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Whistler Walking Trails, Beaches and Parks

 

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Lost Lake Park in WhistlerLost Lake is a tranquil and secluded lake in the forest that extends from Whistler Village.  Just a 20 minute, leisurely walk or 5 minute bike ride along the well signed Valley Trail will lead you to this beautiful little lake.  The wide and paved Valley Trail turns into a wide and gravel trail as you enter Lost Lake Park.  The main trail around the lake is a popular running route from Whistler Village as roundtrip from the Village, around Lost Lake and back to the Village in just 6 kilometres.  There are plenty of nice viewpoints along the main trail as well as quite a few short trails that lead to several access points to the lake, some with great places to sit and relax in the sun and take in the view.  Lost Lake has a very popular beach at one end and in the height of summer can get busy as it is the most convenient beach from Whistler Village.  There are several swimming platforms out in the lake as well as a wonderful and huge pier along the right hand side of the lake.  An amazing place to catch the sunsets over Whistler Mountain.  The Sea to Sky Trail runs through Lost Lake Park, and the arm that extends north above Green Lake starts on the Lost Lake Trail as you pass between the Disc Golf Course.  Keep your eyes out for the Sea to Sky Trail sign on your right if walking from the Lost Lake direction.  This amazing, and recently constructed section of the Sea to Sky Trail takes you high above Green Lake and to some breathtaking views.  There are plenty of trail signs along the way and the wonderful views begin only five minutes from the Lost Lake Trail.  The Sea to Sky Trail takes you past Whistler's ghost town, Parkhurst.  A wonderfully untouched logging town abandoned in the 50's...

Why should you go to Lost Lake Park?

Lost Lake Park is very scenic, beautifully lit up at night, and very close to Whistler Village.  Trails run in several directions throughout the park and the main beach is popular for swimming and relaxing.  Lost Lake is well located with the Sea to Sky Trail extending from it in one direction, the Valley Trail to Green Lake in another direction.  Purpose built bike trails throughout the park are incredible for walking and running as well as biking.

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Blueberry Park in WhistlerBlueberry Park is a very scenic and somewhat hidden park on Alta Lake just two kilometres from Whistler Village.  If you have been to Rainbow Park you would have noticed three piers across Alta Lake surrounded by forest.  These public piers sit at the edge of Blueberry Park, with the Blueberry Trail running from one side of the forest to the other.  The park covers most of the hill beyond these piers and stretches between and connects the neighbourhoods of Whistler Cay and Alta Vista(see map below).  The beautiful, deep forest trail runs from the shores of Alta Lake in Alta Vista, up and across Blueberry Hill and descends again to reach Whistler Cay.  Along the trail there are several beautiful viewpoints of Alta Lake in the foreground and the enormous Mount Sproatt beyond.  2013 saw considerable upgrading to Blueberry Park, which previously had been just a simple dirt trail through the forest and a faint trail to the piers.  A new pier, gravel trail section, trail widening and new trail signs have been added.  For most of the trail, however, it is steep, rocky, wild and natural looking.  The forest is deep and dark.  Massive tree roots criss-cross the trail and fallen trees and boulders are strewn everywhere.  It has a wonderful remote and natural feeling to the forest that make you forget that you are so close to civilization...

Why should you go to Blueberry Park?

Blueberry Park is a wonderfully remote feeling wilderness park with three beautiful piers on Alta Lake.  Extremely dog friendly, if you have a dog he will love the place and you never have to worry about bringing a leash.

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Lakeside Park in WhistlerLakeside Park at Alta Lake in Whistler is a beautiful beach park just a short distance from Whistler Village.  Located on the Valley Trail, it is just 2 kilometres or a 30 minute walk, or 10 minute bike ride away.  Similar to Rainbow Park across the lake, Lakeside has a concession stand for food and drinks, picnic tables, BBQ stands, canoe and kayak rentals a huge grass field, pier, a sandy beach and an elaborate little kids play are.  Swimming and relaxing are the main draws to Lakeside Park, but fishing off the piers is a common sight as well.  The Lakeside pier is just one of many places on the lake good for fishing, but generally fishing on Alta Lake is best done by boat.  There is a proper boat launch on Lakeside Drive just a couple hundred metres north of the beach.  Alta Lake is catch and release only as is the nearby Green Lake, and there is a bait ban on the lake.  The two small lakes adjacent to Alta Lake, Alpha and Nita you can keep what you catch and they are stocked with hundreds of fish every June.  Lost Lake on the other side of Whistler Village, you can keep what you catch as well as Loggers Lake near Cheakamus Crossing.  The beach at Lakeside is south facing making it a fantastic place to watch the sun set over the towering Mt Sproatt across the lake.  If you are looking for a quiet place to relax the main beach may be too chaotic for you, however there is a beautiful place to escape the noise just a 5 minute walk away...

Why should you go to Lakeside Park?

Lakeside Park is a popular, scenic and centrally located park on Alta Lake.  Close to Whistler Village and will lots of amenities.  From canoe rentals to beautiful piers to a great concession stand, you can stay for an entire summer day and everyone in your group will be happy and entertained.

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Wayside Park in WhistlerWayside Park sits near the bottom end of Alta Lake and at just 3 kilometres from Whistler Village is just an hours walk or 10 minute bike ride away.  The Valley Trail is a huge spider web network of paved walking/biking/running trails that connect Whistler Village to dozens of beautiful parks and sights.  Over 40 kilometres of trails throughout Whistler, with directions at every junction make the Valley Trail much more than just a transportation network.  It's an interpretive tour of the area, where you can wander on foot or by bike and use the signs at each junction to choose your route.  In the summer months, swimming and relaxing in the sun are the main attractions to Wayside Park.  The piers are a fantastic way to view Alta Lake as it stretches north, edged by forest, hills and mountains in the distance.  Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding are all popular from Wayside Park and Whistler Eco Tours has a popular rental area here in the summertime. They also do canoe rentals where you can start canoeing at Wayside Park and finish at Green Lake.  This 7 kilometre route takes you the length of Alta Lake then down the River of Golden Dreams to Green Lake.  The current moves with you the entire journey making it a very relaxing route to paddle.

Why should you go to Wayside Park?

Wayside Park is quiet and somewhat hidden as it sits on the lower end of Alta Lake.  It has fantastic views down the lake and a big pier to enjoy them from.  Canoe rentals and barbecue stands give you lots to do.  Alta Lake Park just a short walk away takes you to the opposite shore of Alta Lake and to an interesting trail through the forest and to another amazing pier.

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Alta Lake Park in Whistler Poets CornerLocated on the opposite shore to Wayside Park, Alta Lake Park is unlike all the other parks around this huge lake.  It is secluded feeling where the others are often crowded and chaotic.  The two Alta Lake Park piers are far more serene and the views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains are excellent.  One of the piers is quite old and sits directly across from the Wayside Park pier.  The other Alta Lake Park pier, the "Fairhurst Fishing Dock" is enormous and much newer.  It juts out into the lake in a long L shape.  Named after the Fairhurst family that operated the Cypress Lodge in the 60's and 70's.  A large information board at the dock claims that this is some of the Sea to Sky's best stillwater angling.  "Rainbow trout, hatchery cutthroat trout and the occasional bull trout and kokanee make this a great lake to fish."  The Fairhurst's operated out of the old building further along Alta Lake(up Alta Lake Road), which is now used by the Whistler Sailing Club.  Along with the beautiful pier, there is a scenic trail that takes you through a cute forest with several unusual curiosities.  An abandoned truck from the 60's and some purpose-built, artistic areas make the 5 minute trail between piers more than just a nice walk through a cute forest.

Why should you go to Alta Lake Park?

Alta Lake Park is a hidden little world on the far side of Alta Lake.  Easy to get to and the walk there is very scenic.  The short, 5 minute trail between the two piers has several interesting sights.  The giant chairs at "Poet's Corner" are wonderfully hidden, surreal, and a great place to read a book or just lounge in paradise.  The Fairhurst Pier is infrequently used and you are more likely to find someone reading a book there instead of boisterous kids as you will on other piers.  The beautiful setting of Alta Lake Park also makes it one of the best, easy to find places for a romantic picnic.

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Nita Lake Park in WhistlerNita Lake is a tranquil little lake located in Creekside, just 4 kilometres south of Whistler Village.  Whistler's beautiful Valley Trail runs right along the edge of Nita Lake and continues past the beautiful Nita Lake Lodge.  A small gravel beach with a creek flowing through it gives the park consistently good fishing.  Two picnic tables sit in a forest clearing next to the creek.  At the end of the lake there are two piers.  One is a public pier and the other is for Nita Lake Lodge guests.  Nita Lake is comparatively quiet as compared to other Whistler lakes and parks.  The main reason is that it lacks a sizable beach and facilities to go along with it.  Though this may seem like a drawback, it is also an attraction.  On a busy summer day you may find hundreds of people in and around the neighbouring Alpha Lake, yet less than a dozen on Nita Lake.  It is relaxing and serene when everywhere else is not.  Nita Lake Park is just 4 kilometres from Whistler Village along the Valley Trail and walking, running or biking there is a great option.  From the Village the Valley Trail takes you along the edge of Whistler Golf Course, then past Blueberry Park, Lakeside Park and Wayside ParkBlueberry Park is a wonderful, deep forest and secluded feeling park on the edge of Alta Lake.  Lakeside Park is a big, lively and fun park on Alta Lake with boat rentals, concession stand, piers and a sandy beach...

Why should you go to Nita Lake Park?

Nita Lake Park is along a beautiful stretch of the Valley Trail with great views across Nita Lake.  The fishing is excellent at the small, rocky beach and there are nice picnic tables in the forest in a very quiet setting.  The Nita Lake Lodge has excellent food and amazing views from their restaurant and lounge.

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Alpha Lake Park in WhistlerAlpha Lake Park is a beautiful park on the shores of Alpha Lake in Creekside, just 5 kilometres south of Whistler Village.  Located partway along Lake Placid Road just past the Husky and Nita Lake Lodge.  This quiet residential street leads to this park that is home to tennis courts, a basketball court, beach volleyball, dog park, a kids play park, a floating dock, a pier and biking/walking/running trails everywhere you look.  Alpha Lake Park has a much more local feel to it than other Whistler parks such as the popular Rainbow Park, Lakeside Park and Lost Lake Park.  The abundance of trees and the irregular shoreline make the relatively small size of Alpha Lake seem quite a bit bigger than it is.  Trails run around both sides of Alpha Lake.  The wide and paved Valley Trail runs along the shore on the near side and a gravel trail runs along the far side.  This gravel trail, squeezed between the train tracks and the lake takes you to Pine Point Park, a nice rocky outcrop in the top-middle of the lake. Trails zig-zag through the forest here leading to several great vantage points over the lake.  If you continue walking through the forest trails in Pine Point Park you will eventually be squeezed between the lake and the train tracks for a few dozen metres before reaching the end of the lake...

Why should you go to Alpha Lake Park?

Alpha Lake Park is somewhat hidden in Creekside, but well worth visiting.  There are tennis courts, a basketball court, beach volleyball nets, excellent fishing and trails that extend both sides of the lake.  If you have a dog, he will love the open field and shoreline dedicated as a dog park within Alpha Lake Park.

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Rainbow Park in WhistlerRainbow Park is one of Whistler's most popular swimming, relaxing, soccer playing and socializing beaches and for good reason.  The beach is south facing so every morning the sun rises from behind Wedge Mountain and the whole park seems to glow.  From the dazzling reflecting from the snow off of Wedge, Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, to the amazing blue glow from Alta Lake.  All this framed in the dazzling green of the forest all around.  Though there are many great places to watch the sun rise in Whistler, Rainbow Park is one of the best.  Rainbow Park gets its name from Rainbow Lodge, a popular stop along the train line from 1914 to 1974.  Run by Myrtle and Alex Philip, the original lodge burned down in 1977.  Some of the remaining log houses have been moved and now are gradually being restored as an outdoor museum.  Interpretive panels with photos and descriptions of life in the area almost a century ago.  These houses go mostly unnoticed as the main interpretive area is just off of the main beach across the Bridge of Sighs.  Named by Alex Philip, the current bridge is a reconstruction of the original.  There is a photo and description of the original that you can compare with the reconstruction. You will notice as you read the various panels how everything in Whistler now seems to be named after the people that once lived in and around the Rainbow Lodge community.  Rainbow Park has a beautiful and very long pier that stretches far out on Alta Lake...

Why should you go to Rainbow Park?

Rainbow Park has stunningly beautiful views across to Wedge, Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains.  Sunrise and sunsets are incredible and the swimming is fantastic on the huge pier and swimming platforms.  There is a concession stand in the summer and the beach has a tremendously friendly, local feel to it that is wonderfully welcoming.

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