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5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

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5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

My wife & I want to spend 5 days in Vancouver/Whistler before a 7 day cruise to Alaska around end of April We are looking for tips on what to do, what day trips are good and should we hire a car.

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1. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

A car is handy for Whistler and can be rented downtown as required. You don't need it for multiple days incurring parking costs.

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2. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

hi

Are you aware that the end of April is still winter in Alaska and that the land excursions are few. It would be a good idea to post on the Alaska forum before committing to a late April Cruise

But If you are already booked.

You do not need a car at all to visit Vancouver when you get familiar with public transit and you can do a day trip to Whistler as there are shuttles that will do that. A car only really works if you want to spend time stopping in a few places back and forth from Whistler or visiting some of the suburbs like Steveston and White Rock/Crescent Beach etc...

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3. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

Hi Peter ~

Where are you from? Are you from a visa waiver country, meaning do you need to apply for an eTA? It is a good idea to add your location to your profile page. Not having your location showing can cause you miss important info unless a regular member thinks to ask you certain questions.

You might like to browse this collection of travel guides for Vancouver:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel_Guide-g15…

One day - the CBD area of Vancouver. My rule of thumb is 3 attractions or activities a day.

One day/night - a day trip (2.5 hours one way up the Sea to Sky highway) or an overnight to Whistler. You could even transfer from the airport on your arrival day.

One day - the outer layer of Vancouver: Steveston, Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Deep Cove - kayaking(?), Sewell's Sea Safari out of Horseshoe Bay(?)

Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

April weather is typically quite socked in and rainy. Low cloud cover obscures the mountains and the rain keeps you inside. It would be a miserable time to try and cruise Alaska, IMO. A Pacific Coastal cruise down to California makes more sense. There's some nice itineraries that take you down with stops in Oregon and coastal California before terminating in LA or SD.

Western Australia...
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5. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

Thank you

Western Australia...
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6. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

Thanks. Very helpful

Western Australia...
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7. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

Thank you for the tips. We are from Australia.

Western Australia...
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8. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

Thanks

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9. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

As you may have noticed Peter, the 'reply' button does not work, it just adds a reply to the end of the thread. Also add your location, Australia to your profile, so that it will be visible in your future posts.

Also make sure you apply AND receive the Eta BEFORE you book any flights etc.

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10. Re: 5 days Vancouver and Whistler end of April

Peter, an Aussie needs an eTA to be able to board the plane to Canada. Here is the official page:

https:/…

The individual reply buttons don't do anything except look pretty. Just call up one reply text box and say everything. If you really have a specific reply to someone, use their post # or their user name in that one box.

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