One of the best ways to truly experience Whistler’s magic is on the water. Whistler is home to many lakes that are easily accessible, and a few that take a bit more effort. There are many reasons to get out on the water from exploring your adventurous side to embracing an active lifestyle, or just to cool down and have fun!
From our very namesake, Nita, to Alta, Alpha, Green and Lost, there are many lakes that are easily accessible via Whistler’s Valley Trail, or by car. These lakes all have public docks and most have parking and beaches or grassy areas to relax lakeside. If you are looking for a quick paddle on calm water, we recommend starting with Nita Lake. The location provides shelter from strong winds and its relatively small size allows for exploration without going too far.
For those looking for more distance, venture to Alta or Green Lake. These lakes are much larger and will allow for more areas to explore, but be ready for the possibility of strong winds that can make paddling more difficult. If you venture on to Green Lake, watch out for motorized boats and float planes as Green Lake is home to Whistler’s airport! If you want to venture further to get on the water, you can explore logging roads to gain access up to Cheakamus and Callaghan Lakes. Or put on your hiking shoes to access Wedgemount Lake.
So now you know where to go, but why go out on the water you ask? Fun is our number one reason! Get out there and try something new or refine your skills at something you have tried before. Push yourself to be challenged and, at the same time, you will be improving your fitness!
The most recent trend in on water activity is the stand-up paddle board, most commonly known as SUP. These paddle boards are fun for the beginner or expert and are there are even inflatable options that can be easily transported. For those who like to have a partner on board, a classic canoe is a great option. Single person kayaks are great for the single explorer who wants to get out on the water. Whatever is best for your comfort level, get out and explore an essential part of Whistler this summer. With any adventure on the water, always practice water safety and wear the appropriate personal flotation device. Whistler’s lakes are beautiful, but cold and can catch even the strongest swimmer of guard.
Don’t have a vessel of your own? Join us as a guest at Nita Lake Lodge, we have complimentary amenities included in your stay. They are waiting at our dock! We hope to welcome you to the shores of Nita Lake soon!