Whistler for Families

Whistler for Families

Whistler is a mountain resort, a magical place for a family vacation with things to do for everyone from toddlers to grandparents, and amenities that make traveling with a family a breeze. Browse the tabs below to see why this is a place that families return to year after year.

The Whistler Insider - Seasonal Tips and Family Adventures

Whistler: Designed with Families in Mind

When you stay in Whistler, you will realise how convenient it is for family groups. The pedestrian-only Village Stroll extends from the ski lifts at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains through the Village. Everything you need can be found here - shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, rental shops, cinemas and more.

Family-Friendly Hotels and Accommodation

Every family has different needs, and Whistler has a wide range of accommodation options for all budgets. Self-catering condo, large hotel room or a whole house for rent? No problem.

Family-Friendly Deals and Great Value

Book early to secure the accommodation and activities you want for your family, at the best rates.

Award-Winning Whistler

Whistler has been recognised as a great destination for families - here are a couple of recent awards relevent to family travelers:

  • 2013: Trekaroo’s Top Picks for Where Your Family Should Be Heading in 2014 (Trekaroo)
  • 2013: Top Family Hotels in Canada - #1 Four Seasons Resort Whistler, #2 Fairmont Chateau Whistler, #10 Westin Resort & Spa (Travel + Leisure)
  • 2013: Best International Family Ski Resort: Whistler Blackcomb (Out & About with Kids Readers Choice Awards, Australia)
  • View more Awards and Recognition for Whistler

Things to Do in Whistler

Located in the mountains, Whistler provides endless opportunities for families to spend time together, or go separate ways and try activities that suit their individual interests.

Winter Family Vacations

Whistler's consistent and reliable snowfall makes things easy for planning winter vacations. Whistler Blackcomb is well known for incredible skiing and snowboarding, featuring two massive mountains with terrain to suit all ages and abilities.

But there is more to winter here than sliding on snow, with many other ways for families to get out and experience the best of Canada in wintertime. Pick and choose your winter activities from snowshoeing and sleigh rides, cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating and more.

Learn more about visiting in winter with family.

Summer Family Vacations

Summertime in the mountains has to be experienced to be believed. Warm sunshine and long days create the perfect conditions for being active outdoors, and in Whistler you and your family can explore from high in the alpine to lakes, beaches and forests of the valley.

Each day is an opportunity for a new excursion - take a hike together, pedal the paved Valley Trail or paddle canoes through Whistler's gently winding waterways. For the adventurous, activities like ATV tours, ziplining and the world-famous Whistler Bike Park may be of interest.

Learn more about visiting in summer with family.

Events and Entertainment

For the times you aren't out and about exploring, Whistler's busy Event Calendar is sure to provide entertainment for kids and kids-at-heart in your family. Free outdoor concerts in the summertime, markets, Family Après on winter evenings, festivals for children and lively street entertainment throughout the Village - it's easy to keep everyone amused when there is so much going on.

Indoor Activities, Arts and Culture

Occasionally, everyone needs a break from adventuring. There are plenty of ways to chill out indoors and add a cultural and educational element to a holiday. Enjoy the change of pace and a retreat from the weather outside.

Child Care and Youth Programs

It is well known that parents deserve a little time by themselves now and again. In Whistler there are various services and camps that allow kids and parents to take a break from each other.

Whistler Kids Childcare

Designed for parents who would like to go skiing, whose kids are too small to go into ski school with three drop-off locations and complimentary pagers for your peace of mind. Learn more and book childcare with Whistler Kids.

Teddy Bear Daycare

Teddy Bear Daycare is a licensed childcare located inside Millennium Place in Whistler Village. While the venue specializes in long-term childcare for local families, daily drop-ins are available.

  • Daycare accepts children age 30 months to 5 years old
  • Full or half day options available
  • Food is not provided, please supply lunch and snacks
  • Daily activities may include nature walks, sightseeing, arts and crafts, water activities and more

Please call 1.604.905.2496 for more information

Babysitting Whistler

Babysitting Whistler are based in Whistler Village and offer a range of services for families with children, year-round. Nannies and baby sitters are available to come to your accommodation during the day and in the evening.

  • Newborns to 14 years of age
  • Babysitting services include indoor and outdoor activities that vary depending on the season
  • Children's party activities and supplies
  • Baby equipment rentals

More information

Youth and Teen Programs

The following are a selection of youth programs available in Whistler.

Family Day in Whistler, BC - February Long Weekend

In February every year British Columbia celebrates Family Day. Plan ahead and take your family to Whistler for the long weekend to ski, snowboard and play in the snow. Whistler businesses get into the psirit with special family-friendly discounts and offers.

More information about Family Day.

Families on Holiday in Whistler

Call 1.800.WHISTLER (944.7853) to speak with a local travel consultant