Hiking the Ancient Cedars Trail
At the base of Cougar Mountain in Whistler there is a little pocket of giant trees called The Ancient Cedars. After living here for 10+ years, I went there for the first time last fall. It's not a very well known spot, and the few times I've hiked there this year, there hasn't been another person on the trail. If you're in the area and are looking for a short scenic hike (5km round trip) that's quiet, peaceful + beautiful, this would be a good place to go.
I was surprised to see trees this big in the valley. If you can time your hike with the sun setting, it's pretty magical. Drive north from Whistler to the Cougar Mountain turn off (just past Emerald Estates), and follow the dirt road to a well marked parking area, and head up the trail to spend some time with the Ancients.
There's a beautiful view point along the way.. perfect for a lunch or dinner, and the trail is dog friendly to boot. Interpretive signs will give you some more info on the forest when you reach the Ancient Cedar site. Enjoy!