Photo: Mike Crane/ Tourism

With seemingly endless outdoor activities, Whistler is literally an outdoor playground. Centred around the village, you can run, bike, ski, climb and hike your way into and around the mountains. With so much to choose from, it’s not uncommon to feel like you are on a time crunch to fit it all in. However, if taking in the pristine views and natural beauty of your surroundings at your own pace is more up your alley, hiking is the activity to focus your energy on. Ready, set, hike your way around Whistler!

Whistler Summer Interpretive Walk

Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Take the gondola and then the Peak Express Chair up to the pinnacle of Whistler Mountain. At the top, follow the single track along for two loops while reading signage about the surrounding views. Here, you will be able to see some of Whistler’s most iconic views, including that of Black Tusk.

Time: 1 hour

Distance: 1.6km

Not Dog Friendly

Ancient Cedars

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Walk through a grove of ancient cedars that are estimated to be over 1000 years old! This short and relatively easy hike is optimal from June until November. The massive cedars are the main attraction but there are views that open up to the Soo Valley and many points of interest among the trail. When you’re on your way down, take the connecting trail to stop by the Showh Lakes.

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2-4hours

Distance: 5.1km

Dog Friendly

Cheakamus Lake

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

The trail kicks off in Cheakamus. It follows along the side of Whistler Mountain with the first section having little incline as it skirts the stunning Cheakamus River. At the 3km, you arrive at Cheakamus Lake. Its stunning hue will surely take your breathe away. Although it may look inviting, especially on a hot day, its waters are glacier fed and therefore, freezing!

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 4-6hours

Distance: 14km

Not Dog Friendly

High Note Trail

Steve Rogers / Whistler Tourism

Accessible from the Peak Express Chair, this hike has it all- Views, exciting terrain and it starts and finishes at the Roundhouse, which is perfect for a post-hike meal or beer!

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 3-4hours

Distance: 9.5km

Not Dog Friendly

Wedgemount Lake

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

If you’re looking for a challenge, the Wedgemount Lake is the hike for you. This hike has an elevation gain of 1200m in a very short distance. The challenging ascent has a huge reward, the pristine lake that awaits at the top. It’s waters and surrounding views of glaciers, jagged peaks and the valley below make it all worth while.

Difficulty: Hard

Time: 5-8hours

Distance: 14km

Not Dog Friendly

All human powered adventures must come to an end at some point and when they do, a comfy bed and fresh baked cookies are awaiting at the Adara. Book your post-hike stay at Whistler’s boutique ski hotel!

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