Our home on the shores of Nita Lake is ideally situated for spring hiking – after all, The Valley Trail itself runs right through our lobby! There are endless routes to travel by foot in the Whistler area as well as endless apps to see you on your way. To enhance your spring getaway, we thought we’d share three of our favourite hiking apps:
1. Map My Hike
Free for both Android and iOS devices, Map My Hike does exactly what it says on the tin…and then some! Not only will the app track your journey and plot your route on a map, it will also provide details on your progress such as elevation gain and average pace. There’s even a pedometer on board to really simplify your fitness goals.
Being out in the beautiful Canadian wilderness often means leaving your cell service behind. A huge incentive for many but an issue where Google Maps is concerned. AllTrails features more than 50,000 trail maps from around the world and for $30 per year, you’re able to download your chosen route and take it with you.
One of the things we love about hiking is the sense of exploration. PeakVisor was made for adventurers! Using augmented reality, simply hover your phone between yourself and the landscape and the app magically labels the ridges and peaks in your vision. For $5.49, the app will work offline and really brings a new dimension to any hike.
“Get Bear Smart” is an initiative actively promoted by the Municipality of Whistler. Home to more than sixty black bears, it’s important to be vigilant and respectful of these beautiful creatures. It’s important to keep dogs on a leash at all times and to stay at least 100m away from a bear. For more Bear Smart advice, please click here.
At Nita Lake Lodge, we’re always happy to provide details on popular local hikes. We could also put you in touch with a Bear Viewing Tour to learn more about our neighbours and to have the opportunity to view them safely.
Whilst Whistler is the perfect choice for a spring hiking getaway, it’s also great for a weekend spent wandering around the village. After a day full of adventure, see our post on ‘How To Relax and Chill In Whistler’.