If you arrive in Vancouver for the first time and can't wait for a hit of all that beauty you've heard about, why not book a ticket on the Whistler Mountaineer train.
A three-hour trip on the daily service between North Vancouver and Whistler (in both directions) will treat you to the contrasts of Sea to Sky cities, old-growth forests, deep valleys, snow-capped peaks, seascapes and mountain views are all there to enjoy.
The train's Glacier Dome Coach is a classically-styled Canadian designed single-level coach. It has huge windows running along the carriages, plenty of legroom and an excellent food and beverage service.
The Mountaineer leaves North Vancouver, passes under Lions Gate Bridge and you enjoy early morning views of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. You pass through West Vancouver's exclusive residential area, Horseshoe Bay Tunnel and along the shores of Howe Sound, with the British Columbia Coastal Mountains rising steeply on one side, and view of ocean and mountains on the other.
When you reach Squamish you will see the impressive Shannon Falls and the dome peak of Mt Garibaldi, rising 2678 metres. The train climbs steeply through the Cheakamus Canyon where the river below tumbles through a craggy gorge. The train crosses over the pinnacle of Brandywine Falls before arriving at Whistler Mountain which is a peak in the Fitzsimmons Range on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The Whistler Mountaineer operates daily and passengers may take a one-way or round trip.
From Vancouver to Whistler.
Creative Tours has six-night packages starting at $1818 per person twin share including Whistler Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Whistler with breakfast, accommodation and sunset dinner cruise. The price of the trip depends on whether you choose Coast Classic or Glacier Dome Service on the train.
Starting in November, Air New Zealand will have three services a week to Canada all year round.
Valid for sale until September 23, 2007 and for travel between November 4 and 23, 2007.
For more information
Ph: 00 11 1 604 606 8460
Tourism British Columbia
Canadian Tourism Commission Australia
Ph: 02 9571 1866
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476