Lakeside Park is a beautiful beach park located on the shores of Alta Lake just two kilometers from Whistler Village in the Alta Vista neighbourhood.
The Lakeside Park watercraft operator, Backroads Whistler, is open daily from mid-June to Labour Day; and weekends during mid-May to mid-June and again from Labour Day to October 9, 2022 (weather permitting).
Address: 3375 Lakeside Rd, Whistler BC
Getting to Lakeside Park
Take the #10, #20, #25 BC Transit bus south to the Alta Vista stop and walk approximately 5 minutes to the lake. For schedules and stops, visit bctransit.com/whistler. Take advantage of free local transit starting June 17, 2023, to Labour Day, on weekends and statutory holidays during summer.
From the Village, take the Valley Trail south. Follow the Valley Trail onto at Blueberry Drive, left on St. Anton Way (it turns into Archibald Way), turn right on Carlton Way, then left on Lakeside Road. From Lakeside Road, the Valley Trail will bring you into the Park.
The Park can be accessed by car from Hillcrest Drive. Limited parking is available at Lakeside Park. From May 15 to Sep 15, pay parking is in effect daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at an hourly rate of $2, for a maximum of 6 hours. Overflow parking is available on the road off Hillcrest Drive. Accessible parking will be offered at no cost. Parking can be purchased via meters and PayByPhone.
Park Eats runs from May 19 to September 4, 2023. Offerings include crepes, tacos, gelato, pizza, smoothies, and more! Due to a construction project near the park in 2023, Lakeside Park will not feature a regular food truck this summer, please find food trucks at Alpha Lake Park, Lost Lake Park, and Meadow Park, from approximately 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more and to view the schedule and locations, visit whistler.ca/ParkEats.
Watch out for our helpful Park Hosts wearing red shirts who can provide you with resort information, wayfinding assistance, COVID-19 guidance and park amenity information. Our Park Hosts will be travelling by bike throughout our parks on weekends and statutory holidays. Wave them down and say hello.
Lakeside Park accessible features include:
- 2 Accessible parking stalls
- 1 Accessible washroom
- 2 Floating accessible docks
- Accessible water lift
- 2 Accessible picnic tables
- Summer Programming
- Outdoor Accessible Shower facility
- There is an accessible washroom plus other washrooms in the same location
- Private operators rent non-adaptive water sports equipment
- The lift consists of a seat, footrest and moveable arm rests on a hydraulic cylinder, which is operable with a lever that slowly rotates and lowers user into the water
Park etiquette and rules
Reduce the waste: Pack in what you pack out, bring your own reusable plates, cutlery and cups, use the in-park waste, recycling, compost receptacles.
Share the space: Be conscientious of the space you use – limit your items to the size of a blanket if possible. Refrain from playing sports around lots people. Do not erect tents (the use of pegs are against the Parks Bylaw) as it impedes line of sight, takes up a lot of space and can damage irrigation lines.
Know the fire danger: When Whistler’s fire danger rating is high, the use briquette barbeques are prohibited at Whistler parks and open spaces. This fire danger rating is also important to note when considering campfires.
Bring a life jacket and whistle: Canadian law requires anyone paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking or using an inflatable boat to have the right safety gear. The only exception is if you are floating in a swimming area at one of the parks. The Conservation Officer Service is actively doing patrols. Non-compliance may result in a $230 fine for each missing item. Learn more about Transport Canada’s Canada Shipping Act – Small Vessel Regulations: https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/migrated/tp_511e.pdf
- Dogs must be leashed at all times (except in designated off-leash areas). For more information on dog friendly areas visit whistler.ca/dogs.
- Smoking and consumption of alcohol are not permitted.
- Camping and campfires are not permitted.
- Slacklining is not permitted using trees.
- There are no lifeguards on duty.