A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Hope vs. Whistler for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Hope or Whistler?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Hope and Whistler can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Hope or Whistler?

Hope

Hope, located in British Columbia, Canada, is a small town in the far east of the Fraser Valley. It's at the cross section of several major highways making it a pass through point for many visitors to the area. Hope is also the location of the filming of the 1980's film Rambo: First Blood, a fact which many locals take much pride in.

Whistler

Located in the province of British Columbia in Canada, Whistler is most famous as the largest ski area in North America. It is also only a short distance from the city of Vancouver, and offers countless opportunities for snow boarding and other winter sports. The town has a permanent population of almost 10,000 and there is a larger seasonal population of workers that come from all over the world. Whistler is a major travel destination with more than two million people visiting the town yearly. As such, there are countless amenities available to visitors. Hotels can vary dramatically in price and quality. There are some budget options, including a couple of hostels in the area, but most people do not visit Whistler as a budget travel destination. It's usually an expensive vacation, but few would argue that it isn't worth the cost.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Vancouver, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Canada, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Canada, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Whistler or Hope?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hope is $31, while the average daily cost in Whistler is $125. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Hope and Whistler in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hope $8.89
    Whistler $65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hope $18
    Whistler $130
Compare Hotels in Hope and Whistler

Looking for a hotel in Hope or Whistler? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Hope


Hotels in Whistler


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Hope Hotel Prices and Whistler Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hope -
    Whistler $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Whistler

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Whistler:

  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Richmond BC: $629
  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Downtown Vancouver: $566
  • Vancouver: Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver & Whistler: $160

Is it cheaper to fly into Hope or Whistler?

Prices for flights to both Whistler and Hope change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Hope $22
    Whistler $30

Typical Food Prices in Whistler

Some typical examples of dining costs in Whistler are as follows:


  • Coffee at Starbucks
    $12
  • Tim Hortons Breakfast
    $12
  • Coffee at Timmy's
    $3.63

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Whistler

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Whistler.

  • Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler: $130
  • Finer Things Dinner Tour in Whistler: $145

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hope -
    Whistler $78

Tours and Activities in Hope

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hope.

  • Vancouver to Sun Peaks 2 days outdoor adventure tour: $1,233

Typical Entertainment Prices in Whistler

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Whistler are as follows:


  • Driving Range
    $15

Tours and Activities in Whistler

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Whistler are as follows:

  • 2 Hour Late Afternoon Winter Zipline Adventure: $112
  • Call of the Wild ATV Tour: $156
  • Callaghan Cruiser Snowmobile Tour : $211
  • Fishing Adventure in Whistler: $141
  • Full Day Fly Fishing Tour: $249
  • Full Day Spin Fishing Tour: $249
  • Glacier Sightseeing Experience by Seaplane from Whistler: $179
  • Guided Lunch Tour in Whistler: $89
  • Half Day Fly Fishing Tour: $194
  • Half Day Spin Fishing Tour: $194
  • Ice Fishing Adventure in Whistler: $141
  • Medicine Trail Snowshoe Tour : $109

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hope $10
    Whistler $8.72

Sample the Local Flavors in Whistler

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Whistler:

  • Whistler Distillery Tour & Tasting Experience: $66


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hope and Whistler, we can see that Whistler is more expensive. And not only is Hope much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hope would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hope and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Whistler would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Whistler than you might in Hope.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Hope Expensive? and Is Whistler Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Hope or Whistler?

Whistler has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Hope. When comparing the sizes of Hope and Whistler, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Hope or Whistler?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Hope or Whistler in the Summer?

Both Whistler and Hope during the summer are popular places to visit.

Hope is around the same temperature as Whistler in the summer. The daily temperature in Hope averages around 18°C (64°F) in July, and Whistler fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

Hope usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Whistler. Hope gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Whistler receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Hope 18°C (64°F) 
    Whistler 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Hope or Whistler in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Hope and Whistler.

In the autumn, Hope is around the same temperature as Whistler. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Hope in October average around 10°C (51°F), and Whistler averages at about 11°C (51°F).

Whistler receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Hope gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Hope usually receives around the same amount of rain as Whistler. Hope gets 156 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Whistler receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Hope 10°C (51°F) 
    Whistler 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Hope or Whistler in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Hope as well as Whistler.

Whistler can be very cold during winter. Hope can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Hope is generally much colder than Whistler. Daily temperatures in Hope average around 3°C (37°F), and Whistler fluctuates around 4°C (40°F).

It's quite rainy in Whistler. Hope receives a lot of rain in the winter. Hope usually gets more rain in January than Whistler. Hope gets 201 mm (7.9 in) of rain, while Whistler receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Hope 3°C (37°F) 
    Whistler 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Hope or Whistler in the Spring?

Both Whistler and Hope are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

Hope is around the same temperature as Whistler in the spring. The daily temperature in Hope averages around 9°C (49°F) in April, and Whistler fluctuates around 9°C (49°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Whistler. It's quite rainy in Hope. In April, Hope usually receives around the same amount of rain as Whistler. Hope gets 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain, while Whistler receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Hope 9°C (49°F) 
    Whistler 9°C (49°F)

Typical Weather for Whistler and Hope

Hope Whistler
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 201 mm (7.9 in) 4°C (40°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
Feb 5°C (41°F) 164 mm (6.4 in) 6°C (42°F) 179 mm (7.1 in)
Mar 7°C (44°F) 145 mm (5.7 in) 7°C (45°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Apr 9°C (49°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 9°C (49°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 15°C (60°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Jul 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in) 18°C (64°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 15°C (59°F) 85 mm (3.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 10°C (51°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 6°C (43°F) 222 mm (8.7 in) 7°C (44°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Dec 3°C (37°F) 217 mm (8.5 in) 4°C (40°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)