Walk amongst the giants or chase frozen waterfalls during your next winter trip to Whistler. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, why not try snowshoeing? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Whistler snowshoe trails and some of them are even dog-friendly!
Take in the incredible scenery at a slower pace.
1- Alexander Falls
Located about 20 minutes south of Whistler Village, you will find the Callaghan Valley and Whistler Olympic Park. Also home to the 2010 Winter Olympics’ ski jumping and biathlon, this park has a lot to offer in the winter.
The Whistler Olympic Park was the location of the Nordic events facilities for the 2010 Winter Olympics and is located in the Madeley Creek basin in the Callaghan Valley, west of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
There are a total of 35km of trails for snowshoeing in the Whistler Olympic Park and there is also a surprising amount of cross-country skiing trails. Snowshoeing to the frozen Alexander Falls is by far our favorite!
You will find this incredible gem after only 3.5km of snowshoeing on a moderate trail. Grab a map and head out to the falls from Whistler Olympic Park or Ski Callaghan. Both start points offer different snowshoe trail options for all levels of activity.
Ski Callaghan represents a co-operative marketing and administrative “Gateway” entity; a joint venture between two neighboring and complimentary Nordic ski Areas, Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures (CCWA).
This snowshoe trail is rated intermediate because of some steeper sections. But as every great adventurer would say, “Great things never came from comfort zones”.
2- The Whistler Train Wreck
When life gives you snow, go snowshoeing.
It’s one of Whistler’s most famous hikes in the summer. Hike through the snowcovered trees and across a beautiful suspension bridge to reach the 7 derailed wagons colorfully painted in graffitis. Located in the Cheakamus neighborhood south of Whistler Village, the Whistler Train Wreck is a fun snowshoe trail in the winter.
The trail runs alongside the busy Cheakamus River and it will take you about 30 minutes to get to the suspension bridge from the trailhead. Once across the bridge, you will easily see the colorful wagons shattered across the old-growth forest. This trail is better explored on snowshoes in the winter and remember to always prepare for the weather conditions.
Located about 5 minutes south of Alexander Falls, you will find the entrance to the Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.
Brandywine Falls is a spectacular 70-meter waterfall that dives down a canyon with a tall forest on each of its sides. During the coldest months of the winter, impressive icicles form on the canyon’s walls.
It’s important to note that Brandywine Provincial Park is officially closed during the winter and parking on Highway 99’s shoulder is prohibited. They have been monitoring the area, even more, this winter.
According to the BC Parks website, they are ” working to find a solution for winter parking off the highway. To access the park in the meantime, you will need to get dropped off at the main gate.”
Every adventurer knows that the hardest places to get to are often the dreamiest once you make it there. Brandywine Falls might not be an easy one to reach but the view is definitely worth the extra effort. This snowshoe trail is also dog-friendly!
Lost Lake Park
Lost Lake Park is located in Whistler’s Upper Village and this area is home to many snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails. The best part is that you don’t need a car to get there from the village because there is a free shuttle (Bus #5) that brings you there.
Lost Lake Passive House was the first Passive House building in Canada and was originally Austria House, built for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Mostly known for its cross-country skiing trails, Lost Lake Park has a 15km network of snowshoe trails. Rentals are available on-site and if you need to warm up, there is also hot chocolate at Lost Lake Passive House.
It was like a field of diamonds glisten on frozen meadows – the perfect snowshoe day.
If you climb up some of the trails, you might even be able to see Whistler and Blackcomb mountains through the trees! Explore the trail map for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Whistler’s Lost Lake Park.
Other favorite snowshoe trails
If you’re looking for more suggestions, here are more snowshoe trails in and around Whistler. We are also happy to share that there are a few trails where adventure dogs are welcome!
Grab your snowshoes or rent some at your local shop and go outside to play. There are plenty of options when it comes to snowshoe trails in Whistler – it’s a chose your own adventure type of situation!