Mountains and Lakes – Whistler – British Columbia

Lost Lake, Whistler

Out of countless beautiful locations I visited in Canada, the ski resort of Whistler in British Columbia, just a couple of hours’ bus ride away from Vancouver, stood out with its stunning mountain scenery and spectacular lakes. This was one of the stops made when Andy visited for a couple of weeks and the few days we spent here were amazing.

It was August and, while skiers and snowboarders were still hitting the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain, the summer made way for other sports such as mountain biking, lake swimming and hiking. We were doing the latter and there were plenty of trails to follow.

Our favourite hiking route began at Whistler Village and led to the gorgeous Lost Lake…

Lost Lake, Whistler

Lost Lake, Whistler

Lost Lake, Whistler

Lost Lake, Whistler

Whistler, canada

Although we were on a tight budget, we decided to indulge in a visit to the Scandinave Spa. Set amid nature, this outdoor mountain retreat featured hot and cold pools, saunas and steam rooms.

It was a gorgeous sunny day and we spent hours in a state of pure relaxation. When we got too hot, the cold pools and Nordic shower provided a rejuvenating shock to the system, while the warm pools were extra soothing. It was quite funny to discover that the guy behind the counter when we arrived was from Manchester and that his girlfriend and most of his family were from Liverpool. When moments like this happen, you realize that it really is a small world!

scandinave spa, whistler

On the final day, we bought lift passes giving us access to Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain. We were leaving that afternoon and didn’t have time to do all of the hikes, such as a glacier trail, but managed to spend a few hours exploring. 

If you’re spending a few days in Whistler, I’d definitely consider investing in a mountain pass. It’s on the expensive side, but if you’re set on hiking, the trails on Blackcomb are magnificent. Make sure you have a full day to get the most for your money and to avoid not having enough time to follow certain routes. Don’t make the mistake that we did by thinking you can climb the mountain on foot to save money. While it’s probably possible, the distance up there is much further than it seems, there are no clear trails to follow and there’s a high risk of running into bears. 

whistler, canada

whistler, canada

whistler, canada

whistler, canada

whistler, canada

 

Have you been to Whistler in Canada or would you like to go?

 

 

 

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