Whistler’s charm isn’t just for people. The town and surrounding terrain are a playground for your furry walking companion. Whether you and your pup prefer a leisurely stroll or a rocky adventure, Whistler has it all. In this post, we will go over the best spots to walk your dog in Whistler.
The Valley Trail
A Whistler classic, the Valley Trail is over 46 km of picturesque walking trails. This network of paved paths and boardwalks stretches throughout Whistler’s neighbourhoods, with several options for access points. You’ll find lakes, look-offs, and picnic spots along the route. The trails are also runner and cycler friendly. Plus, they’re maintained all winter, opening up the opportunity for fat biking and cross-country skiing.
There are tons of loops and routes to choose from, but Alpha Lake Park is a must-see for dog walkers. Start at Creekside and follow the Valley Trail to Alpha Lake, where you’ll find an off-leash dog park, a kids' play area, and a beach for swimming. After you and your pup have run and explored your fill, head back the way you came, or continue on the Valley Trail to take in two more of Whistler’s beautiful lakes—Nita Lake and Alta Lake.
If you’re willing to brave the cold, the Valley Trail is a sight to behold during winter. You’ll be greeted by stunning frozen lakes and snow-covered trees. But before heading out for a winter dog walk, it’s important to ensure you and your dog are prepared for winter conditions. Some breeds are built for the cold and snow, while others need extra padding. If you’re unsure where to start on your walk, the Whistler Visitor Centre is a great resource for current trail conditions and route advice.
Sea to Sky Trail
The iconic Sea to Sky Trail runs through 180 km of wilderness between Squamish and D’Arcy. Although some stretches of the trail are under construction, the Whistler section is completely finished and dog-friendly. The trail’s Whistler section is 33 km long, running from Brandywine Falls Provincial Park to just north of Green Lake. As you stroll the clearly-defined paved and dirt pathways, you’ll see lots of signage. There are many entrance points throughout Whistler. We’d recommend starting at the breathtaking Brandywine Falls. As you head north from the falls, you’ll cross the impressive Cheakamus River, and shortly after, you can stop to take in the views from the suspension bridge at the Cal-Creak Recreation Site.
Lost Lake Park
Lost Lake is one of Whistler’s most friendly and accessible trails. Perfect for people of all ages, strollers, and dogs. At Lost Lake, there are wide gravel trails, a swim area with docks, washrooms, showers, and picnic tables with barbeque stands. Dogs are not permitted on the main beach, but just 400m away, you’ll find Canine Cove, a doggy beach paradise designated for off-leash fun.
Another off-leash option is Barking Bay at Rainbow Park. The designated off-leash area includes a grassy lawn for playing fetch and a sandy beach to explore. You can stick to the park or join up with the Valley Trail to continue your walk.
Truthfully, if you’re looking for a casual dog walk, you need to look no further than your neighbourhood. Whistler Village’s wide sidewalks and quiet streets are perfect for a quick jaunt with your pup. Plus, did you know that many stores in Whistler are dog-friendly? Grab a coffee from a café or pop into the shops along your route. Your dog will get lots of pats and may even brighten up your barista’s day. Remember that dogs must be on-leash in all public spaces unless you see an off-leash sign. And, of course, everyone is responsible for picking up after their pup.
You’ll find that Whistler is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Canada. Furry friends are a staple of the Village’s population, and you’ll encounter many fellow dog lovers. As their humans strap on skis or jump on bikes, dogs in Whistler can have just as much fun.
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