Whistler – Day 6 of a 12 Day BC Road Trip
Unlike Day 5, Day 6 was a cloudy and snowy day. I had to work the morning of Day 6, so the boyfriend went exploring on his own. Despite only having half a day for activities, we had a lot planned!
For breakfast, my boyfriend picked up a cheddar jalapeno loaf from Purebread and we ate it with cream cheese. The bread was so delicious (one loaf lasted us 3 breakfasts!).
For a morning stroll, he walked along Fitszimmons Creek. We had parked in the library underground parking and our parking expired at 10am, so he took the car and parked closer to the trail head. The trail follows the creek and looked like a lovely morning walk.
After the stroll, he brought back lunch from Peaked Pies. Peaked Pies is an Australian Bakery specializing in meat pies topped with mashed potatoes, mushy green peas, and gravy! They also have sweet options to pick from. We ordered two pies – chunky steak + mushroom and steak, bacon + cheese.
With my work tasks done, we headed out for the afternoon. The hotel, Summit Boutique Lodge, has complimentary snowshoes for guests. We picked up a pair for me (he has his own set of snowshoes) and headed out to Trainwreck Trail. Trainwreck trail leads to, you guessed it, a trainwreck which derailed in 1956 on its way to Whistler. Trainwreck Trail is pretty flat and frequently trekked, so we did not need snowshoes. We did however purchase ice cleats ahead of time and wore them on the trail. It only takes about thirty minutes to reach the trainwreck, where there are still 7 train cars. The trainwreck is also a popular spot for artists and photographers – the trains all have been graffitied. There was not much after the trainwreck, so we headed back the way we came.
Once back at the car, we drove and parked at the Whistler Interpretive Forest parking lot. We only did a portion of the walk, but it was relatively easy and has informative signs to stop at (although they were covered in snow).
Eventually, we reached the road and crossed it to continue onto Farside trail. Farside trail runs along the Cheakamus River and eventually leads to Loggers Lake, but we only trekked the first part before turning around (we were getting hungry!).
If you have time, there are also two breweries in this area – Coast Mountain Brewing and Whistler Brewing. We were short on time so we did not visit. For dinner, we ordered the 30″ Mopsy’s Kalua Pie pizza (smoked pork shoulder, mango BBQ sauce, red onions, pineapple, cheeses and herbs) to go from Creekbread. It was delicious!
After dinner, we reserved a 6:30pm time slot for Vallea Lumina. Vallea Lumina is a light walk located on Cougar Mountain. It is about a 15 minute drive north of Whistler Village. We drove slowly to Cougar Mountain as the snow was picking up. Vallea Lumina is a beautiful evening walk with enchanting music. There was plenty of parking when we arrived at Vallea Lumina, but it had completely filled up on our way out.
For the evening, we once again parked at the library. This time, we also stopped by Whistler Museum. The museum is located right beside the library and is open until 9pm on Thursdays. Admission is by donation. The museum documents the history of Whistler and how it came to be a world-renowned ski resort. It also tells the story of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC which took place partly in Whistler. I found the avalanche facts quite interesting.
After the museum, we walked through the Florence Peterson (founder of the Whistler Museum and Archives Society) Park, back to our hotel.
Complete Day 6 Itinerary
*Travel times may vary. Check Google Maps for most accurate travel details.
9:00am: Stop by Purebread (1 minute walk from Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel).
9:30am: Go for a morning stroll along Fitzsimmons Creek (13 minute walk from Purebread).
11:00am: Stop by Peaked Pies for lunch (14 minute walk from Fitzsimmons Walk).
12:00pm: Head to Trainwreck Trail (13 minute drive from Peaked Pies).
2:00pm: Stop by Whistler Interpretive Forest (3 minute drive from Trainwreck Trail). Continue along Farside Trail.
4:00pm: Visit a brewery – Coast Mountain Brewing or Whistler Brewing (Either option is a 6 minute walk from Whistler Interpretive Forest).
5:00pm: Have dinner at Creekbread (7 minute drive from Coast Mountain Brewing/Whistler Brewing).
6:00pm: Visit Vallea Lumina (16 minute drive from Creekbread).
8:00pm: Visit Whistler Museum (12 minute drive from Vallea Lumina). Note: Whistler Museum is open until 9pm on Thursday, but otherwise closes at 5pm.
12-Day BC Road Trip Itinerary
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