The best way to see BC’s expansive landscapes, summer hiking is a must when visiting Whistler. The beautiful snow covered peaks turn into wildflower edged mountain trails, while frozen lakes melt into crystal clear alpine run-offs perfect for a quick — albeit chilly — dip. No matter who you’re traveling with, there is a hike for you and your endurance level. And don’t forget the camera- these views are worthy of an Instagram hall of fame.

Here are 5 of our favorite summer hikes that add a healthy dose of outdoor goodness to any Whistler itinerary:

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Family Approved/ Stroller Ready

Lost Lake Park is perfect for the families who are still traveling with a stroller. An easy hike with mountain and lake views at a lower elevation, it’s a perfect 3 mile loop to get outside without venturing too far from town.

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Wildflowers and Views

Late July is the perfect time for a wildflower hike, when most of the trails are finally snow-free. The 5.8 mile High Note Trail is one of our favorites, featuring stunning views of Overlord Glacier, Cheakamus Lake, Black Tusk, and dozens of overgrown wildflower fields in a beautiful coastal color palate.

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Hidden Lakes and Alpine Solitude

One of the classic Whistler trails, the heart-pumping Rainbow Lake hike through rain forests and over creeks isn’t for the casual city walker. After three hours of varied terrain, bio-zones, and elevation, you’ll reach picturesque Rainbow Lake Basin. About 5-6 hours round-trip, campers looking for even more solitude can hike a bit further to reach Hanging Lake, a hidden gem in Whistler’s wilderness.

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Glacier Hikes and Adrenaline Rushes

If you arrive in early summer make sure to experience a glacier hike with a little snow under your feet. For true canyoneers, they also have a Via Ferrata guided tour for year-round rock climbing adventures up the steep Whistler Peak.

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Waterfalls Galore

There are at least six waterfalls in Whistler, ranging from 98 to 1099 feet high (way more massive than Niagara!). Some can easily be seen with a quick hike but others are a bit more off the beaten path and take several hours, appearing like a mirage out of the expansive landscape.