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From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

1. From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

Go on one of the must-do tours in British Columbia! Start the day hopping aboard a luxury coach, then sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and scenic stops that the Sea to Sky Tour has to offer. Along the journey to Whistler, you will come across panoramic ocean views, sky-high mountains, and glaciers as well as the opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is in the city of Squamish, famous for its huge granite mountain called the Stawamus Chief. Once in Squamish, take a short ride up to the summit of the Sea to Sky Gondola (which reaches an impressive 885 meters (2,904 feet) above sea-level). At the top, take 1.5 hours to soak up sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. Take some photos, walk the suspension bridge, and enjoy a quick snack or drink. After departing Squamish, the next stop is the stunning 70-meter (230-foot) high waterfall Brandywine Falls, located just a short 10-minute walk within the Provincial Park. Take in views of the waterfall or walk to a second viewing platform to view Daisy Lake and Black Tusk. Take an hour to soak up the spectacular sites and don't forget to keep an eye out for the rare red-tailed frog. Continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village, a charming pedestrian-only village with something for everyone. Enjoy 4 hours to explore year-round cafes and world-class restaurants or shopping. Feeling more adventurous? Try zip-lining, rafting, a bicycle ride or the record-setting Peak to Peak Gondola which holds the world record for being the longest and highest gondola!  This tour can be combined with an overnight hotel stay (additional costs apply) at some of the top hotels in British Columbia with the option of coming back to Vancouver on another day. If returning on the same day, take in the gorgeous sunset along the way back down the Sea to Sky corridor. Arriving at approximately 8:00 PM, you will be dropped at one of the four drop-off hotels.

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Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

2. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Meet your professional and fun tour guides in Whistler Village then get geared up for your adventure. This tour is accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola with a short walk to the first zipline launching at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000m) right on Whistler mountain. From here, your adventure continues with 5 breathtaking ziplines and 4 treetop bridges. The first zipline is side-by-side so you can zip next to a friend and the last zipline brings you right back into Whistler Village. This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush!

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Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

3. Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

Discover the astonishing beauty of Whistler and the surrounding area on this scenic helicopter flight. After meeting your professional pilot and getting comfy in a helicopter, get ready to take in incredible views. During your 42 minutes in the air, see the famous Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the turquoise green Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake, and fly over the spectacular mountain top with a view of Black Tusk Peak. Feel the cold icy snow with both feet as you enjoy a 15-minute landing to savor a magnificent glacier viewing, if weather conditions allow. This landing experience offers absolutely amazing views. After your scenic flight, you will return to the Whistler Heliport.

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Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Bear Tour

4. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Bear Tour

Meet and gear up with your professional tour guides to begin, then hop into a quick shuttle taking you to your 33-acre playground in the valley between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy up-close views of the 2010 Olympic Bobsled and Luge track on your way up to our zipline course. Take a walk on a Suspension Bridge to say hello to 'Big Doug,' the oldest Douglas Fur tree on site and then get zipping. This tour takes you on a series of five ziplines from 400 to 1100 ft in the heart of the old growth rainforest, zig zagging from the Blackcomb to Whistler mountains over Fitzsimmons Creek. You will also get to learn about the local ecology and community of Whistler along the way. This tour is perfect for groups, families and mellow zippers!

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Whistler: Wedge Mountain & Glacier Helicopter Tour

5. Whistler: Wedge Mountain & Glacier Helicopter Tour

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Garibaldi Mountain range on a scenic helicopter flight from Whistler. Take off and ascend to 8,000 feet in altitude to discover breathtaking scenery on a 14-minute flight. Admire the views of Wedgemount Lake - a picturesque turquoise-coloured alpine lake located in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Then, fly around Wedge Mountain, the highest summit in the Garibaldi Range. See the Wedge Glacier which descends from the mountain peaks, before flying back to Whistler.

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Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Private Tour

6. Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Private Tour

Start your tour at 9:00 AM with pick-up at your hotel or cruise terminal. Drive through the Stanley Park Causeway, enjoy the majestic view of the Lions Gate Bridge, Burrard Inlet, and Straights of Georgia. Further up the cut, see the Sea to Sky Highway. Experience the thrill of driving through the beautiful coastline of Howe Sound. Next, drive by the Britannia Beach community. Visit the historical Britannia Mine Museum, at one time the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Further up the highway see Shannon Fall Provincial Park and its waterfall. Head for Squamish, well known for outdoor activities like river rafting, and snowmobiling during the winter, and bald eagle watching in nearby Brackendale. The Sea-To-Sky gondola takes you to its peak for magnificent views of Howe Sound at 885 meters above sea level. At the Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, stop to trek up the mountain path and look for the spectacular 70-meter horseshoe-shaped Brandywine Fall. Finally, at Whistler, enjoy 4 hours of free time at the village, or to take part in some outdoor activities before leaving for Vancouver at 5:00 PM.

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Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler

7. Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler

After a long day out on the slopes, there's nothing finer than sitting down over a lovely meal to replenish your soul. This 4-course dinner explores the best restaurants in Whistler, and you'll have a chance to visit an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar! If you're looking for a treat, this is the experience for you! We'll begin at Bearfoot Bistro for a lovely amuse bouche, from Canada's "Best Chef of 2008". Next up, Hy's Steakhouse, for a cajun crusted blacked ahi tuna. It will melt in your mouth! By now, you're ready for a full meal, so we'll head to one of Whistler's finest restaurants, Quattro. Here you'll have a choice of meat or seafood with a signature pasta along side. It's a treat! For a sample dessert, head to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory before finishing off at FireRock Lounge for some artisan cheese plates.  Before your tastings, a Whistler Tasting Tour representative will confirm your menu, and all can be altered for dietary or allergic restrictions!

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From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

8. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

Discover Whistler’s year-round sightseeing attractions and adventure options on a day trip from Vancouver. Get taken off the beaten path to enjoy some hikes and sights less known by visitors but frequented by locals. After pickup at 1 of the 2 meeting points in Vancouver, drive to Whistler, enjoying scenic stops along the Sea-to-Sky highway on the way. Upon arrival, receive a guided tour of Whistler Village. Next, join your guide on a walk to discover Lost Lake and/or participate in an optional activity such as bungee jumping or zip trekking. Enjoy free time to explore the village further or experience the breathtaking views, great hiking trails, and new suspension bridge of the Whistler Gondola and Peak 2 Peak. With so much to choose from, your guide will be there to help you plan and optimize your Whistler experience. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Vancouver. 

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Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

9. Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along Highway 99, one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia. Start anywhere along the route between Vancouver and Whistler. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the Lions Bay Search and Rescue team. Discover the beauty of Stawamus Chief Mountain. Hear about the Strait of Georgia and other sights at your own pace.  With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Fun audio clips will play automatically as you drive, using a live GPS map. No data is used during the tour. This tour is easy to navigate and all ages will be entertained. This audio guide will keep you and your family laughing and engaged along the way with trivia fun. Each point of interest along the way has a fun multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score or just listen.

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Whistler: The Longest ZIpline in North America

10. Whistler: The Longest ZIpline in North America

Meet your professional tour guide at Whistler's Upper Village at the base of the Blackcomb Gondola. Gear up for your adventure and then ride the gondola. Hop off the gondola and take a short shuttle van to the launch area. Feel your adrenaline pumping as you zip over 2 kilometers between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Take in the incredible views of the Fitzsimmons Valley. Finally, land on firm ground again at the near the mid-mountain area of Whistler.  Ride the Whistler Gondola back down to the main Village.

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What people are saying about Whistler

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 329 reviews

It was a great experience to enjoy the Mountain View’s from midair. Take in the refreshing brisk air throughout the tour while learning something new about our surrounding woods.

Really good! Very knowledgeable guides. Felt super safe and comfortable the whole time. Amazing scenery and ziplines! Highly recommend

Christine our tour guide was fantastic. We really enjoyed the food and had a blast with the new people we met on our tour.

Was awesome! Ian was the best guide tour ever ! Very funny and he knows about all the places we went. Highly recommended

Me and my 9 year old daughter loved it. It was the first time. The staff was super friendly and made us comfy.