A quick #Whistler search on Instagram reveals an impressive slideshow of almost two million posts. If a quick scan of the breath-taking scenery and adrenaline-fueled activities doesn’t have you reaching for your suitcase and passport, we don’t know what will.
While Whistler is well known as a leading ski resort, the summer months have just as much to offer. With the spring thaw revealing miles of trails the area is ready to explore!
With endless postcard scenes and an abundance of exciting activities on offer, it’s hardly surprising that Whistler is so Instagrammable. Here’s our guide to some of the best Instagram friendly hotspots and activities to check out in Whistler.
In 1956, a train derailed on its way toward Vancouver leaving seven boxcars scattered throughout the forest. Artists have since turned the decrepit boxcars into ever-changing works of art, attracting visitors to snap this colorful exhibition. This hike is accessible thanks to a new trail by the municipality that runs over the Cheakamus River via a suspension bridge.
The rise of axe throwing around the world would surely make those founding lumberjacks mighty proud. The popularity of this quintessential Canadian pastime has made it a sport in its own right, as well as a great party idea. Forged Axe Throwing in Whistler is the perfect place to have a go, and the venue has been designed to create the most eye-catching Instagram images!
Located just fifteen minutes south of Whistler, Brandywine Falls is one of the most impressive spots in the region, boasting an impressive seventy-meter tall picturesque waterfall. Brandywine Falls Park is also a great location to enjoy hiking or mountain biking while you’re there.
Biking is one of the leading summer activities in Whistler, and the Valley Trail is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. The Valley Trail connects all of Whistler’s neighborhoods from Function Junction in the south to Emerald in the north. With a number of shops in the village renting bikes by the hour or for the day, grab a Valley Trail map and head off with your phone! While the trail is featured in thousands of Insta photos, no two are the same. So go off and create your own unique memories of this beautiful part of the world.
Lost Lake is one of the best places to spend an afternoon, and is walking distance from Whistler village. The multi-use trails circling the lake are ideal for walking or biking amongst the trees too. With picnic tables aplenty, pack some snacks and enjoy a day in the sunshine (if you’re traveling in summer of course) while you share some epic pics with your Insta followers. At the north end of the lake, be sure to have your phone ready to take a snap of Blackcomb Mountain in the distance.
Riding the Guinness Book of World Records-holder for the longest and highest lift is epic enough in itself, but the Peak 2 Peak Gondola also provides a breathtaking vantage point for those Insta pics. The gondola is open year-round and offers stunning views no matter the time of year.
Located south of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley is the impressive forty-three meter/141 foot, Alexander Falls. Visitors can actually drive right up to the viewing platform, situated at the edge of a cliff, to capture the ultimate power of the falls.
To really see Whistler in all her glory, jump on board a Whistler helicopter and soar over the mountains, lakes, and volcanoes that make up the famous backcountry. If you’re traveling during the winter months, why not brave a glacier landing and explore a side of Whistler few will ever have seen – until they check your Instagram feed of course.
Zip lining is one of Whistler’s most popular activities and is also a great way to snap some epic Insta shots. Explore a network of trails and boardwalks that connect the top and bottom of this ziplining adventure, before admiring the stunning views at the top of Cougar Mountain. From there, you’ll plummet down the mountain strapped into a harness, on a journey that will take your breath away.
If a bungee jump is on the bucket list, what better place to take the plunge? Whistler Bungee has an impeccable safety record and operates over the hugely photogenic Cheakamus River. While you might need to get someone else to take the photo for you, it’s sure to go down a treat on your social feed.
Joffree lakes are one of the most iconic and Instagrammable hikes in the whole Whistler region. The turquoise water surrounded by mountain peaks is a shot you will not want to miss. The water’s exotic color comes from the “Rockflour” which is the ground up sediment from right underneath the glacier. Extra points if you go for a dip, but watch out, the water temperature is quite chilly due to the fresh glacier melt.
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