Plan Your Trip to Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
Whistler is located on Canada’s West Coast just 120-Kms (90-minutes) from Vancouver, BC and 350-Kms (218 miles/ 4-hours) north of Seattle, WA. Gateway airports are SEA (Seattle) and YVR (Vancouver).
Discounted Airfare GayWhistler is proud to work with our preferred travel partner – Whistler/Blackcomb to give you the best travel discounts available. Click Here to visit Whistler Blackcomb’s Air Desk. It is your one stop shopping experience to get you to Whistler faster with the best value!
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There are a variety of ways to get from YVR – Vancouver International to downtown Vancouver and up to the mountain resort of Whistler. You can choose to go in style from your own private heli transfer to a more economical motor coach transfer, to everything in between.
Choose from a private Town Car, Limo, SUV or mini Coach Transfer by the Glacier Group. When travelling with a small group having the convenience of having your own driver to pick you up and take you to the resort is just as economical and in some cases cheaper than all going on the shuttle. Plus you have the advantage of going on your own schedule rather than someone else’s. So if you wanted to stop at Granville Island and pick up a few things before heading to the resort – you have the flexibility of doing so. Caught in traffic? Your driver can be proactive and take you on a detour and have a couple of cocktails at Horseshoe Bay while the traffic eases.
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival’s preferred private car service. VIP Whistler is locally owned. Locally operated. VIP Whistler transportation specialize in everything Whistler. Arrive to Whistler in style with their executive car service and be ready to take on the next step of your adventure! Travelling with a large posse, VIP Whistler has you covered with their luxurious 11 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Call 1.866.335.2299 or visit VIPwhistler.com use promo code: WhistlerPride25
Need a ride? We got your back! SNOWBUS is the easiest way to travel between Vancouver and Whistler. Their full-size coach offers plenty of space for gear and luggage.
Pacific Coach is the official YVR Airport shuttle service (YVR Whistler Skylynx) for Whistler Blackcomb as well as Whistler Express (Downtown Vancouver to/from Whistler Village) offering nine departures daily. Use Promo Code: Pride2017 (Valid Dec. 20, 2016 thru to February 28, 2017) save 25% off regular retail rates. Advance Reservations required.
Book online at www.pacificcoach.com or call 1.800.661.1725 or local 604.662.7575
Ride Share Program: Kangaride
Kangaride is a ridesharing platform that puts drivers and passengers in contact to share the road and the travel costs for medium- and long-distance car trips. Kangaride can be used for travel all over Canada and the USA as a fun, inexpensive and sustainable way to travel!
Avis Car Rental is a great way to get from YVR – Vancouver International up to the mountain resort of Whistler.
Choose from a variety of cars, sizes and styles. When travelling with a small group having the convenience of having your own car is just as economical and in some cases cheaper than all going on the shuttle. You then have the advantage of going on your own schedule rather than someone else’s. So if you wanted to stop at Granville Island and pick up a few things before heading to the resort – you have the flexibility of doing so. Click Here For More Info on Avis
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Dine Out Vancouver Festival –
Jan. 20 – Feb. 05, 2017
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a great way to start and end your Whistler Pride and Ski Festival experience. Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the best flavours of the city. You can choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city offering special meals and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.
It’s the tastiest time to visit Vancouver!
If you’re joining us for Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, be sure to arrive a few days early or stay a few days longer in a city that has been described as “Manhattan with mountains” and enjoy some of the best dining opportunities Canada has to offer.
Programming details are normally released by December 1st. More information can be found at DINEOUTVANCOUVER.COM
Canadian Dollar on Sale
While the currency exchange rate varies currently the American dollar offers very complimentary exchange rates with Canadian currency. Lately, the currency exchange rate is floating around $1 US = $1.30 Canadian. That’s great news for American visitors to Whistler (and Canada). Learn more >>
New entry requirements for Canada
New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport, need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
Visa-exempt travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land (e.g. car or bus) or sea (e.g. cruise ship).
An eTA can be valid for up to five years or until your passport expires. If you get a new passport, you will need to get a new eTA. With a valid eTA you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to six months at a time). Click here to learn more
Taxes on Purchases in Whistler
The amount of taxes visitors pay on purchases ranges between 7% and 15%. Residents of countries outside Canada can apply for refunds on taxes paid in Canada. Typical tax rates are as follows: 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) / 8% PST for accommodations. 2% Municipal Regional District tax. Additionally Federal 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is charged on virtually all good and services.
Tipping in Whistler
Tips or service charges are not typically added to your bill for services. A tip of up to 15% to 20% of the sub-total (before taxes) is typical for waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. At hotels, airports and railway stations, bellhops, doormen, etc. are generally paid $1-$2 per item of luggage.