On our 3rd day, Brent from Landsea Tours & Adventures was right outside our hotel at exactly 9:00 in the morning for our private day tour to Whistler. This was the only really planned thing that we had scheduled for our stay in Vancouver. When we inquired with them, they suggested a private your instead of their usual group tour, since there were 10 of us. And it was actually cheaper to go that route.
It was a 2 hour drive to Whistler from Downtown Vancouver. However the destination was not just part of the tour. We were scheduled to take 2 stops. The first one was at Porteau Cove, which is located on the most southern fjord in North America, it offers beautiful views of Howe Sound and the mountains around. This park also have campsites if you want to stay a night or two. There is an old ship that was sunk near the pier and it has facilities for scubadivers to explore it – if you are brave enough to face the cold, cold water.
Next stop was beautiful Shannon Falls. The waterfall was not the highlight of the park. Everything was just breathtaking. And we were fortuitous that morning, since we had the park to ourselves. It was still early and the store and cafe were still closed. The short hike from the entrance to Shannon falls was eeringly pretty. We had to take advantage of it, and showed our creepy side.
Shannon Falls is composed of a series of cliffs, rising 335 metres above Highways 99, making it the third highest falls B.C. Canada. You can’t camp at this park, but it is a popular spot for day picnicking on the grass. It is one place you could just drive to, plop on a mat with a good book and a thermos of hot cocoa.
Brent is an excellent tour guide. He knows every tree, plant, stone that was all along the way. He explained that each hemlock tree was different on how it droops. My brain wasn’t absorbing it all, I was busy just taking in the sights. But, it was awesome to learn a thing or two about our tour that day.
Whistler is a destination ski resort that is brimming with activities all year round. My family from The Phiippines were with us this whole time and if you live in a warm and tropical country – you kind of want to vacation somewhere cold. Unfortunately, snow was not as ample that it usually is around this time of the year in Whistler village and some parts of blackcomb mountain – the snow tubing area was closed – and missed that one.
We bought our lift tickets from Brent, our tourguide and was cheaper by $10 as compared to buying it onsite. I have forgotten how much it was exactly that we paid for, but as far as my memory serves me right – it was about ~C$40-50 per person to ride the Whistler gondola and the Peak to Peak gondola that takes you from the tip of Whistler to Blackcomb mountain. As soon as we got off the lift, the kids were in for a surprise! Snow was abound!
I was upset the night before when I found out that the snow tubing park was closed. I was worried that the kids won’t have fun up in Whistler. But, I was so wrong! We all had a blast, both the young ones and the young at heart. Brent took us back to our hotel and we were back by 6:00pm. We were all asleep in the van on our way back. We will definitely go back to Whistler!
Disclosure: This is not a paid post and all comments and review is solely based from my experience.