Day trip to Whistler

Whistler in summer

If you live in Vancouver or if you are just visiting beautiful British Columbia you can spend a day in Whistler:   you will have  a lot of fun while saving on accommodations.

We planned our trip the day before and everything was perfect!

We woke up at 5.30AM because we wanted to get there early in the morning in order to have plenty of time for hiking, taking pictures, etc

Driving from Vancouver to Whistler is easy! It takes approximately two hours in  one of the most scenic routes in Canada: The Sea to Sky Highway.

Where to park: We parked our car in a Public garage, right in the center of  Whistler Village (very close to the bus stop). There’s no way to miss it as there are several signs marked “Public Parking”.  Rates are very reasonable, we paid $ 8.00 for parking the whole day (if you stay overnight the price will be $ 15.00).

Guest relations at Whistler Gondola Station was still closed (we got there at 8AM) so we went to  Starbucks for an expresso with cake and croissant.

We went to Guest Relations office to have our 2013/2014 Edge passes uploaded to our cards (we bought them several months ago).

Customer service at Whistler Mountain is awesome! Really professional and friendly. I was attended by Monique and she was very nice: gave me the trail map with the best options for my needs. She also told me about the barbecue that would happen at night and explained me that I have one more day as a bonus,  to ski before Dec 21.  Lovely service, I really appreciated it!

We went on the gondola and from there to a beautiful hiking around Harmony lake. Lovely! Stunning views and very well marked trail.

Summer in Whistler

Where to eat: We had lunch at the Roundhouse Restaurant and we found the prices very reasonable: I ate fish & chips with an Irish beer and my husband ate crispy chicken & chips plus a diet coke. Everything cost us 37 Canadian dollars. No way in Rio de Janeiro you will  find a beautiful restaurant, with gorgeous views and very fresh and delicious food paying less than 100 BRL for two!  You simply don’t find it there.

Whistler in summer

After lunch we went to another hiking trail (Whistler’s peek) and after that  (#feelingtired) we took the “Peak to Peak” gondola to Blackcomb.

View from Peak to Peak gondola

We hiked there till Fitzsimmons lookout point.  On our way back we saw lovely marmots around the stones. One of them was really fat (pregnant) and was carrying straw to built her baby’s nest!  I took plenty of pictures.  Sometimes it looked like the marmots were posing for my camera!

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We went down  to the Village by chairlift and this is really weird, as we are used to go UP using the chairlift and we go down skiing! It’s beautiful to see the valley and Whistler village from the top. We will consider staying in Blackcomb during the next ski season as there are hotels that are  ski-in / ski-out and we definitely missed that last winter season.  It’s very good to go out from the hotel on skis…  comparing to  walk 10 minutes around the village wearing ski boots! 🙂


We stopped during a while at Whistler Village to enjoy “people watching” and after that we went to get our car in the garage in order to return home.

On our way back we were talking about “wow… I would love to see a bear… it would have been nice if we saw a bear while visiting Whistler…



They were almost crossing the highway and returned when they saw our car. One big black bear and two cubs!

We parked the car on the side of the road and took some pictures. The images are not very good because the camera’s focus was confused between too many leaves and plants and the real bears. I was too excited as well and could not think about choosing the best focus. Anyway, images are here so you can see I am not lying 🙂

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Wow, such a great experience!

If you want to see more pictures that I took while visiting Whistler please visit my Gallery on Flickr clicking here.

This is my tip for an excellent day trip from Vancouver:  You will have a lot of fun without  “breaking the bank”.  Enjoy!

Happy travels!

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About CeciliArchitect

World Traveler ~ Photographer ~ Social Media Specialist ~ Tourism Vancouver Certified Specialist ~ Independent Tour Manager and Events Coordinator ~ Blogger ~ Architect & Interior Designer (in my previous life)
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7 Responses to Day trip to Whistler

  1. Thiago says:

    Hey, Cecilia!
    I heard it’s a beautiful journey by train, but quite pricey ($180 return ticket). Do you think 4 hours are enough to get to know this beautiful place?


    • Hi Thiago!

      I highly recommend you go to Whistle. The best (and most affordable) way, in my opinion, is by bus. You can buy tickets on line at The bus departs from Central Vancouver (the bus station, conveniently located and where you can go by direct bus from your hotel at Robson St). The journey by bus is beautiful and takes approximately 2 hours.
      When you come back you are allowed to disembark downtown. The best option to you will be to disembark at Fairmont Hotel (this is the stop downtown so you will not need to go to Central Bus Station and take a regular bus back).
      You can look for time schedule at Greyhound website and probably you will be able to spend more than 4 hours in Whistler. Anyway, four hours will be excellent and I recommend you go!
      If you need any more info don’t hesitate to ask, ok?
      Have a great trip! 🙂


      • Thiago says:

        Just dropping a line to tell you how things were (ok, maybe a bit too late =p).
        We just loved Whistler! We took the bus and everything was alright. The Central Bus Station is gorgeous! Unfortunately, the gondolas were not working on weekdays at the time we went, so we couldn’t go up the mountains. We loved the village, though.
        Thanks for your recommendation!


      • Hi Thiago!

        I am glad you had a great time! Time to plan your return trip with the gondolas operating!?! 🙂




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