Whistler’s unique natural setting is the primary foundation of Whistler’s recreation and leisure experience, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has 31 parks.
Did You Know?
- Dogs must be on leash at all times, unless in a designated off leash area Dogs in Whistler.
- The RMOW monitors water quality at many beaches throughout the summer months. Beach Water Monitoring.
- Whistler parks are open from dawn to dusk.
- You can reserve space at parks, fields, and other municipal facilities for special events. Facilities and Parks Bookings.
- Smoking in a prohibited area in Whistler parks is a $200 fine.
- Possession of opened liquor in Whistler Parks is a $100 fine.
Food Truck Pilot Project
The Resort Municipality of Whistler has launched a food truck pilot project, which will run through the end of July and August in Rainbow Park and Lost Lake Park. The existing concession operator, Gibbons Hospitality Group, will be coordinating two of the local food truck vendors at these park locations.
The goal of the pilot project is to test opportunities for providing mobile food services to enhance the experience of residents and visitors in Whistler’s parks.
Visitors and community members are invited to provide comments during the pilot project directly to the food truck vendors or by email to email@example.com.
Desire for mobile food services in parks was expressed by community members during Whistler’s Recreation and Leisure Master Plan update process.
Feedback about the pilot project will help inform discussions about a potential mobile food services program for next summer.
Canoe and Kayak Rack Rental
New this year: SUP specific rack spots are available at Lakeside, Rainbow and Blueberry Park
Starting April 2, 2015, residents and visitors can rent canoe and kayak storage rack space from the RMOW at Alpha Lake Park, Alta Lake South House, Lakeside Park, Wayside Park, Blueberry Park, Green Lake Park and Green Lake Boat Launch.
The cost is $100 + GST. Racks are available from May 1, 2015 to November 15, 2015. Renters are advised to provide a lock and re-insure their boats.
Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Agreements will be handled by the RMOW Parks Department.
For more information, please contact Annie Gaudette at 604-935-8307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Whistler’s lakes and rivers are wonderful ways to cool down in the summer heat, it is important that people are safe and respectful of others around them. Taking simple steps like using proper equipment, avoiding alcohol and knowing the signs of drowning can make all the difference in keeping Whistler’s water resources safe places for everyone to play.
Throughout the warmer months (April to Mid-September), the RMOW's water safety public awareness campaign reminds both visitors and residents to enjoy the River of Golden Dreams and Whistler lakes safely, to use appropriate water equipment. Inflatable boats and other water toys easily deflate and capsize and are not suitable for floating on the River of Golden Dreams. Obey all rules and posted signs. Whistler’s lakes, beaches and the River of Golden Dreams are not monitored by lifeguards. Be prepared for self-rescue, and never travel alone.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler Olympic Plaza was the site for nightly medal ceremonies during the 2010 Winter Games, and is now an outdoor performance facility and community park in the heart of Whistler Village. In the winter, the park is transformed into outdoor skating rinks.
This popular park at Alta Lake has it all: a sandy beach, charming wharf and terrific amenities. Swim in Alta Lake, relax on the grass lawn, visit the dog park, play beach volleyball and more.
This idyllic park is located on the banks of the River Golden Dreams with one of the valley’s most magnificent views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. From a large playground area with a children’s water park, to tennis and basketball courts and ball diamonds, this is the place to be.
Lost Lake Park
Situated around tranquil Lost Lake, this secluded park offers a sandy beach, pristine swimming waters, numerous recreational options and more. Lost Lake Park is accessible by the Valley Trail and within walking distance from Whistler Village. In the winter, the Resort Municipality of Whistler maintains cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at Lost Lake Park.
Each neighbourhood in Whistler has a small park dedicated to quiet reflection, children’s play and relaxation. Learn more about the features at each of Whistler’s neighbourhood parks.
- Spruce Grove Park: This park can be accessed off Spruce Grove Lane (to Kirkpatrick Road) and from Lost Lake Park. Spruce Grove contains three competition quality baseball diamonds, a clubhouse which can be rented for events, a concession and washrooms, a play structure, community greenhouses and access to the Lost Lake trail system. There is a large parking area, and the Valley Trail runs past the park. Dogs off leash are permitted inside the field areas when the fields are not in use.
The Spruce Grove Park concession stand is open evenings from May to September during softball season from 5 to 9 p.m., and for softball tournament weekends during the day.
- Florence Petersen Park: This park is located in Whistler Village behind (north of) the Whistler Public Library and Whistler Musuem and Archives between Main Street and Northlands Boulevard. It offers natural forest, lawn areas, picnic tables, public art and places of quiet contemplation. It is also part of the Cultural Connector, a route that connects six significant cultural destinations in the Village.
- Rebagliati Park: Tucked beside the covered bridge between the Upper and Lower Village and bordered by Fitzsimmons Creek, Rebagliati Park is used by many groups for functions. The park includes a grassy lawn and picnic tables.
- Whistler Skate Park and Village Bike Park: The Whistler Village Bike Park and Whistler Skate Park provide both locals and visitors with opportunities to improve skills and gain confidence.
- Lakeside Park: From Whistler Village, head south on the Valley Trail to this popular park in Alta Vista subdivison along the shores of Alta Lake. The park contains a sandy beach, swimming area, two docks, play structure, grassy area, picnic tables and BBQ stands, boat rental, canoe, kayak, and paddle board rentals, guided trips, concession and washrooms. This busy park has overflow parking on the road off Hillcrest Drive.
The Lakeside Park concession stand is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 15 to Labour Day; and weekends from May 15 to June 14 and Labour Day to October 15, 2015.
- Wayside Park: Just south of Lakeside Park on the Valley Trail is Wayside Park, which is small and tranquil, with very limited parking off Highway 99. Wayside Park began life as a Provincial Park, and has canoe, kayak, and paddle board rental, guided trips, bike racks, picnic tables, BBQ stands, washroom facilities, concession and a wheelchair accessible walkway, a grassy beach area, and a dock.
The Wayside Park concession stand is open daily from June 15 to Labour Day; and weekends from May 15 to June 14 and Labour Day to October 15, 2015.
- Alpha Lake Park: Head south on the Valley Trail to Creekside to access Alpha Lake Park located on the shores of Alpha Lake. This popular park contains the “Owl’s Nest” children’s play structure, a dock and sandy beach, volleyball court and tennis courts, along with picnic tables and BBQ stands. It is also the site of a community greenhouse and a special beach for dogs called “Arfa Park.”
- Natural Parks: Natural Parks are spaces intended to preserve natural features. They may offer modest development, usually in the form of trails. Natural parks in Whistler include: Alta Lake Park, Beaver Lake Park, Big Timber Park, Fitzsimmons Fan Park, Miller Creek Park, Rocky Knoll Park and Blueberry Park./parks