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Hike Whistler B.C.

Updated on January 3, 2016
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Welcome to Whistler, B.C., playground to countless celebrities Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedWhistler Village on a quiet, summer afternoon. Shopping is a favourite pastime for many visitors as well as fine dining Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Welcome to Whistler, B.C., playground to countless celebrities Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Welcome to Whistler, B.C., playground to countless celebrities Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Whistler Village on a quiet, summer afternoon. Shopping is a favourite pastime for many visitors as well as fine dining Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Whistler Village on a quiet, summer afternoon. Shopping is a favourite pastime for many visitors as well as fine dining Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
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View toward Whistler from Sea-to-Sky Coastal Hwy Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedLow clouds cling to the side of the mountain Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
View toward Whistler from Sea-to-Sky Coastal Hwy Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
View toward Whistler from Sea-to-Sky Coastal Hwy Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Low clouds cling to the side of the mountain Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Low clouds cling to the side of the mountain Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved

Day Hikes in Whistler B.C.




Popular with ski and snowboard enthusiasts in the winter, during the summer months Whistler offers some of B.C.’s best hiking trails for all levels of experience from novice to intermediate to advanced hikers.

Set against the majestic CoastMountain range Whistler is less than a two hour drive from Vancouver and with the recent expansion of the Sea-to-Sky Highway getting there just got easier. With ample free parking, adjacent to the Village, there’s no excuse to not get out, explore and take in the beauty of Whistler’s wilderness.

The magnificent Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls as seen from Highway 99 just beyond Squamish Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Shannon Falls as seen from Highway 99 just beyond Squamish Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
The 'face' of the powerful, plunging cascade of water Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
The 'face' of the powerful, plunging cascade of water Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A serene pond in an off chute of the Falls Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A serene pond in an off chute of the Falls Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved

Stop along the way at ShannonFalls

Ranked the third highest waterfall in B.C. this tumultuous cascade just outside of Squamish rises 335 meters above Highway 99. The falls originate from MountHabrich and Sky Pilot. Named after the original owner, Shannon used clay deposits in the surrounding area to make bricks. In 1900 he sold the property to Brittania Copper Mines, owners until 1976 when it was sold to Carling O’Keefe Brewery who in turn donated the land to BC Parks in 1982.

The breathtaking scenery and view points along the Sea-to-Sky Coastal Highway are a photographer’s dream come true.

 

The flora and fawna of Whistler's trails

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The ski hills of Whistler/Blackcomb, home to a vast network of trails Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedAlpine flowers along Preface Trail Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedA wildfower 'lantern' along the way Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedPart of the ecosystem on the Peak Interpretive Walk Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedA river runs through it - Upper Village Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedA sign tells visitors of the variety of fish spawning in the lake Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedA calm Harmony Lake view Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedHarmony Lake as seen along the Trail Loop Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
The ski hills of Whistler/Blackcomb, home to a vast network of trails Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
The ski hills of Whistler/Blackcomb, home to a vast network of trails Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Alpine flowers along Preface Trail Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Alpine flowers along Preface Trail Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A wildfower 'lantern' along the way Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A wildfower 'lantern' along the way Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Part of the ecosystem on the Peak Interpretive Walk Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Part of the ecosystem on the Peak Interpretive Walk Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A river runs through it - Upper Village Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A river runs through it - Upper Village Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A sign tells visitors of the variety of fish spawning in the lake Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A sign tells visitors of the variety of fish spawning in the lake Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A calm Harmony Lake view Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A calm Harmony Lake view Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Harmony Lake as seen along the Trail Loop Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Harmony Lake as seen along the Trail Loop Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
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Mama brings the kids for a free meal Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedWhere are you mama? Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedOne brave little duckling being hand fed, a commom sight Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedA Stellar Jay looking for a handout Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reservedBrilliantly coloured Stellar Jays are seen frequently along the trails Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Mama brings the kids for a free meal Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Mama brings the kids for a free meal Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Where are you mama? Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Where are you mama? Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
One brave little duckling being hand fed, a commom sight Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
One brave little duckling being hand fed, a commom sight Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A Stellar Jay looking for a handout Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
A Stellar Jay looking for a handout Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Brilliantly coloured Stellar Jays are seen frequently along the trails Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
Brilliantly coloured Stellar Jays are seen frequently along the trails Photo by C.Borthwick all rights reserved
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Whistler Mountain Trails

Lost Lake, a short walk from WhistlerVillage, has an easy 5 km trail loop that meanders along the serene lake shores, passes through woodlands and marshes where coyotes, beavers, otters and an endless variety of birds can be glimpsed. Along the route you can leave the beaten path and connect with other trail networks by following the signs along the way.

Ridge Lookout is a short, steep hike of only 0.8 km, but can easily be done within 25 to 35 minutes. This single track trail begins at the Heli-pad uphill from the Roundhouse.

Paleface Trail is a 1km hike through alpine flowers and old-growth forest leading to several viewpoints where you can take in spectacular Black Tusk, an extinct volcano.

Harmony Lake and Trail Loop winds through beautiful alpine forests, with scenic lake views and a chance to stop and watch marmots in their natural environment. Including the loop it’s a 3.5 km hike.

The Peak Interpretive Walk can be accessed from the Roundhouse lookout by taking the Peak Chair to the summit. This 1 km stroll showcases the alpine ecosystem and offers up exceptional views of the distinctive Black Tusk peak.

High Note Trail, for intermediate to advanced hikers, is also accessed from the summit. This trail is a 10 km hike that traverses untouched alpine meadows, passing through the mountain’s rocky south slope before connecting with Musical Bumps Trail.

Musical Bumps is a 21 km long trail where you can enjoy views of Cheakamus Glacier and Lake as well as Black Tusk. From the top of Whistler Mountain Gondola you pass three summits before reaching SingingPass. You can either back track the route or take the trail descending to the Village.

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    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      With the new highway getting there is a breeze. Thanks for visiting.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed your hub. I live in the lower mainland area of British Columbia. My sister and I – and our dogs – have had many great walks and hikes at Shannon Falls and Whistler, although we haven’t been to either place since the Sea-to-Sky highway has been improved. It’s time to visit again!

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      Kamran100 

      8 years ago

      nice

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Not as a rule, most of the locals know where they are [they'll even tell visitors where to walk to see them]and some roam around town, but don't bother anyone. If you stay clear of them they ignore you for the most part. Thanks for the visit.

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Carmen, We visited Whistler in the summer and saw many black bears up there, fortunately from the funicular. Are they a problem whilst hiking? We have them at Tahoe and they generally turn away. Loved the hub!

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      paulgc 

      9 years ago

      Hello Carmen, thankyou for your kind comments and thankyou for becoming my latest fan/follower. It's always nice to get feedback from a fellow photographer and your hub clearly demonstrates your own great abilities as a photographer. I especially like the picture of Shannon falls, it looks very impressive, and the cascade of water has an ethereal quality, well done. Finally, i will now become your latest fan/follower.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      9 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Mardi, thanks for the visit. I'm so lucky to live just a few hours away. Hopefully we're going up next weekend.

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      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      9 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      I loved going to Whistler, well worth the drive up the Sea to Sky Highway! Hopefully back there again one day!

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      9 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Yes, B.C. does live up to its reputation of beautiful. Thanks for the visit Duchess.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Nice! Good job on promoting Canada to the rest of the world. It's easy to see why BC has so many preferred locations! Great pictures.

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      "Quill" 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub and another Canadian, we are loacted just over the Rockies in Alberta.

      Awesome country you have there and very well written.

      Blessings...

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      Laurel Oakes 

      9 years ago

      Fabulous Hub, I love the waterfalls,would go just to see that.

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      Jaspal 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Carmen ... lovely pics, and a nice write up! I'm making a note of this place ... and I intend doing these treks.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      What a beautiful hub, thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      GusTheRedneck 

      9 years ago

      Carmen - Shoot. I got tired just looking at the beautiful (but strenuous) pix. Gus

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