defined and visitors can enjoy interesting activities at any time of the year. If the choice is for sun, heat and beach, definitely the best time is summer. During this period, cities schedule many events to entertain all genders and ages outdoors. Now, if the taste is for lower temperatures and the practice of extreme winter sports, the visitor will be able to enjoy the snow in much of the country.
In general, the best time of year to travel to Canada will depend on the purpose of your trip. However, there is a considerable increase in tourists between May and September (late spring and summer).
It is very common that the first thought, when we mention Canada, is of a very cold place or landscapes with beautiful colored trees in autumn (the famous maple leaves – symbol of the country). But the truth is that Vancouver and Toronto, for example, are totally different, precisely because they are on opposite sides of the country.
So, if the traveler is looking for the answer of when is the best time to visit Canada the general sense is “simple and direct”: it depends on what he wants to live and enjoy and which city he wants to visit.
In general, between May and September, temperatures are mild. In some regions and cities the summer can be very hot with temperatures above 30 ° C.
When it comes to outdoor activities, visitors will have many more leisure options with warmer temperatures such as festivals, shows, parks, the beach and physical activities.
In the spring, between the end of March and the month of June, there are plants blooming everywhere you look, in some cities like Toronto, there is a predominance of tulips among the flowers and the gardens are prepared and cared for at the beginning of this period. Early spring is also when all the ice melts from rivers and snow gives way to dry lawns that begin to turn into green landscapes with flowers.
Summer is the most anticipated and celebrated season for most Canadians and usually runs from mid-June to mid-August. For those who think it is only cold in this country, they are mistaken. In Toronto, for example, the temperature can reach 43 ° C during peak heat. In the months of June and July, the sun usually falls around 9 pm and rises at 5 am, which makes the days long.
At that time, the trees gave a separate show, with their leaves turning red, orange and then yellow, in that order. The Maple Leaf, the tree’s leaf stamped on the country’s flag, is the leaf most seen on the ground in some regions during autumn, a period that runs from September to December. The parks, with their abundance of nature, offer an incredible visual spectacle.
If the destination is Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, periods with temperatures of -40 ° degrees are common, but they are neither long nor continuous. But if the objective is Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, or some city further north, the visitor will experience winters with a lot of wind, a lot of snow and thermal sensations of -45 ° C for a longer period.
And after a brief summary about Canada, we go on our 1 week itinerary in Canada, where we visit the following cities / regions:
- Pacific Rim National Reserve (Ucuelet and Tofino)
# 1 day – Vancouver: Waterfront and Downtown
After a 14 hour flight between Sydney, where we live, and Vancouver, we arrived at the Canadian destination at 7:30 am on a Friday morning.
Right after picking up the suitcase, we head towards the train terminal that takes passengers from the airport to the city center.
The price per person is $ 7.95 (single pass) and the trip to the last station (Waterfront) takes approximately 30/40 minutes. See more information about the train that leaves Vancouver airport and takes passengers to the city center here .
We disembarked at the Vancouver City Center station , the penultimate on the line, and continued on foot to our hotel (approximately 1 km away).
We arrived at the hotel, checked in, left our bags and left to explore the nearby region.
We walk from Robson Street, the street from our hotel, to the Waterfront area . Over there, bordering the water, we follow some points of interest from this location: Vancouver Convention Center and Canada Place .
We enter the premises of Canada Place and explore its surroundings. Soon after, we headed towards Downtown to get to know the city center a little.
At that moment, as we were still under the influence of travel hours (jet leg) and the quick change of meal times, we decided to have lunch, without even knowing if that would really be lunch, coffee or dinner time!
We stopped at a restaurant / pub that was open (as it was Good Friday many places were closed) and we enjoyed the moment in addition to eating and relaxing.
After we were satisfied, we proceeded to our return to the hotel and to enter our room.
We took advantage of the late afternoon to restore energy and spindle. We went to rest!
At 8 pm, we decided to go out again and explore Vancouver night. We continue to the main streets of restaurants and clubs in the city: Robson Street and Granville Street .
We walked some good blocks, felt the local vibe, got to know the bits and pieces of this region, took lots of pictures and went back to a pub near our hotel, where we had dinner.
In this way, we closed our first day of our two-week trip to western Canada.
Review de Hotel: Barclay Hotel
The hotel is simple and old, but very well located. It is located on one of the main streets in downtown Vancouver and is very close to Stanley Park, the city’s most famous tourist spot.
It served our needs well and we had no complaints or problems there.
Price: CAD $ 239.70 (double room / 3 nights)
# 2 day – Vancouver: Stanley Park bike tour and surroundings
On this second day, we reserve our strength for a bike tour. And we headed towards Stanley Park , Granville Island and the surrounding area .
We left the hotel at around 9 am and had our coffee at a nearby location. We continue down the street (Robson Street) towards the park entrance.
We stopped at a bike shop (indication of the waitress at the cafe we stopped at) and made a quick comparison with one of the stores we had previously researched. This store was more worthwhile, so we rented it right there. The Bikes on Robson was our choice of the day. There we made our model choice, we also rented a locker, helmet and went on our way!
TIP: ask for their folder in the store, as it has a discount and $ 2 & free helmet with 1/2 or full day rental.
Some details were passed on to us at the bike shop:
- There is only one direction for bikes on the route
- It is not allowed to walk on sidewalks, only on the street or on bicycle routes
- Helmets are mandatory (although we have seen many people without the item)
At around 10 am we started our trail and followed by the following points of interest in Vancouver:
- Coal Harbor
- Royal Vancouver Yatch Club
- 9 O’clock Gun
- Brockton Point
- Indian Totem Poles
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Beaver Lake
- Lions Gate Bridge
- Prospect Point
- 2nd Beach
- English Bay Beach
- Sunset beach
- We cross the Burrard Bridge
- Granville Island
- Granville Public Market (our lunch location)
- Stamps Landing
- Olympic Village
- Science World
- Rogers Arena
- BC Place Stadium
- David Lam Park
We did this whole route, with technical stops to take photos, enjoy the view and have lunch in approximately 6 hours.
At 4 pm, we were already going up Cardero Street to return the bike.
After a lot of pedaling and scenery, we walked to a local pub on the street of our hotel (Robson Street), took a little afternoon for a beer and then returned to the hotel.
We rested a bit, got together and at night we went out again to have dinner and explore the city a little more on foot.
We chose The Keg for tonight’s special dinner in Vancouver. Tip from close friends who have lived in the country for 4 years, we headed towards the nearest restaurant. We chose The Keg from Alberni Street.
The restaurant has the Outback style of food and service and is spread across Canada. Choose the one closest to you and enjoy the local food!
We closed our night with a walk to the Waterfront and then returned to Downtown .
These are some of the other points of interest that the visitor will find at Stanley Park:
- Lions Gate Bridge
- Lumberman’s Arch
- Empress of Japan Figurehead
- Girl in a Wetsuit Statue
- Harry Jerome Statue
- Portuguese Joe Monument
- Totem Poles
- Robbie Burns Statue
- Rose garden
# 3 day – Vancouver North Shore: Transfer to Capilano Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Lynn Canyon Park
For the last day in Vancouver we decided to visit the highest peak in the city, a beautiful park with lush nature and a suspension bridge, which sways, but does not fall!
We followed around 9 am for our breakfast. After being fed, we walked to the bus stop that makes a free transfer to Capilano Bridge.
We took the information from the park’s website and proceeded to the indicated time and place.
At 11:20 am we head towards Capilano. In about 30 minutes we were already at the entrance to the park. As our destination was not this park, from there we left for the conventional bus stop (which was across the street – right in front of the park entrance) and took the path to the entrance to Grose Mountain .
Grouse Mountain is a mountain located about 20 minutes by car or 45/50 minutes by bus from downtown Vancouver.
The location is in the North Vancouver area and is a center for winter (and alternative) sports in the summer. There, the visitor finds an incredible landscape of the city. The values practiced on this mountain vary widely. There are several types of tickets and combos that have different activities.
We arrived at the mountain window around 12:30 pm. We bought tickets ($ 49.35 per person – adults and admission to the park only, excluded extra activities and ski equipment) and took the cable car up to the top.
There we find snow, a beautiful park with outbuildings for winter sports and we were pleasantly surprised to see two bears living in the park.
We had already read about these bears, but we didn’t understand if the attraction was free or if we had to pay extra when we got to the top. Much better, it was free!
We walked through the park (stepping on the ice – so if you go to visit the place, wear warm clothes and cold shoes, such as boots), locate the place where the bears stayed and spend a few minutes there to enjoy the moment with them.
The park maintains two male bears (they are 18 years old) who were collected in the wild and were orphans. Today they live there, and in the spring / summer season, when the hibernation period ends, they have a fenced-in space for activities. This space will be expanded as the summer comes.
After many photos and videos, we returned to the center of the park, where the food facilities are, and went to lunch.
After the moment of rest, we made our way towards the last attraction of the day: Lynn Creek .
Vancouver’s most famous suspension bridge is without a doubt the Capilando Bridge. This bridge is in a park located in the North Vancouver region. The park is interesting and very beautiful, but the cost to access is a little high (approximately $ 50 per person). The visit to this place, from what we understand and research, is basically to see the bridge, and nothing more. Therefore, we thought it would not be a place we would visit.
Alternatively, we researched other points of interest in the city and discovered Lynn Canyon Park. This park is also located in North Vancouver, but a little further away from Capilano.
Lynn Park also has a suspension bridge, but this one is slightly smaller than the famous one. The marked difference is the value. You don’t have to pay anything to access this park.
The place is well preserved, has a small canyon and a waterfall. The park has several trails and one of the most beautiful is the one that borders the river.
To get there, we took two buses (our starting point was Grose Mountain). We got information from Google Maps and went to see more of this Vancouver nature spot.
It took us approximately 1 hour to arrive at the site. We got off the bus and headed towards the entrance to the place.
We walked through the premises, crossed the suspension bridge, made a small trail to the river, lots and lots of pictures and we were satisfied.
We took the return trip to downtown Vancouver, where we were staying. We went on foot for about 20 minutes to the bus stop and took a single bus to return to the hotel.
When we arrived at Robson Street we still stopped for our dinner, and after we fed we returned to the hotel and ended the night.
Some values of this day’s journey:
$ 2.95 per person (bus 236 – Capilano Bridge to Grouse Mountain)
$ 2.95 per person each way (bus 232 and 227 – Grouse Mountain to Lynn Creek)
$ 2.95 per person (bus 210 – Lynn Creek to Vancouver Downtown)
North Shore main attractions:
- Capilano Salmon Hatchery
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
- Capilano Dam and Capilano Lake
- Deep Cove Kayak
- Grouse Mountain
- Lighthouse Park
- Lonsdale Quay Market
- Lynn Canyon Park & Ecology Center
- Maplewood Farm
- Maplewood Wild Bird Sanctuary
- Park & Tilford Gardens
- Sewell’s Marina
- Polygon Gallery
- Ambleside Beach
- Dundarave Beach
- Panorama Park
- Cates Park (Whey-Ah-Wichen)
- Whytecliff Park
# 4 day – Vancouver to Vancouver Island (Victoria)
On the fourth day exploring Canadian land, we said goodbye to Vancouver and headed towards the destination that would be our base for the next 4 days.
We left the hotel around 8:30 am towards the store to collect the car we rented.
We took the car, returned to the hotel to collect our bags and followed the road outside.
From Vancouver we drive towards Tsawwassen (where ferries leave for Victoria Island). The value of the ferry was $ 92.40 ($ 57.50 a car, $ 0.50 port tax plus $ 34.40 for two adults).
We left the port on the 11 am ferry and after 1 hour we arrived at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.
We then drove towards the city of Victoria and in approximately 20 minutes we were already at the tourist information center looking for tips on what to do in the city.
We arrived in the city on a very cloudy and rainy day, but nothing discouraged us. After being properly informed we proceed to some points of interest indicated and that are in the Downtown area.
We continue to visit the following points in this order:
- Inner Harbour (Wharf e Coho Ferry Steamship Terminal Pier)
- Parliament Buildings
- Royal BC Museum
- Fairmont Empress Hotel
- Government Street
- Market Square
- Fan Tan Alley
After that visit to the main points of the city center, we went for a quick lunch and after we were satisfied and satisfied, we went towards the car (which we parked in a public parking, and because it was a day that was a holiday, it was free).
Our next route needed a car, and we headed for some interesting places outside the central circle of Victoria.
We then proceed to Mt Tomie Park , where we find an interesting view of the city. We stayed at the place for a few minutes, and after a few photos we proceeded to the penultimate last point in Victoria, Beacon Hill Park . We drove through the park, found it uninteresting and then went on to finally see the last point, Trafalgar Park – King George Terrace Lookout .
This last point did not indicate us at the tourist information center, but as we like to explore to the fullest, we drove along the coastal road and ended up finding it. It deserved the visit!
There we found a beautiful view of the mountains and we even saw typical Canadian animals – the swimming beavers (the beaver, Canadian beaver).
At this point, we closed our day route in Victoria. After that point we continue to the hotel and most of the night we only go out to eat at the hotel’s restaurant / complex (Strathcona).
PMain points of the city of Victoria (stops at the City Sights Victoria Gray Line – Hop on Hop off)
- Empress Hotel
- Old Town
- Victoria Regent Hotel/Bastion Square
- Coho Ferry/Steamship Terminal
- Fisherman’s Wharf/Coast Hotel
- Cruise Ship Terminal/Ogden Point/Breakwater
- Beacon Hill Park
- Mile 0
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Craigdarroch Castle/Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
- Oak Bay Village
- Oak Bay Marina
- Oak Bay Beach Hotel
- Cook Street Village
- Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
Review de Hotel: Strathcona Hotel
The hotel is very good and very well located. It is on one of the main streets in downtown Victoria and is very close to the city’s main attractions, such as Government Street and Parliament Buildings.
It served our needs well and we had no complaints or problems there.
Price: CAD $ 128.18 (double room for 1 night with continental breakfast)
# 5 day – Victoria and road to Ucluelet (Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Commbs and MacMillan)
For the fifth day the road trip schedule continued and now the final destination was the Pacific Rim National Park region .
We left the hotel at about 9 am and went to enjoy the beauty of Victoria a little more.
We went on foot to the Parliament Buildings for some more photos and tried to get in to follow the free guided tour, however the times they had on the day (9am, 11am, 3pm and 4pm) did not match our route plans. We then decided to abort the tour mission and head back to the hotel to get the car.
We then drove to the last two points of interest in the city: Christ Church Cathedral and Craigdarroch Castle . We took some pictures and followed the road outside!
And as we said, the final destination was the Pacific Rim region, so there we went.
We left Victoria at approximately 10:30 am / 11:00 am and continued on the road. This is the route known as Victoria to Tofino & Ucluelet (317 km).
Crossing the southern half of Vancouver Island, this trip takes the traveler to different regions and landscapes, passing through cities, fields, winding and mountainous roads and also bordering the ocean. Around each curve there is a new view, be it the landmark of Douglas Firs, which rises above the road, or the sparkling blue waters of the ocean inlets.
Some towns and points of interest were part of our stops on this route. When we arrived in Vancouver Island – Victoria on our first day, we asked for tips at the tourist information center and we went through these places that were indicated:
- Mill Bay (they told us about a Lookout, but we didn’t find it): we stopped in the small town and took the opportunity to take a few photos and stretch our legs.
- Nanaimo (we know the city and have lunch there): we walk in the port area and drive around the old center.
- Coombs (we were shown a market in the city and we found it, however, a very alternative and somewhat dull place): we stayed there for a few minutes and then left.
- MacMillan ( Cathedral Grove – the point is very interesting and worth the stop): this is a beautiful place for photos and to know Canada’s giant trees (Douglas-fir trees), besides said there is a very beautiful lake in the place that can be seen and accessed.
After these places, we followed a direct road to Ucluelet, our base city in the park region.
We checked in, settled down and went out to buy food. On that day, dinner was made in the bedroom and as a comfort by the fireplace.
In this way we closed our script for the day.
Review de Hotel: The Cabins at Terrace Beach
The hotel is wonderful and very well located. The shores of Terrace Beach. As the city is super small and so is the Long Beach area, any hotel would be well located.
It met and exceeded our needs and we had no complaints or problems there.
Price: CAD $ 198 (huge room for a couple for 2 nights with incredible facilities for a bathtub, whirlpool, balcony, fireplace, living room and an entertainment and leisure area around the hotel)
# 6 day – Pacific Rim National Reserve (Ucluelet and Tofino)
Almost 1 week had passed and we had already done a lot, but much more was yet to come.
On this sixth day, we did our entire tour in the Pacific Rim region and its attractions.
Pacific Rim National Park is a Canadian federal reserve located in the province of British Columbia. The park consists of 3 regions: Long Beach, Broken Group Islands and West Coast Trails. The park has a total area of 511 km².
Long Beach is the most visited and most accessible of the three regions. This is the coastal region that runs from Tofino to Ucluelet and is considered the best surfing spot in Canada.
The Broken Group islands are made up of more than 100 small islands in the Barkley Strait, the region being accessible only by boat.
The West Coast Trails corresponds to 75 kilometers of trails on the west coast of Vancouver Island, from Port Renfrew to Bamfield.
On that day, we woke up relatively early, went to the market to buy things for our breakfast, looked for the tourist information center to collect some tips and went on to Tofino (city next to Ucluelet and which is also part of the park).
It is important to remember that in order to visit the Pacific Rim National Park, the tourist / visitor needs to buy a “Park Entry Pass” (can be purchased at the car parks at tourist points or at the Tourist Information Center). This pass valid for approximately 24 hours varies depending on the number of people. The ticket must be placed on the dashboard of the car, as at each stop at parking lots on the beaches and points of interest it must be visible if the car is inspected. See the values below:
- Family $ 15.70 (more than 7 people arriving in a single vehicle)
- Adult $ 7.80
- Senior $ 6.80
The two main cities in this Long Beach region are: Tofino and Ucluelet , where we visit the points of interest of the day. We took a morning plus half an afternoon to see everything, and by 3pm / 4pm we had already finished our activities. We visited the following points:
- Tonquin Trail
- Tonquin beach
- Tofino’s Centrinho
- Chesterman Beach
- Long beach
- Rainforest Trail A
- Rainforest Trail B
- Whickaninnish Beach
- South Beach Trail
- Quisitis Point
After walking these places, we head back to Ucluelet and look for a place to have lunch. We found a very good Italian restaurant next to the city’s supermarket.
After we were satisfied, we still stopped by the city market to buy food for our night and returned to the hotel.
We ended the route of our day in this way.
Vancouver Island & Whistler
# 7 day – Ucluelet (Wild Pacific Trail) and road to Whistler (Sea to Sky Highway)
For this seventh day we booked another activity in Ucluelet and our road trip to Whistler.
We woke up early, checked out and set out to visit the Wild Pacific Trail , a trail right on the tip of Ucluelet and which was right next to our hotel.
We left around 9:30 am and started the circular route. This is a looped trail, and can be done in approximately 1 hour. We took a little more because of the photos and stops at some view points.
Once complete, we returned to the car and followed the road to a totally different destination: Whistler .
Until the ferry in Nanaimo , we took approximately 2 hours by road. We took the 3:20 pm ferry and headed towards Vancouver ( Horseshoes Bay ). The value of the ferry was $ 92.40 ($ 57.50 a car, $ 0.50 port tax and $ 34.40 more for two adults).
When we landed in Vancouver, we followed the road to Whistler. We climbed towards the snowy mountains and to one of Canada’s most famous ski resorts.
The road that leads to Whistler is called Sea to Sky Highway and is considered one of the most beautiful and scenic in the world. Throughout the journey, the traveler visualizes the snowy mountains, the sea, the lakes and finds many parks and attractions.
During the trip there are some mandatory stops and they are:
- Shannon Falls Provincial Park (access is easy, has parking and to reach the waterfall just walk about 5/7 minutes from the main parking)
- Shannon Falls Gondola – Sea to Sky Gondola (it is right next to the waterfall entrance – we didn’t go because it was closed by the time we passed)
- Brandywine Falls Provincial Park (access is easy, has parking, but when we went it was not open and to access the waterfall just walk about 10/15 minutes)
We accessed these two attractions, took many pictures, and continued on our way towards Whistler. After Brandywine, another 20 minutes on the road and we were already at our hotel.
As the hotel was right in front of one of the entrances to the main town of the city, we left our things at the hotel, took a shower to revive and went out to dinner.
In this way, we ended our script for this day.
Review de Hotel: Aava Whistler Hotel
The hotel is very good and very well located, right in front of the center (Whistler Village).
It served our needs very well and we had no complaints or problems there.
Price: AUD $ 290.08 (large double room for 2 nights). The hotel also had incredible facilities in the sauna, heated pool, heated hot tub, gym, conference rooms and much more.
# 8 day – Whistler
Famous ski village, Whistler is at the foot of two immense mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb.
Together, the peaks form the largest winter sports area in North America, and the village offers easy access to some of the best skiing.
Whistler certainly had an international reputation before co-hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics together with Vancouver, but the games have extended the fame of these mountains as a recreation spot.
Around the village, the rugged region is a mixture of rivers, blue-green lakes, endless forests and volcanic peaks.
Only one main road, Highway 99 (also known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway), connects attractions and communities in the region. This scenic road is classified as one of the most spectacular in Canada.
And after a brief explanation of some aspects of Whistler, check out our script for the day.
We wake up relatively early and have our coffee. Once fed, we went for a quick walk through the main village. We needed to make time because at 11am we had a tour scheduled.
Around 10:45 am we were already at the Hilton Hotel to check in on the dogsledding tour we had purchased.
We schedule with a certain advance (of about 3 days) so we don’t have problems with the lack of vacancies. The company that hired the tour was Blackcomb Dogsled . We paid $ 458 for two people.
At 11am we left with a transfer towards the tour site. It took us about 20 minutes up the mountain and when we got there we were taken to a place where the instructions were given. The person who attended us explained everything about the dogs, the treatment they receive, who they were, how we would have to get on the sled, and if it fell, how we would have to act, and everything that needed to be said.
Still in the presentations and explanations, we went to the sled exit site and all the dogs that were going to carry us were properly introduced, and after all that we got into the equipment and left towards the snow and the path built for the dogsled.
The experience is unique and the contact with nature is very interesting. We covered a few kilometers, stopped at a specific place and after the dogs rested and took many pictures, we made our way back.
It took approximately 2 and a half hours of tour in total. After the tour, the instructor asked us to feed the dogs (with reward cookies) and we headed for the transfer back.
We arrived at Whistler Village again and headed for lunch. But before we split up. Each one of us went to do a different activity: her husband went on a fishing tour and I went to lunch and walk through Whistler Village and the entrance to the two mountains: Blackcomb and Whistler.
The husband’s fishing tour cost $ 330 (with fishing license in the region). It was a private tour, held in the Pemberton region and of approximately 4/5 hours (15h to 20h)
The Village tour had the following highlights and locations:
- Whistler Olympic Plaza
- Town Plaza
- Village Square
- Blackcomb Upper Village
- Whistler Main Village
I rode around the center until about 16h and after being satisfied with what I visited and bought, I went to the hotel. I enjoyed the end of the day in the hot tub and heated pool. The evening after her husband returned from the fishing tour, we closed our evening with dinner at Whistler’s center. Our script for the day was at that moment.
Check out a list of 12 things to do in Whistler & Day Trips from this city
- Whistler Blackcomb
- Peak 2 Peak Gondola
- Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Center
- Sports in Whistler (biking, rafting, etc.)
- Whistler Olympic Park
- Lost Lake
- Whistler Museum
# 9 day – Whistler and return to Vancouver
On the last day in Whistler we took the opportunity to travel a little more through the village in the center of the city and after a reinforced coffee, we followed our script for the day. The idea was to make points around the city and on the road and then return to Vancouver. And that’s what we did.
We got in the car and headed for the first point of interest: Green Lake . From the center to this point by car it is approximately 10 minutes.
We stopped the car at the edge of the lake (on the same road) and took many pictures.
After this point we proceed to Lost Lake . It is very close to each other, with this second closer to Whistler’s village.
Once again we stopped, took some pictures and went on the road to explore more places. But, as it was already lunchtime, we stopped at the village again, sat down at a local pub, regained our strength and then went on.
A special highlight for this lunch stop. The chosen place was a very interesting and cheap pub to eat – here’s the tip from SOUL Viajero – the name of the place is El Furniture Warehouse and is under the Deer Lodge.
We leave for the next destination, Whistler Olympic Park . This destination is a little further from the center and needs a car to be visited. It took us about 20/30 minutes to reach the park entrance. We did not access it because it was closed that day. See opening hours here .
With this disappointment, we headed for our return. However, on the road we had two pleasant surprises: a waterfall and a bear! That’s right a bear, free, light and loose in nature.
We passed Alexander Falls , which is on the way to Whistler Olympic Park, took lots of pictures, admired the place and when we are returning on the road we saw a small bear eating on the slopes. We took advantage of the moment and stood in the car admiring the bug. We got beautiful pictures and incredible footage of him crossing the road. It was fantastic!
After this ecstasy, we continued our script. We now proceed to Garibaldi Provincial Park . A wild park with some trails for the more adventurous. That day, we were just there to get to know the place and enjoy nature, not for trekking. So after a few photos, we continue the route.
We continue on the road and now driving towards the last destination: Squamish . A small town with charms and a lot of nature. We passed it, a few more photos and it was time to head to the airport. Our flight to Calgary was scheduled and we still had to catch and drive to Vancouver.
At 7 pm we were already checking in for the flight at the airport and ready for boarding, but the unexpected happened. Our flight schedule was changed due to weather problems in Calagary, that day the city had received an unusual snowfall for the time of year.
That day we stayed at the airport until about 11:30 pm waiting for the flight to be released, but we were unable to board.
But the worst was yet to come. In addition to not boarding, there was no assistance from the airline for passengers (they did not offer hotel or food – and there were no more rooms available in the main lodging applications). As a result, we spent the night in a cold airport chair and at 4 am we went back to the check in line to try to solve our boarding problem.
At the end of it all, after a lot of stress, tiredness, hunger and effort to continue the trip, we had to abort the trip to Calgary and part of the trip to Canada (western region) had gone down the drain.
Our trip after this point continued destined for the United States. We had to change our plans a little and anticipate our trip to California.
Despite the final incident with our flight to Calgary, the trip as a whole was very special and fruitful. It was our first time in Canada and the Vancouver region.
As in life, travel has ups and downs and amusements and problems. That was no different! And in the end everything worked out and the experiences stayed for life.
- Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Vancouver
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
- FlyOver Canada
- Lonsdale Quay Market
- Sea to Sky Gondola (Squamish)
- Seaplane Flights & Tours – Harbour Air Seaplanes
- MOV – Museum of Vancouver
- Tours & Sightseeing GrayLine
- Stanley Park
- Bicycle Tours + Rentals – Cycle City Vancouver
- Tours Experience Vancouver
- Eagle Viewing & Wilderness Tours
- Oak Island – Oak Harbor Chamber
- Vancouver North Shore
- Bloedel Conservatory
- Vandusen Botanical Garden
- Tours Whistler & Vancouver
- Vancouver Whale Watch
- Space Centre
- MOA – Museum of Anthropology at UBC
- Wild Whales Vancouver
- Vancouver & Victoria – Cruise
- Vancouver to Victoria – BC Ferries Connector
- Harbour Cruises – Sightseeing Cruises
- Tours & Adventures
- Vancouver Aquarium – Stanley Park
- Yes Cycle Adventures – Bike & Paddleboards
- Vancouver Water Adventures
- Vancouver’s Stanley Park Digital Map
- Vancouver to Seatle – Quick Shuttle
- Ocean Adventures – Sewell’s Marina
- Yaletown – Vancouver
- Vancouver Attractions Super Savings
- Vancouver Lookout
- Bowen Island
- Chilliwack River Rafting
- Helicopters Adventures – Sky Helicopters
- The Sunshine Coast Ale Trail
- Chinese Garden Vancouver
- Prince of Whales – Whales Watching
- Whale Watching – Seabreeze Adventures
- Explore UBC – The University of British Columbia
- Great Vancouver Zoo
- Snowmobile Tours – Canadian Wilderness Adventures
- Whistler’s First Nations Museum
- Bus Round Trip/One Way de Vancouver para Whistler
- Tours Whistler & Vancouver
- Whistler Valley Tours – Sightseeing
- Dogsled Adventures – Canadian Wilderness Adventures
- Trout Country Fishing Guides
- Blackcomb Dogsled
- Bearfoot Bistro (Coldest vodka tasting room in the world)
- Club Crawl
- Snowmobile, Snowshoe and Zipline Tours – The Adventure Group
- Powder Mountain Catakiing / Powder Mountain Heliskiing Tours
- Ziptrek Ecotours
- Snowshoe Tour – Adventure Awaits
- Ski & Snowboard Rentals
- Whistler Bungee
- Blackcomb Snowmobile
- Winter Ziplines – Super Fly
- Mountain Dining Tours by private Snowcoach
- Winter Sleighride Tours
- Helicopters Adventures – Blackcomb Helicopters
- Mountain Top Fondue Adventures – Canadian Wilderness Adventures
- Cross Country Skiing
- Axe Throwing (arremesso de martelinho no alvo)
- Ski Rentals – Snowboard & Snowshoe
- Scandinave SPA
- Craft Crawl
- Whistler Shooting Adventures
- Sea to Sky Air
- Wedge Rafting
- Sea to Sky Adventure Company
- Squamish Harbour Marine Adventures
- Whistler Village Map
- Whistler Blackcomb
- Sea to Sky Gondola
VICTORIA (VANCOUVER ISLAND)
- Royal BC Museum
- The Butchart Gardens
- Vancouver & Victoria – Cruise
- Vancouver to Victoria – BC Ferries Connector
- Craigdarroch Castle
- Springtide Whale Watching & Eco Tours
- Prince of Whales – Whales Watching
- Five Star Whale Watching
- Victoria Harbour Ferry
- Oak Bay – Site Turismo Oficial
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
- Sidney by the Sea
- Hatley Park National Historic Site
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Zipline – AdrenaLine
- The Strath Victoria’s Entertainment Centre
- Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
- Victoria Public Market
- Victoria Butterfly Gardens
- Victoria Bug Zoo
- Fisherman’s Wharf Victoria
- West Coast Brewery Tours
- City Sights Victoria – Gray Line
- The Robert Bateman Centre
- Big Bus Victoria – Hop on Hop Off
- Cowichan Region – Site Turismo
- Nanaimo Turismo
UCLUELET E TOFINO (VANCOUVER ISLAND)
- Hello Nature Adventures Tours (hiking e kayaking)
- Wild Pacific Trail (Non-profit group of volunteers – tours)
- Whale & Grizzly Tours
- ATV Tours (Port Alberni – Tofino)
- Tofino Public Market
- Tofino Surf Adventures
- Paddle West Kayaking
- Archipelago Wildlife Cruises (Broken Group Islands)
- Ucluelet Site de Turismo
- Ucluelet – Informações, pontos de interesse e condições do tempo
- Vancouver Island Site de Turismo
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