British Columbia Hiking ? Lodge Based

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 4-12
Difficulty
Starting from
$1,699 for REI Members
$1,849 for non-members
Departures Jul 2020-Sep 2020

See the best of British Columbia in the summer on this 4-day hiking adventure.

Nestled in the Coastal Mountain Range, a trip to Whistler means stunning mountain views, crystal blue alpine lakes, lush rainforests and an adventure around every corner. Rich with natural beauty and a lively adventure community, it is the perfect destination for an active vacation. Our itinerary highlights the best of summer in Whistler?taking us to advanced hiking trails that are challenging but all the more rewarding.

We spend our days away from crowds, hiking pristine alpine trails, marveling at glaciers, waterfalls and the turquoise blue water of the alpine lakes. Enjoy a well-earned lunch surrounded by crystal blue water and the striking views of Matier Glacier soaring just above us. Led by our skilled, local guides, we are treated to valuable, in-depth information about the areas we explore. Our nights are spent dining at the best local haunts, enjoying resort village life and relaxing with our new adventure comrades at the comfortable and scenic Legends Lodge.

See our Whistler Backpacking trip for more summer fun.

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike through lush rainforests for unforgettable views of the Coastal Mountain Range
  • Stay in comfortable lodge accommodations and enjoy local restaurants
  • Hike to crystal blue mountain lakes and enjoy lunch under Matier Glacier
  • Follow expert guides as they lead you on their favorite Whistler-region hikes

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4]. Trip members should be capable of hiking up to 10 miles (up to 10 hours) each day while carrying a daypack that weighs 10?15 pounds over terrain that is steep and rocky, with some exposed terrain. One day has elevation gain/loss of 3,100'.

  • Hiking

What's Included

Three nights lodging; all meals from dinner on day one to lunch on day four; professional instruction and guiding; park entrance fees and permits; all gratuities related to services throughout the trip EXCLUDING lead guide and assistant guide gratuities; all scheduled transportation in Whistler for the duration of the trip.

Accommodations

Condo-style lodge accommodations, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Whistler Creekside Village for an orientation and dinner.

Our adventure begins at a Creekbread Restaurant in Whistler Creekside Village at 6pm. Meet your guide and fellow travelers for introductions, dinner, and an overview of the trip itinerary. The evening is then free to settle into our lodgings. The hot tubs will be the perfect reward after our exhilarating hikes in the coming days! Dinner included.

Day 2

Hike the Joffre Lakes trail and have lunch under Matier Glacier.

Our hike begins at Joffre Lakes, a magnificent area of jagged peaks, ice fields, rushing streams and three blue lakes. Our trail begins in lush coastal rainforest, then climbs up a valley through boulder fields and little bridge crossings. At the third lake we enjoy a picnic lunch with views of Matier Glacier hanging above us. The return hike provides new vistas across the valley as we descend past the lakes below. Returning to our lodge, there is free time to walk to nearby Alpha Lake or soak in the hot tub before we meet up for dinner. All meals included.

Hiking: 7?9 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,200'; Transfers: 2 hours.

Day 3

Marvel at stunning mountain views as we hike the Skywalk Trail.

Equipped with our daypacks and a packed lunch, we transfer to the Skywalk trailhead. Starting in the British Columbia forest, the trail climbs steeply until reaching a vast alpine ridge where we are rewarded with panoramic views. We find a choice spot for lunch and take in the beauty of Mount Sproatt, Rainbow, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains as well as the entire Whistler Valley. Our hike continues down through the rainforest and into the valley. Returning to our lodgings, there is time to relax before we gather for dinner at a favorite local restaurant. All meals included.

Hiking: 9?12 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 3,100?.

Day 4

Our Getaway concludes with an alpine hike on Whistler Mountain.

Today we set out for the alpine of Whistler Mountain. We begin by taking a 35-minute gondola ride with incredible views of the valley. Beginning at 6,000?, we follow singletrack trails that reward us with vistas of the dramatic glacial systems that surround us and dominate these mountains. We?ll pause to discuss the current state of our glaciers and how they shaped this impressive region. If time allows, we continue hiking to Blackcomb Mountain for further exploration, then descend back to Whistler Valley via the gondola. We expect to return to our lodging at about 5pm. Any travel plans out of Whistler can be scheduled after 6pm. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 7-10 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +1000?/-1,400'.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary?this will help you and the field staff.

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

Contact Us

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