Here is my guide to my Top 10 Instagram Spots in Whistler Canada – save this for later because you won’t want to miss these when you visit. It very well might make you want to visit right now.
Whistler in British Columbia is one of my all time favourite places to visit on the planet. This might have something to do with British Columbias vast and breath taking landscapes, incredible wildlife and friendly locals. I have been lucky enough to have lived in Whistler for a summer and visited 5 or 6 times in between. It’s just one of those places that you find yourself drawn back to again and again.
So I decided to compile a list of my favourite places to take photos in Whistler, all of which you can access on foot – no car needed of your own! So almost everyone can witness them in all their beauty.
1. Cheakamus Lake
Cheakamus Lake in Garibaldi National Park is a glacial lake with brilliant turquoise colours. The view of Cheakamus Lake can be accessed from Whistler Village easily and is just simply breath taking. You can access this view point on the Half Note Trail that starts at the top of the Whistler Gondola on Whistler mountain. The beautiful hike takes several hours and makes the perfect picnic spot. I absolutely adore this location for the photos, it just has to be seen in person.
2. By Float Plane
Yes – I did say you don’t need a car to view these spots but I didn’t say anything about this and I just couldn’t ignore this option. You can also view Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake and the surrounding mountain ranges from the sky if you take a scenic flight in a float plane. The views from above are heavenly. How often can you say that you have literally got a birds eye view!
3. Green Lake
This area of Whistler was home for me for the summer that I lived there and for good reason. It is SO beautiful. Literally a 5 minute cycle ride away from my home and I could reach Green Lake and take in all its glory. Green lake is the largest lake in Whistler and gets its name because of its stunning turquoise green colour. Home to Nicklaus North Golf Course and some incredibly beautiful mansions, including my favourite – the quintessential log cabin.
Whistler resort has incredible cycle routes on the Valley Trail and you can reach Green Lake by bike, walking or by bus. Green Lake also happens to be where you can catch a ride in the float plane that soars above the stunning Cheakamus Lake.
Green Lake is absolutely stunning no matter what season you are visiting, we have been here for all 4 seasons and loved it equally. I particularly like Whistler in summer as I am little obsessed with spotting the beautiful bears.
4. Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Whistler Four Seasons Hotel has the perfect back drop for an Instagrammable photo. During the winter season they open up a super cute vintage caravan in their alfresco garden for boozy hot chocolates over the open fire. You can make s’mores roasting the marshmallows over the fire pit. They even have marshmallow snowmen for your drinks – it’s adorable.
Looking for somewhere to stay in Whistler – why not check out Canadas first ever Pod Hotel in my blog post HERE.
5. Scandinave Spa
OK this one isn’t strictly a Whistler Instagram photo location because you can’t take photos inside. You can’t actually take anything electrical inside as the idea is that you relax in complete silence. We were lucky enough to enter before opening hours so we could shoot for a project we did with Scandinave Spa. The reason it is on the list is because it’s so beautiful you just have to visit.
Nestled in the British Columbian mountains you can relax in several hot pools, cold plunge pools, the saunas and hammocks. It’s open all year round so you can come enjoy Whistler in summer and winter with it covered in snow – magical.
6. Whistler Cloudraker Sky Bridge
During the summer months in Whistler you can ride the Whistler Gondola and catch a chair lift to the Cloudraker Sky Bridge. It is the highest accessible viewpoint in Whistler and the views are just insane. The Cloudraker Sky Bridge is a suspension bridge with 360 degree views of the surrounding British Columbian mountains. It is not for the faint hearted, even the chair lift ride leaves me with chills – I am a little scared of heights, particularly being on the edge of them.
7. Inukshuk Whistler Mountain
At the summit of Whistler mountain is the iconic structure known as the Inukshuk. Ride up the Whistler Gondola and take in the incredible views of the mountains and the Valley below. Down below you can see Whistler Village and its beautiful in all seasons. No doubt if you have skied here in winter you will have come across it. Why not stop here before you head up to the Cloudraker Sky Bridge. Then hop on the Peak 2 Peak gondola to Blackcomb mountain for more incredible views and hiking.
8. Alpine Meadows – Meadow Park
Close by to Green Lake in the area of Alpine Meadows is Meadow Park. This is a picture perfect location to come and have a picnic, take in the stunning mountain views and relax. It is on the Valley Trail route and sits alongside Alta Creek, synonymous with the River of Golden Dreams. You can hire canoes and paddle down the creek, jump on a SUP or even bring a blow up rubber ring and float on down. Be warned the water is icy cold no matter what time of year you decide to take a dip! There is also a basketball court, tennis courts, a kids play area with water blasters and a baseball pitch. Keep an eye out for bears as I’ve seen plenty around this area.
Tempted by a weekend away in Whistler – check out my ideal weekend HERE.
9. Lost Lake Whistler
A short 20 minute stroll through fir trees from Whistler village is Lost Lake. Overlooking the ski hills and surrounded by awesome cross country bike trails is the perfect place to come and swim in summer to escape the heat. There are a couple of floating pontoons you can relax on or sit on the sandy beach. Come visit in winter to see the lake completely frozen and dare to walk across it.
10. Vallea Lumina
Hop on the free shuttle and head to a truly unique experience – Vallea Lumina. A magical light and special effects event that happens nightly about 20 minutes drive from Whistler at Cougar Mountain.
Once the sun has set and you arrive at Cougar Mountain the whole place is transformed into an immersive ranger camp complete with campfires and songs set amongst the festoon lanterns and log cabins.
Ranger guides will send you on your way into the dark forest guided by lit walkways – soon after you begin you are greeted by the most amazing light shows and visual effects amongst the giant forest.
Sound and lighting effects galore will have you feeling like you stepped straight into an enchanted forest Disney movie and have the magical feels all around. When exploring the sights and wonders of the forest make sure to stop and wait at the installations for their surprises.
There are definitely lots more beauty spots in Whistler and the surrounding area (maybe I’ll save those for another post) but these were my absolute favourite ones from when we lived in Whistler. I hope these give you some inspiration for your next trip there, or even helped inspire you to go.