Vancouver's unbeatable location makes it the perfect gateway to the rest of British Columbia and beyond, allowing you to enhance your meeting's appeal by offering your delegates a range of outstanding opportunities for pre and post-conference travel. Below are a few options ranging from day trips to more substantial journeys.
WhistlerProximity: 90-minute drive from Vancouver
From Vancouver, a scenic drive north along the Sea to Sky Highway leads to Whistler. Known as North America's number one ski resort, Whistler offers an exciting range of year-round activities. Along the drive, there are excellent photo and hiking opportunities, including spectacular Shannon Falls and the stunning Stawamus Chief rock face. Once in Whistler, stroll the cobble-stoned village streets, enjoy a wide selection of restaurants and outdoor cafés, or take in year-round special events and street performers.
Winter recreational activities include world-famous skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In the summer, enjoy championship golf, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, guided nature walks, swimming, and other watersports.
Find more information on visiting Whistler here.
Victoria & Vancouver IslandProximity to Vancouver: Victoria - 2.5 hours by car/ferry, 35 minutes by floatplane/helicopter
With its colonial charm and relaxed pace, Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, is a favourite destination from Vancouver. Take the ferry over and spot Orca whales and sea lions en route as the vessel makes its way through the picturesque Gulf Islands, or take a scenic flight over to the city, conveniently flying right from downtown to downtown. Once in Victoria, take a double-decker bus ride or traditional afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress hotel. Other attractions include the Parliament Buildings, Butchart Gardens, whale watching excursions, and the Royal BC Museum.
Victoria is also a great launching point for exploring the rest of Vancouver Island. Just north of the city, there are wineries in the Cowichan Valley, native totems in Duncan, and art galleries in Chemainus. Continue to the West Coast of the island to Tofino and Ucluelet, both former fishing villages that are now home to a unique ambiance that spans surf culture through to luxury resorts.
Find more information on visiting Victoria here.
Vancouver - Alaska CruiseProximity to Vancouver: cruises depart from Vancouver and are usually 7 days
With some of the world's top cruise lines operating out of the city, Vancouver serves as the home port for the renowned 1,000 mile Inside Passage cruise, offering some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Passengers will be captivated by the maze of forested islands, glacier-carved fjords and Southeast Alaska's most popular, frontier-friendly ports.
Learn more about cruising from Vancouver here
Okanagan ValleyProximity to Vancouver: approximately a 5-hour drive or 45-minute flight
Situated in central British Columbia, the Thompson-Okanagan region is one of the province's most beautiful and best-kept secrets. With its green valleys, bountiful orchards, crystal clear lakes and mountain resorts, the area abounds with things to do and see year-round. The Okanagan Valley is a year-round destination, with wine tasting tours and farm-to-table dining through to white-water rafting, golfing and sailing in the summer, and skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Learn more about the Okanagan Valley here
Rocky MountainsProximity to Vancouver: a 1-hour flight to Calgary plus a 90 minute drive.
Whether you are looking for peace and solitude or outdoor adventure, the Rocky Mountains offer a majestic getaway. Here, the landscape is as diverse as the views are spectacular. Visitors discover cool glaciers and natural hot springs, dense forests and wide open meadows. And there is plenty to do: everything from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Delegates can also make the journey part of the adventure by taking the two-day Rocky Mountaineer
train through jaw-dropping scenery to get to the Rockies.