Six Ways to Get to GROW Conference, From the Cheap to the High-Flying

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This year’s much talked-about GROW Conference will be held in Whistler, about a two hour drive north of Vancouver. As such it might be a bit difficult for some patrons to get to the big event.

1) Aside from driving yourself or renting a car, GROW is offering several free shuttles from either downtown Vancouver or YVR Airport on several dates.

Here they are:

  • Tuesday, Aug 19 – 7:30 PM, Hyatt Regency, at the bus staging location on Melville St between the hotel and the Burrard Street Skytrain Station.
  • Wednesday, Aug 20 – 9:00 AM, Hyatt Regency at the bus staging location on Melville St between the hotel and the Burrard Street Skytrain Station.
  • Wednesday, Aug 20 – 10:00 AM, YVR Airport, International Arrivals, by the exit doors 10 minutes before departure. Next to the huge statues.

2) Alternatively, GrowLab, not affiliated with GROW Conference, will be offering a “Startup Bus” to Whistler for $15 one-way or $25 roundtrip. Both buses departing Vancouver leave from GrowLab.

Round trip option:

Wednesday, August 20th – Depart from YVR
8:30 AM – Pick-up at GrowLab

Friday, August 22nd
12:30 PM – Leave Whistler Village and return to GrowLab.

One-way trip option:

Wednesday, August 20th – Depart from YVR
8:30AM – Pick-up at GrowLab

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3) Greyhound offers six daily trips per day to Whistler, commencing at 6:30 am, with a final trip leaving at 7 PM. A one-way trip goes for just $19 if you book online in “advanced fare”. Standard fare at the station is $27. Roundtrips can be purchased online for an advanced fare price of $38, while purchasing at the station will cost $48. Trips take varying amount of time between two and two and a half hours, depending on if it’s an express bus.

4) Ridebooker is offering a special GROW Shuttle Rate to attendees of $35.00 for a one way Shuttle, or a 45 percent discount off any ride. Those interested can use the promo code, “geeksonabus”. Ridebooker can be reached at 1 (866) 943-0516, and GROW needs to be mentioned for the discount.

5) There’s also Ridebooker’s option of a private Sedan, SUV or Van, you know, if you’re a high-rolling “startup star“. Use the promo code “whistlerprivate” at the end of checkout.

6) Or if you’re really, really fancy, you can elect to arrive at GROW in style, letting everyone know in the process. You can fly with HARBOUR AIR, who can assist in your high-flying ways both at the office and outside the office.

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk previously has written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.