Rainy Day Adventures in Whistler

So, I started this blog post as a “Fall Bucket List”.

Rainy day adventures was only one of a few points I had in mind. But when I started writing this section, it quickly got out of hand and it became clear that it deserved a write-up on its own. Who knew I was so passionate about rainy days in Whistler? Well, not me to be honest, but the more I though about it, I remembered: Rainy fall days in Whistler are fun!

The beauty of the town and the stunning autumn colours are even more prominent on a grey day. Whether you live here or you are visiting with friends or family, there is definitely something for everyone. I have two boys who love to jump (or roll) in puddles, so we spend a lot of time outside. But if that’s not your thing, there a plenty of indoor options too. Here are some of my favourite adventures for a wet day in Whistler:

Let’s start with the great outdoors. Just grab a good pair of boots and a jacket and get ready to explore.

  • Lost Lake. This a great area to discover on a wet day. It’s easily accessed from the village, there are plenty of paths to explore and the lake looks spectacular in any weather. The multi-use trails are less busy during this time of the year, check out the trail map to find the perfect way for you.
  • Ancient Cedars. I really think this hike is best in the fall rather than the summer. The mossy forest floor comes alive with mushrooms of every size, shape and colour and there are no mosquitos (they are such a pest on this trail in the summer). The trail is easy to find and accessible to almost any skill level, kids love it too! Read a detailed description of the trail here.
  • Train Wreck. This one is definitely my top recommendation for a family friendly and stroller accessible hike. And I use the work “hike” loosely here, it really is more of a walk. It has everything kids love, beautiful forest to explore, a suspension bridge and, of course, a train wreck. The path starts in the Cheakamus neighbourhood with dedicated parking available. Bonus tip: after the hike, my kids love a hot chocolate at Cheaky’s Café, located inside the HI Whistler.

If you prefer to explore indoors, there are plenty of options to keep you busy in Whistler. From museums, galleries or the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to indoor climbing, ice skating and splashing in the pool – we’ve got it all. Here is where I like to spend my time on a drizzly day (when I am not busy pulling the kids out of the muddy puddles):

  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler. No, my way of spending time at the Fairmont is not in one of their luxurious rooms for a little staycation. There is more to explore in this famous Whistler hotel, and you do not need to be a guest to check it all out. First, coffee. Portobello is located right off the upper village stroll and apart from coffee and outstanding donuts, they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once you are nicely caffeinated, head to the “mini mall”. Check out the art work at Mountain Gallery, get into some retail therapy at Open Country, Snowflake or my personal favourite 3 Singing Birds.
  • Scandinave Spa. Massages, saunas, hot tubs, no phones, no kids… pure relaxation. Need I say more? Well, what I should say is that this not really a pure indoor activity. But one look at their website and I think you will be convinced!
  • Meadow Park Sports Centre. From one hot tub to another. The one at Meadow Park swimming pool won’t be quite as relaxing as the aforementioned, but the kids will love it! There is also a lap pool as well as a kid’s pool. But that’s not all; the sports centre offers an ice rink, squash courts and a gym, as well. The ice rink has public skate times, but a lot of hockey games are being played, too. My kids’ favourite combo is a splash in the pool and then watching the players chase the puck around the ice – and who are we kidding, they really are just waiting for the Zamboni to come out!

I will stop here, but I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg! If you want more suggestions, let’s grab a coffee and I’ll tell you all about it!

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