Squamish, Whistler and the Sea-To-Sky corridor offer a wide variety of world-class trail and mountain running. From lush old-growth forests to technical ridges, there's a run for you no matter your level of experience.
Here are some of the best trail runs in Squamish, Whistler and the Coast Mountains put together by our team.
Exshaw and Lac Des Arcs
Kananaskis - Highway 40
Kananaskis - Smith Dorrien Trail
Banff to Castle JunctionLake Louise to Field
Icefields Parkway - Highway 93 North
Highway 93 South
- Plan that it will take you longer than the same distance on roads or somewhere where the trails are flatter
- Bear Spray: people do encounter bears on trails from time to time. Carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it is a habit you should have if you are going to run in the mountains. Being loud, avoiding using headphones and running in groups is also a great way of reduce wildlife encounters. More details here
- Water/hydration: From bladders and soft flasks to pocket filters (like a Katadyn BeFree), you will want to bring water on runs longer than 60 to 75 minutes. Light running vests like Nathan or Ultimate Direction allow you to carry you phone, water, some food and extra clothes. Keep in mind that you will need more water if you run in the sun on a very hot Summer day.
- Phone or Emergency Satellite Device: Some areas around Squamish get cell reception but you can be really quickly our of range just a few kilometres away from town. Telling a friend or a relative where you’re headed and some sort of ETA for return times can make sure someone is looking for you if something goes wrong. In the backcountry, carrying an emergency satellite messenger like an InReach is recommended.
- Respecting the trails: the trails run through sensitive ecological areas. Please stay on the marked trails and respect trail closures. Practice and educate yourself on "Leave no trace" ethics.
See you on the trails!