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Whistler Yurt Weekend Getaway + 3 Dog Friendly Hikes

Hello blogosphere, I’ve missed you. I took a year hiatus and I’m back! Bobo and I did a two night stay glamping in a yurt at the Riverside Resort in Whistler and took full advantage of lots of hiking opportunities in the area. I’m actually pretty impressed with how much we squeezed in! 

When Bobo and I discovered we had a free weekend I somehow managed to snag this last available Yurt only one week in advance. I had stayed at the Riverside Resort last year for my friends bachelorette in one of their cabins and loved it, so was pumped to head back. This time, glamping style in a YURT! I would 100% stay in this yurt again. One tip is that when I saw photos online, it looked like there wasn’t pillows/duvets on the bed so we overpacked by brining our sleeping bags & pillows. Turns out, the beds had sheets, blankets & pillows, so we didn’t need our own stuff. 

We had Jack with us so we were pretty limited on the hikes we were allowed to do since Garibaldi, Wedgmount Lake & now Joffre lakes are a no dog zone. We did three new hikes though which was awesome! Loved the new scenery. The three hikes: Brohm Lake Tantalus Viewpoint trail, the base of Brandywine Falls & Brandywine Meadows. This article is titled “Dog friendly hikes”, however, if you plan to hike the base of Brandywine falls be prepared that there is one steep area which we had to carry Jack down. Other than that, it was fine! 

Our 3 Day Whistler Hiking Itinerary 

Friday

  • Drive up from Vancouver
  • Grabbed groceries 
  • Brohm Lake Hike

Saturday

  • Base of Brandywine Falls Hike
  • Alexander Falls
  • Callaghan Valley 
  • Alta Lake (swimming)
  • Green Lake (walk)
  • Whistler Alpine Cafe (dinner)
  • Whistler Village for Free Concert (Too Many Zooz played and they were awesome)

Sunday

  • Green Mustache Cafe
  • Whistler Alpine Cafe

The Base of Brandywine Falls Trail

You can read directions on all the popular hiking blogs, to sum it up, when you get to the viewing platform of the falls, keep going. There will be a second platform where you can view Diasy lake. Go beyond the fence and keep heading east along the edge of the cliff (not too close though, just don’t read north into the forest). You’ll reach the part where you have go down a steep area. There is a rope here, however, we didn’t need it. I went down first then Bobo passed me Jack. Once you get to the bottom you walk along all the boulders at the bottom. There are markers along the trail too. On the way in, we went into the forest which is a less direct route & where I bailed. I wouldn’t recommend  - the boulder path is surprisingly easier (we took this route on the way out). You’ll eventually get to a part where the trail does go into the forest. You will pass a bear cave. We didn’t see/hear a bear, I was hella scared though. Bobo read online that there wasn’t a bear in it last year so I assumed we were good, or else I wouldn’t have done the hike. 

Callaghan Valley 

I loved exploring this area of Whistler. I had never been to it before and had no idea Alexander Falls even existed. There were only a few cars in the parking lot and wayyyyyy less touristy then Brandywine falls. The viewing platform for the falls is right in the parking lot so you don’t need to hike anywhere. We saw on google maps there was some hiking around Callaghan Lake with the opportunity for grizzly bear spotting (can’t say I would get out of my car if we made it). We started to go up the logging road to the lake but it got sketchy for lame prius. JK, love my prius, it’s just lame for off roading, haha. 

We talked to a couple in the parking lot of Alexander Falls (they had a 4WD Nisson SUV so assumed they may have done it before). They essentially said there’d no way in hell the prius would make it, lol. There’s steep areas and high rocks which is why you need a high clearance vehicle plus you go through streams/rivers. 

Brandywine Meadows 

My car, along with a bunch of other sedans, did not even make it to the lower level parking lot, lol. If you make it to the lower level parking lot, you can take a direct & steep climb up the mountain. It should be a 6.5km & 550m elevation gain hike. We however, took the logging roads up the entirety of this hike. It was 17.5km & 750m in elevation gain. It took us probably 5-6 hours to complete?! If you have a 4WD SUV/Truck/Jeep, you can make it to the upper parking lot and the hike is hella easy from there (less than 3km roundtrip for sure).  IMPORTANT: BRING BUG SPRAY!! I have 9 mosquito bites one knee cap alone. As soon as you stop moving, the mosquitos swarm you and it’s very unpleasant. When you watch the video above you’ll see Bobo dancing around - that’s to stop the mosquitos lol. Overall this hike was stunning. There was STUNNING views of mount brew & mount fee from the logging road which I don’t think we would have gotten had we take the direct path up. Oh and be aware the the logging road doesn’t offer any protection from the sun, so wear lots of sunscreen/hats/ even long sleeves. 

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Galiano Island // VIDEO

I'm a little late to the game in posting this footage but better late then never, right?! Bobo, Jack and I went to Galiano for the first time back in February for the Family Day long weekend. The weather was glorious and I can't wait to go back and explore more in the summer! Below is the breakdown of where we went and the Airbnb that we stayed in! Claim your $50 Airbnb credit here.

1- Bodega Ridge Hike

2- Montague Harbour Provincial Park

3- Bellhouse Provincial Park

4- Airbnb (Trish was an amazing host!)

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Joffre Lakes Hike & Nairn Falls Camping

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If you're popping by my blog to check hear about the conditions of the trail for Joffre lakes with the snow because you're interested in doing it, I have two pieces of advice for you: 1. DO IT 2. BRING BOOTS OR SHOES WITH GRIP. I did the hike my nike runners with zero grip and was either skiing down in my runners or bailing, exactly 14 times on the way on the way down to be precise (surprisingly no bruising today, weeooooop!). It took us 4 hours round trip to get to upper Joffre lake which was still 90% frozen over. We passed a few people on the way up who warned us about the lake and they had fallen in (to their knees), so just be careful on how far out you go out, it was really warm up top so the snow is melting fast. If you plan to hike this only once this year I'd recommend doing it later in the season is you want to see the Kool-Aid blue water. The snow is stunning but that glacier water is something else. If y