While snow skiing may be the most popular winter activity in Whistler, there are many other things to do in Whistler with kids beside skiing & snowboarding. Whistler offers plenty of things to do for the whole family. Here are the most popular family friendly activities in the wintertime:
Family Peak to Peak
One great way to begin your Whistler family vacation is to take a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. For an Alpine experience like no other, this eleven-minute ride that will take you from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb is a great way to get a spectacular view of the area from over 1,000 feet in the air. And you don’t need skis on your feet to ride it! Try the glass bottom gondola for an ultimate sightseeing experience. Your kids will be thrilled!
Ziptrekking is probably one of the most exciting things to do in Whistler with kids. The tour offers several two- to three-hour eco-tours, which include multiple ziplines, suspension and aerial bridges; and treetop viewing platforms. Designed or the entire family, Ziptrek Treetreck tour brings you a fulfilled experience of the beautiful Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Suspended high above the ground surrounded by the Hemlock, Fir and Cedar trees that make up the beautiful ancient forest, explore the ground below while navigating a series of suspension bridges that cross the magnificent Fitzsimmons Creek. The perfect journey for the whole family, guided tours will take you on an ecology-based journey. If your kids are younger, you might want to try the Bear Tour at first.
Snowshoeing at your own pace
For the tranquil families who’d rather take in the magnificent scenery of the Coastal Rainforest from the ground, a snowshoe expedition is a great bonding option. Embark on an adventure through the ancient woods along an old trapper’s path, sampling healing teas from plants that grow along the Medicine Trail. Enjoy a moonlit hike through the old-growth to the Callaghan Cookout around the campfire, just like the cowboys.
Have a blast at Whistler Blackcomb Tube Park
An exhilarating activity that both kids and adults are guaranteed to love is to be found at the Coca Cola Tube Park located at the base of Blackcomb mountain. Eight 1000-ft lanes that are suited for three different skill levels are offered, and the best part is that the tube park is open even after the ski lifts close for the day. A play area, a fire pit, and snack station add to the fun.
There are many things to do in Whistler with kids that worth exploring: charge out on snowmobiles and experience the rugged wilderness through deep powder. A Whistler Snowmobile Tour is an excellent way to discover awe-inspiring landscapes together, and is perfect for all levels of rider with tours from 2.5 to 7 hours. Tour into the remote backcountry of Callaghan Valley making paths through fresh snow, or ride your sled up to an enchanting dining venue at 6,000 feet for a family fondue evening.
Things to do with with kids in Whistler in the summer/spring
The winter is obviously legendary for the skiing and snowboarding at North America’s best ski resort. But when the flowers bloom and the weather is fine, Whistler takes on a whole new approach to outdoor fun. It’s still the classic energetic mountain town that’s made it world-famous, but the crowds are smaller and the vibe is positive. Whether you’re looking to get active or just hang out and enjoy the day, Whistler Summer is the perfect opportunity for a family getaway. Here are the most popular family friendly TO DO’s in the sunny season:
One of the most beautiful things to do in Whistler on a sunny day is to hike the Coastal Mountains. Who can resist a hike or a walk to Whistler mountain and parks, with its streaming streaming waterfalls, crystal lakes and rugged backcountry in Whistler mountains. Whether you prefer a day trip or overnight camping, booking a vacation in Whistler will guarantee once-in-a-lifetime scenery.
Experience an exciting horseback family adventure in the Whistler mountains exploring like our forefathers. Enjoy incredible mountain views and stunning waterfalls while traveling to places best reached on horseback! A horseback riding tour makes an excellent bonding to your family Whistler vacation and will show you spots on the mountains you never knew existed.
Challenge your kids on a bike riding session on the backcountry trails with an expert guide who knows the terrain better than anyone. Your experienced mountain bike tour guide will see that you’re suited up with the appropriate gear and provide a safe and exhilarating ride through some of Whistler’s most infamous bike trails. These Whistler guided bike tours are an excellent way to spend your days with your family and a great way to see some of the surrounding areas only reachable by mountain bike.
4X4 Jeep Tour
For an ultimate adventure, pack your family and take them on a memorable exciting adventure into the Whistler mountains riding in a rugged 4×4 Jeep. Enjoy incredible mountain views, stunning lakes, and waterfalls while traveling to places you never thought a vehicle could go! Choose from glacier safari adventure to a delicious tour including a wild cedar planked salmon. This tour makes an excellent addition to your Whistler vacation and will show you spots on the mountains you never knew existed. Lakes & rivers Weather depending, canoe, kayak, river raft, swim or on Whistler’s numerous lakes and rivers. Fish in pristine freshwater for steelhead, trout and salmon.
Explore The River of Golden Dreams
Try the family friendly Peddle/Paddle Tour on the River of Golden Dreams! This tour is the only “Lake to Lake” tour in Whistler that takes you on a guided or unguided canoe or a kayak tour from Alta Lake to Green Lake. Tours depart daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm and take about 3 hours. Whether you go on a guided tour or unguided tour depends on how experienced you are. Recommended is a guided tour as the water levels always change and therefore the difficulty level. As for the guided tours there are two options as well. The private guided tour takes you on a trip where you share a canoe or kayak with your guide. This tour is great for those who are trying kayaking for the first time or are looking for a more relaxing nature trip. The second option is to have the guide accompanying your kayak or canoe in their own boat. This tour option is great for people that have some experience, but are either not at the ability level to do a tour all by themselves or want to learn more about canoeing techniques and the flora and fauna that the Whistler area has to offer. Swim vests will be provided and have to be worn, but the chances to actually tip and land in the water are tiny. In such a case your guide will be your hero as they have everything ready like a towel and a second set of dry clothing. Whatever tour you choose, you will experience the magnificent beauty of the sparkling water and have breath-taking views up to the mountains surrounding the Whistler valley. See a complete list of activities in Whistler HERE.