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Whistler

Skiing, glaciers, and zip lines are just a taste of what this alpine adventure playground has to offer.

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Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

1. Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

Discover even more of Whistler's majestic mountains and glaciers as you fly high over the scenry on this 30 minutes flight.  Experience British Columbia’s supernatural beauty with this eagle’s eye flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high Garibaldi Lake. Don’t forget your camera! With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air, Westcoast Air, and Whistler Air operate the largest seaplane fleet in the world. Dehavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otter service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Maindland, and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands, and a Cessna 185 aircraft is available for charter. What started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector, Harbour Air Seaplanes has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

2. 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.

From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

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

Set off from Vancouver aboard a luxury coach on a journey to Whistler. Take in panoramic views of the ocean, sky-high mountains, and glaciers. Enjoy the special opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in BC, where water cascades over a series of cliffs from a height of 335 meters (1,099 feet). There are two viewing platforms for the falls just a short walk from the parking lot. The next stop is the Sea to Sky Gondola just south of Squamish. Take a short ride up to the summit (an impressive 885 meters above sea-level). You will have 1.5 hours to grab a bite to eat, hike the trails, and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. From there the bus will continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village. The charming pedestrian-only village has something to offer everyone. Take 4 hours to explore world-class restaurants and shopping or just wander through the village. Watch the sunset on your way back to Vancouver.

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!

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

5. 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!

Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

6. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this 10-hour adventure that departs from Vancouver. Feel in awe of the ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335-meter-high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest, and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, spend an afternoon exploring downtown shops and cafes. Located at the base of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, home of the 2010 Olympics, you will be able to take advantage of the surrounding hiking trails.

Whistler: Wedge Mountain & Glacier Helicopter Tour

7. 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.

Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

8. Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

Venture further than the majestic mountains and valleys surrounding Whistler as you fly high over the scenery on this 20-minute seaplane flight.  Get an introduction to seaplane aviation as you depart from Green Lake, Whistler. Then, enjoy stunning vistas of the Whistler Valley, including Whistler village and monuments from the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get a bird's eye view of the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, along with the Olympic Park and other Olympic venues. Fly over the spectacular cascades of Brandywine Falls and watch the water plunge into Brandywine Creek. What started as a 2 plane operation in 1982 to service the British Columbia forestry sector has now grown into North America’s largest seaplane company and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll fly aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler: The Longest ZIpline in North America

9. 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.

From Vancouver: Whistler Village and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

10. From Vancouver: Whistler Village and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Spend the day in Whistler on this day trip from Vancouver. Visit Shannon Falls and Whistler Village. Join the optional tour of Whistler Village or explore on your own. Finish the day trip with a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. Meet your driver in Vancouver and relax as you drive along the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler. The first stop is Shannon Falls, where you can stand below and feel the mist of the thundering water. Continue the journey north to Whistler Resort, join an optional tour of Whistler Village or spend free time in the village on your own. See some of Whistler Village's galleries and shops or relax on the patio of one of the village's restaurants. Make your way to the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola at your own pace. Board the gondola, and enjoy views of mountains, volcanic peaks, and glaciers. The gondola spans the distance between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains, providing a bird's eye view of British Columbia. After the gondola ride, return to Whistler Village to relax at a mountain resort before heading back down the Sea to Sky highway to Vancouver.

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What people are saying about Whistler

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 228 reviews

Excellent experience! You get a full day of sightseeing. The tour would be tailored to your preferences, needs and interests. Lots of stops throughout the trip, many places of interest to see including some hidden gems for great photography shots. Our tour guide was very pleasant, easy-going and knowledgeable about the area and history making for a very enjoyable day! Our transport minivan was spacious, comfortable and well kept. I truly recommend this activity (or others the provider is offering) for small groups but even couples as in our case.

A fabulous day with Andy our tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable. The scenery and views are stunning! The gondola and skywalk a great experience. The coach was really comfortable and we had plenty of rest stops.

Very good guide and wonderful views. A very good way to visit whistler and the sea to sky highway route in 1 day.

The driver named Steve was amazing. He knows what he’s doing. Kudos

One of the most beautiful experiences ever! Will be returning again