About your Trip

Get frosty on the Snowhawk tour, a 7 day adventure to two different winter wonderlands in British Columbia! First up is Whistler, the most famous winter destination in Canada. Need we say more? Then it’s on to the sunny Okanagan to play in the ‘champagne powder’ snow! With multiple free days, you’ll have plenty of time to try a wide range of activities, from skiing/snowboarding to snowshoeing. And in between we’ll check out waterfalls, enjoy a wine tasting, learn about Indigenous cultures and even try Indigenous cuisine!

What's Included

Dates & Prices

2022/23 DEPARTURES

Stay tuned for new departure dates!

TRIP OVERVIEW

FROM CAD $1289

7 days/6 nights

Season: January – March

Start: 08:00 Vancouver

End: ~16:00 Vancouver

Max Group Size: 24

ITINERARY SUMMARY

  • Day 1 Vancouver to Whistler
    Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
  • Day 2 Whistler Snow Day
    Whistler activities
  • Day 3 Whistler to Vancouver
    More free time/activities
  • Day 4 Vancouver to Kelowna
    Winery tour and tasting
  • Day 5 Okanagan Snow Day 1
    SilverStar Mountain Resort activities
  • Day 6 Okanagan Snow Day 2
    Big White or Apex Mountain Resort activities
  • Day 7 Kelowna to Vancouver
    Hope chainsaw carvings

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Discover Indigenous cultures at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Explore the pedestrian-friendly, Disney-esque Whistler Village

Try one of the many activities on offer in Whistler (optional)

Visit an Okanagan winery for a tour and tasting

Hangout in the colourful village at Silverstar Mountain Resort

Get active during your Okanagan snow days! (activities are optional)

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Vancouver to Whistler

We start our adventure by following an Olympic and Paralympic dream, as we travel from Vancouver to Whistler, the host cities of the 2010 Winter Games! En route, we’ll drive through the famous Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge and then stop at the (possibly frozen) Shannon Falls along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Once in Whistler, we’ll do an orientation tour of the village, followed by a guided tour of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to learn about the Indigenous cultures of the Whistler Valley. After an included dinner, the night is yours to experience Whistler’s legendary nightlife scene or simply to recover after a busy day!

 

Activity Inclusions: Guided tour of Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

DAY 2

Whistler Snow Day

Get your snow adventure on today with one of the many optional activities on offer: skiing/snowboarding, ziplining, snow tubing, ice skating and more! Your Moose guide will help you get organized or will point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a more chill day. Whistler has plenty to offer everyone! This evening, why not bury the hatchet, literally, by trying your hand at axe throwing? It’s a seriously competitive sport here in Canada!

 

Moose Accommodation: HI Whistler

DAY 3

Whistler to Vancouver

Looking for more adventure? We don’t leave until the afternoon, giving you plenty of time for more activities today! Or take a more passive approach and enjoy the stellar views from the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola on a 4.4 km, 11 minute journey between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Check out the Whistler Olympic Plaza, browse the many shops and galleries, or hangout in a café and people watch. Then it’s back to Vancouver for the evening.

 

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Vancouver

DAY 4

Vancouver to Kelowna

The Okanagan is calling! Leaving the city, we’re heading east through the Fraser Valley, stopping for an easy walk in a temperate rainforest to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. Then, after crossing the Coast Mountains and traversing the Pennask Summit, we’ll descend into the Okanagan Valley, Western Canada’s premier wine producing region. Lucky for us, we’ll enjoy an included winery tour and tasting on arrival! After checking into our accommodation in lakeside Kelowna, we’re off to a special dinner at Kekuli Café in Westbank, where you’ll get to try Indigenous cuisine.

 

Activity Inclusions: Winery tour and tasting

Meal inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Vancouver, Indigenous cuisine dinner

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 5

Okanagan Snow Day 1

On the first of two free days in the Okanagan, we’ll make a day trip to SilverStar Mountain Resort in the Monashee Mountains to experience the ‘champagne powder’ first-hand. With a mellow frontside of easy going ski runs and a hairy backside of more difficult terrain, some locals affectionately call this place ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ because of its dual personalities! Not a skier or snowboarder? No worries. Other activity options include skating, tubing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, snowmobiling and nordic skiing, or just hangout in the colourful village with a hot chocolate. After a full day, it’s back to Kelowna and perhaps a night on the town in this university city!

 

Meal inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 6

Okanagan Snow Day 2

Another free day today, and with two other mountains in range, we could visit Big White Ski Resort or Apex Mountain Resort. Either way, it’s another full day in the Okanagan snow with multiple activity options available! Or choose to stay in Kelowna, explore the waterfront and shops downtown, or even take another winery tour. Your choice, but if you’re not stomping the snow, we recommend the (delicious beverage that comes from) stomped grapes!

 

Meal inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: Samesun Kelowna

DAY 7

Kelowna to Vancouver

On our final day, we’ll travel the Coquihalla Highway back to the coast. But first, we’ll stop in the town of Hope, the “Chainsaw Carving Capital” to admire some of the 80 plus chainsaw carvings on display in the town centre. Note to any old school movie fans; Hope is where Rambo: First Blood was filmed. Please contain your excitement! Then it’s on to Vancouver for hugs, tears and final goodbyes as your Western Canada snow-fari adventure comes to a close!

 

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast at Samesun Kelowna

Moose Accommodation: There is no accommodation included tonight. You will need to make your own arrangements. We recommend that you do not book onward travel on this day in case of traffic or weather delays.

ACTIVITIES

There are lots of winter adventure activity options you can try on the Snowhawk tour to help maximize your experience! Go skiing/snowboarding, ziplining, snowshoeing and more. If you’re looking for something a little less active, try tubing, ice skating  or riding the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola in Whistler for incredible mountain vistas.

The following optional activities are available on this tour:

ACCOMMODATION

On the accommodated tour option, accommodation is included for all nights of the tour, in mixed gender, hostel dormitory rooms. Please note that you can request female only dorm rooms, and this is usually possible to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee it.

Most travellers book the accommodated tour option because it provides the best value for your money since we receive discounts from our accommodation providers that aren’t available to the general public. We choose hostels for their budget value, as well as offering great facilities and a warm, friendly atmosphere. By staying in shared dorm rooms you get a chance to meet more people, hang out with other tour guests, and keep the price as low as possible.

Not Interested in Staying in Shared Hostel Dorm Accommodation?

If you’d prefer to book your own accommodation, to stay in private rooms or in alternative properties, check out the non-accommodated version of this tour by clicking here.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The Snowhawk can be broken down into two shorter tours we also offer: the Sea to Snow and Snowgopogo. As such, there could be travellers joining and leaving your tour in Vancouver between the Whistler and Okanagan portions.

All tour finish times are approximate. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT book onward travel on the final day of the tour, since traffic or other unexpected circumstances may cause delays.

Please note that our itineraries can change and/or activities can be cancelled without notice as a result of circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, traffic and unforeseen events. If this does occur, there may be alternatives available, or you may get to enjoy more free time to explore on your own!

We take your safety, and the safety of our staff and partners very seriously. Click here for more information.

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