Blueberry Park is Very NiceThe Blueberry Trail is a relatively unknown, though very scenic trail that ascends quickly up to a cliff viewpoint high above Alta Lake.  Geographically, the Blueberry Trail is directly across Alta Lake from Rainbow ParkRainbow Park can be accessed from either end via the neighbourhoods of Whistler Cay at the end of Crabapple Drive, or in Alta Vista at the end of St Anton Way.  Either trailhead is just a five minute drive from Whistler Village and both are conveniently close to Whistler's Valley Trail.

  • Very convenient and close to Whistler Village
  • Walk, bike or drive to the trailheads
  • Four lovely piers on Alta Lake
  • Easy lake trail or steep hill trail
  • Quiet compared to other trails
  • Great views from hill trail
  • Dog friendly & bike friendly
  • Accessible & scenic year-round
  • Pretty park, but not spectacular
  • Not very many trail viewpoints

Whistler Snowshoeing

Blueberry Park Steep, Short, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailBlueberry Trail  Brandywine Falls Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailBrandywine Falls  Cheakamus River Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailCheakamus River  Elfin Lakes Moderate, Very Long Snowshoe TrailElfin Lakes  Flank Trail Moderate, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailFlank Trail  Joffre Lakes Moderate, Steep Snowshoe TrailJoffre Lakes  Nairn Falls Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailNairn Falls  Parkhurst Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailParkhurst Ghost Town  Rainbow Falls Steep & Very Short Snowshoe TrailRainbow Falls  Rainbow Lake Moderate, Steep & Long Snowshoe TrailRainbow Lake  Rainbow Park Easy, Flat, Short, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailRainbow Park  Taylor Meadows Moderate, Steep Snowshoe TrailTaylor Meadows  Whistler Train Wreck Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailTrain Wreck  Wedgemount Lake Challenging, Steep Snowshoe TrailWedgemount Lake

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If it has not snowed heavily in the last couple days, you will likely not need snowshoes for the Blueberry Trail as the snow will have been packed down by others.  Blueberry Park gets its name from the hill that rises above it named Blueberry Hill.  So well hidden that you won't find either trailhead unless you search for them despite being on all the maps in Whistler.  The trailheads do have small trail signs and once you are on the trail it is easy to follow, even in deep snow.  Though at times steep, the trail is short.  The high point of the trail, about midway, is only 1.2k from either trailhead.  There is a small clearing at the edge of quite a high cliff that is a great vantage point to the lake.  People skating, cross country skiing or walking appear as little black dots scattered across the frozen lake.  As snowshoeing trails go, this one is a great, fun, short workout to a beautiful vantage point.  Dogs are allowed here as well.  Blueberry Park is a very scenic park on Alta Lake that most Whistler locals don't even know about.  If you have been to Rainbow Park you would have noticed four piers across Alta Lake surrounded by forest.  These public piers sit along the edge of Blueberry Park, with the Blueberry Trail running from one side of the forest to the other. 

Alta Lake, Blueberry Park Pier View

Blueberry Park in the Summer

Blueberry Park park covers most of the hill beyond these piers and stretches between, and connects the neighbourhoods of Whistler Cay and Alta Vista.  The beautiful, deep forest trail runs from the shores of Alta Lake in Alta Vista, up and across the Alta Lake side of Blueberry Hill and descends again to reach Whistler Cay.  Along the trail there are several beautiful viewpoints of Alta Lake in the foreground and the enormous Mount Sproatt in the background.  Blueberry Park was massively upgraded in 2013, which previously had been just a simple dirt trail through the forest and a faint trail to the piers.  Another new pier, gravel trail section, trail widening and new trail signs have been added.  For most of the trail, however, it is steep, rocky, wild and natural looking.  The forest is deep and dark.  Massive tree roots criss-cross the trail and fallen trees and boulders are strewn everywhere.  It has a wonderful remote and natural feeling to the forest that make you forget that you are so close to civilization.

Blueberry Park in Winter

Blueberry Park can be reached from both ends of Blueberry Trail.  The Whistler Cay end of the trail is a bit tricky to find although it is being improved.  There is a Blueberry Trail sign at the trailhead but it is not visible from the end of Crabapple Drive.  To find it run all the way to the dead end of Crabapple Drive and you will see an unmarked trail.  About 10 metres in you will see the Blueberry Trail sign on your right.  If you are parking at one of the Blueberry Park trailheads always be careful where you park in Whistler in residential areas, especially in the winter months.  Look for no parking signs.  Often you will see one side of a residential street with no parking signs.  This is to allow for snow clearing and you may get towed if you block snowplows.  The dead end of Crabapple Drive is currently safe to park, however, take a look before you park in case this has changed.

Blueberry Trail Snowshoe Whistler

If you are looking for a relaxing, short, two minute walk to the beautiful piers in Blueberry Park, they are best reached by the Alta Vista side at the end of St Anton Way.  As noted above keep an eye out for no parking signs, but at the moment parking is OK at the end of St Anton Way at the trailhead.  This side of Blueberry Park is home to the four piers on Alta Lake, making it the more scenic way to start the trail.  The Blueberry Park trailhead sign is easy to spot from St Anton Way and the nice, new gravel trail leads to to the four piers is just a few dozen metres in.  These piers are a great way to escape the crowds that you find in other Whistler parks such as Lost Lake Park, Alpha Lake Park, Wayside Park, Lakeside Park, and Rainbow Park.  Rainbow Park is directly across Alta Lake from the piers at Blueberry Park.  Where these other parks are beautiful with their grassy fields, beaches, kids play-parks and other amenities, none of them match Blueberry Park's wonderful, wilderness feel.

Blueberry Trail Snowshoe Whistler

From the piers you have to backtrack a bit and take the right fork on the trail that you pass just after entering the forest from St Anton Way.  This narrow, rocky, winding and steep, uphill trail takes you into the deep forest of Blueberry Hill.  From one end to the other, the Blueberry Trail is just 1.4 kilometres long and fairly steep at both ends.  You wouldn't want to push a baby stroller up the narrow and rocky path, but you could easily do so along the nice, smooth gravel trail to the three piers at the start of the trail.  The trail ascends quickly and arrives at a beautiful viewpoint, high above the lake.  Mount Sproatt dominates the view with Alta Lake far below.  Out to the right you can see the always snowy Rainbow Mountain.  The trail continues through the forest and several more beautiful viewpoints just off the trail to your left.  Finally the trail descends and ends at Crabapple Drive.  If you are doing a circle route from Whistler Village you just have to follow Crabapple Dr for almost 1 kilometre and you will cross the Valley Trail just before Lorimer Rd.

Getting to the Blueberry Park Trailheads

Driving to the TrailheadPublic Transit to the TrailheadWalking or biking are your best options to get to Blueberry Park as it is so close to the Village and the Valley Trail is quite nice.  Driving will get you there in five minutes, while walking will get you there in 25 minutes. Parking for Blueberry Park is located at both ends of the Blueberry Trail.  There are small trailhead signs at each end but no indication of where to park at either end of the trail.  At the Whistler Cay end of the trail, parking can be found halfway down Crabapple Drive.  Park at the edge of the road across from the trailhead sign.  Be sure to take a look for no parking signs as parking rules change by the season.  The south end of Blueberry Park is a bit better organized and you can park at the edge of the road at the end of St Anton Way just a few metres from the visible trailhead and Blueberry Park sign.  This side of the park is also just steps from the three beautiful piers on the lake and for the most part, the nicer side of the trail.  Another parking option is to leave your car in Whistler Village and walk, run or bike the beautiful 5.8 kilometre circle route.  Start in the Village and go under the highway underpass to the Whistler Golf Course parking lot, turn left onto the Valley Trail.  Follow it along the golf course until you come out at Blueberry Drive.  Cross the street to get onto St Anto Way(still on the Valley Trail).  Leave the Valley Trail by continuing on St Anton Way.  The Blueberry Trail trailhead is at the end.

Blueberry Park Trailhead at the End of St Anton Way

The Blueberry Trail immediately forks.  Left takes you down the short trail to the four beautiful piers on Alta Lake.   The trail to the right and ascend up Blueberry Hill past the beautiful viewpoints then descend down to exit on the other end of the park.  Turn right on Crabapple Drive, then right on Beaver Lane.  Look for the Valley Trail entrance on the left and follow the Valley Trail around the golf course to the left.  You will immediately see Crabapple Corner, a food and beverage hut that the golf course has open in the summer.  You can either continue on the Valley Trail past Crabapple Corner or cut across the golf course on the paved cart path.  Either way takes you through the gorgeous grove of huge western redcedars and impressive views of Blackcomb Mountain, The Fissile and Whistler Mountain. If you bike, however, keep in mind that you may have to walk a couple sections on the Blueberry Trail as some parts are very steep, rocky and with tree roots everywhere.

Blueberry Trail Snowshoe Whistler

Blueberry Park is possibly the most dog friendly park in Whistler.  It is wild, remote feeling and has a deep forest to run through and three piers on Alta Lake your dog will love to jump off.  With other Whistler parks such as Rainbow Park and Alpha Lake Park, that have specific areas within them that are dog friendly, at Blueberry Park the whole place is dog friendly.  Finding a hiking trail in Whistler that is dog friendly is tough.  Dogs are not welcome in the nearby Rainbow Lake trail as well as all of Garibaldi Provincial Park, so finding a hiking trail in Whistler to go with your dog can be annoyingly restrictive.  Some good dog friendly hiking trails in Whistler are the Sea to Sky Trail, Whistler Train Wreck, Nairn Falls Provincial Park and Ancient Cedars.

Blueberry Park Snowshoeing Map

Whistler Parks Map

  Blueberry Park Steep, Short, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailBlueberry Trail  Brandywine Falls Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailBrandywine Falls  Cheakamus River Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailCheakamus River  Elfin Lakes Moderate, Very Long Snowshoe TrailElfin Lakes  Flank Trail Moderate, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailFlank Trail  Joffre Lakes Moderate, Steep Snowshoe TrailJoffre Lakes  Nairn Falls Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailNairn Falls  Parkhurst Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailParkhurst Ghost Town  Rainbow Falls Steep & Very Short Snowshoe TrailRainbow Falls  Rainbow Lake Moderate, Steep & Long Snowshoe TrailRainbow Lake  Rainbow Park Easy, Flat, Short, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailRainbow Park  Taylor Meadows Moderate, Steep Snowshoe TrailTaylor Meadows  Whistler Train Wreck Easy, Dog Friendly Snowshoe TrailTrain Wreck  Wedgemount Lake Challenging, Steep Snowshoe TrailWedgemount Lake

Whistler Snowshoe Trails

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Whistler Hiking Trails

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