Whistler is a popular recreation destination in the Coast Mountains, on Canada’s west coast about two hours north of Vancouver. Home to Whistler Blackomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America, the area is also a major draw in summer for a huge variety of outdoor sports. There are wonderful opportunities for running in Whistler — from paved, multi-use paths accessible from the town’s pedestrian village, to a vast network of trails to suit runners of all abilities. Be sure to pick up this trail map — essential for walking and running during your visit! Tourism Whistler has an excellent site with numerous recs for trail running (and permitted us to use some excellent photos!). We’ve also included some routes in gorgeous Pemberton, 30 km north of Whistler.
The anchor for running in Whistler is the 40 km Valley Trail, which also provides links to numerous other roads and interconnected trails in the area. The trail is well way-marked and there are numerous spurs to other spots. Other pretty paths easily accessible from Whistler Village include the Lost Lake Trail and Golf Course loop, which can be run stand-alone or linked together for longer runs. For trail running, there are wonderful options in the Valley — lakes, rivers, woods, bridges and more. There’s also some very special trail running in the Alpine, accessed by lifts up Whistler or Blackcomb.
The main road in the area is Highway 99, known as the ‘Sea to Sky’ Highway. An excellent local bus system runs along the area’s main roads, and connects to the main village areas (Village, Upper Village, Creekside) and residential neighborhoods. Anything further afield requires a car. As for running in winter, some sections of the Valley Trail are cleared of snow, but for anything more ambitious, you’ll need grippers of some sort.