Getting lost was never out of the question. Escaping the negative thoughts in my head was the answer. And if you ask me, there’s no better way to escape than to get lost in nature’s powerful landscapes. Whether you like mountain biking, hiking, or just walking with your dog, Lost Lake Park in Whistler is the place to be.
Lost Lake Park
It’s not every day that you can walk out of your hotel and access this serene landscape in less than 30 min by foot. Lost Lake is a small lake that is – you guessed it, lost in the middle of a forest in Whistler, BC. This freshwater lake sits at an elevation of 690m and there are plenty of trails in the area to keep everyone happy. Check out the video below for a cool aerial view of Lost Lake.
The area surrounding Lost Lake is actually a protected area thanks to forester Don MacLaurin who saw its potential many years ago. No houses will ever be built on the shores of Lost Lake and its surroundings, now that’s good news!
How to get there
The best way to get to Lost Lake is with the 46km Valley Trail system that runs through all of Whistler. The walk to Lost Lake itself is relatively easy with little to no elevation change. You can also rent a bike from one of the many bike shops in Whistler Village and make your way to the mountain bike trails around Lost Lake.
- Please note that certain parts of the main trail are closed due to fuel thinning projects as an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire to our Whistler community.
If you choose to drive to Lost Lake, parking is limited to 15minutes only, which doesn’t give you much time to explore the place. Take the free Lost Lake shuttle bus from Whistler Village, which drops you directly at the park entrance. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and did I mention it’s free?
A Walk To Remember
If you’re looking for a nice and easy family walk, try Lost Lake’s Nature Trail. It’s a great walk down towards a little creek with not too many people around.
This nature trail is a good option on a cloudy or rainy day because most of the trail is in the forest. With the tall trees towering over you, no need for an umbrella, nature’s got you.
Around every corner, you will get a different view of Lost Lake and the mountains, like this view of Blackcomb Creek flowing into the Lost Lake. I like to say that Lost Lake has a little piece of happiness for everyone.
Lost Lake in the summertime
Let’s face it, Lost Lake is the perfect place to spend your summer days, especially the hot ones. There is enough space for everyone whether you want to throw a frisbee on the grassy area or enjoy a delicious bbq on the specially designed picnic tables, Lost Lake Park has it all. Don’t forget your bathing suit because you’ll want to jump into this beautiful lake and swim to one of the many floating docks. Adventure dogs are welcome and there is even a dog beach just for them!
Enough about dogs! How about bears? Whistler is bear territory and like us, they also like to walk around Lost Lake. But no need to be scared, just be Bear Aware.
Bears like to snack too, so make sure you don’t leave any rubbish behind after your delicious picnic and pack in what you pack out. This means no leftovers anywhere! The chances of you seeing a bear are pretty small but it does happen. If we want to keep enjoying this beautiful piece of paradise it’s important that we do our part and clean up after ourselves.
If you want to know more about what to do if you encounter a bear, check out these helpful tips from our friends at Bear Smart.
Where to next?
Are you looking for some more fun adventures to do while visiting Whistler? Check out this list of our favorite things to do in Whistler. And for now, enjoy this beautiful video of Lost Lake made by Tourism Whistler.