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chicago
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Coming to Whistler after five days in Vancouver. Staying at the Fairmont. How long of a drive? Should we rent a car for the drive?

We are not skiers so what other activities can we do over the two days. Thanks for your help.

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When?

Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: 2 Days

Hi laldesigner ~

2 hours drive. You can take Pacific Coach Lines or Greyhound from Vancouver to Whistler in about 2.5 hours.

www.pacificcoach.com

www.greyhound.ca

Whistler is a pedestrian oriented village, you don't need a car at all.

As for what to do, Sam has pointed out that it would depend on time of year.

chicago
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3rd week in January.

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Thanks. There is a probability of snow on the road north of Squamish, not so much south of Squamish to Vancouver, but could be. Road crews are out and about regularly, you just can't beat a dump of snow if that should happen. People drive it all the time and get delayed all together in a heavy snow fall.

At Whistler, you can go in person to the gondola ticket office and buy sightseeing tix for the gondola and Peak to Peak. They won't sell them online for obvious reasons. Some skier would get a pretty good lift ticket at reduced price that way.

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is worth an hour or so. The village is full of shops, coffee shops, restos. You can Ziptrek, go tubing, snow shoeing, sleigh riding. Did I say eat and drink? Have a look on the Whistler Blackcomb website:

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/

And browse through the Things to Do in the left sidebar.

Edited: 11:50 pm, October 31, 2012
Vancouver, Canada
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Have you looked through the Whistler Tourism website?

http://www.whistler.com/

chicago
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Just wondering if it is worth going to Whistler for only two days. We would probably take the bus and also wondering how much time should we give ourselves to get back to Vancouver airport?

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If you aren't skiers, I'm not sure why you want to come to Whistler, a ski resort, at all. There are other outdoor activities there, and if you are looking forward to snowshoeing or other winter sports, than by all means come. But if not, I'd skip it. The main thing a non-skier might do is take the gondola up for lunch and hope for good weather and views, but it snows a lot in Whistler, and you have to ask yourself, if it's dumping snow and there is no visibility, will you still be happy you came? It is a pretty drive up there, though.

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If you are happy with snow and a resort atmosphere and have consciously chosen Whistler as a destination, I would say go for it. And I assume you mean 2 full days, which means 3 nights??

If the suggestions made don't appeal to you, you could consider going to Victoria instead. No snow, small city, plenty of waterfront, Royal BC Museum, other attractions. A different ambiance completely than Whistler. Pace of life is much slower at that time of year. Sunrise/sunset in January = 8 am and 4h46 pm. Getting to Victoria takes 4 hours by Pacific Coach Lines, including the ferry. PCL does have a return run to YVR. You need to allow 90 min at the airport to check in and go through security and US Customs and you need to allow 3.5 hours to make the journey from Victoria to YVR. It is often advised to not travel by ferry on the day of travel from YVR, but to come back the night before in order to be on "the right side" of the water. Something to consider. PCL schedule is here and you need to combine the coach fare with the ferry fare, paid to PCL when you buy your ticket.

www.pacificcoach.com

From Whistler you can take PCL directly to the airport. Plan to arrive at least 90 min in advance. And I would also advise to allow extra time down from Whistler due to potential traffic delays if there is heavy snow and the roads are not cleared for some reason, if there is a snow related accident or stuck vehicles. It doesn't happen a lot but it can happen.