48 hrs in Whistler: From Mountain Summits to Summit Lodge

Brooke Willson walking on a log on the shores of Cheakamus Lake

Words and photos by Brooke Willson
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Working with a number of outdoor brands including Salomon, 10 Tree, and GoPro, Brooke’s travels inspire people to “Get inspired. Get connected. Get outside”. Join her following at www.instagram.com/brookewillson


I had been to Whistler a couple of times before, both in 2015. Once in February when I was invited to co-host an Instameet with The Expeditioners where we hiked, winter camped, and explored the area; and again in May 2015 during, Whistler’s ‘GoFest’, to host another Instameet with Tourism Whistler.

I stayed with Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel for the first time in February 2015 and was so excited to be back with them again for the summer, though this time with my boyfriend, Mitch!

Mitch and I were on a two-week road trip starting on the island in Nanaimo, then travelling over to Victoria, Ucluelet, Tofino, Vancouver, and then ending with four days and three nights in Whistler.

Day 1: Bikes & Bath Robes

Brooke Willson on the chairlift in the Whistler Bike Park

We spent our first day in the Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park, so checking into the Summit Lodge after being on a bike all day getting dirty and being exhausted, felt so good! It was so nice to shower up and get comfy again. The staff were so inviting and helpful, oh and the complimentary candy bar, coffee, and hot chocolate in the lobby….that was the cherry on top. Can’t go wrong with any of those things!

Our room at the Summit Lodge overlooked the village and we had an awesome view of the mountains. Even though it was grey and cloudy it was still beautiful – both nights we sat out on the patio in our cozy house coats that were provided by the Summit Lodge, and we may have dug in to a yummy bottle of red wine from the hotel’s cute, in-room “honour system” mini-bar.

The Summit Lodge also provided us with a Polaroid camera for our stay, to capture moments throughout the couple of days. We had a ton of fun with this…as you can see below. I will certainly be getting one of my own!

A selection of Brooke Willson's photos taken on the Summit Lodge Fujimax camera

Day 2: Hiking on Blackcomb & Brandywine Falls

Our second day was spent doing the Whistler Blackcomb Peak 2 Peak 360 Experience. We took the Whistler Village Gondola up from the valley and then hopped on the Peak 2 Peak across to Blackcomb mountain. The eeriness of the low-lying clouds added that extra excitement to it for us.

On the other side of the Peak 2 Peak is the Rendezvous on-mountain restaurant, and it’s here that we started our hike to Blackcomb Lake, via a series of trails (Alpine Walk > Overload Trail > Lakeside Loop) that were easy to follow and well-marked. We were shocked at the number of people we ended up seeing on the trails, given the weather, but it was so awesome to see people out enjoying themselves. Luckily the skies cleared for us on our way back from the lake!

The Peak 2 Peak Gondola extending out of the clouds

Brooke Willson enjoying the Alpine Loop on Blackcomb Mountain

Mitchell Irvine gazing out across the Whistler valley

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Rendezvous restaurant before making our way back down out of the clouds to the valley.
We then showered up at the hotel and went into the village for some shopping, and of course more exploring! We spent some time wandering the paved Valley Trail network that connects all the lakes and parks in Whistler, before making our way to Brandywine Falls just a 15 minutes drive south of the village. It’s such an awesome stop (right off Highway 99) for anyone visiting the area, as it is so easily accessible and gorgeous!

Brooke Willson standing under Brandywine Falls in Whistler

After a lovely dinner that night we headed back to the hotel to relax, rest our legs, and pack our bags ready for an early start on the 12 hours drive back to Red Deer, Alberta!

As you can see on my Instagram account (@brookewillson) I am all for camping and ‘roughing it’, but it certainly is nice to treat yourself to somewhere like Summit Lodge after a long day of adventuring and climbing mountains! Mitch and I both have nothing but great things to say about our stay at the Summit Lodge and already can’t wait to get back there…this time hopefully it won’t be a whole year later until we do! Perhaps, next time, we will spend a week in the area biking, hiking, kayaking and enjoying the many lakes and other activities all around.

The adventure opportunities are endless. Enjoy,

Brooke!

Brooke Willson walking on a log on the shores of Cheakamus Lake

A stormy Lost Lake In Whistler

Brooke Willson playing around at Loggers Lake