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  • July 29, 2021

Whistler is located on Canada's West Coast, approximately two hours north of Vancouver. The scenic journey on the Sea to Sky Highway is the perfect start to a mountain vacation, and getting here without a car is a breeze.


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Fly into a major airport including Vancouver International (YVR), Seattle (SEA) or Bellingham (BLI) then transfer to Whistler.

Best Time to Travel

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Any time of year is a good time to visit Whistler. Keep in mind the following holidays - Most shops and services are open on public (statutory) holidays in Whistler. In fact, it usually is a time for a festival or event! Hotels operate 24/7, 365 days a year.

• New Year’s Day — January 1
• BC Family Day — Second Monday in February
• Good Friday — Friday before Easter
• Easter Sunday — Sunday following the first full moon after Vernal Equinox
• Easter Monday — Monday following the first full moon after Vernal Equinox
• Victoria Day — Monday preceding May 25
• Canada Day — July 1
• B.C. Day — First Monday in August
• Labour Day — First Monday in September
• Thanksgiving — Second Monday in October
• Remembrance Day — November 11
• Christmas Day — December 25
• Boxing Day — December 26


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The American dollar is widely accepted throughout Whistler Resort. If you need to exchange money, Whistler's banks can assist.


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Bring your provincial health card when you visit any medical service. Note if you do not have Canadian medical insurance, you will be required to pay at the time of service.


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Tipping is standard practice in British Columbia, Canada. The standard minimum tip is 15 per cent. Tips are generally given to servers, taxi drivers, hairdressers, bartenders, spa therapists, hotel attendants and bellhops.


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Whistler experiences four seasons in one year with distinct weather patterns. Animal behavior changes with the seasons, as does the plant life. Similarly, human activities change with the seasons meaning no matter what time of year you arrive there is a new way to get outdoors.

• Snow blankets the landscape, starting from the top of the mountains in fall and moving to the valley
• Many animals reduce activity or hibernate like the bears, some animals (like hares and ptarmigan) change color to blend in with the snowy surroundings
• People take in the winter wonderland by skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating and more

• Snow melts in the valley first, although it may continue snowing in the alpine for many months
• Bird and animal activity increases - hummingbirds arrive and bears emerge from hibernation
• Plants start to bud and grow again leading to an explosion of green leaves
• People continue to ski in the alpine, while hiking, biking and trail running and other activities start as soon as the trails are clear of snow

• Snowmelt continues over summer exposing high altitude alpine hiking and biking trails
• In late summer the alpine wildflower come into bloom, creating meadows of color
• Water temperatures are warmer, and plants and animals in wetlands become active
• Warm days and long nights mean people hike, bike, go alpine sightseeing, enjoy water sports in the lakes and rivers

• Temperatures start to fall and leaves on deciduous trees change colour - brilliant yellow, red, orange and gold
• Animals are feeding and storing food for the winter as snow begins to dust the mountain tops
• Salmon may be seen spawning in creeks and rivers
• The forest is cool and damp - excellent conditions for the growth of mushrooms
• Bald Eagles begin to arrive in the area south of Whistler
• Bear viewing tours continue, eagle tours begin and activities like fishing, ziplining and tree top adventures in the rainforest are popular