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British Columbia
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 29, 2015
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Experience B.C. on a family vacation in Whistler!

Experience British Columbia as your family never has before. Whistler will make your family feel as though you’ve stepped into a postcard. Bike peaceful rainforests trails, hike to hidden valleys and picturesque waterfalls, defy the rapids on the Elcho River, and take a gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain. Visit some of the 2010 Olympic venues and challenge your family to a Biathlon of short track biking and shooting the Olympic Targets—winner gets to choose the next Austin adventure!

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Whistler wows with wildflowers, whitewater, wilderness, and wildlife... say that five times fast! Austin Adventures’ six-day Whistler family adventure is oodles of fun for everyone.

  • Hike through massive cedars and hemlock rainforest in Alice Lake Provincial Park
  • Bike backroads and quiet trails through Whistler Valley and around Lost, Alta, and Green Lakes
  • Raft a scenic section of the Cheakamus River and enjoy a riverside barbecue and drive at sunset along the Sea to Sky Highway
  • Ride the gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain and trek the last 1,000 feet to the summit for 360-degree mountain, glacier and meadow views
  • Take a challenging hike or bike ride while the kids try their hands at horseback riding, mini-golf, rock climbing, and bungee trampolining
  • Unwind with a well-earned meal at one of our favorite restaurants and a restful night’s sleep in the comfort of the Legends Lodge
Whistler mountains
Photo: Whistler mountains

This was one of the best trips we have ever taken. We worked hard, had a lot of fun, and were well rewarded throughout the day. The small group life allowed us to go at our own pace and really enjoy the trip. All the little 'extras' really made it great.

Laura Roedig Horsham, PA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Vancouver, British Columbia

Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler
Vancouver to Whistler
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Legends Lodge

On Day 1, get ready for an early morning pick-up in downtown Vancouver.

  • Drive through Stanley Park and follow the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway along Howe Sound
  • Marvel at the dramatic 1200 foot Shannon Falls as we continue north into Squamish
  • Next stop: an ultimate rafting adventure on the impressive Elaho River fed by the Glaciers resting above
  • Enjoy lunch after the rafting trip as we exchange stories from the river
  • Our drive will continue north through the mountains with stops at perfect viewpoints of the glacier covered peaks of the Tantalus Mountain Range

Early arrival at the Legends Lodge in Whistler with dinner in Whistler village.

About Legends Lodge
Legends Lodge sits at the base of Whistler Mountain at the original resort town site. Located in Creekside, which is the smaller village located 5 minutes south of the main village, it captures the vibrant atmosphere of this dynamic destination.

Legends confidently sets itself apart from the more traditional mountain lodges, with bold colors and a laid back ambience. Families will appreciate the amenities. Couples will enjoy the atmosphere.

Day 2: Callaghan Valley
Callaghan Valley
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Legends Lodge

On Day 2, spend the morning exploring the beauty of the Cheakamus Valley, just a short drive from our lodge.

Hike through pristine wilderness and witness the dominance of the Old Growth Douglas Fir trees. In the afternoon we will cross the valley into the Callaghan to enjoy lunch at Alexander Falls.

Our afternoon will also give us opportunity to visit some of the 2010 Olympic venues including participating in our own Biathlon of biking the short track and shooting the Olympic targets.

Our dinner is at the Brew House Restaurant next to the Olympic Medals Plaza.

Day 3: Joffre Lakes
Joffre Lakes
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Legends Lodge

Today we embark on the ultimate Coast Mountain experience!

A full-day hike along forested trails with views of the Cayoosh mountains bring us to the edge of the three Joffre Lakes. Enjoy lunch at the base of the Matier Glacier and perhaps an invigorating swim.

Kids have the option to spend the day at the adventure zone with choices of horseback riding, trapeze, the luge track and more.

Tonight we will rendezvous for dinner at the local favorite, Creek Bread.

Day 4: Whistler Valley
Whistler Valley
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Legends Lodge

After breakfast enjoy a morning bike ride on paved back roads and quiet trails through the
Whistler Valley.

Ride around Lost, Alta, and Green Lakes enjoying incredible mountain views. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Rainbow Park on Alta Lake.

Adults continue pedaling along a meandering river stopping often to photograph wildlife and wildflowers, while kids head into town for bungee trampolining, mini golf and more.

Tonight’s dinner is on your own to sample another one of Whistler’s favorites.

Day 5: Whistler Mountain
Whistler Mountain
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Legends Lodge

On day 5, ride the gondola to the top of Whistler mountain, then hike along the beautiful alpine trails overlooking the entire valley below.

Delight in flower-filled meadows and spectacular views in every direction. Connect across to Blackcomb on the new Peak to Peak gondola, setting 3 world records. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch with a view of the many lakes that cover the valley floor and the imposing Coast Range glaciers.

Then, descend by gondola for a late afternoon to explore the village shops or visit the spa.

Tonight’s dining experience is one of Whistler’s finest and sure to impress.

Day 6: Vancouver
Vancouver
Meals Included:  B, L

On the final morning, sip coffee or cocoa and enjoy a leisurely breakfast preceding a hike into the Cheakamus Valley.

Follow the edge of the raging Cheakamus River before crossing over the suspension bridge to venture deeper into the quiet valley above.

Lunch will be enjoyed lake side while savoring the mountain views. Mid-afternoon, bid Whistler farewell and depart for Vancouver hotels or the airport.

* This trip is operated by Arbutus Routes in partnership with Austin Adventures.

** Family trip itineraries differ somewhat. Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail, ocean, weather, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 29, 2015
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Departure Dates

  • Jun 29, 2015
  • Jul 06, 2015
  • Jul 13, 2015
  • Aug 03, 2015
  • Aug 24, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 of your itinerary starts at 8:00 am or 8:20 am depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Canada Line Train to the Vancouver Airport or either the Blue Horizon Hotel or Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver.
  • Expected arrival time in Vancouver is 4:30pm.
Activities
  • Hiking: 5 to 12 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking: 6 to 20 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Whitewater rafting: Class III and IV rapids, no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments, and receptions — except one dinner on your own — are included with your adventure. Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Each morning starts with a hearty breakfast, usually in the dining room at our lodging. In the evening, it’s a five-star restaurant, an out-of-the-way bistro, the locals’ favorite hangout or a candlelit meal in a private wine cellar. One night might feature steak and seafood. The next could bring homemade pasta with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs.

Even our trailside lunches are gourmet affairs. With the great outdoors as your dining room, our picnics would make even Chef Emeril Lagasse proud. Our guides are culinary magicians who prepare nutritious meals and know where to find farm-fresh produce, homemade bread, or wood-oven pizza.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths. Rooms often accommodate 3 or 4 people.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • All necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Joffre Lake hike: when you get to the top, look down – the water is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom!
  • 2. The view from the top of Whistler Blackcomb: the 360-degree panorama is impossible to beat.
  • 3. Ever heard of bungee trampolining? The kids will love it!
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