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Holidays in Vancouver and whistler in May

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Holidays in Vancouver and whistler in May

I am wheelchair user travel with my husband. will be in Vancouver for 4 nights. Plan to the take the Big Bus for 2 days and to Butcharat Gardens on day 3. Pls suggest how to get to Bucharat. Booked to stay in Whistler for 6 nights at Woodrun. Is it necessary to rent a car to Whistler. If not what is the best option. The car rental does not quote insurance for collision waiver. Can anyone please help, the cost of of insurance cover. Thanks. After whistler, its to the terminal at canada Place for cruise

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1. Re: Holidays in Vancouver and whistler in May

Buchart Gardens in near Victoria on Vancouver Island, not in Vancouver. We have several wonderful gardens in Vancouver - Van Dusen being the largest, but other gardens like the Nitobe Gardens at UBC and the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens in Chinatown are wonderful as well.

If you want to make the trek across to Buchart Gardens, you can book tours from Vancouver. Suggest you look at the Tourism Vancouver website for tour operators. It is about an hour to the ferry terminal, an hour and a half on the ferry, then another half an hour to the Gardens from the other side. It's a lovely journey, but makes for a very long day and you are better off to go to Victoria for at least one night. You can also fly to Victoria, which makes the journey faster and easier.

There are shuttle options to get to Whistler. A car isn't much use in Whistler because you aren't allowed to drive in the village anyway. Everywhere is required by law to be wheelchair accessible, so don't worry about that. I'm not familiar with Woodrun, so depending on where it is, you may need a car to get back and forth from the village. It will still be cold up there in May, so be prepared for that.

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2. Re: Holidays in Vancouver and whistler in May

The 'locals' may be able to advise you better, but 6 nights in Whistler seems to be rather a long time compared with only allowing 4 nights to 'do' Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Do you need the 6 nights in Whistler for anything specific or can you reduce that and have a couple of nights in Victoria, (Vancouver Island).

Just thoughts from an 'outsider' - perhaps someone local can confirm if this is a sensible suggestion.

Enjoy your holiday.

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3. Re: Holidays in Vancouver and whistler in May

I agree with the previous post that 6 nights in Whistler is a bit long if you're only leaving 4 nights in Vancouver. If you're not planning on any outdoor activities even 2 to 3 days is sufficient.

The Woodrun is further away from the main village, located in the upper Blackcomb but is a quick bus ride or about a 15 minute walk if you follow the road. There is a back trail that cuts by the Fairmont but I don't suggest this in a wheelchair. The local transit is free and does have lower floor buses that are wheelchair accessible but may not be available for all routes and all times. You may find it more convenient to stay closer to the village, perhaps somewhere in Village North which means you don't have to rely on local transit.

RE: collision damage waiver on car rentals - all rental companies offer this and you can purchase this when you pick up your car. However you can purchase car insurance for a rental car from your local insurance company or check your credit card. Most credit cards cover CDW, however are limited to certain size vehicles.

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