Whistler is almost a one-of-a-kind - there are very few places like it so close to a major city and airport which offer such a breathtaking alpine wilderness environment.
But you probably already know that, so let's just cut to the chase, and give you our Top 10 Whistler Romantic Getaway Ideas for 2014...
1. Whistler Sleigh Ride: a bit pricey, but super-romantic, as you glide across the snow on Blackcomb mountain, stopping for a hot chocolate and possibly...a spot to propose?! If popping the question is on your list of things to do in Whistler, Blackcomb Sleighrides has it all figured out.
2. Cozy Up By a Fire: another romantic experience not to miss in Whistler (especially in winter) is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and their fabulous fire pits – huddle around, order a couple of drinks, snuggle up nice n’ warm under the heat lamps and soak up the unbeatable alpine scenery.
3. Romantic Whistler Snowmobile & Fondue Dinner: actually, you have a choice: ride as a group up Blackcomb Mountain via Snowcat (heated comfort) or follow the guide while steering your own snowmobile. Either method of hill-climbing ends at the romantic Crystal Hut Lodge for a fondue dinner served with candlelight, live music and the twinkling lights of Whistler Village waaaaay below. See: CanadianWilderness.com
4. Romantic Walk through Whistler Village: Where else but the aptly named Whistler Village Stroll? One romantic spot along this walk is the pond in front of The BrewHouse (where Village Stroll meets Village Park) with benches to relax on.
5. Go Swimming: What? In Canada during the winter? Well, many Whistler hotels have heated pools, which makes them even more fun in the cold. If you’ve never swam in a heated outdoor pool when it’s – 10, give it a try, you might just love it!
6. Romantic Whistler Dog Sled Rides: a must for any romantic winter Getaway in Canada. Blackcomb Dogsled has something called “Champagne & Moondogs”. The title gives it away: a moonlit dog sled ride on the mountain side, with a stop to sip cider by the campfire.
7. Dinner at Rim Rock Cafe: As you approach the Rim Rock, you might think that it's just an old lodge. But once you're inside, you'll experience how the warmth of the wood, rock and fireplace adds even more romance to the candlelit ambience, and you'll appreciate why many couples regard this as one of Whistler's most romantic restaurants. The Rack of Lamb with lobster has stood the test of time as a favorite, as has their Toffee pudding (2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler BC 877-932-5589)
8. Romantic Picnic for 2 via Whistler Float Plane: pure romance and surprise for your Canadian honeymoon! Hop aboard a floatplane for a short 45 min flight to a remote and very scenic Alpine lake. Then it's a picnic for 2 surrounded by the mountain tops and glaciers. HarbourAir.com
9. Ride a Chairlift Together: the gondolas are fine, but you usually ride with several other people. A chairlift ride for 2 at Whistler on a sunny day is simply unbeatable (can't pick which one is most scenic, they all are...). It's not too hard to find one, there's over 30 of them on Whistler/Blackcomb!
10. Whistler Tasting Tours: what a fun way explore Whistler Village and sample some excellent romantic dining spots! A "4 course meal in 4 restaurants over 4 hours" is how it's described, priced starting at $89.99 per person. WhistlerTastingTours.com
Flights to Whistler - Vancouver International Airport is the closest major gateway, and the starting point for your Whistler vacation experience. There are direct flights here from all over Canada, as well as many U.S. cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Washington and Miami.
From overseas, there are non-stops from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Honolulu, Sydney and Mexico City just to name a few.
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By Car: The Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver
Vancouver to Whistler Driving Time - It takes about 2 hours to get to Whistler from downtown Vancouver, or 2&1/2 from the airport. Whistler is about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver. There is shuttle service from both Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver. Fares are around $65 per person/one-way.
From Seattle, Washington - The distance from Seattle to Whistler is 349 km (216 miles). Driving time is about 5.5 hours.
Highway to Whistler - Highway 99 (also called the Sea-to-Sky Highway) is the road from Vancouver to Whistler, and it’s worth mentioning that you must be very careful on this roadway. It’s paved all the way and very scenic, but rather narrow in spots. Over the years, there have been a number of accidents around curves and even on straightaways – drivers going too fast, too tired, too much to drink, or hitting a patch of ice in the winter. If you’re at all unsure about mountain driving, take the bus or shuttle instead.
Summer Driving: If you’re driving up in the months from April to October, you might want to give yourself some extra time to stop and enjoy some of the sights on the way up to Whistler. The sea-to sky highway is a beautiful mountain drive, and there’s some places where you can stop and appreciate the scenery and wilderness: