Trip Ideas

Whistler Family Activities

Whistler is all about big mountains and fun stuff for families to experience. Ride a gondola between high peaks, paddle the River of Golden Dreams, or try a treetop canopy walk – and then go for ice cream as you stroll your day away in Whistler Village.


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MAP LEGEND
  1. Whistler Village
  2. Blackcomb Mountain
  3. Whistler Mountain
  4. Whistler Mountain Bike Park
  5. River of Golden Dreams
  6. Rainbow Park

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

The PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, Whistler

Soar like an eagle on the PEAK 2 PEAK , a gondola that glides across the valley between Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. Feeling brave? Catch one of the glass-bottomed gondolas to see just how high up the gondola is.

Ziplining and Treetrek Canopy Walk

Ziptrek Ecotours group at Fitzsimmons Creek near Whistler. Photo Credit: Toshi Kawano

Fly through the air on a zipline, sailing over a forest, a valley and a whitewater creek with Whistler’s Ziptrek Ecotours. Families looking for a little less adrenaline can check out the TreeTrek Canopy Walk: it’s like a huge tree house with bridges and boardwalks high up in the trees.

Biking in Whistler

Mountain Biking in Whistler. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Bring bikes or rent them in the village. At the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, ride a lift to reach more than 50 trails, complete with jump parks and skills centres. Prefer to pedal up? There are another 200km/125 mi of trails surrounding Whistler Village. Or try the indoor Air Dome to watch budding bikers work on stunts and wipe out in a pit full of foam cubes. For a quieter cycling option, follow the pleasant Valley Trail.

Blackcomb Family Adventure Zone

Try the bungy trampoline, the luge ride or the Spin Cycle Human Gyroscope (a huge spinning ball like the one NASA has used to train astronauts). The Blackcomb Family  Adventure Zone has all this and tons more.

Paddling, Hiking and Beaches

River of Golden Dreams, Whistler. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Steve Rogers

Head out on the River of Golden Dreams – it’s smooth paddling all the way. Hiking? Start with the hour-long Alpine Walk from Rendezvous Lodge. For more challenge, make the hour-long trek (or two hour roundtrip) to see wildflowers on the Lakeside Loop trail.

And who knew Whistler had sandy beaches? Bike or rollerblade along the Valley Trail to Rainbow Park on Alta Lake; have a barbecue, go swimming (it’s not that cold!) or play beach volleyball.

Family Friendly Restaurants

There are loads of great family-friendly restaurants in Whistler. Some ideas? Design a burger at Splitz Grill, grab a slice of cheesy goodness at Avalanche Pizza Co., or head to some of the tried-and-true kid favourites like White Spot, Boston Pizza or The Old Spaghetti Factory.

Accommodation

The Aspens on Blackcomb features all-suite accommodation ideal for families, complete with an outdoor heated pool and three hot tubs. Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler offers ski-in, ski-out suites with fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces and complimentary breakfast.

Experience a home nestled in the forest just minutes from Whistler Village at the Horstman House. Enjoy a kids' centre, games room, lounge area and all the comforts of home.

It’s now easier than ever to find kid-friendly spots in Whistler — just look for the new Family Certified icon, a gold star displayed at restaurants, shops, ski runs and more to indicate all-ages fun.

Transportation

Follow the two-hour Sea-to-Sky Highway driving route from Vancouver to Whistler. Cool stops on the way include the Britannia Mine Museum and the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

Like trains? Take the slow route to Whistler on the Rocky Mountaineer Whistler Sea to Sky Climb train from North Vancouver to Whistler. Or go by floatplane: Whistler Air flies from downtown Vancouver to Whistler’s Green Lake in about 30 minutes (May to September). Combine the train and plane for a great round trip. Once in Whistler, it’s easy to get around by foot, bus or bike.