Many people think that Whistler only consists of what one might see near and around Whistler Village but it is in fact, a lot bigger than meets the eye. Beyond the Village, lies even more adventures and sights to see. And there’s no better way to take it all in than by bike! Starting south at the Cheakamus residential area and extending north to Green Lake, there’s enough to explore to make a day out of it. Here are our favourite stops to take in while seeing Whistler Valley by bike.
Connecting both ends of town is the Valley Trail, a car-free paved trail that provides the perfect route to all the stops. Astonishingly, there is over 45km of trail to navigate. A PDF map is easy to obtain and it singles out all the key points of interest. The Valley Trail meanders past Alpha Lake, Nita Lake, Alta Lake, Lost Lake, and all the way to Green Lake. So don’t forget to bring your swim suit!
Pumptrack and Dirt Jumps
In-between Whistler Village and Upper Village, lies a pump track and dirt jumps. This skills area is funded and managed by the Resort Municipality of Whistler. With jump options for beginners, intermediate, and expert level riders, there’s an opportunity for every level of rider to progress. What’s more, there are picnic tables that overlook the skate park, providing entertainment while you break for lunch.
Float Plane Dock
The Sea To Sky Highway isn’t the only way to get into Whistler. You can take a float plane! While exploring Whistler Valley by bike, stop in at the float plane dock on Green Lake to watch the planes land and take off. The Valley Trail continues along Nicklaus North Golf Course and in combination with the green hue of the lake, there is some stunning scenery to take in.
Alpha Lake Park
There are a number of lakes in Whistler but one that seems to fly under the radar is Alpha Lake. Alpha Lake sits in Creekside and boasts washrooms, a beach area, dog off-leash area, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. It also makes for a beautiful spot to stop and rest while exploring the Whistler valley by bike.
At the very most southern tip of Whistler, sits Function Junction. Historically, this area was industrial and home to building supplies amongst other things. Of late, Function Junction has become one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Whistler with cafes, breweries, and delightful little shops. Enjoy the scenic route on both the way there and the way back. Be sure to visit Whistler Brewing and Coast Mountain Brewing for some uniquely Whistler craft beers, Purebread for incomparable deserts, and The Velvet Underground Vintage Store for some shopping!
If you would like to explore Whistler Valley by bike, why not stay in the heart of it all at our Whistler Village hotel? You can browse our rooms and availability here.