There are hundreds of amazing views in Whistler. There is something spectacular in ever direction you look. In a town as beautiful as this, it’s not hard to find something or somewhere to photograph. This guide to the best Whistler Instagram spots will show you the best places to get photos to remember your trip or show friends back home! Some of the places listed in this guide will be accessible via public transport and others you may need a car. Either way, these are the most instagram-worthy spots in Whistler!
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How To Get To Whistler
Whistler is approximately a 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Vancouver. Once you pick up the Highway 99 it’s a straight road all the way through. You may want to take several days to do the Sea to Sky Highway since there are some great towns to stop in and tons of viewpoints and hikes along the way.
1. Green Lake
One of my most favourite lakes in Whistler is Green Lake. This is Whistlers largest lake and get it’s name from… well the colour! In the summer it is a pristine bright green colour and in the winter it freezes over to become a winter wonderland. What I love about Green Lake is that it has hiking and biking trails that stem off of it. It’s a great area for a bike ride or just a leisurely stroll.
The foot bridge gives you amazing views in all directions. Trees and log cabins one way and views of Wedge and Armchair Glaciers in the other! If you’re here at the right time you may even be able to spot some cool wildlife. I was here one afternoon and spotted a beaver on the water, only to realise that just behind him was a bear standing on a log – one of the most Canadian experiences of my life!
2. Cloudraker Suspension Bridge
I must admit, when this bridge first opened I wasn’t impressed. I like my mountains natural and it kind of ruined the view of Whistler Mountain from my apartment. But, like the basic girl I am – I gave in and just had to see it for myself. Well… I actually kinda like it.
I’m totally afraid of heights and things that bounce (Yes you Capilano Suspension Bridge!) but for someone who’s scared of suspension bridges and gets vertigo – this is super sturdy! Although the Cloudraker Bridge is far higher than that of the Capilano, it doesn’t bounce or sway.
The Cloudraker Bridge is located at the peak of Whistler Mountain and comes included in the price of a sightseeing pass
3. Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Brandywine Falls is one of the most photographed places in Whistler. Everything from engagements to elopements have been photographed here. And it’s easy to see why, this waterfall is simply stunning!
There are a couple of ways to see Brandywine Falls. The easiest is from the designated lookout points. Just a 15 minute walk from the parking lot will bring you to several lookout points high above Brandywine Falls. Alternatively, you can brave the hike down to the falls. This is technically not an official hiking route so you do so at your own risk.
4. Wedgemount Lake & Glacier
The hardest hike I have done to date, Wedgemount Lake is one of the best hikes in Whistler. It was always a bucket-list hike and one I wasn’t sure I would ever do! I’m proud to say I did conquer Wedgemount Lake and did so in less than the average time.
Wedgemount Lake is not for beginners and you will have to work for this view but it was 100% worth it! For those who don’t want to brave the 1200km elevation, you can actually see the peak of Wedge from Green Lake. You’ll also get fantastic views driving past Green Lake up to Pemberton.
5. The High Note Trail
The High Note Trail is a favourite hike among locals and tourists. It’s a hike that fits most fitness levels complete with breathtaking views. From the moment you start this hike you’ll be greeted with endless views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Although the view of Cheakamus Lake from above is the main attraction, I actually spent more time staring at the mountains – they seriously go on for miles!
On a clear bluebird day Cheakamus Lake shines it’s bright turquoise colour – almost impossible to believe this beauty is real!
6. Cheakamus Lake
In case you can’t tell, I really like Cheakamus Lake.
It’s one of my favourite lakes in Whistler. But did you know it’s also accessible from below? You’ll need access to a 4×4 to get to this stunning lake. Once you reach the parking lot, the hike to Cheakamus Lake is pretty easy and flat so a perfect hike for everyone! I really love this spot because the mountains perfectly frame the lake, and the snowy peaks in the distance are just beautiful!
7. Whistler Train Wreck
Whistlers most famous Landmark, the Train Wreck is an easy hike in Whistler that everyone can do! These derailed box cars have been sitting in their current location since the 1950’s. Back when Whistler was a logging town, this train was making its way through at a much higher speed than necessary and subsequently derailed. Over the years they have been adorned with local graffiti and now attract visitors every year.
8. Garibaldi Lake
Garibaldi Provincial Park is one of British Columbia’s most love outdoor spaces. This park boasts many bucket list hikes and stunning scenery. Garibaldi Lake is a glacial lake in Whistler that attracts people every year. Just like Cheakamus and Wedge, it has that bright blue turquoise colour due to the salt that melts from the snow. It’s almost hard to believe that this lake really is this blue – but it’s true! It’s somewhere you really need to see for yourself.
This can be done as a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. There are two campground should you decide to stay over night including Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake campground. The hike to Garibaldi Lake is considered intermediate to difficult. So if you have a beginner this may not be for you. Always remember to check trail conditions and bring the 10 hiking essentials.
9. Alta Lake
Once upon a time, before Whistler became the world-class Skiing destination it is today, it was known as “Alta Lake”. Alta Lake is a popular area among locals and during the summer months everyone flocks here. There are three beaches that you can access Alta Lake from including Rainbow Park, Wayside Park and Lakeside Park.
This is my favourite lake to visit during the summer months because it’s not freezing cold! It’s just right for cooling down on a hot day. If you want to get out on the water and enjoy some outdoor activities, paddle boards, kayaks and canoes can be rented here.
10. Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Of all the insta-worthy hotels in Whistler, the Four Seasons Resort has it down! Whether it be moose pumpkin spice lattes in the fall, or their tipsy snowman cocktails in the winter. I love this hotel as it really does have that cosy cabin winter getaway decor and vibe. You don’t need to be a guest at the Four Seasons to wander this amazing hotel. They have some amazing restaurants here including Sidecut and Portobello, you can also stop by just for drinks!
11. Whistler Olympic Rings
Whistler has multiple locations featuring the Olympic Rings but the most accessible is the one in Olympic Plaza in the village. If you’ve ever been to Whistler, you’ll have no doubt snapped the iconic shot in front of these rings. In the winter it is especially pretty covered in a dusting of snow!
12. Whistler Mountain Inukshuk
There are multiple Inukshuks in Whistler, some you’ll find in the village and some are right at the top of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. This particular one featured below is at the peak of Whistler mountain, one of my favourite spots in all of Whistler. Not only are Inukshuks an important aspect of BC history, but this particular one has a mountainous backdrop that stretches for miles.
13. Alpha Lake
Alpha Lake is yet another of Whistler’s Instagrammable lakes. This lake doesn’t seem to get mentioned as much as Green Lake or Lost Lake but I think this little park is perfect! The docks make for perfect background in every season and there’s even a dog park right next to it. I like Alpha Lake because it’s an easy walk from Nita Lake which is also great for photos.
14. Whistler Train Tracks
While I don’t recommend running or walking on train tracks as a general rule, the train tracks in Whistler are some of the best viewpoints in Whistler. I’ve never been one to run across train tracks, but here in Whistler the train rarely comes through (unlike London!) so if you’re quick you can easily snap a photo with the mountains in the background!
15. Parkhurst Ghost Town
Parkhurst ghost town is an easy hike in Whistler and generally a quieter area most visitors don’t venture to, which means no people in your photos! I think this area is awesome to begin with because you are literally walking through a part of Whistler history, but the graffitied houses and cars do make for awesome photos too.
16. Whistler Village
During the fall Whistler Village turns every shade of orange and red! This is where you’ll find the most maple trees in Whistler so it’s an easy Instagram spot. There are multiple locations to sit and snap pics here.
17. Rainbow Mountain / The Backcountry / The Alpine
During the winter season Whistler becomes a snow-covered wonderland. Whether you are snowmobiling in the backcountry, watching sunsets on Rainbow Mountain or skiing on Whistler Blackcomb, the snow makes for an amazing backdrop. And you don’t need to go far in the winter to find an Instagrammable spot, Lost Lake Park is just as pretty at sunset with views of the mountains in the background!
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