Visit the Ancient Cedars

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Added by Emily Haggar

  • Discover a quiet grove of Ancient Cedars just outside of Whistler BC
  • A great short hike (5km round trip)
  • Nice viewpoint, perfect for a picnic lunch or dinner
  • Duration: 1-2 hours

The Sea to Sky area is covered in old growth forest, but few people would expect to find trees of this size in Whistler. The Ancient Cedars Trail is a beautiful hike through breezy sunny forest to a little hidden grove of giant trees, tucked into the side of Cougar Mountain.

If you're looking for a short outing or are a beginner hiker, this would be an excellent choice - you'll get a good taste of the wilderness on a well maintained trail, complete with a great viewpoint and some time with the ancients.

One of the best features of this hike is that barely anyone seems to know it's there. It's still a hidden treasure, and in the height of summer, you'll likely have the place to yourself. Bring the dog, a picnic, and your camera and you'll be set up for a great few hours in this beautiful forest.

If you time it just right, the cedar grove is pure magic just before sunset when the buttery yellow light filters through to the forest below. You'll leave filled with a sense of awe and calm, having spent some time in the presence of 900 year old giants.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water + lunch/snacks
  • Bug repellent in spring
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Backpacking, Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

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Dog Friendly
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Picnic Area

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Added by Emily Haggar

Guided by the belief that we make our own rules when it comes to creating a happy life, I work with entrepreneurs on brand storytelling, design + illustration, while keeping my feet in the mountains day after day.

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