Exploring Whistler - Top 5 Picks
There are endless options of activities to do in Whistler. Taking a Ziptrek, White Water Rafting & ATV tour are a few must do activities while visiting whistler. They are unforgettable experiences that you will rave about to your friends back home. For the days of vacation that you did not plan ahead of time, our top 5 picks include the outdoors, exploring and relaxing:
Take a Hike to a Local Peak
Head to the high alpine for some fresh air, peacefulness and jaw dropping views. There are several hikes in the Whistler and Sea to Sky Corridor to choose from, a great example of an incredible hike in the area is Joffre Lakes. The trail head is approximately a 1.25 hour drive north of Whistler and the drive alone is an experience in itself. It will amaze you, with serene forests and an amazing view of Lillooet Lake. During the hike you will pass lower and middle Joffre lakes which are beautiful blue glacier lakes. Once you reach upper Joffre Lake you will have 360 degree views of ancient glaciers and mountain peaks. This hike is rated moderate in difficulty and takes about 3-4 hours and is worth checking out.
If you are looking for something a bit shorter and not as off the beaten path the Stawamus Chief is well worth the effort. It is located 35 minutes south of Whistler and takes about 2-3 hours round trip. There are 3 peak to choose from, each offers a slight different view of Howe Sound, Garibaldi Diamond Head, The Lions and the surrounding peaks. When you first start the hike you gain a great deal of elevation, with multiple stair sections and once you get higher up there is some easy chain pulling.
Spend the day floating on a Lake
There are 5 lakes and 5 lake side parks in Whistler to choose from and 2 of these parks have canoe, Kayak and paddle board rentals. These being Lake Side Park and Wayside Park both on the shores of Alta Lake. You can paddle around and explore the waters or float down the River of Golden Dreams into Green Lake, where the companies have pick up locations. This takes a few hours and is a very peaceful afternoon activity. If you didn’t want to rent a boat, there is also the option of visiting the local hardware store and purchasing a blow up boat to float on.
Get on a Bike
Whistler is a mountain bike mecca. Whether you’re interested in road biking, Valley Trail cruising, cross country biking or Downhill Mountain biking, we have it all. Road biking has taken off in popularity in the Sea to Sky corridor, events such as Ironman and Granfondo have filled the area with road bikers training for these events. The Valley Trail is a network of paved trails that go all throughout the entire Valley. Perfect for a day of touring and exploring, there is slight up and downhill sections. It also passes by several lake side parks perfect for a nice break and swim. Whistler has an organization called Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA), they build and maintain cross country trails in the forests surrounding Whistler. It’s amazing the number of trails that are in the area and once you get out there once, you’ll be hooked. Then there’s the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and is considered the number 1 lift accessed downhill bike park in the world. With over 76 km and 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails, there is something for every level of rider. From gentle greens runs to tight and twisty single track to steep rock faces, gnarly, root strewn lines, and drop offs. It’s easy to be intimidated but everyone has to start somewhere!
Sightseeing and BBQ Combination
Going sightseeing up Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains is a pretty common activity to do in Whistler. Our suggestion is to combine this experience with the Mountain Top BBQ series. The BBQ is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. There are 2 seating’s per night one at 5pm and 6:30pm. Friday evening is the slow roasted pork on a rotisserie over hot coals, Saturday is slow Roasted Prime Rib dinner and Sunday is the West Coast seafood delight. Nothings better than a delicious BBQ dinner at 6,000ft.
Whether it be sitting on a patio with a cold drink in your hand, relaxing at the Scandinave spa or lounging around the pool. Do something for yourself! Relax, unwind and enjoy your time in Whistler.
Photo Credits: Mike Crane - biking & hiking images, Chad Chomlack - spa image