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 PostPosted: Fri 10 Mar 2017 6:21 pm   
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We are planning on driving to Whistler and staying somewhere on the way before and after. Right now we are looking at Birch Bay or The Canadian on the way up and The Camlin on the return. Does this seem logical to those who have done this trip or are there better options? TIA


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 PostPosted: Fri 10 Mar 2017 6:32 pm   
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I'd go at least to Birch Bay. It's a long ride from Seattle to Whistler. You may want to check google maps for distances. I may be wrong here - if Seattle is half way - the Camlin is a great place to stay.

Sounds like a fun trip.

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Any of these will work. It will depend on when you leave each direction and what day of the week. If the border is likely to be busy, stay at Birch Bay and cross in the morning. Otherwise, get the border crossing out of the way and stay in Vancouver. On the return, if you want to spend more time at Whistler to make the most of that location, then aim for Birch Bay. You could then leave Birch Bay the next morning and make it through Seattle without any rush hour issues. Otherwise, you should be able to easily get to Seattle before rush hour to make it easier to get into town to the Camlin.
It really boils down to where you want to stay and spend a little time.

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If you choose the Camlin there will be costs like parking and it will take time to get thru traffic to stay there. All of that is ok if you enjoy staying in the "big city".
If you vote for the Canadian you will have similar issues with parking and traffic of the city. The views are very nice though.
Birch Bay will be the easiest to reserve. The amount of time spent getting there after leaving the freeway will be a lot less then the other 2.
Basically, do you want to spend your evening walking one of the 2 bigger cities or walking the rocky beach?

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I agree - it was fun to stay at the Camlin once, but paying 25 to 30$ to park my car and walk a few blocks back and forth is annoying. It was a nice memory since my friend and his mother were being given the whirlwind tour of the OR coast and Seattle to meet 2 of her bucket list items - the Space needle and the Chahuly museum.

I prefer less hassle.

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 PostPosted: Sat 11 Mar 2017 12:09 pm   
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I agree - it was fun to stay at the Camlin once, but paying 25 to 30$ to park my car and walk a few blocks back and forth is annoying. It was a nice memory since my friend and his mother were being given the whirlwind tour of the OR coast and Seattle to meet 2 of her bucket list items - the Space needle and the Chahuly museum.

I prefer less hassle.


The WA TOT is what tipped it over the edge concerning the Camiln for me.

It is a nice resort. If I could figure out a way to get there without a car, I would maybe stay for for a number of days and just walk the area. The train and buses don't make sense as we live way out in the country.

I have not taken it off my list of resorts yet, but definitely has put me off.

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DenMar wrote:
If you vote for the Canadian you will have similar issues with parking and traffic of the city.


The Canadian has free parking in the garage under the building. The Camlin does not.

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 PostPosted: Sat 11 Mar 2017 3:46 pm   

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I would stay at Birch Bay or Blaine resort. (Next to each other).

My reason would be to enjoy a hot tub after the Five hour drive from Portland.

That would give you a Leisurely drive to the border and beyond. The host there can let you know what the traffic and wait time is at the border, which is close by. Sometimes there are hold ups. In the summer, we have often booked into BB for a one night stay to ensure we are over the border and can continue on our drive down into the USA the next day. With the new US border laws being enforced and changed, I would not like to be held up with a long journey ahead of me.

Vancouver "The Canadian" is nice to stay in too. Pool and spa facilities are over the road.

Make sure you have time to stop on the sea to sky highway on route to Whistler. If the weather is good, the views of Howe sound are spectacular. Try to stop off in Squamish for food items. Whistler is a great place, but expensive to live in.

My two cents....

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 PostPosted: Sat 11 Mar 2017 7:47 pm   
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Thanks - we were thinking Birch Bay on the way and Camlin on the return, but after reading comments I'm thinking we need to find an alternate for The Camlin. We have stayed there - and yes, it was fun once, but we really don't need to pay for parking or fight traffic on the return (I had forgotten about parking) since it is really just somewhere to spend the night without having to drive the entire distance in one day. We'll probably look for something else. Suggestions?


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I'd suggest that stay at Blaine on the way back - in the other WM there. then give us your opinion of each. I try to get to a WM I've never been to yet. I'm booked for a night in the new Scottsdale property in April.

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If you are curious about the west side, you could go via ferry to Discovery Bay. It would be a lot longer but might make the trip interesting? :shrug:

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 PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar 2017 5:06 pm   
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Thanks, all - I think we'll try Birch Bay on the way so we can go through the border the next morning. For the return, we may just drive until we decide we're tired and find a hotel(!!) - almost forgot they exist, we hardly ever stay at a hotel unless we have to. I have one of the Wyndham certificates for 2 hotel nights - I think they might be worthless, but I'll try to do some research and see if there are any properties along the route that we'd want to stay at. I think we'd like to get a little farther than Blaine on the way back, but it would be fun to compare it with Birch Bay. We have been to Discovery Bay a couple of times and love it, but I don't think we'll want to drive that far out of the way on the return. We have not stayed at the Canadian, so it could be a possibility, just not crazy about the traffic in the area. We have not stayed at Birch Bay or Blaine, (or Whistler) so these will be new destinations. Thanks for help and suggestions!!


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Thanks, all - I think we'll try Birch Bay on the way so we can go through the border the next morning. For the return, we may just drive until we decide we're tired and find a hotel(!!) - almost forgot they exist, we hardly ever stay at a hotel unless we have to. I have one of the Wyndham certificates for 2 hotel nights - I think they might be worthless, but I'll try to do some research and see if there are any properties along the route that we'd want to stay at. I think we'd like to get a little farther than Blaine on the way back, but it would be fun to compare it with Birch Bay. We have been to Discovery Bay a couple of times and love it, but I don't think we'll want to drive that far out of the way on the return. We have not stayed at the Canadian, so it could be a possibility, just not crazy about the traffic in the area. We have not stayed at Birch Bay or Blaine, (or Whistler) so these will be new destinations. Thanks for help and suggestions!!


When I have stayed at the Camlin, I usually come in late after the traffic and then get out of town by 1pm to avoid traffic.

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cmb wrote:
Thanks, all - I think we'll try Birch Bay on the way so we can go through the border the next morning.

I don't think there is a freeway thru Vancouver to Whistler, so leaving in the morning is a good idea so you are not driving, the Highway to the Sky, at night.

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The Sea to SKy Highway is verywinding... beautiful if the weather is good. We sometimes stop at the golf course enroute for lunch or breakfast.

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