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All-Inclusive Winter Wonderland in Whistler with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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Why Travel With Us?

  • All meals included, all 100% plant-based. Here's your chance to try local favorites!
  • Hand-picked tours & activities specifically catered by vegans, for vegans
  • Emphasis on wildlife with visits to sanctuaries, refuges & shelters
  • Deluxe accommodation with a focus on location and comfort
  • Two tour leaders per trip for ultimate attention & service during your adventure
  • Travel the world with fellow vegans and create life-lasting friendships

Getting Started With World Vegan Travel

  • Trip Length:7 days / 6 nights
  • Trip Dates:6-12 February, 2022
  • Start Location:Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Trip Price:from USD 5595$/person
  • End Location:Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Single Supplement:USD 1000$
  • Group Size:18-24 travelers
  • Sign Up Deposit:USD 1500$/person
Gondola rides, eagle spotting, ​hot chocolate, snowshoeing, skiing, outdoor hot tubs, restaurant food crawl, cheese fondue, a 100% vegan après-ski… come have fun in the snow with us in North America’s premier winter resort!
We're off to beautiful Whistler, BC, Canada!

The mountain town of Whistler is constantly ranked amongst the top ski resorts in North America, and with good reason!  Sporting the highest vertical on the continent and an incredible variety of terrain scattered over 2 huge mountains, the resort has plenty to keep you occupied for weeks whether you be a complete beginner or seasoned expert.

But you definitely don’t need to be a skier to join this trip.  In fact, our host, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, has no plan whatsoever to take up the sport, so we’ve had to come up with an amazing list of fun-in-the-snow activities to make sure each and every one of your days are fun packed.  We’re talking snowshoeing in an alpine forest, eagle spotting on a river raft, riding the world’s 2nd longest free span gondola, going on a restaurant food crawl and, of course, an afternoon spent at an outdoor Scandinavian-style spa

If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry!  We’ve built 3 “free days” into our itinerary, where you can go and build your own adventure, whether it be a day of skiing, or booking yourself on any of Whistler massive list of activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, bobsleighing, spa treatment, helicopter tours, ziplining… the list goes on and on!    You can head out for a day of exploring and adventures, knowing that we’ve got an activity ready for you in the evening.  Fun! 

We’ll be staying at a 4-star resort right in the thick of things.  Your room comes complete with a cozy gas fireplace and even a small kitchenette.  If you need a bit of relaxation, head to the outdoor hot tub!   Outside your front door, Whistler’s adorable European-style village is mostly pedestrian and filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, two museums and art galleries.  The surrounding area has plenty of hiking trails.  It’s a nature paradise!

And throughout the week we’ll of course be indulging in one memorable meal after another, from our big hearty breakfasts to lunches at the mountain base, to dinner in a variety of local restaurants and even a traditional Whistler après-ski with all the trimmings!   All meals are 100% plant-based, creative, delicious and INCLUDED.    And yes, we include drinks too!

So grab your warmest winter jacket, dust off those hiking or ski boots, pack some cozy mittens and hats, and get ready to have fun in the snow in one of the world’s great winter resort, Whistler!

Why You'll Love This Trip
  • spend the week in a cozy 4-star hotel a stone-throw's away from Whistler village and the gondola
  • 3 free days for you to ski, book optional activities, or go shopping, strolling, etc. We still include all meals & an evening activity!
  • check out the incredible views of Howe Sound atop the Sea To Sky Gondola
  • all 100% plant-based meals and non-premium drinks included
  • explore Whistler village on our Walking Tasting Tour "restaurant crawl"
  • sightseeing pass to ride the Peak to Peak gondola between the 2 mountains
  • enjoy a Whistler tradition with a 100% plant-based après-ski party
  • spend an afternoon soaking in the hot (and cold!) pools of the serene Spa Scandinave
  • go snowshoeing in a lush alpine forest
  • lots of surprises and spoiling along the way!
  • Gift bag with some travel essentials
  • mountains + snow = cheese fondue night!
  • experience it all with ~20 new friends and bestselling vegan author, podcaster, and animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau!
Trip Info

Trip Price

from USD 5595$/person.  See our different room categories here.

Single Supplement

USD 1000$/person – due to our new COVID19 policy, there is no shared-room option for solo travelers.​​

Trip Host

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau    meet your host!

Group Size

18-24

Meeting Location

downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada

End Location

downtown Vancouver & Vancouver International Airport

Trip Confirmation Deadline

October 1st, 2021

Price Includes

  • all meals, from breakfast to dinner, all 100% plant-based, all delicious!
  • all general drinks (water, juice, coffee, tea, wine, beer) during included meals
  • live Q&A before the trip to ask your questions to the tour leaders and Colleen
  • one Peak-2-Peak Gondola pass (upgradeable to a ski pass - contact us)
  • two professional English-speaking tour leaders
  • accommodation in a 4-star hotel located in Whistler village
  • all fees for included activities
  • quality time with Colleen during the trip, including talks, Q&A, etc.
  • all tips to local guides and drivers for all included activities
  • all ground transportation for included activities
  • amenities bag with some travel essentials
  • one laundry load per person
  • games, treats and surprises​

Price Excludes

  • transportation (ie flights, train) to our meeting point in downtown Vancouver
  • optional activities outside of what we've planned (see itinerary for more detail)
  • medical travel insurance (mandatory)
  • premium brand alcoholic drinks
  • extra snacks, drinks, alcoholic beverages and meals outside of what's included (see itinerary)
  • tips for guides/drivers on non-included activities, or to hotel staff (completely optional)
Trip Pricing

The BASIC TRIP PRICE is for a STUDIO ROOM (356sqft/32sqm-445sqft/40sqm) with one or two beds, with the possibility to upgrade your room category (see below).   Every room includes:

  • Gas fireplace
  • Bathroom with shower/tub combination, hair dryer and robe(s)
  • Desk
  • Small kitchenette (varies in sizes depending on the room) with fridge, stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker/tea service and all the silverware, pots, pans, glasses & dishes
Couples
Friends
Solo Traveler

Couples

Studio room with 1 queen bed
USD5595/person

UPGRADE to 1 bedroom suite: USD 5945$/person
  • 470sqft/42sqm-600sqft/54sqm
  • Queen bed in separate private bedroom
  • Separate living area with sofa/chairs, dining table and kitchenette

Friends

Studio room with 2 queen beds
USD5595/person

UPGRADE OPTION 1: USD 5945$/person

1 bedroom + sofa bed suite

  • 470sqft/42sqm-600sqft/54sqm
  • Queen bed and sofa bed are in separate rooms
  • Separate living area with sofa/chairs, dining table and kitchenette
  • One bathroom

UPGRADE OPTION 2: USD 6995$/person

1 bedroom suite + 1 connecting studio queen

  • Ultimate privacy as you both get your own bedroom and bathroom
  • common living area in the 1 bedroom suite

Solo Traveler

Studio room with 1 queen bed
USD6595/person

UPGRADE to 1 bedroom suite: USD 6995$/person
  • 470sqft/42sqm-600sqft/54sqm
  • Queen bed in separate private bedroom
  • Separate living area with sofa/chairs, dining table and kitchenette

Booking Terms & Conditions
Solo Travelers
How To Join
Payment Schedule
Payment Methods & Fees
Cancellation Policy
Important Notes

As part of our COVID-19 precautions, we will not be offering shared-rooms.  As such, all solo travelers will have their own room.  The single supplement incurs an extra cost of USD 1000$/person.

We  expect this trip to sell out quickly so ensure your spot on the trip and sign up early by paying the sign-up deposit (1500$/person).    

The deadline for this trip to be confirmed will be October 1st, 2021.  If the trip isn’t confirmed by or before that date, the sign-up fee will be fully refunded.  If the trip is confirmed, the sign-up fee and subsequent payments are non-refundable. Please see our cancellation policy section below for more information.

In order to sign up, fill in the form on this page.  Any problems or questions?  Email us!

Following the sign-up fee, you will need to pay 50% of the trip’s cost due by October 15th 2021, with the final payment coming 2 months before the trip’s date: December 6th, 2021.

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Following the sign-up deposit, the remaining balance will be due in 2 installments:

  • October 15th, 2021: 50% of remaining balance
  • December 6th, 2021: final balance.   This is non-negotiable.  If you do not pay the balance for your trip, your place will be given to another individual and your payments until then will be forfeited.

We can work with you on a payment plan:  pay your trip in the usual 2 installments, or opt for several.   Contact us to discuss what works best for you!

PAYMENT METHODS
We currently accept US DOMESTIC BANK TRANSFERSINTERNATIONAL WIRE TRANSFERS and CREDIT CARDS PAYMENTS.  Once you sign-up, we will send you the necessary information for you to make your payment.

EXTRA PAYMENT FEES
Online Bank Payment – US only: also called eCheck or ACH, we do not charge a fee for this, although your bank may do so.   Please inquire with them directly.

International Wire Transfer: for those outside of the US.  We do not charge any fees for this method, although your bank most likely will.  Please inquire with them directly, and do mention that our bank is located in Mauritius, so they can give you the correct fees amount.

Credit card payment​: the following fees will be added to the total:

  • 2.9% for Visa and MasterCard
  • 3.9% for American Express

Since our trips are highly catered and made of activities that need a lot of planning and organization, all payments (the initial sign-up fee, 50% deposit and final payment) are all non-refundable.     This is because we must forward payments for accommodation, transportation, suppliers, etc. very early on, in order to privatize our accommodation, activities and our meals.

The one exception is if the trip isn’t confirmed by October 1st,2021.   In this case, your sign-up fee will be refunded in full. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has arguably introduced some degree of anxiety and incertitude regarding international travel.   Our policy is that, should there be a need to cancel the trip (ie covid19 reasons, natural disaster, human conflict, etc) before the trip’s deadline, then the sign-up fee (only) will be refunded, minus processing fees (ie bank, transfer, etc).   These are usually small amounts.

If the trip needs to be canceled once we have started to accept the post-signup fee payments (50% deposit and final remaining balance), we will strive to refund as much as possible or offer a voucher for future CPG Vegan Trips, whichever we can best negotiate with our on-the-ground partners and suppliers.    We will really try our best! 

Please note that the refund of your sign-up fee will only apply if we cancel the trip.  Our policy is to not run a trip if Covid-19 imposes too many restrictions for the enjoyment of the trip, such as: 

  • border closings/lock-downs
  • flight limitations
  • mandatory quarantine on arrival and/or upon return to home country
  • substantial spike in local cases
  • local restrictions imposed on our activities, restaurants, hotels, etc., that make it unfeasible for us to provide you with a trip of a lifetime! 

If the trip does go ahead (ie none of the above apply) and you are unable to attend the trip for any personal reasons, even related to covid-19 (ie your own country changes its travel/quarantine policy, you contract the virus, etc), there is unfortunately no refund.  The trip needs to be canceled by us, if we believe it can not run in accordance with our high standards of quality. 

Should you still need to cancel for any reason once you have signed up, we will offer your spot to the first person(s) on the waiting list.  If we are able to fill your spot, we will refund all payments made, minus processing fees.    Having said that, do note that there is no guarantee we will be able to fill up your spot.  For this reason, again, it is a good idea to get solid trip insurance when you first sign up.

​​Arriving late or leaving a trip in progress will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portion of the trip. 

TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE​ – MANDATORY

This is both a World Vegan Travel requirement. You will need to provide a policy and emergency contact number in order to join the trip. This can be done just prior to the trip’s date.

Trip Insurance (ie. covering your flight tickets, luggage, etc.) is definitely recommended as well, but not mandatory.

ITINERARY
​The itinerary is therefore subject to change, especially if we find an experience that we believe would make the trip even better. 

DIET RESTRICTION & ALLERGIES
​We do try to accommodate everyone’s food restrictions, especially allergies.   We can only do so if you let us know of any requirements when you sign up.  We begin working with all our hotels and restaurants a long time in advance, and meals are usually locked several months before the trip.  At this point, it is often no longer possible to change menus.   

​In other words: it is your responsibility to alert us of any dietary requirements, restrictions, allergies and needs, when you sign up.

Itinerary

Do note that the itinerary below is subject to change. Some activities, times and even days may get switched around, but once you sign up you will be kept updated. Please rest assured that if anything does change, it will be for the best and make the trip even better. We’re hoping that the itinerary below should, at the very least, whet your appetite — pun definitely intended!

Joyful Vegan Trips

DAY 1

Arrival in Vancouver

… and on to Whistler

Today is arrival day, hourrah!   We will be meeting at a location in downtown Vancouver just after lunch.  If it’s your first time in this wonderful city, we highly recommend you arrive 1-2 days before so you get the chance to tour the sights.  Once the trip starts, we won’t be spending time in Vancouver at all. 

After a welcome drinks and introductions all around, we’ll board our bus and head up north along the incredibly beautiful Sea to Sky Highway.   This is truly one of the most beautiful drives in the world, as the highway snakes along the the coast of the Howe Sound, providing one incredible view after another.  

After about an hour, we’ll stop in the small mountain town of Squamish and ride up the Sea To Sky Gondola.  After gliding up forested cliffs and mountains, we’ll arrive at the top, commanding an jaw-dropping view of the Howe Sound below and the snow-capped Coast Mountains.  We’ll have our own private area for some drinks, and you’ll have plenty of time to head out and do a bit of hiking in the snowy forest.

Once back down to sea level, we’ll board the bus again and head over to our hotel in Whistler.     After check-in and a welcome drink we’ll go out and explore the European-style village in style, on a walking tasting tour of several local restaurants.    As our hotel is situated right in the village, you can decide to head back to your room or check out Whistler’s famed nightlife.

Accommodation: hotel in Whistler village

Included:

  • welcome drinks in Vancouver
  • transfer from Vancouver to Whistler
  • tickets up the Sea To Sky Gondola
  • welcome drink at our hotel
  • dinner: walking tasting tour

Excluded:

  • transfer to our downtown Vancouver meeting point (ie from airport, train station, hotel, etc.)
  • breakfast & lunch

DAY 2

PEAK-2-PEAK gondola

… or go skiing!

After a hearty vegan breakfast, we’ll go explore the reason Whistler exists at all; the mountains! 

Whistler’s ski resort is actually made up of two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, and they’ve actually went and built a gondola spanning both peaks!    

The morning will be spent heading up to the peak of Whistler mountain where amazing vistas await as countless snowy peaks welcome us at the top.   We then board the world-famous Peak-2-Peak gondola for the 11-minute, 3.03km (1.88 miles) ride across to Blackcomb mountain, gently flying in the air at a height of 436 meters (1430 feet) above the the ground, with even more stunning views all around.

Once safely arrived on the other side, we’ll take even more pictures before our included lunch.   You can then head back down to the village for a free afternoon.  Do note that if you prefer to ski today, it’s possible to upgrade your sightseeing pass to a day ski pass. Contact us for more information! 

Whatever you choose to do, make sure to be back at the hotel once the slopes close for one of Whistler must-do traditional activity: the après-ski!   Immensely popular in Europe, it’s basically the chance to socialize after a day out skiing, and Whistler excels at it.  We’ll have our own private vegan party, complete with all the usual fare.

Included:

  • all meals & drinks
  • sightseeing pass for the Peak-2-Peak gondola
  • vegan après-ski party

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 3

Snowshoeing & Spa

Today we head out of to Whistler Olympic Park, a 20 minute drive away, to go snowshoeing in an alpine forest.  Don’t worry, the trail isn’t too tough and a perfect activity to build up your appetite for a hot lunch! 

What’s one to do after a morning of cardio and a big lunch?  Well, head out to the spa, of course. The Spa Scandinave features a several outdoor hot and ice-cold pools — you’re supposed to alternate, saunas and relaxing rooms where you’ll probably just pass out.   There are also a few firepits where you can sit and warm up in between soaks.    Since everyone must be quiet, it’s an absolutely tranquil spot, perfect to recharge your batteries for the days ahead! 

Dinner will be back in town at a local restaurant!

Included:

  • all meals & drinks
  • all transportation
  • snowshoe rental
  • Spa Scandinave bath entry, including robe

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 4

Free day

… and cheese fondue night!

Today is our 2nd free day, so you can build your own adventure.  Whether you decide to hit the slopes, book an optional activity, stroll around the village, go shopping or simply relax back in the hotel’s hot tubs, we can all meet for the included lunch at the base of the mountain.

It might be a good day to work out an appetite because tonight is CHEESE FONDUE NIGHT!  The Swiss favorite has very much been ported over to Whistler, and we have a 100% plant-based version that’s basically the same!  

Included:

  • all meals
  • Cheese fondue party

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 5

Eagle Viewing

… and explore Squamish

Today we head out of Whistler and drive 45 minutes south to the mountain town of Squamish — also World Vegan Travel’s base!! — which just happens to also be the (self-proclaimed!) Eagle Capital of the World!  

And viewing eagles we shall!  And in style!  We’ll be heading deep into the wonderfully named Paradise valley and climb unto our river rafts, which will then gently float us downriver while our guides point out eagle after eagle, as well as the other various birds and animals that live in the area.  Lunch will be along a stop on the river.

We then have time to explore the area a bit before heading back to Whistler for a bit of a rest before heading into town for dinner at a local restaurant. 

Included:

  • all meals
  • all transportation
  • eagle viewing by river raft

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 6

Free day

… and final dinner!

Today is our 3rd and final free day, for you to go out and explore the area some more, hit the slope one last time, book a spa treatment in the village, check out a museum… it’s all up to you! 

The only activity today is our final one.. and happens to coincide with dinner.  We’re leaving this a surprise, but it’s tradition at World Vegan Travel and CPG Vegan Trips to go out with a bang!  So expect a fun party-style evening, with games and possibly one of Brighde’s infamous trivia… 

Included:

  • all meals
  • special final dinner surprise

Excluded:

  • premium alcoholic drinks during meals

DAY 7

Departure day

After our final breakfast, it’s time for the sad goodbyes and to board our bus back to downtown Vancouver (if you’ve decided to stay a few extra nights to explore Vancouver) and Vancouver International Airport (if you have a flight to catch).     Please do not book any ongoing flights until about 3pm or so.

If you’d like to stay longer in Whistler, no worries at all!   We can help you with ongoing bookings at our hotel if you wish — just let us know.  

Included:

  • breakfast
  • bus transfer to downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport

Excluded:

  • lunch & dinner
  • transfer to any other destination, or on any other day should you decide to stay behind in Whistler
Your Journey

FAQ

​TOUR PRICE REASONING

We do realize that this is quite an expensive trip.   However, when compared to many other tours to the region, we are actually comparatively priced when you take into accounts that our trips include all meals (and vegan to boot!) and drinks, all the tips for drivers and local guides, extras like a gift/essentials bag and free laundry, the support of 2 full time tour leaders (most tours have only one), and, finally, the chance to travel with author and animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Still, there are a few important reasons to point out on why the cost is high:

  • Whistler IS EXPENSIVE!  Especially in February, their busiest month.  Hotel rooms are at a premium during this time, and all for good reason.  February usually means plenty of snow in Whistler, which excellent ski conditions and score of the fluffy stuff to indulge in other outdoor activities.
  • We privatize most — if not all — our activities.  Even our breakfasts are in a private area. 
  • We build our trips to be memorable, once-in-a-lifetime holidays, so consider this a nice treat for you.  You deserve it 😉 
  • This may well be the only vegan  group tour to the area, and our cost does factor in the lengthy and hard work done with our hotel, restaurants and activity suppliers, in preparing for our visit (meals, advocacy, toiletries, etc), which is far beyond any tasks that other tour companies are faced with.

WHAT ARE JOYFUL VEGAN TRIPS?

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and World Vegan Travel work closely together to create JOYFUL VEGAN TRIPS, which are specifically curated by Colleen to ensure the high quality that she has come to be known for.  All trips include activities and dedicated time with Colleen, such as Q&A session, round-table discussions, sharing, and more.

CAN I SIGN UP AS A SOLO TRAVELER?

Absolutely!   We have many people on our trip that sign up as solo travelers.   ​However, due to our new COVID-19 policy, we won’t be assigning any roommates and as such all solos will get their own single room.    Please see our COST & SIGN-UP section for more information.  

​FLIGHTS, VISAS & VACCINATION

FLIGHTS
You are in charge of your own flights to and from our starting city.   We ask that you try and arrive early on the first day, as our first meeting tends to be just after lunch.  This exact time will be confirmed at a later date.    Even better is arriving one or more days before.  This would provide you with a chance to take care of jet-lag and visit the town.   

Your transportation to our meeting point is not included.  It will be your responsibility to be at our meeting point at the right time.   

VISAS
No visas are necessary for US citizens.

Most other travellers entering or transiting Canada by air will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa.  An eTA costs ~$7 and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.  Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

VACCINATIONS
Other than a possible COVID19 vaccination requirement (unknown at this time — we will update this FAQ a few months before the trip), there are no mandatory vaccinations required for entry to Canada.   

​DO I NEED INSURANCE?

Yes, you will need medical travel insurance.  This is a requirement of travel with World Vegan Travel.  We will need to be sure that you are fully covered in the event of a medical emergency, including repatriation.  You will need to send us your policy detail and emergency contact number before the trip’s start date.

WILL IT BE SAFE TO TRAVEL IN 2022?

While of course we cannot predict the future (2020 sure emphasized that point!!) many things are pointing to a yes.   Canada’s vaccination program is in full swing and we hope that the country’s target 75% of the population immunized in order to fully open the borders to foreign travel will be achieved by the end of 2021.

All our hotels, restaurants and activity providers will be adhering to current COVID19 safety protocols. 

You can read more about our COVID-19-related policies and precautions here.

CAN YOU HELP WITH BOOKING OUR FLIGHTS AND ONGOING TRAVEL?

As we are not a travel agency or booking agents, we can’t book any flights or ongoing travel (ie hotels, transportation, etc) for you. However we can surely help with recommendations, suggestions and tips as you look into flights, or extending your holiday. It never hurts to ask, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries whatsoever!

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

We’ve all heard of the cold and punishing Canadian winters, but luckily for us, the west coast is spared this extreme weather.

Chances are that you’ll be landing in a snow-free and mild-weathered Vancouver… thought the chance of it raining that day is quite high.  Winters on the west coast of BC come with lots — and we mean LOTS — of rain!

Of course, Whistler is at a higher elevation and that rain usually transforms into beautiful fluffy snow… but it’s also colder.    Typical winter temperatures average about 0°C (32°F) during the day and -6°C (21.2°F) overnight in the Village, and it usually gets colder as you head up into the mountains for a day of skiing.  We say “usually” because Whistler sometimes has this strange climate effect where the mountain top is actually warmer than in the village!   Weird.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

As this is a winter trip to a ski resort, pack your winter gear!  Make sure to bring a warm jacket, mittens, hat, boots, etc.   

If you intend on skiing, definitely bring your ski clothes, but you can choose to rent your gear locally if you don’t want to travel with it.  It’s super easy and our hotel will take care of your gear when you’re not on the slopes. 

You’ll definitely want some more casual relaxed clothing for evenings spent by the fireplace, and even your swimsuit for our spa day! 

​WILL THERE BE INTERNET ACCESS DURING THE TRIP?

Yes.  Internet is widely available in Whistler, both in our hotel and around town.  We will have WIFI in our busses as well. 

​HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?

Overall, this is an all-inclusive trip and you shouldn’t need a huge amount of extra funds.   If you intend on booking extra activities, frequent some bars at night, go shopping, etc., rest assured that Canada is very much a plastic country and you can easily spend the entire week here solely using credit cards without ever taking out cash.   

If you need cash though, ATMs are plentiful and easily found around the village.

​I HAVE A DIETARY RESTRICTION (ALLERGIES, GLUTEN-FREE, ETC)

This is generally not a problem, but we do need to be informed at the time of booking so we may prepare the meals accordingly. Please be as precise and detailed as possible. Once on the trip, it is difficult and/or not possible to change our meal plans.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE WITH COLLEEN?

Colleen (and her husband David) is very much another traveler in our group and will be taking the same vehicles and participating in the same activities as the rest of us. You can approach and talk to her at any time, just like anyone else. Having said that, do remember that she will be as tired as everyone after a long day of travel or sightseeing, so we should just be respectful of that as we are of anyone else. ​​

HOW MUCH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN I EXPECT?

The only real physical activity we’ll be indulging in is snowshoeing in an alpine forest.   Our trail won’t be too hard but expect some walking and a bit of up and down.  

Other than that, it’s up to you how physical you want to be, as we do have 3 free days where you could go ski, cross-country skiing, snowshoe harder trails, go hiking, etc.  

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO JOIN THE TRIP?

Youth above 16 years young are welcome.    We are currently not accepting any younger children. ​

There’s no upper age limit, though do note that there is a fair amount of walking on this trip, and a few hours snowshoeing. 

HOW SAFE IS CANADA

Canada has the reputation of being very safe, and especially so in Whistler.  Violent crimes are rare but as the nightlife can get hectic, it’s always good to stay alert when bars close.  

There are break-ins, both into the many cars parked at the ski lots, and in some cases also in hotel rooms, though the latter is rare due to hotel security. 

The main danger really is when doing an outdoor activity.  Skiing can be dangerous if you go down a run you’re not skilled for, or venture out of bounds in an unknown area where avalanches are common.   Accidents can happen everywhere, so stay alert and don’t over be too over confident in your abilities 😉 

LGBTQ TRAVELLERS

World Vegan Travel and Joyful Vegan Trips aim to be a safe place for all LGBTQ travelers. We have a zero-tolerance policy on discrimination of any sort.

Overall, Canada is a very safe and welcoming destination for the LGBTQ community.  The country’s LGBTQ rights are some of the most prominent in the world.   

Canada has been ranked as the most gay-friendly country in the world in the Gay Travel Index in 2018 and among the five safest in Forbes Magazine.    Western Canada, especially, is very progressive and Whistler is home to young travelers and workers from around the world that are all very welcoming of everyone.