5 Ways to Experience Vancouver, British Columbia

5 Ways to Experience Vancouver, British Columbia

By Deborah Elias, February 7, 2017

I’m not sure if there is a more beautiful part of the globe than the area around Vancouver, British Columbia, including Whistler Mountain, but I am sure that few places offer as much to the MICE market. The Canadian destination is active year-round with winter and summer activities. Here are my picks on what to organize for your groups.

1. The glass-bottom Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a must-see.

Peak 2 Peak spans the longest gondola distance in the world and links the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. It is a full-day experience with incomparable views of volcanic glaciers and coastal rain forests. End the day with a breathtaking dinner at Roundhouse Lodge, located at the top of Whistler Mountain. This venue can accommodate up to 250 guests seated or 1,500 reception-style.

2. Vancouver has two venues for large congresses and meetings.

Vancouver Convention Centre, located on the city’s waterfront with the mountains as a backdrop, truly lays claim to one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The state-of-the-art, green-certified center is a highly flexible space and spans two buildings.

Whistler Conference Centre claims to be a place for “celebration, announcement, excellence, brainstorming and networking,” a statement that proved to be true after taking only a few steps inside the facility. Located in the heart of an alpine village, it is an inspiring setting to stage a meeting or special event.

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