Living in Vancouver, the temptation to get away for a few days of skiing and snowboarding in nearby Whistler is ever present during the winter months. It’s only a 90-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, and just slightly longer from Vancouver International Airport. Whistler Blackcomb resort is consistently rated as one of the top ski resorts in the world, and even with its après caché, Whistler ski resort remains a super choice for your family’s next winter holiday.
What to Do
Whistler Kids – You’re at a ski resort – go skiing! Or at least enroll the kids in a ski or snowboard lesson program with Whistler Kids. Offering experienced ski instructors and programs for all ages and ski abilities, you can choose one day private lessons, or a week’s worth of group Adventure Camps. And if you need to brush up your skiing or boarding skills, this is the place.
Coca-Cola Tube Park – Seven lanes of icy, speedy fun awaits at this fabulous snow tubing playground. The lanes are 1,000′ long, and smaller kids can enter the shorter kids-only lane halfway down a run. Parents and kids can link up their tubes and fly down the runs together in a family-friendly adrenalin rush
The Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre – A stunning, multi-media showcase of Squamish and Lilwat culture, heritage and history. Located within easy walking distance of Whistler Village and most hotels. Guided tours of the Centre are offered by Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors.
The Core Climbing Centre – If the kids still have energy after a day’s worth of skiing, check out Whistler’s indoor/outdoor fitness facility, located in the Village. The Core offers climbing lessons (& child-minding) for the kids, as well as a children’s “Climb & Dine” evening (dinner included) for 2-3 hours, allowing parents a precious dinner evening to themselves.
Meadow Park Sports Centre – Every hotel has a pool, but if you’re staying in a condo or rented house, or just want a change of pace, travel just a few kilometers north to this sports centre for hours of swimming family fun. Amenities include; indoor kids pool (with a lazy river), lap pool, hot tub, steam room and fitness facilities. Great for all ages, with a reasonable family entrance fee.
Where to Stay
There is absolutely no shortage of accommodation options in Whistler. One to five star hotels, condos, townhouses, timeshares, and log cabins are available to book or rent. We’ve picked some of our own personal favorites here. For more detailed information and to check availability dates, visit the Whistler Blackcomb website.
If you live in BC or in the Pacific Northwest and want to book a holiday just two weeks prior to arrival, check out Whistler Blackcomb’s Last Minute Hotel Deals to score some major savings.
Where to Dine
Even if you have a kitchen in your hotel room or rental condo, it’s always nice to go out for dinner and enjoy a bite to eat in Whistler Village. Here are some of our tried & tested family favorites, all within easy walking distance in the main village.
21 Steps – Tasty menu of appetizer-portion dishes with a funky, relaxed atmosphere. Offers a children’s menu, with some added goodies like ribs & steak & mashed potatoes. A lounge-like “Attic” is upstairs for drinks and quieter meals.
Purebread – A truly amazing selection of sweet and savory baked goods will greet you at this bustling bakery near the Olympic rings playground. Add some Stumpton coffee and you’ll be hitting the slopes again, with energy to spare!
Caramba! – Great place for the family. Features pizza from a wood-burning oven, as well as pasta and meat dishes. Reasonably priced, and the wood oven can be quite entertaining for the kids.
Sachi Sushi – Our favorite sushi spot in the Village. Sachi is a local favorite, and is super family friendly with quick service, high chair and booster seats. They specialize in a sashimi dish called Zuke (pronouced Zoo-keh), of tuna, salmon and lightly grilled Ahi tuna in a special marinade. Incredible!
Crepe Montagne – An authentic French Creperie in Whistler. Offering sweet and savoury crepes, as well as apres-ski favorites like cheese fondue and raclette. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bon Appetit!
Sushi Village – One of Whistler’s favourite sushi restaurant. Centrally located in the Village and very kid-friendly. Fine, fresh fish, and sake margaritas for the adults. Their soy-wrapped sushi is a tasty speciality of the house.
Credits: C. Laroye
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