Thanks to longer summer days, there’s more time to get out in the sun and enjoy summer lake activities like hiking, biking and swimming. After working up a sweat exploring Whistler’s gorgeous natural sights, what better way to cool off than by dipping into a refreshingly cold Whistler lake? To make your summer vacation planning easy, here are the best spots for summer lake activities on your next Whistler vacation:
Swimming in Lost Lake
Growingly popular and easily accessible from Whistler’s village, this lake is a great option for all ages. With several wooden floating docks in Lost Lake, swimming or fishing is a favorite pastime. There is plenty of space for everyone to lounge in the sun, swim or take your favorite inflatable raft out for a navigating journey. One word of caution, though: Whistler locals often describe the furthest dock as the “locals’ nudist area.”
Water Activities in Alta Lake
This 2.2-km long and 675-meter wide lake offers various beach access points. Grab a valley trail bike or a good set of sneakers and cruise along Whistler’s extensive Valley Trail to access the Alta Lake beach points:
Beach Volleyball in Rainbow Park: Featuring four sand beach volleyball courts and a wooden dog dock, there is ample grass lounging space for everyone to avoid feeling overwhelmed and crowded. You may catch a few of the volleyball league games, as WOVA plays weekly in the summer evening hours.
Canoeing in Wayside Park: Whistler Eco Tours (WET) offers water navigating rentals right on the premises for your convenience. Wayside Park rentals are per hour or per day and include kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddleboards. Hang out on the dock, or lounge in the lush grass on a hot sunny day.
Water Sports in Lakeside Park: Backroads Whistler is located here, offering various summer lake activities, including water navigating rentals including pedal boats, double kayaks, stand up paddleboards and canoes, available daily or per hour. With a larger grass lounging area, this location often sees longer evening sun exposure due to its location. The easily accessible Whistler Valley Trail goes right by this beach, making it an easy spot to access.
Exploring the River of Golden Dreams: Whistler’s extensive water network flows throughout the country side. Grab a canoe and brace yourself for small river rapids as you enjoy mountain views and lush forests along the way. If you’d prefer a guide to help you navigate, visit Canadian Wilderness who can take care of your transportation needs before and after, while sharing information on Whistler’s flora and history throughout the excursion. Both Backroads Whistler and Whistler Eco Tours offer self-guided experiences, though previous experience is necessary.
Beach Volleyball at Alpha Lake
Located a little further south out of Whistler’s village, this lake has many activities to entertain everyone in your group including tennis courts, a basketball court, a beach volleyball court, an off-leash dog park and a floating dock just a short swim away from the main fixed dock. If you’re feeling adventurous, the “Alpha Lake Rope Swing” is great adrenaline rush for experienced rope swingers. You may even get a chance to catch a few slack liners on Alpha Lake Beach as they set up their lines while practicing their balancing skills.
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