Our First Family Trip – Whistler
Our second week of our family trip took us to Whistler. We had a condo rented right in the village and we had two main goals for our week in Whistler – Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and hike Joffre Lake. We got to do both and I will probably write two more separate blogs about those day trips because I have so many pictures that it would be a shame not to share them.
I’ve been to British Columbia a few times but have never been to Whistler. It is absolutely beautiful and I imagine that it is even more beautiful in the winter. We did a bit of research before hand on what to do around Whistler with a baby and here’s what our week ended up looking like.
This trail was recommended to us by Hello BC and the tourist info lady. There is a paved path that is stroller friendly or you can do a loop of the lake on a dirt road. We opted for the dirt road and the stroller handled it well, our daughter even fell asleep for most of the loop. The path circles Lost Lake and there are a bunch of side trails that will bring you out to different look outs and docks. Before finishing the loop you will reach the park at Lost Lake which seemed to be very popular. I was surprised at the amount of people swimming because I just assumed most of the lakes near Whistler would be glacier fed. The water wasn’t as warm as our lakes back home but it was comfortable enough to go swimming.
The Peak 2 Peak chair was on our bucket list for Whistler. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a tri-cable gondola lift that links Whistler’s Mountains Roundhouse Lodge with Blackcomb Mountain’s Rendezvous Restaurant. It is the longest and highest lift in the world that takes you across 4.4km from peak to peak in 11 minutes. We weren’t sure what this experience would be like with our 4 month old daughter but it was very infant friendly. We went early in the morning so we didn’t have to wait in line long and we were able to ride most of the day alone in the gondolas. That part was really nice because it gave me privacy to feed our daughter (she gets distracted easily). You can also ride the Peak 2 Peak as many times as you want once you are up there. To be honest, we lost track of how many times we went back and forth. We did a few of the shorter hiking trails which were absolutely breath taking. Definitely one of the highlights of our time in Whistler.
My husband has a thing for waterfalls so when we were driving from Squamish to Whistler he took note of Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and we went back a couple days later to check it out. It is a short hike to a spectacular 70 metre waterfall. Our little girl ended up falling asleep after viewing the falls in her new Onya carrier so we decided to check out a few of the other trails located in the park.
There is no need for words, the pictures will tell the story itself but I will say that Joffre Lakes is the most beautiful hike I have done to date. It is 11km round trip and it takes you to 3 of the most beautiful lakes you will probably ever see. The colour of the water is jaw dropping. The pictures below are of each lake and the waterfall that is in-between the second and third lake. Even pictures don’t do it justice.
We spotted this provincial park on our way back from Joffre Lakes. Nairn Falls Provincial Park is located between Whistler and Pemberton and it is a short 1.5km (3km round trip) hike into a 60m high waterfall. The waterfall is a bit hidden by the gorge that it is in but it is still beautiful and there was a rainbow reflecting off of the mist from the falls while we were there. It was a nice way to spend the morning before heading to the beach in the afternoon.
We had a couple days of hot weather so we did what we would do if we were back at home, BEACH DAY! Alta and Alpha lakes are both located minutes outside of Whistler Village. We found Alta lake to be a lot busier than Alpha lake but it may have been because of the time of day we were there. Swimming is one of my favourite things about where we live (in Ontario) so it was really nice to be in the water because to us, that’s what summer is all about.