Getting lost was never out of the question. Escaping to a relaxing place was the answer. And if you ask me, there’s no better way to escape than to get lost in nature’s powerful landscapes. Whether you like mountain biking, hiking, or just walking with your dog, Lost Lake Park in Whistler is the place to be.
A calm morning at Lost Lake in Whistler.
It’s not every day that you can walk out of your hotel and access this serene landscape in less than 30 min by foot. Lost Lake is a small lake that is – you guessed it, lost in the middle of a forest in Whistler, BC. This freshwater lake sits at an elevation of 690m above sea level and there are plenty of trails in the area to keep everyone happy.
The area surrounding Lost Lake is actually a protected area thanks to forester Don MacLaurin who saw its potential many years ago. No houses will ever be built on the shores of Lost Lake and its surroundings, now that’s good news! Check out the video below for a cool aerial view of Lost Lake.
How to get there
The best way to get to Lost Lake is with the Valley Trail system that runs through all of Whistler. The walk to Lost Lake itself from Whistler Village is relatively easy with little to no elevation change and it will take you about 30 minutes. There is also a free BC Transit bus that brings you from the Bus Loop Terminal to Lost Lake in less than 10 minutes. Parking a Lost Lake Park is limited so it's best to just leave the car home and use your legs!
It is also possible to rent a bike from one of the many bike shops in in the village and bike to the lake and even explore the many mountain bike trails around Lost Lake. For those looking for an easy walk with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains, there is a large trail that circles the lake and it is about 2km long. Look for signs that say Nature Trail for easy lake access.
The Lost Lake trails are a good option on cloudy or rainy day because most of the trails are in the forest. With the tall trees towering over you, no need for an umbrella, nature’s got you.
Around every corner, you will get a different view of Lost Lake and the mountains, like this view of Blackcomb Creek flowing into Lost Lake.
Blackcomb Creek flowing into Lost Lake in Whistler, BC.
Let’s face it, Lost Lake is the perfect place to spend your summer days, especially the hot ones. There is enough space for everyone whether you want to throw a frisbee on the grassy area or enjoy a delicious bbq on the specially designed picnic tables, Lost Lake Park has it all. Don’t forget your bathing suit because you’ll want to jump into this beautiful lake and swim to one of the many floating docks. Adventure dogs are welcome and there is even a dog beach just for them!
Lost Lake Park is a dog-friendly place.
What about bears?
Enough about dogs! How about bears? Whistler is bear territory and like us, they also like to walk around Lost Lake. But no need to be scared, just be Bear Smart.
Bears like to snack too, so make sure you don’t leave any rubbish behind after your delicious picnic and pack in what you pack out. This means no leftovers anywhere! The chances of you seeing a bear are pretty small but it does happen. If we want to keep enjoying this beautiful piece of paradise it’s important that we do our part and clean up after ourselves.
If you want to know more about what to do if you encounter a bear, check out these helpful tips from our friends at Bear Smart.
Where to next?
Are you looking for some more fun adventures to do while visiting Whistler? Stay tuned for the our top 5 Whistler Activities! And for now, enjoy this beautiful video of Lost Lake made by Tourism Whistler.