Bucketlist: Cycle Vancouver & Whistler, BC

Plan your stay in beautiful British Columbia and ride North America's best voted Gran Fondo, Sept 7 2019

Welcome to paradise

Visit Vancouver · Visit Whistler · Air travel · Travel packages · Event transport

Combined map of all the categories at RBC GranFondo Whistler

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The RBC GranFondo Whistler is a stunning cycling journey along the famous Sea to Sky corridor between Vancouver and Whistler. Both locations offer an unrivaled Canadian and West Coast experience, with fantastic accommodation options, a variety of activities keep you entertained and a whole host of ways to get around.

Why else should you ride here? As an event we’ve been voted the best Gran Fondo in North America for the last two years running, with the best voted airport in North America (YVR) only a 20 minute direct metro train from downtown and a variety of excellent hotels for all budget ranges.

In 2019, we are hosting the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, with the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships following in 2020. Learn more about that here.

Also, it’s our 10th year anniversary. Check out the celebration program!

UCI Gran Fondo World Series and UCI Gran Fondo World Championships logos


Vancouver is a spectacular cosmopolitan city in a location of unsurpassed natural beauty. It is bordered by incredible mountains, the sparkling ocean and our 1,000 acre jewel, Stanley Park. Vancouver is home to world class restaurants, shopping, attractions, arts and entertainment, incredible pre/post travel opportunities, with a year – round mild climate.

Best of all, Vancouver is a clean, green, safe, friendly and bikeable/walkable city. It’s a must-visit part of an amazing Gran Fondo experience.

Vancouver itinerary ideas

Suggestion 1: Get outdoors
Suspension Bridge over Capilano Canyon

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park / Tourism Whistler

Wednesday – Arrive and check into your hotel

Thursday –

    1. Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Treetops Adventure
    2. Take the Skyride up Grouse Mountain to visit the two resident grizzly bears, dine in Altitudes Bistro and see a spectacular view of the city

Friday –

    1. Go whale watching and see some of the amazing wildlife in our water
    2. Take a walk or cycle around our seawall – 9 kilometers or breathtaking scenery around Stanley Park
    3. Pick up your package and visit the VeloSpoke Bike Expo – open 11am-7pm
Suggestion 2: Soak up the culture
Totem Poles in Vancouver

First Nations’ Totem Poles in Vancouver / Tourism Vancouver

Thursday –

    1. Visit the Museum of Anthropology and take in some of the beautiful sculptures and totems from our First Nations
    2. Visit Granville Island and go shopping at a uniquely Vancouver public market, surrounded by industrial art buildings, improv theatre, patio dining and unparalleled city views.
    3. Take in an outdoor Shakespeare show at Bard on the Beach

Friday –

    1. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to why this is one of the country’s most popular contemporary Art Galleries
    2. Walk to Chinatown and see the beauty of the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Traditional Chinese Gardens

Vancouver accommodation offers

StayVancouverHotels is offering the following accommodation deal at 39 downtown Vancouver hotels:

Book 1 night and receive a Free $50 VanPass voucher.

Book a stay of 2+ nights and receive a FREE $75 VanPass voucher for use on VancouverAttractions.com with 21 Attractions and Sightseeing options.

Book with StayVancouverHotels for this exclusive RBC GranFondo Whistler offer PLUS you will automatically be entered to for a chance to win race registration.

Learn more and book now at stayvancouverhotels.com.


Located a scenic two hours’ drive (or 122 km cycle!) north of Vancouver in the spectacular Coast Mountains, Whistler is commonly ranked the number one mountain resort in North America.

With family-fun, world-class dining and a vibrant pedestrian-only Village, Whistler offers a unique and memorable year-round mountain experience.  Celebrate your GranFondo victory and stay a few days – you can make it as laid-back or action-packed as you like!

Whistler itinerary ideas

Suggestion 1: Get outdoors
Friends take on the Whistler zipline

Friends take on the Whistler zipline / photo Superfly Ziplines

Saturday – Ride the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway then revel in your victory with a classic Whistler après session! In the evening, discover Vallea Lumina, an immersive multimedia night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders.

Sunday – Prepare for inspiring alpine experiences and 360 degree coastal mountain views! Check out the thrilling Cloudraker Skybridge, Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk and Peak 2 Peak Gondola at the top of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. All are accessible with a summer sightseeing ticket. Add in an alpine hike if you’re feeling extra inspired!

Monday – Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline tour high above the valley or an ATV or UTV adventure through old growth forest, mud and puddles (trust us, they’re perfect conditions for it!)

Tuesday Hike to one of Whistler’s most unique spots, the Train Wreck – an easy 1-hour round-trip walk offering views of the Cheakamus River and surrounding forest area. You’ll soon arrive at the site of the wreck – a handful of mangled railway boxcars bought to life by public graffiti art.

Suggestion 2: Soak up culture
A woman enjoys outdoor spa treatment in Whistler

Enjoy the luxurious Scandinave Spa in Whister / photo Scandinave Spa

Saturday – Ride the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway then immerse yourself in Whistler’s foodie scene at an award-winning restaurant.

Sunday – Enter into deep relaxation with a hydrotherapy spa experience at the Scandinave Spa or body treatment at one of Whistler’s many spas.

In the evening, attend a First Nations Feast & Performance, hosted by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on Sunday and Tuesday evenings throughout summer. Through storytelling, music and dance, share in the rich traditions of First Nations while feasting on an indigenous-inspired menu.

Monday – Discover Whistler’s newest cultural hot spot, the Audain Art Museum. The award-winning building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia, and hosts exhibitions from leading museums around the world. Then continue along Whistler’s Cultural Connector path to visit Whistler’s remaining cultural hotspots and public art pieces.

Tuesday – Drop by Forged Axe Throwing for a cultural experience of a different kind. Think of a game of darts, but with axes! It’s beginner friendly and the team there will have you hitting the bulls-eye in no time! Then drop by Coast Mountain Brewing or Whistler Brewery for a craft brew.

Whistler accommodation offers

Whistler.com are offering the following accommodation deals:

  1. Book a stay of 2-nights or more and receive 2 passes to the baths experience at the Scandinave Spa Whistler
  2. Book a stay of 3-nights or more and receive a $100 discount on your accommodation

For the best selection of accommodation and greatest deals on activities in Whistler visit Whistler.com.

Further details, terms and conditions can also be found at whistler.com

Air Travel

Air Canada logoFly direct to Vancouver’s world class YVR Airport with Air Canada. RBC GranFondo Whistler is pleased to offer 10% off eligible flights during event time.

Use code GWGZ7JK1 when searching. Valid on one-way & return flights into YVR Airport (Vancouver) between Thursday, August 29, 2019 and Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Their fleet of more than 390 aircraft is one of the youngest, most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly in the world.

Air Canada flight search graphic

Book your flights direct now via AirCanada.com.

Travel packages

New for this year, we’re working with select travel operators to create event + travel packages that suit your needs.

More options coming soon!

Event transportation

During the event, we offer a comprehensive program of transportation options to get you and your bike to and from the Friday VeloSpoke Bike Expo and back from the finish on Saturday.

Simply browse the options available on our Event Transport page and book early to avoid missing out on your preferred choice. Please note, some popular options will sell out.


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