When you visit Whistler, you should make a point of venturing out of the village and experiencing the mountain splendour. On your way, you may come across one (or four!) of Whistler’s spectacular lakes. These local watering holes feature all kinds of activities and all set against a breath taking mountain backdrop. From paddle boarding to canoeing, there are a number of ways to cool off and have fun on a sunny summer day. We’ve got the inside scoop on where and what to play when visiting the many lakes of Whistler.
Alta Lake is one of the more popular lakes in Whistler and is just 4km away from the Village. It is the second largest lake with four parks lining it’s shores: Lakeside Park, Blueberry Park, Rainbow Park and Wayside Park. Lakeside and Rainbow tend to get the most traffic. At these parks, you will find sandy beaches, lots of activities and docks to launch non-motorized boats from or swim off of.
What to play: Try stand up paddle boarding (SUPing) or rent a canoe and float down the River of Golden Dreams!
Green Lake is the largest and most northerly lake in Whistler. It is the source of the Green River and is fed by the infamous River of Golden Dreams. Green Lake is said to be the coldest of the lakes and due to it’s size, it is the only lake that allows motorized boats. What’s more, it also serves as a piece of Whistler’s airport!
What to play: Take a float plane flight from this colourful lake and see the rest of Whistler from the sky!
Alpha Lake is located in Creekside. This lake is dog friendly and even features a dog park for your pup to play in the water with it’s furry friends. There are walking/hiking trails all around as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, a kids play park, and a floating dock.
What to play: Play a round of basketball at the nearby courts or beach volleyball!
This tranquil little lake is also in Creekside. It has a small gravel beach with a creek flowing through it which generally allows for good fishing.
What to play: Try your hand at fishing!
Lost Lake is just a short fifteen minute walk from Whistler Village, making it very popular! In summer, you will find a free shuttle bus that runs to and from the Lake. Not only is this park close to the village, it also features a swim area, docks, barbecue stands, accessible washrooms, and a concession stand! Before you go for a swim, check out the surrounding hiking or biking trails.
What to play: More like what not to play, here you will find swimming, biking, hiking and eating- our favourite!
Whistler is full of things to do and visiting the many lakes surrounding the town should be on your list. Looking to book a trip to experience summer in the mountains? The Adara is a boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the village and guaranteed for next level fun!