If you're visiting in November, I would caution that most of the things that are must do's like golfing, skiing mountain biking, alpine hiking will be closed or on hiatus depending on what you dates are. The lifts and Peak to Peak will not be operational until ski season starts. Even the night life gets tepid. The weather can be rainy and dreary.
The exception might be the Cornucopia Wine and Food Festival ( I would overnight to take this in,though) and the first days of skiing.
Sounds like you've made up you mind, anyway.
It is a must depending on your interests! It sounds like you don't really care about going, so I would say skip it and focus on Vancouver, or just do a day tour with on of the many tour companies just to see the amazing scenery without the hassle of a car etc.!
Definitely NOT a must imho..Vancouver has tons of things to see and do. (Some of us think Whistler is overhyped and overpriced) It's got it's admirers but you won't be missing a lot especially if it's not ski season.
another vote for giving it a miss, not a huge fan myself either
while a beautiful setting in summer, in November you may wish to pass. Cute setting with lots of shops but you can do that anywhere.
Just went to Whistler for the first time at the end of September. As much as we enjoyed it, I couldn't see making a special trip for a day in November either. It would mainly just be shopping and going to restaurants as far as your activities went.
Best to just enjoy your time in Vancouver:)
We did go one November, albeit some years ago. We found it to be in transition between summer and winter activities. It was a gray day, as November days often are out here, and businesses were obviously making use of the inbetween time to do renovations, restock merchandise, etc., etc.
For us, the drive up is part of the attraction to going to Whistler for the day, but that is best experienced on a nice sunny day when you can see something of coastal BC on the way there and back.
There's lots to do around Vancouver. Since you are obviously hesitant about making the trek up (and it would be a full day, particularly because the days are so much shorter at this time year), I would suggest giving it a miss on this occasion. Come back sometime during the summer and make a day trip. There are things to see along the way, you can have lunch outside at Whistler and generally enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Whistler 10 years ago is not much different than today.... 15 years ago? 20 years ago yes. but 10 years ago it would be similar to what you remember.
You've been before, so you know what you are in for. If it doesn't grab you, then there are plenty of other things to focus on. Definitely don't make a vacation all about meeting other people's objectives.
Stay in Vancouver, get public transport, and get royally merry on Granville Island!! That's my recommendation :0)