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Whistler 55+ Spring Adventure

COME CELEBRATE SPRING IN WHISTLER!

If you’re ‘young at heart’ and ready to be inspired, join us for The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Spring Seniors Celebration April 14 - 17, 2014.

Fully escorted departures from Victoria and Vancouver

This 3-night Whistler senior travel package with fully escorted departures from Vancouver and Victoria blooms with entertaining Whistler activities, seniors games and unique presentations. Add a generous sprinkling of gourmet dining and plenty of opportunities to experience springtime activities in Whistler and you have the makings of an unforgettable BC senior's vacation getaway.


** The Victoria Departure is now sold out.  Reservations for our Winter Celebration (November 17-20) will open April 21. **


Package Includes:

  • Three nights' of Whistler resort accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, April 14 - 17, 2014
  • Welcome Reception
  • Three Breakfasts
  • Two lunches
  • Three dinners
  • Complimentary high speed internet access and Wi-Fi 
  • Escorted motorcoach transportation & luggage assistance from either downtown Victoria (from The Fairmont Empress Hotel), Elk Lake Drive at Marsett Place (Royal Oak) or downtown Vancouver (from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver) to Whistler and return
  • BC Ferries transportation (Victoria departure)
  • A choice of scheduled on-site presentations and Whistler activities tailored to senior citizens 55 plus
  • Gratuities and taxes

Preliminary Itinerary only  a detailed schedule will be provided on arrival

 MondayApril 14
5:45 - 6:00 Hotel Orientation
6:00 - 6:20 Reception
6:20 - 8:00Dinner
8:00 - 9:00Presentation: Whistler's Black Bears - Join renowned local black bear researcher, Michael Allen, for a peek into the life of Whistler’s resident bear population. All registered hotel guests are invited to attend this lecture. Come early for the best seats!
TuesdayApril 15
7:30 - 9:00Buffet Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00Presentation: An inspiring multi-media presenation on the cosmos by the founders of The Pacific Observatory and Island Stars, John Nemy and Carol Legate.

9:00 - 10:00

Walking tour: Secrets of The Chateau - Take a behind-the-scenes tour with Fairmont staff for an insider’s look at the workings of one of Canada’s great resort hotels.
10:30 - 12:00Walking tour:  Valley of Dreams Whistler Village Walk and Museum visit -  This 45 minute walking tour will lead you through Whistler Village followed by a visit to the Whistler Museum.
10:45 - 12:00Crafting Session: Easter ornaments - Prepare for your weekend celebrations by painting eggs, or sculpting an Easter ornament out of polymer clay.
12:00 - 1:30Buffet Lunch
1:30 - 4:00Free time to explore Whistler on your own.
4:00 - 5:00Activity: Fairmont Easter Games - In honor of Whistler’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games, we’ll be hosting our own friendly competition with an amusing twist!
4:00 - 5:00Cooking Demonstration: Holiday Cooking - Tips, tricks and Chef secrets are shared during this interactive Easter holiday cooking demonstration. All registered hotel guests are invited to attend this event. Come early for the best seats!
5:00 - 6:30Gallery Viewing: Mountain Galleries - Any time between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm, visit Mountain Galleries for a complimentary glass of wine and exclusive viewing of their incredible Canadian art collection.
6:30 - 8:00Dinner
7:30 - 9:00Activity: Howl at the Moon Bonfire - By the light of the silvery moon, we'll be sharing hot chocolate and sweet harmonies at this fireside sing-along.  All registered hotel guests are invited to attend this event. Come early for the best seats. 
8:00 - 9:00Activity: Party Bingo  
WednesdayApril 16
7:30 - 9:00Buffet Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00Activity: Food and Fitness - Join Sean Parrinder as he shares nutrition advice aimed at boosting your energy levels. Get a quick workout, and participate in some exercises you can do at home without any gym equipment.
9:00 - 10:00Lecture: Finding Jim, a story of adventure, love and survival - Whistler resident and author Susan Oakey-Baker takes you on a journey through Africa, India, Nepal, Alaska and Canada to tell her story of adventure, true love and the courage of the human spirit.
10:30 - 12:00Art Class: Learn to draw a bear with BC artist Doria Moodie - This fun workshop covers the essential techniques of soft pastel or pencil drawing whilst artistically capturing the image of Whistler's most famous inhabitants. 
10:30 - 12:00Walking Tour: Squamish Lil’wat Culture Centre -  Tour the centre with a museum ambassador and  then head into the Squamish Longhouse to learn how to weave cedar bark.  
12:00 - 1:30Lunch
1:30 - 4:00Free time to explore Whistler on your own.  
1:00 - 5:00Interested in playing Bridge? Whistler’s Duplicate Bridge Club meets from 1 – 5 p.m in Whistler Village ($5 drop in at Millenium Place). Please call Gill Schramm a week prior to advise if you would like to join at +1 604 932 5791
4:00 - 5:00Tasting: Wines of the World with E&J Gallo Winery Canada - Join Fine Wine Ambassador Peter Marshall for a casual wine tasting featuring wines from Australia, California, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain. 
4:00 - 5:00Walking Tour: Secrets of The Chateau -  Your second opportunities to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Canada’s great resort hotels.
6:00 - 8:30Gala Reception & Dinner - Tonight’s final gala reception and dinner theme is “Spring”. Live entertainment will follow dinner.
ThursdayApril 17
7:00 - 8:30Buffet Breakfast
8:50Departure to Vancouver and Victoria (more details will be provided on-site)

For more information on the proposed activities, contact Yasmin Haufschild, Director of Special Events at 604 938 2052 or via email at yasmin.haufschild@fairmont.com


Availability:

Between Monday, April 14, 2014 and Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rates:

Rates for the complete 3-night Whistler Spring Celebration hotel package, April 14 - 17, 2014 vary based on departure city.

Escorted tour departure from Vancouver:
$689 CAD per person, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room. Taxes and gratuities included.

Estimated departure time from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will be between 1:00 - 2:00 PM. These times are estimates only and will be confirmed prior to April 7.

Escorted tour departure from Victoria:
$729 CAD per person, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room. Taxes and gratuities included.

Estimated departure time from The Fairmont Empress will be between 9:00-9:30 AM. These times are estimates only and will be confirmed prior to April 7.

TO BOOK:

Reserve your escorted seniors package, a Whistler 55+ Adventure by calling toll free 1 888 343 2626.

For more information on scheduled activities, contact Yasmin Haufschild, Director of Special Events at 604 938 2052 or via email at yasmin.haufschild@fairmont.com

Escorted Victoria Departure
Victoria pick-up locations include The Fairmont Empress Hotel and Cordova Bay pick-up at Elk Lake Drive at Marsett Place
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Escorted Vancouver Departure
Vancouver pick-up location from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Individual Arrival
Guests traveling to Whistler independently, unescorted

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Complete details on all departure points, pick times and return times to be provided in April.

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