How to Enjoy Epic Fun in Whistler with Kids

Whistler Ski Resort is a perfect choice for family fun in winter. Tips on what to do, where to stay, and where to dine in Whistler, British Columbia.

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. Here’s how to enjoy epic fun in Whistler with kids.

Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia is a perfect choice for family fun in winter. How to enjoy epic fun in Whistler with kids.

Hitting the slopes on Blackcomb Mountain

Whistler with Kids

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.

Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia is a perfect choice for family fun in winter. How to enjoy epic fun in Whistler with kids.

Whistler’s Westin Hotel at dusk. Credit: Mike Crane

Where to Stay in Whistler with Kids

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 in Whistler with Kids

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.

Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia is a perfect choice for family fun in winter. How to enjoy epic fun in Whistler with kids.

Cupcake sushi at Sachi Sushi, Whistler Village

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

What are some of your favorite things to see, do and eat in Whistler? Share your comment below.

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17 Comments

  • Hi Claudia!

    Great post on Whistler. This was our first international ski destination and and we all loved it. We couldn’t believe all there is to do there – it’s enormous! One of our favorites though was the Sunday night Fire and Ice show where the freestyle skiers jump and flip through the flaming hoops. It was CRAZY! So cool for the kids.

    Hope you and your family can hit the slopes again this winter!

    Carrick

    • Claudia says:

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed such a fantastic time in Whistler! You’re right, there is so much to do there – it’s incredible. Thanks for the comments Carrick!

  • The snow tubing playground sounds especially fun! I’d love to go there as an adult. 😉

  • That tube park sounds sooo fun! We have a couple in the Rocky Mountains here in Alberta and they’re one of my favourite activities.

  • Aleah says:

    Seems like there’s a lot of things to do in Whistler if you have kids. If I were a kid, I would definitely go skiing. So nice to go speeding down the slopes or go to the snow tubing playground. I’m sure the lazy river would be a hit, too!

  • Nice! I love family ski trips. We would definitely love staying at the Westin, looks lovely. The tube park is more my speed!

  • Kiyoko says:

    I’m not much into skiing or snowboarding, but it still sounds like they have loads to do even if that’s not your thing! The tube park sounds fun though, and I would love to learn how to rock climb and then just relax on that lazy river!

  • Yasha says:

    When we traveled in Canada 10 years ago, we thought it looked like a really nice place. It sounds like it’s also very kid-friendly. A great place for a family holiday in the snow.

  • Jas says:

    Sachi Sushi is my absolute favorite in Whistler!!! Maybe one of my fave sushi places in BC even. Will definitely have to try the Zuke next time I visit. Great list of suggestions, thanks for sharing!!!

    • Claudia says:

      It’s one of our favourites too. Such amazing sushi and great service. Glad you enjoyed the tips!

  • Christine says:

    I’ve never been in Whistler but it’s on my list! Good to know the place is also kids friendly and that cup cake sushi looks delish!

  • Christopher says:

    Beautiful Whistler. Its been too long since I was last here. I remember I have a pen pal from high school and she was from BC. I went to whistler to go visit her and I remember how beautiful it was. I was swimming in a lake and skiing in the mountains in the same week!!!

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