Explore Whistler: Early Spring Camping at Lillooet Lake, BC

It’s easy to get caught up in the commercial hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day, so this February we decided to kick-back and head in-land for a lakeside night of peace and solitude. If you’ve ever thought about trying something different for the big day here’s a photo journal of our trip to spectacular Lillooet Lake, just one hour north of Whistler. We hope to inspire you to get away from it all.

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Lillooet Lake

Lillooet Lake is 25km of incredible panoramic beauty flowing between Garibaldi Provincial Park on the west and the Lillooet Range on the east. In the days of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, Lillooet Lake (for a short time) was the principle route for freight and passenger steamboats and watercraft to the coast.

Nowadays, Lillooet Lake is an adventurers playground. With campsites dotted all along its shores it draws people from miles around to come fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming, hiking and sightseeing.

See here for full list of campsites at Lillooet Lake: lillooetlakeestates.ca/attractions/bc-forest-service-recreation-sites.

Despite having to start-out by driving north from Whistler, Lillooet Lake is actually south-east and therefore much warmer and drier in February, as you’ll see from our photos.

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Milky green when seen in full sunlight, or a deep jade colour towards dusk. It’s the colour of Lillooet Lake that makes it so attractive over all the lakes near Whistler and Pemberton.

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As you drive the In-SHUCK-ch forest service road towards Lillooet River at the end of the lake you’ll pass a few different tribes (or bands) of the local Lil’wat First Nations – Interior Salish people located in the southern Coast Mountains and Fraser Canyon region of British Columbia.

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Spring comes much earlier out here, bringing the wildlife out of hibernation much sooner than in the mountains. Using a rope and carabiner we hoisted our food up into the trees, well away from our tent, for if we attracted any hungry creatures.

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Our cosy little campfire on the banks of Lillooet River. Perfection.

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We carried in these cute little tea lights to have a romantic candlelit dinner for two…even if it was rehydrated chilli.

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When we’re camping we still like a little bit of luxury. Going from the cold mountains of Whistler to the warm shores of Lillooet Lake can play havoc with your skin. We love our travel size Malin + Goetz Vitamin E face moisturizer.

You can buy this ‘essential kit’ by Malin & Goetz from our online store at the Summit Supermarket, here: summitsupermarket.com

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If we’ve inspired you to pay Lillooet Lake and Lillooet River a visit, please take lots of photos and share them with us using our hashtag #ExploreWhistler via Twitter and Instagram.

Happy travels, friends!