In 1982, architect Tom Barratt and other city planners created Whistler’s Valley Trail to give people of all ages a place for recreation and a great way to see Whistler, British Columbia. What started as a trail in the immediate areas around Meadow Park and Whistler Village grew to become a 40-kilometer network of trails connecting Whistler to the five alpine lakes nearby.
Tom Barratt said, “The trail allows anyone to see the wetlands and lakes and forests. It gives you different views of the mountains and lets people who aren’t hard-core hikers or bikers really experience Whistler.”
It doesn’t matter where you start or end up. The trail map can help you identify distances, sights, parks, and difficulty levels of the trail. First choose your form of transportation: walking, running, cycling, rollerblading, or skating. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, except for wheelchairs. Valley Trail is more for the casual stroll or ride with your family (fun for all ages), but it is wide enough to provide two lanes (one for each direction), so even serious runners and cyclists can make the most of it.
“The Whistler Valley Trail is a free and accessible way for people to see the beautiful scenery without having to be advanced cyclists or hikers. Even people in wheelchairs can access the Valley Trail, so it epitomizes the very best kind of family-friendly bike trail – AAA (All Ages and Abilities).”
Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be leashed. There are over a dozen parks that connect to the trail, which give your dog lots of opportunity to come off the leash and run around to make friends and mark some trees. Barking Bay at Rainbow Park is one such place.
Whistler is a great destination in Canada for both summer and winter activities, and Valley Trail fits both categories. Open year-round, Valley Trail invites hikers and fat-tire bikers to enjoy the same views in winter. Some of the trail is designated for cross-country skiing, while other parts are cleared of snow daily for hikers.
“There are few experiences more uniquely Whistler than hopping on a bike or pushing a stroller or wheelchair or skateboard out into the towering rainforests and panoramic vistas of the Whistler wilderness.”
To give you a sense of the picturesque beauty and the too-many-to-count scenic spots, watch this video from GoWhistler. This is adventure travel the Canadian way!
Where to Stay
The Westin Resort & Spa is located in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, a charming village widely regarded as one of the world’s best skiing and boarding destinations. The resort is ideally located just steps from the base of both Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, as well as the pedestrian-only village featuring Whistler’s fantastic shops and restaurants.