As the Valley Trail stretches from Function Junction all the way north of the Village to Emerald, it provides an excellent way to explore the neighborhoods of Whistler. Hop on your bike, strap on the rollerblades or simply slip into a pair of sandals and tour Whistler from the paved and scenic Valley Trail.
Village to Meadow Park
Distance: Approximately 8.7 km for the whole loop.
There are two different routes to get to Meadow Park Sports Centre, located at Alpine Meadows north of the Village. For a fun loop go out via Lost Lake and return to the Village following the River of Golden Dreams. This route can take you past two lakes, a water park, parks and playgrounds with opportunities to swim and play. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
- Leave from Whistler Olympic Plaza along Blackcomb Way. Follow the trail by 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. Green Lake is the base for Whistler Air - see if you can spot float planes taking off and landing in between the wakeboarders and fishing enthusiasts.
- Optional Route: Leave from the Village and go via Lost Lake. Follow the Valley Trail through the forest in Lost Lake Park out to Nicklaus North. Note that the trails around Lost Lake are gentle but not paved. Bear that in mind if you are rollerblading or biking.
- Continue alongside Green Lake then cross Highway 99 at the lights. Pedal beside the highway briefly back to Meadow Park. Stop here for a lunch break and spend time relaxing while the kids tire themselves out at the playground and waterpark.
- To complete the loop, pedal back to the Village following the River of Golden Dreams. This section of trail passes through the cool green Emerald Forest to Tapley's Neighborhood. To return to the Village one can either pedal up Lorimer Road or take the slightly longer, winding route back beside the Whistler Golf Club.
Village to Rainbow Park
Distance: Approximately 6.4 km return.
Just 20 minutes from the Village by bike, Rainbow Park by Alta Lake is a favourite spot for fun in the sun. 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.
- Pack your swim gear and sunscreen, volleyball, a picnic lunch and perhaps a book.
- From the Village head to Whistler Golf Club (the entrance is located off Whistler Way, by the Whistler Conference Centre). Take the underpass under the highway then take the Valley Trail path to the right of the clubhouse.
- Follow the signs to Rainbow Park, turning left at the River of Golden Dreams. Cruise along this flat section of trail to Rainbow Park, keeping an eye out for people paddling kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards on the River of Golden Dreams along the way.
- Fun Fact: 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).
- Set up camp on the grassy area and relax for as long as you like. Enjoy the views across to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, the cool breezes and refreshing lake water.
- When you’ve had enough sun for the day, jump back on your bike and take the same route back to the Village.
Whistler Golf Club Loop
Distance: Approximately 4.3 km loop.
A great loop for joggers, runners, walkers, kids and strollers with beautiful scenery. Quiet and serene, you’ll pass golfers perfecting their swing while being surrounded by truly awe-inspiring scenery of white-capped mountain peaks and lush forest.
- This loop starts and ends near the Whistler Golf Club clubhouse. The entrance to the Whistler Golf Club is located near the Whistler Conference Centre - take the underpass under the highway to find the clubhouse. Go either north or south on the Valley Trail from here to start the loop.
- Things to See: Bears often share the golf course with the golfers so keep a look out on the greens for some of Whistler’s most famous residents. You can also see other wildlife and birds, views of the surrounding mountains, giant cedar trees and whimsical sculptures. Can you spot them all?
Creekside to the Lakes
Distance: Approximately 6.4 km return.
Starting from Creekside, take a tour of three of Whistler’s beautiful lakes – don’t forget your swimsuit!
- From Creekside head south towards the neighbourhood of Bayshores along the Highway. Cross over Highway 99 at the first set of lights and pick up the Valley Trail again on the other side.
- 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, as well as a separate beach, dock and play area for kids.
- Hop back on the trail and go north towards Nita Lake for your next stop (it's just minutes away!). Check out the Rainbow Trout viewing platform along the way, and wave at the Rocky Mountaineer Climb Train if it goes past.
- Pop into Nita Lake Lodge for lunch in the restaurant, a coffee in the café or a drink on the lounge patio.
- Continue along Nita Lake past the famous leaning tree. Keep an ear and an eye out for pika (tiny animals with a shrill call) as you pass through the rocky section at the end of the lake.
- At the junction with the giant pinecone sculpture turn right to reach Alta Lake via Wayside and Lakeside Park. Further north Lakeside has canoe rentals, tables and BBQs 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. Adventure Route: If you are feeling adventurous you may wish to circle Alta Lake via the Whistler Golf Club and Rainbow Park (this route includes a section on the road). Which ever way you come, be sure to follow the signs back to Creekside once you arrive at Nita Lake - this route will take you under the highway on the trail.
The Valley Trail in Winter
The Valley Trail enables visitors to experience the winter wonderland that is Whistler. Please note that due to Whistler's spectacular annual snowfall, not all sections of the Valley Trail are easily accessible in winter. Some sections are maintained regularly and suitable for walking or running with appropriate footwear. Other are groomed for nordic sports or not cleared of snow on a regular basis.
For up-to-date conditions check with the Whistler Visitor Centre on arrival.