Going To Whistler

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Vancouver International Airport

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Vancouver International Airport

3211 Grant McConachie Way
Richmond, B.C. V7B 1Y7

A world leader in international air travel, Vancouver International Airport is located about 15 kilometres driving distance from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Sea Island in Richmond. It is the second busiest airport in Canada, with non-stop flights daily to Asia, Europe, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other airports within Canada. In 2004, 15.7 million passengers went through the airport, and in 2005 it served over 16 million.

Passengers travelling through YVR are no longer required to pay a separate Airport Improvement Fee; it now is included in the price of a ticket.

Vancouver International Airport is one of eight Canadian Airports that have U.S. border preclearance facilities.

yvr_2Vancouver International Airport has three terminals: The domestic terminal, which was constructed in 1968 and recently given a top-to-bottom renovation; the International Terminal, which was newly constructed in the early 1990s, and the South Terminal, which is a portion of the original terminal that is still in use. The International and Domestic terminals can effectively be considered to be one building divided into two sections, while the South terminal is located in a remote part of the airport. The South Terminal serves regional airlines which fly mostly within British Columbia.

Grouse Mountain

Guest Services & Central Reservations:

Telephone: 604.980.9311
Facsimile: 604.984.6360
Email: guestservices@grousemountain.com


Administration:

Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7R 4K9

Switchboard: 604.984.0661
Facsimile: 604.984.6360

Email: info@grousemountain.com

Open daily from 9am to 10pm, 365 days a year. Grouse Mountain continues to offer must-see, must-do experiences that no visitor to or resident of Vancouver should miss.

Join the 1.1 million people who visit Grouse Mountain annually. As Vancouver’s most visited four-season attraction,┬áit is both a resort and an attraction, to be visited again and again.


There are many breathtaking, scenic landmarks to visit in Vancouver, BC, but Grouse Mountain is one of the most popular. Situated in North Vancouver and close to the equally famous Capilano Canyon suspension bridge, a day at Grouse Mountain will consist of a scenic cable car ride to the top of the mountain that takes about 8 minutes and offers stunning and spectacular views of Vancouver and the surrounding area as far as the eye can see.

As Vancouver is a hub of activity all year because of its temperate climate, Grouse Mountain is a standard place to visit through all the seasons. There is plenty to do on Grouse Mountain from Summer to Winter and all seasons in between. In the winter one escape into the serene beauty of a natural winter playground only minutes away from golf courses and the ocean below. Just a short distance from the Peak Chalet, you’ll find yourself a world away in the popular Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park. There are a variety of different groomed trails to choose from which guarantees that you’ll discover something different each time you visit.

One can also tour the professionally groomed beginner and intermediate snowshoe trails of the Blue Grouse Loop, or head for Dam Mountain – a pristine loop of three main trails that circle Dam Mountain and Thunder Bird Ridge. You can find the trails very easily with clearly marked signs from the top of Grouse Mountain. For the snowshoeing enthusiast, there are a variety of classes and courses offered in the winter months as well, including: Beginner Snowshoe Clinics, Ladies Only Snowshoe Clinics, Snowshoe Drop-In Nights, Race Prep Clinics and Snowshoe Fondue Tours.

The skiing and snowboard runs are spectacular and picturesque. As a leader and pioneer in the snow sports industry, Grouse Mountain offers world class Freestyle Terrain facilities and expertise with its Parks, events, and team. Grouse Mountain is home to two main Terrain Park Zones that attract skiers and riders of all ability levels and ages from across British Columbia and around the world. Whether you are new to freestyle terrain or you are a seasoned veteran, you will find features that match your ability and progression level. Grouse Mountain also offers a variety of educational classes taught by world class instructors from beginner to advanced.

Don’t have your gear? Feel free to step right into a pair of lightweight Atlas Snowshoes from the Grouse Mountain rental shop where one can also rent assorted ski and snowboard equipment. Are you unsure of the conditions? One can always contact Grouse Mountain guest services at 604.980.9311 for up to date weather and mountain conditions.

Other winter activities hosted on the mountain include things like the Skyride, ice slating, sleigh rides, the snow limousine, helicopter tours, a wildlife refuge, Theatre in the Sky and the annual Peak of Christmas – a favourite Vancouver holiday tradition with Santa Claus, reindeer, ice skating, sleigh rides, carolers and classic cartoons.

Summer activities include a wildlife refuge which is home to an assortment of animals like orphaned grizzly bears, grey wolves and a host of other species. This refuge is a world-renowned research, education, and conservation centre that is open for school field trips and to volunteers. The Adventures in Education program is a highlight for any children’s group or school. This program offers a wide variety of dynamic educational and interactive mountain adventures that include science, social studies and recreational components. These programs help teachers meet curriculum objectives while providing students with hands-on, motivating and fun experiences. Programs offered include wildlife education, First Nations’ cultural experiences, and recreational activities including ski and snowboard lessons, outdoor ice skating, nature hikes, guided snowshoe tours, and Peak of Christmas festivities.

The trip to the top of the mountain is around $32 CAD (including tax) for an adult and includes everything you find at the top of the mountain. You can also go parascending for an extra fee. Additionally, there are excellent restaurants and gift shop to pick out some souvenirs of your trip.

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Whistler Hotels & Accomodations

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Whistler British Columbia is among the most popular vacation destinations in North America for people who love the mountains, outdoor activities and the fresh air. Whistler has dozens of inns, condos, vacation rentals and hotels which accommodate skiers, tourists and mountain bikers. The hotels in Whistler range in price and quality from economical to luxurious five start resorts. The lodges and hotels in Whistler are sure to please most any traveler or tourist

The Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Lodge are the most luxurious of the Whistler hotels, and both are conveniently located adjacent to the Whistler Blackcomb ski lifts. There are other Whistler hotels, such as the Summit Lodge, which are located outside of the Whistler Village offering fabulous mountain views. When visitors are too tired to ski they can enjoy watching the ski slopes from their lodgings. Hotels which are situated right in the midst of Whistler Village, such as the Whistler Village Inn and Suites, have convenient access to all of the local restaurants and shops, making it easy to find your way around. Whistler’s impressive conference facilities are accessed easily from these centrally located hotels and accommodations.

As Whistler hosted a portion of the 2010 Vancouver Whistler Winter Olympic Games, many hotels and lodges underwent extensive improvements and renovations. The Athletes Village housed close to 2,500 competitors and officials, and the hotels in Whistler accommodated thousands of spectators. Most hotels in Whistler can be booked oonline and usually at a substantial savings. You will find many websites which you can use to seek out the best deals on Whistler hotels, and you will find it handy to let your mouse do all the work.

Since Whistler hotels are at their busiest during the popular winter ski seasons, there are often cheap deals available for hotels in Whistler BC at off-peak times, which visitors able to enjoy price reductions as big as seventy percent off. These can make Whistler a practical vacation destination for the cash-conscious traveller. Whistler hotels can assist with access to ski facilities year round, whenever the slopes are safe, and there’s plenty more to discover in the village itself. Aside from the beautiful views, visitors staying in Whistler hotels can enjoy access to some of Canada’s most beautiful mountain biking trails, and hiking trips are also popular. Whistler hotels provide a great base from which to explore this fantastic region. So take a little time to find the right Whistler hotel, and you could find yourself on a vacation which you will remember for the rest of your life.