Think Whistler is all about cold and snow?
Our summers can get seriously hot, and when the temperatures start to rise, there’s only one place to go: the beach.
Well, technically there are several places to go – lucky for us, Whistler is spoiled with some incredible lakes and stunning beaches. We’ve compiled the essential details on some of Whistler’s best beaches to help you decide the best place for a summertime cool down.
Location: Lost Lake is situated in the Benchlands, close to Whistler Village.
Best way to get there: If you’re coming by car, park in the Whistler Village day lots. Then, walk 15 minutes or so along the Valley Trail until you hit the beach – it’s a scenic walk through the forest. You could also catch the free shuttle in the summer.
Why we love it: There are tons of trails to explore around Lost Lake, either on foot or on your bike.
Location: Lakeside Park is located in Alta Vista.
Best way to get there: It’s an easy walk from Nordic, Alta Vista, and Blueberry Hill, and an easy bike ride from almost anywhere in town. There is parking, but it can get busy in the summer months.
Why we love it: It’s easy to get to but arguably less popular (read: crowded) than Lost Lake. Plus, you can rent canoes, kayaks, or stand up paddle boards for some fun in the water.
Location: Off Alta Lake Road, which can be accessed from Alpine Meadows or just south of Bayshores.
Best way to get there: Since Rainbow Park is located on the far side of Alta Lake, it’s quite a long walk to get there. Your best bet is to ride your bike in or to drive in. You can usually find a parking spot, though you might have to be patient during peak hours.
Why we love it: It’s wide, it’s secluded, and it’s got some stellar beach volleyball courts.
Location: Just opposite of Nordic
Best way to get there: Via the Valley Trail, on foot or by bike. There are a few parking spots here, too.
Why we love it: Wayside Park on Alta Lake might be Whistler’s most underrated beach. Tucked away into the trees, you wouldn’t know it was hiding there from the highway if the tiny “Wayside Park” sign wasn’t there. This is a small, family friendly beach.
Best way to get there: Walk from Bayshores, Creekside, or Nordic, or ride your bike in from elsewhere. You can drive, too – turn at the Husky Station and go left at Nita Lake Lodge.
Why we love it: A little way’s from the Village, Alpha Lake draws a mellow local crowd. There’s a beach volleyball court, and the beach hardly ever gets too crowded.
Best way to get there: Either hike in from the trails in Cheakamus, or drive up the bumpy logging road and talk a short walk through the trails.
Why we love it: Two words: rope swing. Loggers Lake is rugged and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen.