Hiking with kids: Blueberry Trail (Whistler, BC)

This winter break we were lucky enough to have a couple of weeks up in Whistler where we enjoyed time skiing and with our extended family. This has been a place we have been coming to since I was 14 years old and there are parts I never explored. I have spent more time in the village and on the mountain. This winter the snows haven’t come in like they did last year, which was a record setting year and trails are relatively clear allowing us to get out for some walks.

When we are with the family we are staying in a time share on Blueberry Hill, just south of the village. Yesterday we wanted to get out for a bit of walk on our day off from skiing and I took a look at the maps and discovered a trail that was near to us and would allow us to clock a couple of miles before hoping in the hot tub for a soak. Plus the roads were backed up and we didn’t want to take the car out.

Blueberry Trail is a 1.3km (0.8 mile – one way) walk along Alta Lake. This trail acts as a connector between the Alta Vista neighborhood and Whistler Cay. This is the direction we chose to walk as well and we exited the trail in the the Barnfield Farm neighborhood (next to Whistler Cay). This gave us a nice loop from Blueberry Drive and in all we walked about 4km (just about 2.5 miles).

The walk itself it is a combination of Sea to Sky and Whistler Trails which were paved, surface roads and the Blueberry Trail itself, which is unpaved and bear earth. When the trail is muddy they ask that you hike other places but the ground was frozen hard for us but still provided great traction.

For our walk we set out down Blueberry Drive toward the Village and turned right on Saint Anton Way. We walked until we reached the junction of Saint Anton Way and Archibald Way. We made a wrong turn here, so make sure you take the right and walk down Archibald to the end. You will see a dock here and boat racks. The trail head is off to the right and follows the banks of the lake.

There is some elevation gain but we felt like it was really manageable. The trail also has various angles and roots to step over so small children might find it a little bit difficult to navigate, but older kids will cruise just fine. There are 2 spots that are considered really difficult according to the sign, but I am not sure if this applies to hikers so much as it does to bikers. We didn’t feel like these areas were any more difficult while we were walking. The elevation gain was fairly mild for us too.In the summer I would keep a keen eye out for bikers jetting through the area. During the winter months there are rocky areas that can get slick with ice, so make sure you watch your step. We saw a few spots that we exercised a bit more caution than on other parts of the trail.

Once we left the trail we found ourselves in familiar territory and walked along Crabapple and took a right turn on Beaver. Walking about 1/4 of a mile you will see an entrance the paved trail that borders the golf course that takes you off the busy Blueberry Drive. We walked along that, enjoying the burbling creek flowing beside us. We popped out again at the intersection of Blueberry and Saint Anton where we turned for home.

We were alone on this trail during our hike and it was perfectly lovely, quiet and serene. The views of a frozen Alta Lake with it’s skaters and Sproat Mountain were gorgeous and we felt like we were away from civilization even though we were only a short distance from home. This was such a lovely walk and one I will take again. And again.

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