Vancouver is a beautiful, sparkling city that is filled with delightful restaurants, coffee houses, shopping and night life, and it makes a wonderful city to visit while on your way to Whistler. Both cities are amazing; with clean air and the beautiful scenery of North America, and with visitors that come to stay for up to three months that enhance the local population. Over two million people come to visit Whistler every year, whether it is for alpine skiing, snowboarding and in the short summer months, mountain biking. Whistler has been voted one of the top destinations in the entire North American continent. The commute from Vancouver to Whistler is only about 100 miles, and Whistler transportation can have you there in an hour and a half. Since Vancouver is a large city of over 600,000, there is no lack of Whistler transportation available. To get to the beautiful resort town, it is much easier to go by train or shuttle bus from Vancouver to Whistler than to drive. If you and your party only have time to go for the day, daytrips are available too. Make sure that your holiday includes a visit to Vancouver either before or after your holiday in Whistler. The vacation begins when you arrive in Whistler and your eyes open to this Canadian resort town, which is surrounded by the beauty of the mountain wilderness. The mountain trails beneath the snow-capped mountain tops are breathtaking, and, in the winter, there is occasionally a skier seen in the distance. Whistler is one of the most impressive and extraordinary resort towns in the Northern Hemisphere. Visitors come from all over the globe because of the spectacular wilderness, and the temperatures are moderate, which allows for long hours of skiing the spectacular mountain ranges. There are a number of ski resorts, and one of the largest is Whistler-Blackcomb. Accommodations are not a problem either because there are over 70 deluxe hotels, condos and chalets in Whistler. The locally-owned hotels provide enough luxury rooms for visitors. When you take a break from skiing, you’ll find there is plenty to do and great restaurants to go to. The Whistler mountain bike path is open seasonally, Lost Lake is only a 15 minutes shuttle ride from downtown, there are three 18 hole golf courses, and Whistler Kids is an amusement park for the children. The Whistler Sliding Center is unusual fun with sliding down the ice-covered hill or you could hike the Black Tusk Trail or out to the Whistler Train Wreck. Really, there is always something fun to do in this fascinating resort town, including spending time absorbing the astounding scenery.