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Guide to Whistler for Families

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From leisurely afternoons in the park to flying at high speeds on a ziptrek, Whistler has endless activities for families with kids of all ages. Just a two-hour drive or bus ride from Vancouver — and with stunning landscape and some of the world's largest ski areas — Whistler is an incredible place to spend a family vacation in the summer and winter months. This guide will recommend a full range of leisurely and adventurous activities to help you plan your family trip.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube Park

Other Outdoor Activities

Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams

Water Sports, Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Equipment Hire

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Other Outdoor Activities, Tramways

Family Adventure Zone

Game & Entertainment Centres

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Biking Trails, Sports Complexes, Mountains

The Core

Game & Entertainment Centres, Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms

Creekbread

Restaurants

Nita Lake Lodge

Hotels

Ziptrek Ecotours

Eco Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Meadow Park Sports Centre

Sports Complexes

Mel C's City Tips

  • Tipping is 15% to 20% at restaurants, depending how good you feel the service is.
  • If you have a room with a kitchen, you can save money by buying food at a grocery store in the village and self-catering.
  • If you're not so comfortable driving to Whistler, you can here by shuttle, plane, train, or bus.
  • You can rent a vehicle in Vancouver if you want to drive up to Whistler.
  • Go beyond the main Whistler Village and try local restaurants in the Creekside area.
  • Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube Park
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Mel C Says:

    The tube park is a fantastic place for kids and adults alike. Many adults have been surprised by how fun it is to glide down the snow-covered lanes. There are over 1,000ft of lanes, and there's a conveyor belt to help you get up the hills.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is an hour time limit, so go down as many lanes as you can!
    • There are faster and slower sections, depending on what speed you're comfortable with.
    • Go early before it gets very busy during the high season. Otherwise you could be waiting in a long line.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 84 Outdoor Activities in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good fun but could be set up better 13/04/2018
    • Good fun 08/04/2018
    • Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola Tube Park
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 888-403-4727
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams
    Water Sports, Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Equipment Hire
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    Mel C Says:

    There are several options for kayaking and canoeing on Whistler's famous River of Golden Dreams during the day, but older children may enjoy the 'wildlife at twilight' tour the most. In the early evening, animals are more likely to be active, and on this tour visitors have spotted bears, eagles, raccoons, beavers, and many others. This is a relaxing and fun family activity among nature and under the beautiful stars.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kids under 12 years old get 50% off.
    • You have to book ahead of time by calling the company or booking on the website.
    • The tour is three hours long, so be sure to pack some extra water in case it is a warm evening.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 11 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whistler
    • Great Guide - Too Tough for Us! 26/07/2018
    • River of golden dreams (and some small drama) 19/07/2018
    • Whistler Eco Tours - River of Golden Dreams
    Address:
    4308 Main Street
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-935-4900
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
    Other Outdoor Activities, Tramways
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    Mel C Says:

    One of the many benefits of vacationing in Whistler is that you don't have to snowboard or ski to explore the vast beauty of the mountains. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola connects the top of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, giving you a 360-degree view of lakes, glaciers, and mountain peaks. The gondola holds two world records for having the longest free span between ropeway towers and the highest point above ground.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website to see the latest hours of operation, as they change depending on the seasons.
    • There are several dining options on the top of each mountain, so have a meal with a stunning view before getting back on the gondola.
    • In the summer, you can add the Mountain Top BBQ buffet dinner to your Peak 2 Peak ticket on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.
    • You can ride the special gondola with a glass bottom to get a better view of the forests.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 Transportation in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something completly different. 12/12/2018
    • Amazing Experience! 12/12/2018
    • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 888-403-4727
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Family Adventure Zone
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Mel C Says:

    Kids can easily be entertained from a few hours to a whole day at the Family Adventure Zone. Located in the upper village, the play area offers plenty of activities, including rides, go carts, bouncy castles, and mini golf. There are also shops and restaurants around the area to break up the playtime.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • The more adventurous kids will love the addictive bungee trampolines.
    • If you're at the park on a Sunday, you can check out the weekly farmer's market.
    • Join in the fun with your kids and try the Westcoaster Luge, a 315-meter track that slides down the mountain.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 17 Fun & Games in Whistler
    • Fun Afternoon! 09/09/2018
    • Fun afternoon-but bring lots of $$$ 06/08/2018
    • Family Adventure Zone
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 800-766-0449
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park
    Biking Trails, Sports Complexes, Mountains
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    Mel C Says:

    The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is considered the world's number one lift-accessed downhill bike park. The variety of runs can accommodate all riders and there are fantastic lessons and bike camps with certified coaches for kids and adults. Programs range from drop-ins to week-long sessions for all levels of riders.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Biking 101 program is great for teens or adults who are trying downhill biking for the first time.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best! 12/12/2018
    • MTB in Whistler - Highlight of the Trip 01/12/2018
    • Whistler Mountain Bike Park
    Address:
    4545 Blackcomb Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 800-766-0449
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Core
    Game & Entertainment Centres, Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms
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    Mel C Says:

    If you want to drop the kids off somewhere that will keep them busy, then The Core is the perfect place for the summer and winter seasons. It's right in the center of the village and there are camp programs during both seasons that take kids on a variety of activities, including indoor climbing, tree-top adventures, and tubing at the park. Meanwhile, the adults can take a variety of fitness classes and use the gym.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • It can be overcrowded from 5pm to 7pm, so it's better to go at a non-peak time to use the facilities and take classes.
    • There is a 'climb and dine' program where kids can get a climbing lesson and a pizza dinner included.
    • If you're a climber with your own gear, bring it with you so you can save some money on rental fees.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 19 Spas & Wellness in Whistler
    • Climb and dine is FANTASTIC 15/11/2018
    • A fun indoor activity 02/07/2018
    • The Core
    Address:
    4010 Whistler Way
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-905-7625
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Creekbread
    Restaurants (Pizza, Canadian)
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    Mel C Says:

    Operating based on a passion for renewing the spirit of everyone who walks through the door, Creekbread is a fantastic place for families. Creekbread uses local and organic ingredients that are freshly prepared, and the open kitchen makes it fun to watch the staff making these delicious pizza creations. There is also local art displayed around the restaurant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are good options for vegetarians and vegans. Be aware that they only sell pizza and salads, which come in good-sized portions.
    • If you eat here on a Tuesday, part of your money will support local charities, service clubs, and athletic teams.
    • If you've got a big appetite, try the Pemberton Potato Pizza.
    • You will have to drive out of the main Whistler Village to get to this restaurant on Creekside, which is a quieter area but has a great atmosphere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 157 restaurants in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best pizza in town! 12/12/2018
    • Great Fun & Pizza! 11/12/2018
    • Creekbread
    Address:
    2021 Karen Cres
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-905-6666
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Nita Lake Lodge
    Hotels
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    Mel C Says:

    If you want a quiet and active time with your family away from the tourists in Whistler Village, then Nita Lake Lodge is the perfect location. Your family can use bicycles and water sport equipment, including canoes and kayaks; and meals at the lodge are packed with flavor and locally sourced ingredients.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a free, on-demand shuttle from the lodge to Whistler Village.
    • Enjoy the spa after a day on the slopes — the outdoor hot tubs are especially lovely at night.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 49 Hotels in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nita Lake Lodge - The Perfect Place to Stay in Whistler 12/12/2018
    • Excellent Romatic stay 11/12/2018
    • Nita Lake Lodge
    Address:
    2131 Lake Placid Road
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B2
    Canada
    Phone:
    1 (604) 262-3240
    Other:
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
    Eco Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Mel C Says:

    Ziptrekking is for the very adventurous families who want to experience speed and stunning views! Ziptrek Ecotours not only provides a world-class ziptrekking experience, but also focuses on educating adventurers about the environment and the rainforest they will overlook from a bird's eye view. Over the course of two hours, ziptrekkers will go on nine tree-top bridges and fly 200ft above the Fitzsimmons Creek waters and the valley that divides the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Kids under 5 years old can ziptrek for free.
    • You can get a better price if you book the tour online in advance.
    • For people who are afraid of heights, there is walking tour called the 'tree trek tour,' where visitors can learn about the ecology of the forest.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 53 Tours in Whistler
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely the Best 11/12/2018
    • Amazing for a little adventure! 11/12/2018
    • Ziptrek Ecotours
    Address:
    4282 Mountain Sq
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-935-0001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Meadow Park Sports Centre
    Sports Complexes
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    Mel C Says:

    If you want to keep active after a day on the slopes, or to keep everyone entertained on a rainy day, the Meadow Park Sports Centre is a great place to go. There are many activities for the adults and kids, including a fitness center, swimming pool, squash court, and public skating rink. After a workout, you can relax in the jacuzzi or steam room.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Zumba is a great dance class to take if you're not so into a formal workout.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 58 things to do in Whistler
    • Fun family park 27/05/2018
    • Definitely one of the better pools I've visited 04/12/2017
    • Meadow Park Sports Centre
    Address:
    8625 Hwy 99
    Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B8
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-935-7529
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
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