Skip to content

Best Itineraries for Whistler with Kids

Whistler offers a gorgeous location for family travel – no matter the season. With sweeping mountain views in Canada’s British Columbia, the city is an exceptional backdrop for winter skiing, summer hiking, and everything in between! Plus, a cute, pedestrian city center gives Whistler a posh European vibe, so kids will feel like they’ve entered a mysterious faraway land. Learn more about the city at the Audain Art Museum while you’re in town, for example, or take children to Shannon Falls to enjoy nature. But to appreciate everything Whistler has to offer, a little planning is necessary. To help you out on your next trip, we’ve compiled this list of the best itineraries for vacationing in Whistler with kids. Start planning the perfect Whistler holiday for your family today!

How to make the most of 24 hours in Whistler in the summer with kids by Vancouver is Awesome

Website snapshot- kids by Vancouver is Awesome

Families traveling to Whistler for the day are in for a truly marvelous summer experience! Full of natural beauty, the town is a great place to connect and enjoy the great outdoors during the warmer months. Written by Lindsay for Vancouver is Awesome, this kid-centered itinerary is full of recommendations for a great day trip or overnight to Whistler. Spend a day exploring the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, where kids can learn more about the area’s indigenous history. Or, visit the Audain Art Museum, which showcases an extensive collection of regional art and even hosts finger-painting classes on Sundays. And, though it’s more popular in the winter, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola still provides a spectacular, panoramic view of Whistler and Backcomb at sunset. When you work up an appetite, you definitely can’t miss the poutine at Beacon! Read more here

2 Day Itinerary for a Super Scenic Drive from Vancouver to Whistler by For Two, Please

Website snapshot- Whistler by For Two, Please

Looking to drive from Vancouver to Whistler? Cat and Kev have you covered! This itinerary is chocked full of amazing activities on the way to Whistler and even more for when you get there. Check out the Alpine Theater for a quick video that gives kids an introduction to Whistler and Backcomb, and then you can take the gondola do the Skyracker Cloud Bridge, a suspended structure not for the faint of heart! If you’re more of the adventure type, Cat and Kev also recommend hiking Shannon Falls, a non-steep area perfect for the little ones. Other suggestions include the Sea to Sky Gondola, for an amazing view, Brandywine Falls to visit Whistler’s stunning waterfall, Rainbow Park on Atla Lake, and so much more! Whistler is stunning, no matter the season, and this itinerary helps your outdoor dreams come true!  Read more here.

72 Hours in Whistler – For Families by Tim for Whistler Blackcomb

Website snapshot -  Whistler Blackcomb

If you only have 72 hours in Whistler, this is a great itinerary for travelers who need extreme details and suggestions when planning! Writing for Whistler Backcomb, Tim includes a lot of great information about traveling to Whistler and tips for travel, like where to stop for snacks (a must when traveling with kids!). Above all, Tim suggests comfortable shoes for all the trekking you’ll be doing! Spend a fun-filled day at Whistler’s Outdoor Water Park soaking up the sun and splashing, an adventure for adults and kids alike. Or, for a different view of the city, save some time to ride the Backcomb Gondola around the Alpine loop, an amazing photo opportunity! When you’re hungry, Tim recommends the Roundhouse Lodge’s family-friendly Mountain Top Summer Feast. Once you’re done with the mountains, head to mainland Whistler to find a shopper’s paradise. Nearby, you’ll also Family Adventure Zone, where kids can entertain themselves with some Nintendo. Tim also includes information on great family accommodations, special summer events, and dining recommendations! Read more here.

5 Days At Whistler: A Family Ski Trip Guide by Lead for To the Mountains Blog

Website snapshot- Lead for To the Mountains

Looking to maximize on a winter visit to Whistler? Gloria’s itinerary is a great place to start planning! She provides incredible tips for hitting the slopes, like which hotel is most convenient to stay at and what supplies to pack. In her itinerary, she suggests dropping the kids off at Creekside Snow School, which will take them to explore nearby areas like the Enchanted Woods. The next day, the whole family can convene and show off their skills at the Coca Cola Tubing Park, an adrenaline-pumping adventure through the snow! At the Magic Castle, kids can also kill a little time in the playground, complete with a giant slide! When it’s time to eat, try Chic Pea Hut, which serves flatbread sandwiches on an open sundeck. Gloria’s other recommendations include ziplining and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.  Read more here.

No matter the outdoor activity of choice for your family, Whistler has it in spades. We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of best itineraries for vacationing in Whistler with kids! 

If you’re a blogger who would like to be included in this post or write a guest post for Families Love Travel, please email us at

Popular Reads
Family posing in front of castle in Sintra Portugal
Portugal Family Vacation Itinerary

Portugal is a great trip with kids! Our Portugal family vacation itinerary allowed us to see all of the beautiful Read more

boy with his dad pointing Baldlands National Parat
5-Day Family-Friendly Itinerary for Badlands National Park

Gather your family together for a memorable meander through the jetting, dusty rock formations sprawled across Badlands National Park! Located Read more

kid and dad with snow tube
Fantastic Three-Day Montreal Itinerary with Kids

From cobblestone streets in the charming Old Town to bohemian shops in Le Plateau, there’s enough to keep all ages Read more

Grandma and kid sitting facing the fountain in Seattle, Washington.
3 Fantastic Days in Seattle with Kids

Take your next adventure with kids with help from this 3-day Seattle Itinerary For Families! Known for its towering mountains, Read more

Latest Articles

Child hiking trail through Yellowstone National park.

How to Plan a Yellowstone National Park Family Vacation

Everyone knows that Yellowstone National Park makes for a classic family vacation. Strolling the boardwalks...


Beaches Turks & Caicos Review by UK Family

My family and I (husband, two girls ages 8 & 11) have now traveled to...

Family with daughter playing in waves on beach

Best Blogs for Visiting the Cayman Islands with Kids

The Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman is a beautiful and vibrant vacation spot in the Caribbean. Below,...


Travel Gift Ideas

National Park With Kids

Family Travel Tips

Use These 10 Tips For Your Baby’s First Flight

Families Who Love To Travel contributor Meghan Oaks provides her 10 best tips for your...

Boy wearing bowtie playing with magna tiles at New York toy store

10 of the Best Toys for Travel with Little Kids

In our group, we often get questions about keeping little ones occupied in transit, especially...

crusing with baby

Tips for Cruising with a Baby

Cruising is a great option for families with babies who want to relax and not...

Posted in ,

Families Love Travel Team

The Families Love Travel Team has a zest for life and an even bigger passion for globetrotting! Comprised of real-life travel professionals, we work hard behind the scenes to provide dynamic solutions for adventuring with children. Our enthusiastic team understands the challenges that often accompany traveling with kids and is committed to making Families Love Travel an inclusive space to convey these experiences.
Scroll To Top