Whistler for Families
Whistler is the perfect place to visit when you're seeking the ultimate family getaway. With family-friendly lodging, amenities and activities galore, you and your kids may never want to leave!
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Many hotels, condos, chalets and townhomes have full-sized, fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes to make eating-in a breeze. There are two grocery stores, centrally located in Whistler Village, that stock everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Most one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites will have an in-suite washer, dryer and dishwasher for your convenience. Some hotels offer complimentary use of cribs, play yards and booster seats, so check with your agent when booking.
Whistler has two babysitting services available, Nannies on Call and Babysitting Whistler, and both offer hourly rates and flexible care. Babysitting Whistler also rents toys, games, cribs, high chairs, strollers and baby backpacks. Baby’s On The Go has cribs, strollers, high chairs and car seats for rent along with indoor and outdoor toys. They feature two Mountain Baby packages and can deliver and install the equipment at your accommodation before your arrival.
Summer in Whistler offers up endless daylight and many ways for your family to play in the sun. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains become an alpine playground for biking, hiking and sightseeing. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers lessons and camps for kids as young as five years old and children aged seven and over can ride with an adult in the park. The PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience is a great way to explore the mountains while taking in the best views of the Coast Mountain Range.
Skiing and snowboarding are just two of the fun family activities Whistler is famous for. With an unending list of adventures on and off the slopes, your kids will be engaged all day in lively outdoor play. Whistler Blackcomb also offers programs for kids of all ages.
The Whistler Public Library has a special children’s area featuring story times, sing-a-longs and other free activities. Meadow Park Recreation Centre is fun for the whole family with an adult pool, kids’ swimming pool with a lazy river, vortex and spouting bears and an ice rink. Skate rentals, helmets and push bars are available. The Core is an indoor climbing and fitness centre right in the heart of Whistler Village. They offer indoor climbing camps and lessons for all ages. The Village 8 movie theatre is perfect for a rainy day matinee. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre celebrates the culture of Whistler’s local Aboriginal people. With interactive displays, craft-making and interesting art and artifacts, this is an ideal educational activity for older children.
Dining and Après
Most Whistler restaurants offer an extensive kids’ menu and children can join their parents for après until 8:00 pm. Whistler Dine In Delivery Service is a Whistler delivery service that will deliver anything to your accommodation. Delivery fees range start at $7.50 for restaurant or liquor orders and delivery usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes. They can even pre-stock your hotel or condo kitchen with grocery items before you arrive.
Whistler for Teens
How do you keep teens and tweens stimulated? Bring them to Whistler! They will love the fresh outdoors and adventure activities available to them all year round. From mountain biking, indoor rock climbing, paintball and skiing/riding to community events, movies and an awesome skateboard park, Whistler has it all.
Whistler Blackcomb’s Ride Tribe is a ski and snowboard school designed just for 13 to 18 year olds. Their teen pros provide an unforgettable and energizing mountain experience.