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
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
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
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
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!
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