Have you heard the saying “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? Well, it applies to Whistler more than any other town we know.
Whistler is nestled in one of the world’s most precious and productive environments, the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest, and it lies at the end of one of the world’s most spectacular drives, the Sea To Sky Highway.
Here are 5 incredible dog hikes that you can easily do on your journey too, or from Whistler. Number 1 is one of our favourites to do on the drive from Vancouver to Whistler because it’s just about halfway.
Sidebar: Dogs are not allowed in Garibaldi Provincial Park, and unfortunately dog owners can be fined for having their dog with them on hikes such as Cheakamus Lake and Singing Pass. All of the trails in this post are dog-friendly, however when exploring on your own make sure you know if the trail is dog friendly before you set off. Nothing ruins a great day out like a $140 ticket!
1. Stawamus Chief, Squamish
The Stawamus Chief, or just The Chief as it’s known to locals, is a mammoth granite dome that towers over the town of Squamish.
The peak of The Chief is 700m above the waters of the near by Howe Sound, and views from the top stretch as far as the eye can see in almost 360 degrees. The hike takes about 2 hours to reach the top, and it can be very busy in peak season.
From the peak you can see over the Tantalus Range, down the Howe Sound to the sea and back up towards Whistler.
2. Lost Lake, Whistler
This little piece of paradise is just a 10 minute walk from the steps of the Summit Lodge.
At Lost Lake there is a network of beginner and intermediate bike trails, walking trails, a dedicated doggy beach, a huge public beach and 3 public docks.
3. Sea To Sky Trail & Gondola, Squamish
The Sea To Sky Corridor is world-renowned for its hiking trails, and the Sea To Sky Trail and gondola get you right in amongst it. Breath-taking alpine vistas and 360 degree views of the Howe Sound, Skypilot Mountain and Mount Habrich are just a pinch of what you can expect at the top.
Dogs are welcome on the Sea To Sky Trail that works its way up underneath the gondola to viewing the main platform (above) and suspension bridge.
The Sea To Sky trail is a steep uphill climb that takes 2 – 3 hours so be sure to take plenty of water for you and your pooch. Dogs cannot upload on the gondola, but they can download with you after your hike for $15.
4. Logger’s Lake & Crater Rim Trail, Whistler
Loggers Lake formed long ago in the crater of an extinct volcano that was part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. There are two trails around the lake: the Loggers Lake loop, which skirts the edge of the lake, and the Crater Rim trail that works its way up high around the old volcano crater.
5. Train Wreck & Cheakamus River, Whistler
The site of several abandoned rail cars, the Whistler Train Wreck is as much an essential part of your visit as the Peak 2 Peak gondola, the Bike Park or floating the River of Golden Dreams. Dubbed “Whistler’s outdoor art gallery” the carriages date back to a 1950’s crash and have become home to artwork from some of Whistler’s best street artists.
The trail to the Train Wreck starts behind Olive’s Community Market in Function Junction, just a 15 minute drive south of Whistler Village. The trail is marked by little yellow arrows and meanders past the spectacular Cheakamus river, gorge and waterfall.