The Best Picnic Spots in Whistler

08/05/2020 | by harmonywhistler | Vacation Rentals

Let's Talk Picnics

Introducing “Picnic Whistler“, a brand new locally owned and operated catering company taking picnics in Whistler to the next level. You can customize picnics for any allergy or dietary requirements or taste. Each box is recyclable and comes with eco-friendly plates and utensils. Picnic Whistler can deliver your box directly to your local picnic location or at your vacation rental if you’re heading off on a big adventure or hosting from home.  

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The Brunch Box at the Lake

With a spin on an elevated continental breakfast, the Brunch Box is perfect for any morning gathering be it a social event or a business meeting. Think croissants, parfait cups, fruits, muffins and even waffles with jam and dips. With each box made for groups of 2 to 4 people, this is a great way to start a magical day in Whistler.

Now to choose your lake location as they are all just beautiful. 

Lost Lake – Located in Lost Lake Park among biking and walking trails. This is the closest lake to the Village. It’s about a 20 minute walk along the valley trail or jump on the free shuttle from the Gondola Transit Exchange. Here you will find a large lawn area with picnic tables, a sandy beach with washrooms, a dock, as well a smaller beach (Canine Cove) which is perfect to let you furry friend off-leash to play.

Alta Lake – The largest lake in Whistler, you will find multiple parks and beaches surrounding this beauty. Lakeside park and Wayside park both offer kayak, canoe, peddle boats and paddle board rentals as well as picnic tables, washrooms and docks. Rainbow park is where you will find volleyball nets, a huge lawn area, washrooms and a large off-leash dog area (Barking Bay) for the pooches to play complete with another dock to jump off. 

Alpha Lake – Located in the Creekside area, Alpha Lake park has a large lawn area, playground for the kids and a dock. You will also find tennis courts here, a basketball hoop and Whistler’s only fenced in dog park (Arfa Park) complete with an second dock. 

Nita Lake – A small lake in Creekside with a small dock. There is a pebble beach plus the lake is stocked full of rainbow trout for fishing.

Green Lake – The coldest lake in Whistler, not recommended for swimming. This is however a breathtakingly beautiful lake of an emerald green colour. Here you will find the float plane dock and a boat launch making it popular for water sports and wake boarding spot! The Green river rafting trips also depart from here and the valley trail winds around it which is great for an easy walk or bike.  

Local Tip: Please ensure you are a competent swimmer as depths and currents differ. This is not like your local swimming pool and their are no lifeguards on duty.  

The OG Box on a Hike

Talk about a happy platter! This spread is sure to satisfy the senses with cheeses, meats, crackers and bread, spreads and chutneys, seasonal fruit and veggies plus nuts and fruit. You can order this baby in small, medium or large to indulge with 2 – 8 guests.    

Now to choose your hike as there are so many around Whistler with unbeatable locations to stop and take in the scenery over your OG Box. 

Train Wreck – Starting in Cheakamus, follow a winding yet easy trail through the forest for about 30 minutes before crossing the suspension bridge over the beautiful Cheakamus river and you will arrive at the historic Whistler train wreck of 1956. Each of the 7 carriages have been artistically painted with graffiti time and time again to keep it fresh and new.

Ancient Cedars – About a 15 minute drive up Cougar Mountain you will find the trail head for the Ancient Cedars hike. It’s a moderate to easy 2.5km round trip hike through a beautiful lush forest passing a small lake and crossing the stream. The highlight is a small grove of huge ancient western red cedars, some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet.

Rainbow Lake Hike  – You will need a full day to conquer this hike but if your up for the challenge it’s well worth it. A 16 km round trip with an elevation gain of 850 m, this amazing hike passes waterfalls, crosses bridges and has some great valley views. Rainbow Falls is just a small detour right at the start of the hike and is a great way to start the journey. The lake itself is in a gorgeous alpine valley once you reach the top. Kindly note Rainbow Lake is the water supply for Whistler so you cannot swim, fish or camp near the lake nor are dogs allowed.  

Local Tip:  Take bug spray as the mosquitoes in the forest are very friendly

Picnic on the Patio with a Board

Make the most of your home in the mountains and order a board for easy entertaining. Whistler Picnic will work with you to customize your board complete with the wooden tray, decorative bowls, and knives then take away the dishes when you are done. This is a great option for larger families or friends wanting a selection of nibbles to snack while enjoying time together while on holiday.

Local Tip:  Head the the liquor store early and pop your white wine in the fridge to chill 

The Vegan Box in the Village

Picnic Whistler even look after plant based picnic lovers with their Vegan Box. Compiled of vegan cheese, plant based dips and chutneys, seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisan crackers, vegan fritters, nuts, pickled veg and dried fruit. For groups of 2, 4 or 6 people this is a great lunch option to find some sunshine, sit outside and enjoy.   

Olympic Plaza – A large grassy area located in the village north. This is the perfect place to take in the village vibe and people watch.   

Florence Peterson Pack – Next to the Whistler public library is Florence Peterson Park. A small grassy park with a pond, lots of trees and some picnic tables to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine surrounded by greenery right in the middle of Whistler village.  

Fitzsimmons Creek – As you pass between parking day lots 1 & 2 along the valley trail you will come to Fitzsimmons Creek and Rebagliati Park. Only a few minutes walk from the village here you will find this cute little picnic area in a tranquil setting with the sound of the running creek.   

 

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Operating since 2014, Harmony Whistler Vacations is Whistler’s locally owned & operated boutique Vacation Management company.  We are dedicated to helping guests discover their inner adventure through our CONCIERGE SERVICES and 24 /7 support to deliver the perfect Whistler vacation.  We manage over 60 vacation VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES in Whistler and carry the highest standards for our homes.  Our small team will always provide unparalleled service and deliver a personable experience for our guests.  Our goal is to make you feel at home in the mountains so that you can create lifelong memories with family and friends.

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Photo Credits: Picnic Whistler, Tourism Whistler, Mike Crane & Justa Jeskova

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