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Whistler's Winter Wonderland
Best time to go: January to March, November to December
9 Nights | from £1,950pp
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- Superb skiing and snowboarding, both on and off-piste
- Walk through a forest full of mystery along an old trapper’s path whilst snowshoeing
- Take a sleigh-ride under the stars or try your hand at dog-sledding
- Experience an alternative winter wonderland
- Enjoy the festivities and après’ ski in the charming town of Whistler
Day 1 UK / Vancouver / Whistler
Leave the wet British winter behind and head to the sparkling snow-dusted slopes of Whistler, via Vancouver.
Sutton Place Vancouver | Room Only
Day 2 Vancouver
Enjoy the best of Vancouver on this personalised tour, see the highlights of the downtown core plus the unique neighbourhoods of Chinatown, historic Gastown and fashionable Yaletown. Immerse yourself in Stanley Park and see the stories of Stanley Park’s Totem Poles. Pass by English Bay, visit Granville Island Market and The Lookout for 360° views of the Vancouver and coastal mountains. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring at your own pace.
Sutton Place Vancouver / Room Only
Day 3-8 Whistler
Wrap up warm and allow us to transfer you to Whistler. Whistler’s wintery activities are plentiful, and you’ve got loads of time to explore the many options on offer. Spend your days enjoying the excellent skiing, but at night it’s not time to hunker down. Oh no. Why not take a sleigh ride under the stars, as the horses pull you through pristine snow past the glittering lights of the village to a cosy cabin where you can warm up with another hot chocolate before heading on your way. A snowmobile tour is the ideal way to explore as a family, as you follow wide mountain trails along the Fitzsimmons Creek and enjoy a perfect mix of easy riding and spectacular scenery. And how could you possibly come all the way to Canada without having a go at dog sledding? Let your eager and powerful dog tea lead you into the old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley where you’ll warm up at a trapper’s cabin on Totem Pole Lake, learning about the history of Canadian fur trappers. Join your musher in harnessing and staging the dogs, learn the commands and feel the thrill of driving your own team. You’ll even be able to strap on your snowshoes for a trip through the snow in the Callaghan Valley.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler / Room Only
Added excursion: The Medicine Trail Snowshoe Experience
Whilst enjoying the festivities in Whislter we have incuded one of the most authentic Canadian experiences to be hand. Snowshoeing. Walk through a forest full of mystery along an old trapper’s path. Learn traditional knowledge while you snowshoe and sample healing teas from plants that grow along The Medicine Trail. Travel deep into a special ancient forest in the Callaghan Valley. Hear a brief history of the area’s traditional uses and ways of the past. Let your imagination go as you gaze upon giant cedar, fir and hemlock trees that provide a canopy high above. Finish back at the caboose for a rejuvenating snack by the fire.
Day 9 Whistler / London
Farewell, winter wonderland. Head back to the city and continue your Canadian adventure or fly home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £1,950 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights, transfers and luxury accommodation.
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Best time to be there
The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.
For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.
For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.
Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.
Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.