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Whistler or Vancouver Island?

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Whistler or Vancouver Island?

I will be traveling the end of October to Vancouver for a conference and wanted to explore for a 5 days after the meeting concludes. The 5 days would be from Oct 30-Nov 3. I have never been to this area and would love to see as much as possible with out driving hours every single day. Would love some advise. No children going. 2 couples ages from 40-60s.

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1. Re: Whistler or Vancouver Island?

Whistler is good for maybe 2 nights as the ski season will not have started but you could do that after getting a car to drive to Victoria via Tsawassen to Swartz Bay ferry and go north to Nanaimo to get the Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay ferry. for ferry info www.bcferries.com

https://goo.gl/maps/msVrbs3kxrr

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2. Re: Whistler or Vancouver Island?

@DanielleAZ

The reality is that those days fall at the height of the rainy season. Whistler could be quite gloomy with low lying clouds and fog. It is completely off season and there will be few people around.

My advice is to cross over to Vancouver Island and spend your time on the west coast of the Island in Tofino. Tofino is a great place to storm watch. It also offers access to Pacific Rim National Park with miles long natural undeveloped beaches and rain forests with old grown forests and a number of shorter but interesting trails to explore.

There is great accommodation and lots of good places to dine. And while it will be off season there as well there will be others around and good deals on accommodation.

It will take a day to drive from Vancouver and a day to return, giving you 3 full days to explore.

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3. Re: Whistler or Vancouver Island?

Vancouver Island definitely for reasons already posted-Victoria, the Cowichan Valley-all found.

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