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Americas Travel: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 3 Days + 2 Days in Whistler — An Outdoor Itinerary for a First Time Visitor

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This is a recommended itinerary for a first time visit to Vancouver & Whistler, British Columbia for someone interested in natural scapes.

The trips begins in Vancouver, a city that offers a harmonious blend of urban sophistication and breathtaking natural surrounds. After a few days visitors head north to Whistler, a special destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. From the Pacific Ocean, to towering snow-capped mountains, old-growth dense forest, verdant gardens and pristine lakes, the natural beauty of British Columbia is highlighted in this trip.

Countries covered in this itinerary

  • Canada


City Base


Notes & Day Trips


Day 1: Arrival to Vancouver, English Bay Beach walk through Stanley Park to Vancouver Harbor; Granville Market, dinner on Robson Street
Day 2: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park or hike Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium
Day 3: Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Gastown, depart for Whistler via Whistler Connection small shuttle through Sea-to-Sky Highway

Day 1 (Trip Day 4): Arrive to Whistler, Whistler Village (Center, Upper & North), Peak 2 Peak Gondola & Cloudraker Skybridge
Day 2 (Trip Day 5): Adventure day (select one): Bear Viewing Tour, hike Whistler Blackcomb (50+ kilometers of hiking), zipline, ATV, ski, snowboard; late afternoon at one of the surrounding lakes
Day 3 (Trip Day 5): Return to Vancouver (airport) via Whistler Connection

Notes: +1 Day in Vancouver if you have interest in a trip to Victoria

Map of walk from English Bay to Vancouver Harbor

Map from Vancouver to Whistler, Canada

Transport times

Mode of transport — taxi, bus, shuttle

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