Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, BC
3 Fun Places as You Travel from Vancouver to Whistler, BC
1. Sea to Sky Highway
BC-99 (the Sea to Sky highway) is around 75 miles (120 km) and takes you from Vancouver to Whistler along one of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever take. On one side of the car you have beautiful water views and on the other, scenic mountains. Yes, you can make it to Whistler in about an hour and a half, but if you work in a few stops, you’ll enjoy it even more.
Halfway between Vancouver and Whistler is the village of Squamish. When we asked the concierge at Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa where they recommended we pick up groceries before reaching the resort, this was their suggested stop. The village has several inviting stores and cafes, and as a bonus, the two grocery stores are cheaper than what you’ll find in Whistler.
Since it was lunch time when we arrived in Squamish, we stopped for lunch as well. We decided on Howe Sound Brewing and it was delicious. In fact, we ate there again on the way back to Vancouver! The menu is varied, but we fell in love with the fish and chips and ordered those both times.
3. Brandywine Falls
Brandywine Falls is right outside Whistler and is accessible off of BC-99. If you’re not in a rush to make it to Whistler, consider stopping (or plan to come back later in the week). Either way, this is a sight you don’t want to miss.
Make sure you have good sneakers or a sturdy pair of boots on if you visit Brandywine Falls in the winter months as there are several slippery spots from your car to the waterfall viewing platform. You don’t need to budget a lot of time here, but it is worth the stop.
If you visit during the summer, there are hiking trails and a picnic area.
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Photo credit: Destination BC
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