Pemberton Hiking in the Summer
Whether you're a local or just a visitor to Pemberton, the many hiking trails in the valley are a fantastic way to pass the time in spring or summer. The vast array of trails are great for people of all ages to enjoy at a slower pace, and some of the best walking trails are right in the centre of Pemberton! While Whistler has a nice trail system of its own, heading out to Pemberton will provide you with an environment that is quiet, adventurous, and closer to nature while still providing you with the comfort of staying in the town limits.
Don't know where to start? Check out 'The 5 Best Hikes in the Pemberton Area'.
One Mile Lake
Right in the middle of Pemberton is one of the easier walks the area has to offer. Fully constructed and wheelchair accessible, the boardwalk circles picturesque One Mile Lake. The beach front offers an area for children to play, and the Pemberton Canoe Association boathouse has rental boats to enjoy after your walk. Be sure to also stop by the newly built One Mile Lake Nature Centre and experience the "important components of British Columbia natural history with a particular emphasis on cultural heritage." If you are feeling like heading out further, there is a connector trail that will lead you through the woods over to Nairn Falls Provincial Park.
Nairn Falls is located just a 5 minute drive south of Pemberton, just off Highway 99. This is an easy hike and perfect for families with younger children.At the trailhead you will find a parking lot, picnic takes and the Nairn Fall Campground. The trail follows the Green River and you will stroll through the forest.
Nairn Falls is home to some very special wildlife - look out for the rubber boa snake! This snake is the smallest of the boa constrictor family and its average length is only 45 cm (18 inches). These snakes look like big brown or grey worms, so if you are lucky enough to see one, make sure you don't disturb it. The trail goes up to the Nairn Falls waterfall which is spectacular.
The trail is actually a dedicated mountain bike trail but in recent years hikers and mountain runners have used it to gain access to the top of Signal Hill. The trail is easily accessed from One Mile Lake or from the Village of Pemberton using the One Mile connector. The hike can take about 1.5 hours for a round-trip. The trail is fairly easy to navigate but be sure to take a good pair of hiking boots or solid running shoes.
The big payoff of this hike is the lookout point on top of Signal Hill. From here you can look over the Village of Pemberton and take in some amazing views of the majestic Pemberton Meadows.
Check out walking and hiking adventures in or near the Village of Pemberton!
One of the most popular hikes around the Pemberton area is the hike to Joffre Lake. Looking for something to do this weekend, why not check it out? Learn more about hiking Joffre Lakes!
Photo Credit: Dave Steers