- About This Trip
- Minimum Requirements
- Minimum & Maximum Numbers
- Joining and Ending Your Trip
- Local Laws
- Arrival Complications
- Passports and Visas
- Travel Insurance
- Currency and Money
- Problems & Emergency Contact Information
- Safety Information
- Responsible Travel
About This Trip
Whistler, home of the 2019 winter Olympics is also a dynamic summer mountain playground, with more activities than you could do in a week. From adrenaline rushes to back-country experiences, to village wandering and shopping to night-life, it’s a smorgasbord of adventures to suit every appetite.
This trip is designed to be added prior to the beginning of any of your larger trips with West Adventures; thus it begins on Wednesdays and ends on Saturdays. But it can also stand on its own as a short trip.
It can be booked either as a self-drive trip or escorted by one of our driver/guides with a minimum of two clients. Either way, the price includes the vehicle, which may be an economy rental car or (if escorted) with one of our minibuses.
This tour is only available upon special request: Dates are flexible.
The main requirement for traveling with West Adventures is an adventurous spirit. We deliberately do not cater to specific demographics, believing that a shared wanderlust, an appreciation for our planet, and a commitment to a group experience are the most important
ingredients in making a trip successful.
In order to get the most out of your trip, though, you should be reasonably fit and enjoy the outdoors. We also restrict our clients to a minimum of age 18, although we will accept clients as young as 14 if they are accompanied by a parent or designated adult.
Minimum & Maximum Numbers
The minimum number of clients for this trip to go is TWO; when we reach that number, it will be “Guaranteed.” Please do not book flights prior to assurance that the departure is confirmed. Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for our policies in the event that we have to cancel a departure.
The maximum number of clients on this trip is sixteen. We will indicate in the “Status” column of the “Trip Dates” when we are approaching maximum numbers.
Joining and Ending Your Trip
We utilize several hotels within your start and end Cities. Your final pre-trip documents will indicate which is the hotel for your departure and give instructions for getting there. The trip officially starts with the group meeting, normally at 6 pm on the first day of the trip in Vancouver. Look for a posted note or other information at the front desk of the joining hotel to confirm the time and place of the meeting and receive any last minute instructions or required information.
The trip ends after your ferry ride back to Vancouver on day 4.
You may want to add a day or two before or after your trip to enjoy Vancouver unless you are coming from or carrying on to one of our other tours already. We will be happy to book hotel accommodations and excursions for you, subject to availability. It is in your interests to book these as early as possible, as hotels and excursions tend to get fully booked this time of year. As most of our trips can be easily booked back to back. Please email us at or call from within North America at 1-877-230-9699 or internationally at1-604-371-2525 if you need assistance in this regard.
Taxis are a quick and easy way to get to and from Vancouver International Airport. The approximate fare to Down town is between CAD$35-45 or there is public Transit (Sky Train) that is approximately CAD$8 per person.
Specific details will be given with your final pre-trip documents.
Your final pre-trip documents will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure.
All travellers with West Adventures Inc. or any trusted partners are expected to obey all laws and regulations of the countries and facilities visited. Any illegal drug use is unacceptable and will be cause for instant removal from the tour. No refunds will be issued in this case.
Smoking rules and regulations have been implemented throughout Canada and are enforced. It will be up to the individual to ensure they know the regulations surrounding this activity.
All requirements of the car rental company must be met (including having a valid drivers license and being 25 or older) and local driving laws must be adhered to. West Adventures is unable to help anyone who is arrested or fined for breaking the laws.
If for any reason, you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact our your trip leader at the contact provided on your final pre-trip documents as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to catch up with the group or let them know you will not be traveling.
Passports and Visas
It is the responsibility of the client to be in possession of a valid passport, visa permits or visa waivers that be required for the duration of the tour that has been booked. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of West Adventures.
Medical insurance is mandatory for all clients travelling with West Adventures Inc. Clients, together with their personal property, including baggage, are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the trip and the cost of the trip through cancellation prior to or during the trip, for insurable reasons, as well as emergency repatriation. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses, limiting protection for the type of activities available during their trip whether included in the course of the tour provided by West Adventures Inc. or otherwise.
Although Canada has two official languages, English and French, Western Canada is almost strictly English. You will not need any other language to get by in this area, though you may find a variety of colourful accents because Canada is a multi-cultural country with many ethnic backgrounds represented.
If you require a guide in a different language other than English please send us your request and we may be able to accommodate you.
Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs and a plug with a third round grounding pin are standard.
Accommodations on this trip are all hotels. Our hotels are not five-star but they are clean and comfortable, convenient and provide all the basic needs for this type of travel.
You will be responsible for your own luggage at all times. We recommend travelling light. A small suitcase or backpack (preferred) and a day pack are probably all you need. There are laundry facilities along the way so that you can reuse your clothing, to keep the packing lighter. If you plan to do a lot of hiking, you may want to bring along hiking poles. We recommend the collapsible kind, for easy packing and storage and for the safety of fellow passengers.
MAXIMUM LUGGAGE SIZE: a 65-litre backpack (preferred), or suitcase equivalent (approx. 32 x 15 x 12 inches, or 80 x 40 x 30 cm), and a small daypack.
We arrange for you to obtain your rental vehicle. All requirements of the rental company must be met.
All rental car drivers must provide a currently valid driver’s license that is issued by the renter’s state or residence to be inspected at the time of the vehicle rental. Licenses must not be any form of a learner’s permit, temporary license or a copy of the original document. Must have a major credit cards. The credit card must be in the renter’s name and have available credit.
All additional renters listed on a rental car policy must appear at the rental counter, provide a valid driver’s license and major credit card, and may have to pay an additional driver fee. Gas and additional insurance is additional.
No vaccinations are necessary for travel to Canada however many seasoned travellers make sure they are immunized for Hepatitis and make sure their routine vaccinations are up to date.
It is important that you bring along with you any medications you may require on the trip, as you will not likely be able to fill foreign prescriptions at Canadian pharmacies. Also, if you are taking an escorted version of this trip, you should advise your tour leader of medications you are on, in case an emergency situation arises while on your tour.
Should any medical emergencies arise, on this tour there are medical facilities close by.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, tap water in Canada is treated and safe to drink. However, taste varies considerably and some may not want to imbibe water treated with chemicals. If you prefer bottled water, that is your option, but you will have to supply that yourself. When drinking from rivers or lakes, it is advisable to boil or treat the water before drinking. We encourage you to bring your own re-usable water bottle to help protect the environment.
Currency and Money
Our pricing is based on Canadian currency rates. If you are using a non-Canadian credit card for payment of your trip, your credit card company will apply the exchange rate of the day to your purchase. On arrival in Canada, though, prices will always be quoted in Canadian dollars but US cash is accepted almost everywhere. Any other currency, though, will not likely be accepted when you shop in Western Canada. You should also be aware that paying with any currency besides Canadian dollars will likely be at exchange rates considerably worse than you will get when you change your money at a bank or currency exchange.
Canadian prices are normally quoted before taxes. There are usually two taxes added, the federal 5% GST and the provincial tax, which varies by province. Some items have only the GST and some, such as food to be prepared, are exempt from all taxes. In British Columbia the provincial tax (PST) is 7%. In Alberta, there is no provincial tax.
Credit cards and cash are virtually equally accepted in Canada, and there is no additional charge for the use of credit cards. Please be sure to make whatever arrangements are necessary with your financial institution back home, though, to ensure that your credit card or bank card is not denied by your provider. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are widely available at any bank or financial institution and at many other convenience stops.
Tipping is deeply engrained in the tourism industry and is a pretty standard practice in Canada for services rendered. It is in most cases, entirely optional, though, and should reflect your level of satisfaction with the service. Occasionally, though, a “service fee” or “gratuity” may be added to the bill, especially at higher end restaurants or when a group is being served. You should check your bill carefully before deciding on your tip. Typical tips vary. At restaurants, it is typical to tip 15 – 20% directly to your server or added to your payment. For bars, $1 per drink is appropriate.
Tipping is also anticipated in the wage structure for those who supply tourism services. You should anticipate tipping your guides for local excursions, both included and optional ones, 10 – 20% of the value of the trip you purchased. As for your tour leaders, it is entirely up to you but if you feel they have done a good job, it is appropriate to tip $5 – $10 per day per leader if you have a guide.
Problems & Emergency Contact Information
While we always endeavor to provide the best possible experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can go wrong. Should any problems occur while you are on your trip, you must discuss this with your trip leader right away if this is an escorted version of this trip or our office, so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
Contact our operations office at 1-877-230-9699 (toll-free in the USA and Canada) or +1-604-371-2525 (office hours).
Keep in mind that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
In case of an emergency, local authorities can be contacted by calling 911 – this is the toll-free phone number for the police, fire department and the ambulance in Canada and the USA.
Most visits to Canada are trouble-free. The country is politically stable and there have been no recent terrorism events. The crime rate is low, but travelers are advised to take sensible precautions to safeguard their belongings, as they would anywhere; including using a safety deposit box when in a hotel and using a money belt.
We try to minimize any negative aspects of tourism on the local area and it’s environment, so that the beauty will be enjoyed for generations to come. Whenever possible we will recycle glass, metal and plastics. Bring a reusable water drinking container with you to reduce waste.
The world and its people are diverse and add to the experience of travel. It is extremely important to show respect to those local customs and traditions when we travel, just as we would expect travelers to show when visiting our home country.