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Canadian Rockies and Vancouver

Canadian Rockies


Vancouver <-> Whistler

  • 115Audio Points
  • LocationBritish Columbia, CAN
  • Suggested TimeAllow 1 Day

What to Expect

The world really got to know Whistler as the co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with Vancouver. But skiers and travelers have long known about one of North America’s finest alpine resorts and what an amazing drive Hwy 99, the Sea to Sky Highway is.

Whistler can be visited as an easy day trip from Vancouver, but if you have more time, it’s wonderful to stay a night or two and enjoy the many activities available, including the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride between Whistler’s two main mountains.

The drive from Vancouver is spectacular and deserves its nickname – the Sea to Sky Highway. It follows the peaceful waters of Howe Sound as it hugs the mountains. The second half of the journey leaves the waterside and follows the mountain valleys to Whistler. Amazing!

This tour has different commentary in both directions. You can also enjoy the commentary on this drive as a portion of the popular alternative route between Vancouver and the Rockies, passing through Cache Creek.

Listen to the Tour Intro

Highlights

  • Brandywine Falls
  • Britannia Mine*
  • Lions Gate Bridge
  • Sea to Sky Gondola*
  • Shannon Falls
  • Squamish
  • Stawamus Chief
  • Tantalus Range
  • Whistler & Blackcomb

Map

Suggested Start Location

Vancouver or Whistler

Suggested Time

Allow 3-4 hours with sightseeing stops, though you can get delayed with city traffic or winter driving conditions.

Driving Distance

120km, 75 miles, one way

FAQ

WHY IS WHISTLER FAMOUS?

The world really got to know Whistler as the co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games with Vancouver. But skiers and travelers have long known about one of North America’s finest alpine resorts and what an amazing drive Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway, is to get there from Vancouver.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT WHISTLER?

The best months to visit Whistler are in summer from June through August, and in winter between December and March. The mountains see peak skiing conditions from December to February, and March brings warmer temperatures but still offers quality snow.

HOW DO I GET FROM VANCOUVER TO WHISTLER?

The resort town of Whistler is a two hour drive north of Vancouver along the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky Highway.

WHERE DOES THE SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY START AND END?

The Sea to Sky Highway (officially known as Highway 99) is a scenic drive that runs 120km, or 75 miles, from West Vancouver to Whistler. It takes around two hours to drive, or 3-4 hours with sightseeing stops.

WHERE DO YOU STOP ON THE DRIVE TO WHISTLER?

The drive from Vancouver to Whistler is spectacular and deserves its nickname – the Sea to Sky Highway. Some of the best sightseeing stops along the way include the Sea To Sky Gondola, Shannon Falls, Brandywine Falls, the Tantalus Range Lookout and the Stawamus Chief in the town of Squamish.