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If you're interested in exploring your surroundings but don't want to trek to Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, consider visiting the Valley Trail. This paved, pedestrian-only pathway stretches more than 25 miles. Its convenient location by the Sea-to-Sky Highway makes it easy to reach from Whistler Village, but its lake views and easy-to-traverse boardwalk are what woo active travelers who want to hike, run, bike or rollerblade during the warmer months. Some sections of the trail are also open in winter for fat biking (or mountain biking on snow) and cross-country skiing.

Past visitors appreciated this trail's mostly flat terrain and variety of routes, adding that the northeastern section to Green Lake is especially beautiful. However, a few travelers got lost while on the Valley Trail, so you may want to download Tourism Whistler's Whistler Hiking and Biking Map or pick one up from the visitor center or your hotel before visiting. Also, remember to stick to the right side of the path and watch for bears, which occasionally cross the trail.

The Valley Trail, including its restrooms and picnic areas, is free to access 24 hours a day. Small parking lots are available at some points along the trail, but the easiest way to reach the path is to walk or bike from Whistler Village. If you do not bring your own bike, you can rent one by the hour or day from a local hotel or Whistler bicycle shop like Evolution Whistler and Fanatyk Co Ski & Cycle. Bikes can be reserved in-person, by phone or online using Tourism Whistler's bike rental search portal. For additional information about the Valley Trail, check out Tourism Whistler's website.

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