It goes without saying that a place as beautiful as Whistler is full of Instagrammable landmarks. There’s snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see as well as modern feats of engineering, which blend seamlessly with First Nations traditions. The area is full of beauty and you’ll want to capture as much of it as you can. After all, if it didn’t go on Instagram; did it even happen? Here’s our guide to the most Instagrammble spots in Sea-to-Sky country:
You’ll want to start your Whistler adventure atop Whistler Mountain. The gondola ride from Whistler Village is full of photo-ops but just wait until you reach the top! At the Roundhouse, you’ll come face-to-face with the PEAK2PEAK gondola. While this record-breaker is included in your lift ticket and deserves a ride, our recommendation right now is to take the Peak Chair to the summit. Here you’ll find a giant Inukshuk and the terrifying Whistler Bowl Suspension Bridge. Both of these spots lend their photo-worthiness to the immense backdrop. Nestled in the background you’ll find Whistler Village and the glorious Coast Mountains. Literally, #ViewsForDays.
Take The High Note
From the suspension bridge, you’re able to follow signs for the High Note Trail. Put on your comfiest shoes and pack your lunch – you can thank us later for this recommendation. Imagine walking across the top of the world all the while looking out to immense glaciers, striking turquoise lakes and old growth forest. The High Note Trail delivers the instagrammable views that you’ve been drooling over. A couple of snaps from here and you can expect serious bouts of FOMO from your friends and family.
This one’s found on the Valley Trail and is most accessible from Whistler Village. Simply use Google Maps to head for The Passivhaus to find the entrance. Lost Lake Park is a popular locals’ haunt featuring beaches and grassy knolls. It’s the perfect space to laze and while the time away. There’s an accessible trail, which circles the lake and provides glimpses out at docks and pontoons. Turn the camera the other way and you’re surrounded by forest and perhaps even some wildlife, too. We particularly love Lost Lake at dawn or dusk – the lighting is at it’s best and you may be treated to some mesmerizing alpenglow too!
Tackle The Chief
If you’re in the area to hike, you have to tackle The Chief. You can access the trail head just outside Squamish directly from Route 99. This well-trodden trail commences with an imposing amount of stairs but don’t let that put you off! The Chief towers more than 700m over Howe Sound and rewards adventurers with the most amazing, instagrammable views out over the water and mountains. Selfie game = strong.
An Instagrammable Wreck
One of Whistler’s more mysterious tales is that of the Train Wreck. Found 10-15 minutes south of the main village area, the Train Wreck is accessible via a short, paved hike. The story goes that the boxcars became jammed in a rock cut in the 1950s and blocked the railway line. The crew sought help in advancing their load and, with the help of a local farmer, the carriages were lifted from the rails. Initially, the aim was for them to be taken through the forest and repositioned back onto the tracks further down. However, the logistics never worked out and so the carriages were abandoned among the trees. Over the decades, the boxcars have become blank canvasses for artists, who graffiti impressive murals on the site. The Train Wreck has become a must-see attraction in the area and makes for an unforgettable Instagram post!