Getting To Camp

Parents have a few options regarding getting their kids to camp. You can either bring them up to Whistler yourself, or send them on their own. We send trustworthy staff to the airport to transport campers from Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Other parents choose to use the excuse to come to Whistler and drop their children off at the hotel. Whichever you feel more comfortable with is totally fine, but whichever you choose they'll be in good hands.

All inclusive camp airport shuttle

We provide an airport shuttle from YVR for our all inclusive campers staying at the Tantalus Lodge.   We have a pretty strict but achievable timing policy in place with these transfers.  Campers MUST arrive at YVR between 11 am and 3pm.  We find that pretty much every inbound flight can be booked between these times.  The best time would be at around 1:30-2pm so your happy camper has a short airport wait time. 

The same goes for the departing flights.  Flights MUST depart between 11am - 3pm.

Why is this so important you ask?  It really comes down to a courtesy to others.  If one camper arrives during the scheduled arrival time lets say midday, but another doesn't arrive until 5pm then this can prove to be a long wait time for some campers and we all know how exciting it is to be sitting at an airport!

The same thing goes for the departure flights.  Whistler is a 2 hour drive from VYR so if your camper is departing YVR at 7am then other campers will have to get up and head to the airport as well.  If these campers have a flight at 1pm then once again, there are lengthy wait times.

If you need to schedule an alternate pick time or drop off time due to flyer miles etc then it can be arranged for $150 each way.  Seems pretty steep I know but this is to try and cover the cost of staffing, rental car and fuel.  If this is the case and we get another pick up request the extra charge can be split between campers.

Parents wishing to traveling on the camp bus with their child may do so at $35 each way but must be confirmed prior to arrival.

Campers flying alone

Tens of thousands of kids/minors fly unaccompanied with Air Canada alone, so if you're thinking about sending your happy camper to us via air then you can be rest assured that they will be in good hands.  Please check to see that your airline offers the unaccompanied minor service before booking tickets.

The unaccompanied minor service ensures that children traveling alone receive the best of care, and are escorted by highly-trained staff from the moment they arrive at airport check-in until they reach their destination.

How to request the UM service

Contact your airline or your travel agent to let them know your happy camper will be traveling alone.  You will be given details of your specific airlines procedures such as seating selection, (so the cabin crew can keep an eye out on your camper) and other information that the airline may need such as medical conditions.

At the airport

When you arrive at the airport, head to your flight check-in desk to fill out the necessary documents.  At this time you will need your campers I.D. and the name and contact information of the person who will meet the happy camper at the destination (YVR)  Some airlines require a signature of the person meeting the camper so they can cross reference it when they are handed over at the destination.

Please contact us to confirm who is on pick up duty the day your camper arrives.

Airlines may require you to wait at the airport until the plane has departed.

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