There is more than just skiing to do at Whistler. If you’re looking for nature you’ll find lots of it in one of the resort’s many nearby parks.
Parks and Nature in Whistler and the Surrounding Area
The Resort Municipality of Whistler offers a multitude of options for folk wanting to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. The town offers several municipal parks scattered throughout the area. Whistler is also home to several provincial parks.
In addition to the various parks we list in this article, a special event in nature that’s really cool is Vallea Lumina. It’s an attraction that involves iluminated trails through the forest at tight. It’s quite magical and well worth checking out. Other activities you can do in nature are the Aerial Obstacle Course, Superfly Ziplines and RZR All-Terrain Vehicle Tours on Cougar Mountain.
Municipal Parks in Whistler
Whistler has lots of small municipal parks. Some of the best ones are listed below. For information about provincial parks in the area, see further below.
- Alpha Lake Park – found in the Creekside area of Whistler, on the north shore of Alpha Lake. This beautiful spot is accessible from the Valley Trail and also by car or bike. Activities at the park include volleyball and tennis courts, a basketball hoop, playground, dock, picnic tables, community greenhouse and an off-leash dog park called Arfa Park.
- Bayly Park – a small park located at 1005 Legacy Way in Cheakamus Crossing just south of Whistler. The place has a playground, sandy volleyball courts, tennis court, multi-sport court, dog off-leash area, picnic tables, community greenhouse and a special event area.
- Blueberry Beach Park – a rugged, forested park found on the east side of Alta Lake. The place is mostly used for hiking on the Blueberry Trail, but there are also three docks leading into the lake.
- Florence Peterson Park – a small park located at 4343 Main Street just behind the Whistler Library in the heart of the village. The park has an open green space, picnic tables and a few public art installations. Florence Peterson Park is also part of the Cultural Connector which is a path that connects six of Whistler’s cultural institutions.
- Green Lake Park – a very small park with picnic tables found on Green Lake just north of Whistler. Generally only known to locals, the park is very nondescript and looks like an abandoned housing lot. Just across from the park is the Green Lake boat launch.
- Lakeside Park – located just 2 km south of Whistler Village at 3375 Lakeside Road on the east shore of Alta Lake. The place offers a sandy beach, kids’ play area, picnic tables, docks, concession stand, and canoe/kayak rentals in the summer.
- Lost Lake Park – a popular park with a beach, hiking/biking trails, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter, a concession stand and docks to swim off. Dogs also have their own off-leash area in the park called Canine Cove. Lost Lake Park can be found at 4700 Lost Lake Road just north of the Upper Village.
- Meadow Park – a smaller park with picnic areas, a splash pad, playground, tennis and basketball courts and baseball diamonds. The park is located in Alpine Meadows behind the Meadow Park Sports Centre north of Whistler Village.
- Rainbow Park – found on the north side of Alta Lake, Rainbow Park offers beach volleyball, docks, picnic tables, a concession stand, an outdoor event space and an off-leash area for dogs called Barking Bay.
- Rebagliati Park – a small park found just off the Valley Trail, right by the iconic bridge over the Fitzsimmons Creek. The park has several picnic tables and is often used for special events because of the large open green space.
- Spruce Grove Park – located at 7328 Kirkpatrick Way, just north of Whistler Village. Activities at this park include baseball diamonds, a concession stand and the Spruce Grove Field Clubhouse (which can be rented for private use). The park is accessible via the Valley Trail and Lost Lake trail system.
- Wayside Park – found on the south shore of Alta Lake, Wayside Park has a grassy area, dock, concession stand and picnic tables for visitors to enjoy.
- Whistler Olympic Plaza – found at 4144 Village Stroll, the Whistler Olympic Plaza is in the middle of the Village North area. The plaza is a tribute to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Inside, there is a large grassy area, playground and the iconic Olympic rings. There is also an outdoor event space that turns into a skating rink in the winter time.
Provincial Parks in the Whistler Region
Below is a list of provincial parks in the Whistler area organized in alphabetical order.
- Blackcomb Glacier – a small park adjacent to the northwest side of Garibaldi Park. The place offers hiking trails and opportunities for backcountry skiing.
- Brandywine Falls – the park is most known for its 70-metre waterfall. Activities here include hiking, picnicking, mountain biking and beginner snowshoeing in the winter time. Brandywine Falls is located about halfway between Squamish and Whistler.
- Callaghan Lake – home of the 2010 Winter Olympics Nordic sports venue, Callaghan Lake Park can be found 20 km south of Whistler. The place has plenty of opportunities for backcountry recreation including canoeing, fishing and hiking in the summer, as well as non-motorized sports in the winter.
- Garibaldi Park – there are five entrances to Garibaldi Provincial Park. The Singing Pass entrance is located within Whistler, by the bus loop. Visitors can also enter the park via Cheakamus Lake (south of Whistler) and Wedgemount Lake (north of Whistler). Hiking and camping are the two main activities to do at this park.
- Nairn Falls – while Nairn Falls is closer to Pemberton, it is still just a 20-minute drive north from Whistler. The place is known for its interesting rock formations and waterfalls. Activities at this park include hiking and camping.
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