Are you lucky enough to be able to visit Whistler? It will come to no surprise that the rainy season in Whistler can sometimes be a tough one. Are you running out of Whistler activities to do? We have compiled the best free things to do in Whistler on a rainy day.
Some people feel the rain, others just get wet. – Roger Miller
Here are 5 little adventures to brighten up your wet Whistler days.
1- Brandywine Falls
Exploration is the essence of human spirit.
About 10 kilometers south of Whistler, you will find Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. If you are driving up from Vancouver, it will be on your right-hand side. This easy walk in the woods will take you a little over 10 minutes and you will be able to hear the waterfall roaring alongside the trail the whole time. You will never expect what you are about to witness.
As you get closer to the waterfall you will start seeing a big canyon in the forest. Brandywine Falls is about 70 meters high (230ft) and it falls into a luscious green bowl of moss and rocks in the middle of the interpretive forest. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. Even when the weather isn’t the most perfect, this little adventure is guaranteed to make you forget about the rain.
2- Alexander Falls
Located a little closer to Whistler than Brandywine Falls, the Callaghan Valley is where you fill find Alexander Falls. The road is long and windy and it will take you about 10 minutes from the highway to drive up to Alexander Falls. Don’t drive too fast on your way up – many Olympians practice roller-skiing on this picturesque road and it could be hard to see them around the corner. The view up the Callaghan Valley Road is also worth a few pictures.
How wild it was to let it be.
Back in 1956 a train derailed off its tracks and ended up between the Cheakamus River and the railway. They are now covered in graffitis and make for a colourful discovery in the middle of the tall trees. Wondering how the wagons got there in the first place? We’re talking about it in our recent Whistler Train Wreck post.
The train wreck hike used to be accessible from a walk along highway 99 but in 2016, the town builds a suspension bridge over the river to allow easier and safer access to the historical site. The suspension bridge crosses over the raging milky green Cheakamus River. The new entrance for the Train Wreck trail is accessible through the Cheakamus neighborhood.
It will take you about 20-30 minutes of easy trail walking until you see the suspension bridge. Vancouver Trails has the best map to describe where exactly the train wreck is located. For a rainy day activity, this is a fun walk in the woods where you can somehow stay dry underneath the big trees or exploring inside the wagons. This hike is also featured in one of our blog posts.
4- Cheakamus Lake
Time wasted at the lake is time well spent.
Now this one is a little bit of a longer adventure! After a 20-30 minute drive on a Forest Service Road, you will find the entrance to the Cheakamus Lake hiking trail.
Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake is yet another glacier-fed lake in the Whistler area. The hike is fairly easy and the tall trees offer a partially covered trail away from the rain. It is common to cross paths with backpackers walking back from the nearby pristine campsite or mountain bikers. Cheakamus Lake is also highly visible from the top of Whistler mountain with its turquoise waters. Curious to know more about this exceptional adventure? Read more about it here.
5- Nita Lake
Nita Lake is a beautiful lake located in the Creekside neighborhood of Whistler. Adjacent to the magnificent Nita Lake Lodge, this lake is worth a visit during your Whistler vacation.
If it’s nice enough outside have a walk on the valley trail by the lake to take in the beautiful scenery. You can also visit Nita Lake Lodge, a gorgeous boutique hotel that captures the rustic Whistler style with its wooden accents and cozy decor. Walk inside the tall wooden doors and have a warm beverage while watching the rainfall on the lake. Nita Lake Lodge is also a great escape for a rainy day or even just a nice hot chocolate at their charming little Fix Cafe.
That’s it for our top 5 Whistler activities to do on a rainy day. If you have any suggestions or if you would like to share your favorite Whistler activity, comment below! We would love to hear from you!