A Weekend in Whistler
Spending a weekend in Whistler was just as unplanned as this backpacking trip. Whistler happened due to hostels in Vancouver being booked and others charging over $100 a nigh, no thanks. I chose Whistler primarily because it's close to Vancouver and has great nature. Now I just had to figure out if it was do able without a car. I asked a group of 80,000 plus women travelers on facebook Girls Love Travel and the answer was unanimous. You do not need a car in Whistler.
I booked my bus, hostel and I was on my way. I arrived early, left my bags at the hostel and went to the Village. There, I walked around, people watched, got coffee, and got ready for a hike. I chose Lost Lake because it was closer and a short hike. There is also a free shuttle bus from the village to Lost Lake. The lake wasn't that great, and was over crowded, so I left.
This hike is fairly short at about 2.5 km return, but it was a bit steep coming back. If you aren't to keen on hiking the High Note Trail, Harmony Lake is a great alternative for great views. This trail is accessible from the Roundhouse Lodge.
Half Note Trail- Cheakamus Lake
This hike is for the advanced, but for some reason I thought I could do it, WRONG! The entire High Note Trail is about 9.5 km return and I wasn't ready for all that. So I opted for the Half Note Trail, it was still brutal. While on the trail, you pass by the view point overlooking the gorgeous Cheakamus Lake. This is excatly what I came for, It's such a beautiful view.
Train Wreck Trail
If you're not much of a hiker, I highly recommend the Train Wreck Trail. The trail is easy and about 3 km. You will also find a suspension bridge over the Cheakamus River and a train wreck , literally. There are trains parts filled with graffiti right after crossing this bridge.
Food & Drink:
Whistler is expensive, especially if you're on a backpacker budget. I did however find a restaurant where all the food is $4.95 cad. Yeah, you heard that right, $4.95 for ALL food! El Furniture is located at the village, it's usually crowded and the food is pretty good. For all the bars I went to, the drinks were weak and pricey. I suggest sticking to beer or just pre-game.
One thing I didn't know was how LIT Whistler is. A friend and I, felt like we deserved a few drinks and twerk sessions after the brutal hikes we had done earlier. We asked locals where we could go, they all suggested Moe Joe's. And let me tell you, this place is LIT AF! DJ was poppin, throwback Soulja Boy, Young Joc, future, Drake, and so on. It I will definitely have to come back before I leave Canada. I loved it!