I already wrote a quick post about Whistler’s Turkey Sale. After the sale, we still had a few hours to spare, so we spent a little time exploring around the Lost Lake in Whistler. This is probably the easiest walk that I have posted on this blog. If you do find yourself in Whistler, you can do it even without hiking gear; Just make sure you have a waterproof jacket!
On the way to Whistler, we had a quick stop off in Squamish so that I could stretch my legs. This was really early in the morning and pretty misty, but the Stawamus Chief still looked amazing. The photo below is the view looking out to Howe Sound, away from the Chief. After this moment we drove through quite a lot of rain and mist, so I am glad we got to see this pretty view.
After Squamish, we were only given quick glimpses of the pretty landscapes along the Sea to Sky Road. Most of the way was covered in mist or sprinkled with light rain.
While we were spending all our money in the Turkey Sale it was raining. This meant that by the time we were ready to explore Whistler, the clouds were less full of moisture and we even got to see a blue sky. I found the architecture in Whistler sort of strange, it was like a new, shiny version an alpine village, but with buildings all from one era. It felt slightly fake to me, more like a Disney village than an actual village. Having said that, it is all really well planned, clean and pretty. I imagine it must have been an amazing venue for the Olympic athletes back in 2010. Plus, I found a rainbow in the middle of the Olympic sign, so that made me love it!
The thing that makes Whistler truly lovely is the surrounding countryside. Even the walk from the car park up to the Blackcomb Day Lodge passes a pretty river.
The mini walk we decided to try was the Lost Lake loop. The walk is well sign posted along very easy to follow trails. It doesn’t have much elevation gain, and the views around the lake were really nice.
There were plenty of big, happy doggos running around. One of them even left its’ hoomans to walk with us for a while. Central Vancouver is full of super cute tiny dogs that are smaller than our cat, Monty. But it seems the closer you get to mountains, the larger people’s dogs become!
Once we’d found the Lost Lake, we chose to take a more ragged path along the edge of the lake. If you come this way, watch your step as we walked over countless tree roots. It’d be easy to trip over if you don’t watch your feet.
When we’d made it back to the main path, we found a sign saying “proposal corner.” Along with a smaller (hand written) sign pointing towards a panorama. Now, I LOVE a good panorama, so we went off our original route and followed the panorama path.
It turned out to be a mountain bike route palled panorama, rather than a pretty view. Oops. So we had a good explore wandering along the various cycle routes through the trees.
Eventually we found our way back to the Lost lake. We walked along a slightly elevated path that looked down to the lake, called Molly Hogan. There were quite a few mountain bikers zooming around, so we had to be careful not to get in the way too much.
Isn’t the Lost Lake lovely!?
The views at the lake were looovely. The sun came out just after we arrived at the edge of the lake. So we sat on some incredibly comfortable wooden chairs and watch the clouds slowly move away from the mountains.
Then we followed the path back through the trees to the car park.
I always seem to notice different things on the way back from walks. This time, I found a whole collection of mini rock balancing sculptures balanced on a large rock at the side of the path. It must have taken people ages to collect and balance so many rocks!
So that’s it. This is a pretty short post as the walk was only 5km (even with our extra detour, it was way less than 10km!) I’ll leave you with some photos of what might be one of the prettiest car parks!
Lastly, I don’t often talk about accessibility on this blog. I’m afraid you do need to be able bodied to reach most of the stunning mountain top views. BUT this walk would be totally possible for people in wheelchairs, or people pushing buggies. You’d have to go on the main path around the lost lake, rather than the nature trail (as there were so many tree roots!) But if you have wheels and you’d still like to see the pretty scenery, this is the walk for you!