Sign up for this trip by filling in this form. Sign-up fee: USD 500$/person.
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!
USD 1000$/person – due to our new COVID19 policy, there is no shared-room option for solo travelers.
downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada
downtown Vancouver & Vancouver International Airport
October 1st, 2021
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:
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.
Following the sign-up deposit, the remaining balance will be due in 2 installments:
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!
We currently accept US DOMESTIC BANK TRANSFERS, INTERNATIONAL 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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Yes. Internet is widely available in Whistler, both in our hotel and around town. We will have WIFI in our busses as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😉
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.