Whistler Recreational Biking

  • Who needs a car? Summer months are the perfect time to get outside and explore on two wheels
  • Ride the Valley Trail, a gentle network of paved, multi-use paths connecting Whistler's neighborhoods
  • Endless entertainment for families - pedal all day from Farmers Market to lake to playground
  • Bring your own bike or rent a cruiser for the day

Whistler Valley Trail

Stretching 40 km through Whistler’s valley, the Valley Trail connects all neighborhoods, lakes and parks with a paved, accessible and scenic path that’s perfect for biking and sightseeing. It's the locals' favourite way to get around

Learn more about the Valley Trail.

Sea to Sky Trail

The Sea to Sky Trail is a non-motorized, multi-use trail currently under construction in the Whistler area. When complete, the 180 km trail will connect Sea to Sky communities from D'Arcy to Squamish. To learn more about the project and see which sections of the trail have been finished, please visit the project website.

More Biking In Whistler

Whistler is bike crazy, with something for every cycling enthusiast to enjoy. You might also be interested in these activities:

  • Whistler's Skate and BMX Park
  • Whistler Village Bike Skills Park
  • Go off road on Whistler's cross country bike trails
  • Try your skills in the lift-assisted Whistler Downhill Bike Park

Suggested Recreational Bike Routes around Whistler

The Village to Meadow Park and Beyond (8.7 km loop)

There are two different routes to get to Meadow Park Sports Centre at Alpine Meadows from the Village so take the Lost Lake route there and return to the Village following the River of Golden Dreams, going full circle from where you started.

Pack a picnic lunch and make your way to Blackcomb Way going north. You’ll cross Fitzsimmons Drive and follow the winding Fitzsimmons Creek to Riverside Campground. Pick up the trail just behind the campground (follow the signs) and you’ll reach the spectacular Nicklaus North Golf Course located next to the glacial-fed Green Lake. Surrounded by towering peaks, Green Lake is the base for Whistler Air and you’ll see float planes taking off and landing in between the wakeboarders and enthusiastic fishers. Between Whistler Village and Nicklaus North you can take a side trip to sparkling Lost Lake (feel free to take a dip!). Please note that the trails around Lost Lake are not paved so if you’re rollerblading, bring some shoes for that portion.

Stop at Meadow Park for a lunch break and spend some time relaxing while the kids tire themselves out at the playground and waterpark. When you’re ready to head back, take in the amazing views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains across the valley as you follow the River of Golden Dreams to the neighbourhood of Tapley’s Farm and make a left towards the Village.

The Village to Rainbow Park (6.4 km return)

Pack your swim gear, volleyball and a picnic lunch and hop on your bike for the 20-minute cruise along the Valley Trail to Rainbow Park. Head to Whistler Golf Club (the entrance is located off Whistler Way, by the Whistler Conference Centre) and take the Valley Trail path to the right of the clubhouse near the parking lot. Follow the signs and go left at the River of Golden Dreams, marveling at the majestic snow-capped peaks that surround you. You’ll likely pass kayaks and canoes as people paddle their way along the river.

Follow this trail all the way to Rainbow Park and gorgeous Alta Lake for some fun in the sun. As the original site for the historic Rainbow Lodge, visitors have been enjoying the park since the early 1920s when Whistler was just a summer destination (some of the original cabins are still standing). There is a sandy beach, lots of grassy areas, picnic tables, beach volleyball courts and a floating dock for lounging on after a refreshing swim.

When you’ve had enough sun for the day, simply jump back on your bike and take the same route back to the Village that you arrived on.

Creekside to the Lakes (6.4 km return)

Starting from Creekside, take a tour of three of Whistler’s beautiful lakes – don’t forget your swimsuit! Head south towards the neighbourhood of Bayshores, crossing over Highway 99 at Lake Placid Road. Follow the Valley Trail to Alpha Lake Park. There’s a great dog park here for your pooch to run around off leash if you’ve brought your four-legged companion. After a break to check out the stunning scenery, hop back on the trail and go north towards Nita Lake for your next stop. Pop into Nita Lake Lodge for lunch in the restaurant or a drink in the lounge, before getting back on the trail, passing through the Creekside neighbourhood, Whistler’s first residential area.

Your final lake is Whistler’s most popular, Alta Lake. With three parks for swimming and other activities, Alta Lake is always a hub of activity. You’ll pass two of the parks, Wayside and Lakeside. Wayside is a great spot for kayaking and there are rentals available. Further north Lakeside has canoe rentals, a campground and is a favourite for families.

When you’re ready to leave, you can either take the same trail you arrived on or do a loop around the Alta Vista neighbourhood, making sure to cut over to Creekside once you’re back at Nita Lake.

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Valley Tours

Enjoy scenic Whistler by mountain bike. Learn about the history, geography and key nature spots with a qualified guide. From beginner to intermediate, tours are catered to your skill level. Mountain bike and helmet included in all bike tours.

Tour Level Duration Details Price From
Valley Tour 10AM or 2PM All Levels 3 Hours Rates include bike, helmet & gloves
4 riders per guide
$65 per person

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Recreational Bike Rentals

These bikes are suitable for taking leisurely rides along the Valley Trail or for exploring Whistler’s great beginner and intermediate singletrack. Not for use in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Full Rental Details

Adult Valley Trail Bike
(Includes open faced helmet)
1 Day $40
2 Days $69
3 Days $99
Junior Valley Trail Bike
(Includes open faced helmet)
1 Day $27
2 Days $45
3 Days $63
Trail-A-Bike or Trailer
(Includes open faced helmet)
1 Day $20
2 Days $34
3 Days $49
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Cruiser Adventures:
Sightseeing on the Valley Trail

It's the best way to get around town by far on foot or by bike. The Insider has 5 spots on the Valley Trail to check out next time you are in town.

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