There are several incredible places to visit in Canada, but our focus here is to show you what to do near Whistler. Yes, the ski resort is amazing, one of the best in the world, but you will find great attractions off the slopes!
1) HOW TO GO FROM VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER IN CANADA
The Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99), which links Vancouver to Whistler in Canada, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world! Some even consider it a tourist attraction in itself. It has received many improvements for the 2010 Winter Olympics, making it faster and safer with wide shoulders and runways to overtake.
WHISTLER IN CANADA TIPS: RENT A CAR TO BE FLEXIBLE AND EXPLORE THE AREA!
Since the Sea to Sky Highway is so beautiful, with several points to stop, among them the Shannon Falls, we recommend renting a car. We always use RentalCars, which is a company that compares several rental car dealers and offers a low price guarantee!
SHANNON FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK: It’s on the side of the road. A short walk alongside the creek leads to the beautiful waterfall of 335m high. This park is a good stop for using the restrooms, eating a snack and doing a nice walk.
BUS: YVR-Whistler SkyLynx is the only bus company with ticket sales desk at the airport. From 15/12/2017 to 05/04/2018 the roundtrip price is CAN $ 128.00 for adults and CAN $ 64.00 for children. It departs 8 times per day during this period. The bus ride takes about 3h.
CAR RENTAL FROM THE AIRPORT DELIVERING AT WHISTLER IN CANADA: This is the best option. So you have the freedom to stop when and where you want on the way from Vancouver to Whistler.
The same can be done in the return, avoiding to have the car rental expense for a longer period, mainly if you are going to ski. .
2) BEST SIGHTSEEING NEARBY WHISTLER IN CANADA
In order to visit the Nairn Falls, Pemberton and Joffre Lakes, we rented a car for only one day. We picked it up in the morning, in a hotel in Whistler’s Village Center and returned it at the end of the day. And what a wonderful day! These 3 attractions are great ideas to explore some of the beautiful sightseeing near Whistler in Canada.
WHISTLER IN CANADA TIPS: RENT A CAR FOR AT LEAST ONE DAY TO VISIT THIS WONDERFUL REGION!
3) NAIRN FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK – WHISTLER IN CANADA
Nairn Falls Provincial Park is located 20km north of Whistler, just off Highway 99. It’s 5 min from downtown Pemberton, a small and beautiful city. The park is not big and in winter, activities are restricted, but it is worth to visit!
We parked our car and headed to the trail alongside the river. The idea was to reach a lookout 1.5km away from the parking lot to see the waterfall. It seemed easy … It was not. We gave up. The trail was frozen and very slippery. We were afraid to fall and hurt ourselves
However, we didn’t get frustrated. The scenery we saw was beautiful!
Besides the landscape, we saw footprints. We get scared! Later we showed the photo to a local inhabitant and he told us it was from a cougar! Glad we got back in the car!
4) PEMBERTON – WHISTLER IN CANADA
Pemberton is a charming little town near Whistler, on the way to the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. From the photo you can see that it deserves a stop.
5) JOFFRE LAKES PROVINCIAL PARK – WHISTLER IN CANADA
Amazing! Wonderful! Unique experience! If you were looking for something to do near Whistler, now you know!
We went up to this park to make a trail through the snow and see the frozen Lower Joffre Lake. Exceeded all expectations.
All you have to do is park your car and walk along a small path and you’ll reach the lake.
To our surprise, there was a spectacular mist on the ground. The luminosity was incredible! And to top it off, there were 04 fishermen, those who make a hole in the ice, set up right in the middle of the lake. Lots of beer, music and even a campfire! We laugh a lot. And they were very nice.
From the frozen lake, you can see the glaciers, the mountains with snow and the forest. All very beautiful!
Across this crazy landscape, we ventured into the woods! We crossed a stream, we fell into holes, the snow of the trees also fell on our heads and we arrived at a very difficult ascent, with gigantic boulders.
WHISTLER IN CANADA TIPS: IF POSSIBLE, RENT SOME SNOW SHOES TO ENJOY THE TRAILS IN JOFFRE LAKE!
This part of the trail goes to Middle and Upper Joffre Lakes. Very beautiful places based on the photos we saw. We gave up trying to arrive there. Next time, we will buy or rent snow shoes. Certainly, the ideal to walk in the snow not sinking to the knees!
We saw photos of these lakes in the summer. Certainly an incredible tour. The good side of winter is that the grizzly black bears are hibernating …
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