Whistler, BC: Walking, Running and Riding Your Way Around Blueberry Park
Whistler, BC is a playground for those who love activities and want to break a sweat. But, if you’re not a native and planning a vacation, it’s best to consider the lay of the land in order to make the most of time there. Below, you’ll read information related to navigating the Blueberry Park terrain.
Blueberry Park is nestled within two kilometers from Whistler Village. Those who have visited Rainbow Park may have noticed piers across Alta Lake. Blueberry Park extends from the public piers to the other side of the woods. The area connects Whistler Cay and Alta Vista. The proximity inspires a number of joggers, runners, and walkers who stay at Whistler vacation homes to enter the woods.
Blueberry Trail stretches from one side of the forest to the other, and in between, natives and tourists enjoy a view of Mount Sproatt. Those who live in the area may remember Blueberry Park as a dirt trail, yet new sections and trail signs have been added to offer more appeal and attract newcomers.
As mentioned, a number of revisions have been implemented since 2013, but those visiting for the first time need to note most of the trail is steep and rocky. Moreover, the forest is thick and dark during the day (and just about non-navigable at night). Actually, the fallen trees, boulders, and dense thickets are enough to make you forget ‘civilization’ is only a short walk away.
Blueberry Park, and most of the Whistler, BC area, is very dog friendly. However, a number of rules maintain order and ensure owners pay respect to the surroundings. Keep your dog on a leash, pick up waste, and do not allow the animal to be a nuisance to other visitors.
The trailhead sign is noticeable from St. Anton Way. The three piers serve as a great access point for runners and hikers who want to avoid the crowds roaming Lost Lake Park, Wayside Park, and others. If you’re looking to take a hike amongst terrain similar to the grassy fields and amenity-filled pathways found at Rainbow park, then Blueberry Park, with its massive amount of wilderness, is not for you. From the piers, backtrack and take the right fork after St. Anton Way. The narrow trail leads deep into the Blueberry Hill forest.
End to end, the Blueberry trail is 1.4 kilometers and extremely steep. That means the trail is not safe for some dogs, and it is not advised to bring baby strollers regardless of larger wheels. Rising quickly, the trail brings joggers to a vista point, hanging high above the lake. The trail offers more beautiful views to the left and descends at Crabapple Drive.
Alternatively, turning right onto the Valley Trail will take you along the Whistler Golf Course and leads into the Village. Turning left brings you to the Valley Trail at the end of Lorimer Road, with the road splitting once again. Left leads to Rainbow Park and right makes way to Meadow Park.
Charles Fitzpatrick works as a travel consultant. He likes writing about his travel insights online. You can read his posts mostly on vacation and travel blogs.