I always get so excited to meet people that have never been to Whistler before. Today I went on a test drive with a German guy that had just arrived to town. He has been here for two weeks and its been raining everyday, typical British Columbia. So what do you on a rainy day in Whistler? Here are my top 5 activities to do on rainy days, 5 little missions all located close to each other.
1- Brandywine Falls
About 10 kilometers south of Whistler, in its own named Provincial Park you will find Brandywine Falls. If you are driving up from Vancouver, it will be on your right hand side. The walk in the woods takes a little over 10 minutes and you can hear the waterfall roaring alongside the trail the whole time. There is more than one lookout once you get to the entrance of the canyon. Yes, there is a canyon in the middle of the forest. Brandywine Falls is 70 meters high (230ft) and it falls into a luscious green bowl of moss and rocks in the middle of the interpretive forest. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen and it is my number one recommendation when visiting Whistler. Whether it’s rainy or sunny outside, this little adventure is guaranteed to make you forget city life.
2- Alexander Falls
Located a little closer to Whistler than Brandywine Falls, the Callaghan Valley is where you fill find Alexander Falls. The Callaghan Valley is also where they had the ski jumps for the 2010 Olympics. The road is long and windy and it will take you about 10 minutes from the highway to drive to Alexander Falls. Don’t drive too fast on your way up – you might see some of the local residents of the area: the black and brown bears and also some eagles and deers!
3- The Train Wreck
Back in 1956 a train derailed off its tracks and ended up between the Cheakamus River and the railway. The wagons were proven too difficult and costly to remove so they just left them there. They are now covered in graffitis and make for a colourful discovery in the middle of the tall trees.
The trainwreck used to be accessible from a walk along highway 99 but in 2016, the town build a suspension bridge over the river to allow an easier and safer access to the historical site. The suspension bridge crosses over the beautifully raging Cheakamus River. The new entrance for the Train Wreck trail is accessible through the Cheakamus neighbourhood. It will take you about 20-30 minutes of easy trail walking until you see the suspension bridge. Vancouver Trails has the best map to describe where exactly the train wreck is located. For a rainy day activity, this is a fun walk in the woods where you can somehow stay dry underneath the big trees or exploring inside the wagons.
4- Cheakamus Lake
Now this one is a little bit of a longer adventure! After a 20-30 minute drive on a Forest Service Road, you will find the entrance to the Cheakamus Lake trail. Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake is yet another glacier fed lake. The hike is fairly easy and the tall trees offer a partially covered trail away from the rain. It is common to cross path with backpackers walking back from the nearby campsite. Cheakamus Lake highly visible from the top of any mountain with its turquoise waters.
5- Nita Lake Lodge
Nita Lake Lodge is a gorgeous hotel that captures the rustic Whistler style with its wooden accents and adjacent lake. It is well worth a visit during your Whistler vacation. Walk inside the tall wooden doors and have a warm beverage while watching the rain fall on the lake. They also have a cute & covered patio with blankets and a fire pit. If it’s nice enough outside have a walk on the valley trail by the lake to take in the beautiful scenery. Nita Lake Lodge is a great escape for a rainy day or even just a nice hot chocolate at their charming little cafe Fix Cafe.