Lost Lake (Whistler Part 3)

Lost Lake used to be Whistler’s longtime nudist beach naturally enclosed with a border of luxuriant evergreen trees. Since lodging structures have been built around this secluded lake, it has become a lively picnic park in the summer and part of the municipal park’s cross-country skiing trail in the winter.

From Whistler Village, you can take the nice hiking trail on foot or bike alongside the Whistler Golf Club past lodges, bridges, different varieties of trees and plants taking in the fresh air and overall detox from nature.

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For pine trees alone, there are varieties like spruce, fur, cedar, old man’s beard, and hemlock. Since citrus trees do not grow in Whistler’s climate, the Western Hemlock tree is nature’s answer for the indigenous people’s Vitamin C needs. Brent (our tour guide) chewed some leaves off the tree to demonstrate.

Even on this sunny day, the ground was icy and the leaves were frosted.

We ran into some dogs who were up for a nature walk!

We came across Inukshuk/ Inuksuk, a stone landmark usually constructed by communal effort which could be used to mark a travel route, important structure on a path, a campsite, etc.  Its shape can be a representation of a human figure.  More and more, it is becoming a Canadian national symbol for friendship and welcome for the world.

Being part of the Municipal Park, Lost Lake has facilities like a warming hut, drinking fountains, day lodge, barbecue stands, picnic tables, accessible washrooms, outdoor showers with a nearby area for off-leash dog beach for furry family members.

The nature trail is easy enough and hard enough, you know what I mean?

Finally, a glimpse of the pretty, secluded lake with a grand nature backdrop.

img_8998And an unobstructed panoramic view:

We stay here a little while—me and my perfect Lost Lake hike mates— a tour guide and doctor, Brent and Valerie (from New Brunswick who came on the tour) respectively. [Make that double because Jesus is also my tour guide and doctor.]

It’s an awesome serene afternoon filled with sunshine, nature, and forest bathing benefits.

img_8969On the way back to meet the rest of the tour group in The Whistler Village, we see traces of the Olympics. Below is where Austria’s team stayed in 2010.

img_9028There are some refreshing pit stops.

Thank You Lord for this sunshine even if most November 12’s have zero per cent chances of sunshine, according to Brent.

Would have loved to enter the First Nations museum, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.  Our tour, in fact, came with entrance tickets but this day is a Monday, the only day in the week they are closed. Hope I can visit this next time, Lord willing.

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img_9054Here’s a fire hydrant surrounded by frosted stones and ground cover leaves img_9051We head back to the village as we prepare for our next stop.

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