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Directions to Vancouver, British Columbia

Getting to Vancouver:

Maps & Directions - By Car:

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Seattle to Vancouver

Travel Time: approximately 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: approx. 176 kilometres or 110 miles

Directions:

Start out going Southwest on MADISON ST towards 5TH AVE by turning left. Turn RIGHT onto 4TH AVE. Turn RIGHT onto UNIVERSITY ST. UNIVERSITY ST becomes a ramp. Merge onto I-5 North. Travel along I-5 North to the US/Canada Border. In British Columbia, Canada, the I-5 N becomes HIGHWAY 99 N. Drive along HIGHWAY 99 N until you reach Vancouver.


Whistler to Vancouver

Travel Time: approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Distance: approx. 115 kilometres or 72 miles

Directions: Follow Hwy. 99 South, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway into North Vancouver. Follow the signs to your destination or travel east to the rest of Canada on the TransCanada, highway 1.

Winter Driving

It is recommended that your car be equipped with proper snow/winter tires for the drive from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler. If you have all-season tires, please carry chains and know how to put them on. In case of heavy snowfall, a shovel and road salt are advisable.

Highway Regulations

Use of seat belts in BC by drivers and passengers is mandatory. Use of headlights during daylight on all vehicles is highly recommended. The maximum speed limit on Highway 99 is 80 km per hour with many slower areas along the way.

Metric Equivalents

All highway signs are posted in metric (kilometres per hour).
30 mph = 50 km/h, 50 mph = 80 km/h.

Gasoline is sold in litres: 1 US gallon = 3.78 litres

1 kilometre = 5/8 or .621 miles; 1 mile = 1 2/3 or 1.6 kilometres.

Traveling Information - By Bus:

Greyhound Coach Lines

Traveling Information - By Train:

BC Rail Ltd. (Cariboo Prospector)
  • Reservations required
  • Call 1-800-663-8238
  • Breakfast or dinner included in price of ticket
  • Website: www.bcrail.com/bcrpass

Travelling Information - By Helijet:

Helijet Airways
  • Charter twelve-passenger helicopter service between many Pacific Northwest Destinations and Vancouver International Airport.
  • Call (604)273-4688 (Vancouver)
  • Toll free 1-800-665-4354 (outside B.C.).

Travelling Information - By Plane:

Air Canada - Air BC
  • Reservations required
  • Call 1-888-247-2262
  • Flights to and from all major local, national and international destinations
  • Website: Air Canada
Alaska & Horizon Airlines
  • Reservations required
  • Phone: 1-(800) 547-9308
  • Flights from Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle with connections to other regular domestic and International flights.
  • Website: Alaska Air
Harbour Air
  • Daily scheduled Float Plane service from Victoria, Nanaimo, Gulf Islands, and Queen Charlotte Islands.
  • Phone: 1-(250) 384-2215 Toll-free 1-(800) 665-0212
  • Website: Harbour Air
Kenmore Air
  • As the largest seaplane-based airline in the world, Kenmore Air features scheduled flights, charter service and packaged excursions. Daily scheduled flights from Victoria, Seattle and many other smaller locations.
  • Call: 1-(800) 543-9595 or 1-(206) 486-1257
  • Website: Kenmore Air