Walking Whistler

Famous for its amazing skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, it is easy to forget how beautiful these mountains are once the snow has melted and the green returns to the slopes.

I spent some time exploring the resort in May as the snow was gradually fading. Only there for a few days I didn’t have chance to make the most of everything the area had to offer but here are some of the great hiking trails I came across there …

Joffre Lakes

Even in May, there was plenty of snow to traipse through on this climb and in true fairytale princess spirit, each lake you
reach is genuinely more beautiful than the last. There are three lakes 424600_10151533909054003_1051383993_nto tick off and the trail climbs up through thick forest and across craggy boulder-fields with spectacular views of the glaciers draped between the peaks above.

I do have to disagree with the ‘family friendly’ rating given to this trail by our guidebook as unless your family happens to consist of a couple of mountain goats you would definitely struggle with small children if you go any further than the first lake.

Brandywine Meadows

IMG_5871If the Tolkein-esque name doesn’t already draws you in, the picturesque meadows brimming with wildflowers will definitely be something to write home about. The trail itself is difficult and very steep in parts but walkers are rewarded with amazing views down across the meadows and up to the surrounding mountains.

Only a couple of hours drive from Vancouver it makes a great day trip for keen walkers and its definitely worth stopping at Brandywine falls while in the area too.

Ancient Cedar Trailancient-cedars-4

A maze of forested trails ending in a grove of truly ancient and truly massive cedar trees. It is one of very few areas that has never been logged and so trees there have remained untouched for over a thousand years.

There are multiple routes that walkers can take to enjoy the ancient cedars. The link in the title takes you to an intermediate hike that can be difficult in hot weather while this link gives a much easier route that can interconnect with a trail taking in the Showh lakes as well.

Photographs from Adam Richards, Beth Barrett, and VancouverTrails.com