There is an abundance of fun things to do in Whistler over the summer, and if you’re bringing kids, there’s no need to stress about finding activities that are best for your little ones! We've compiled a list of all the best Whistler kid-friendly activities for you! Continue reading below on our favorite summer activities that are fun for all ages.
1. Whistler scavenger hunt
The Whistler Visitor Center created a summer scavenger for all kids. This promotes activity in kids and increases their interaction with the environment. You can print out the list before your trip or you can pick up a copy from the Visitor Center.
Pro-tip: Pick up the scavenger hunt from the visitor center because one of the tasks is to visit the visitor center and pick up a village map.
2. Whistler Children’s Festival
This annual event is held at the end of May every year. This year the festival takes place over two weekends, May 20-22, and May 27-29. This event features an art scavenger hunt, yoga, circus acts, face painting, dance parties, magic shows, and children’s performers. View a list of the scheduled events here.
3. Lakes & Beaches
There are multiple lakes in and around Whistler that are fun for the whole family. If you are looking to spend time on a sandy beach, try visiting Alpha Lake, Alta Lake, or Lost Lake.
If you are looking for a fishing lake, try Nita Lake. Nita Lake is supplied with rainbow trout every year.
Lastly, there is Green Lake. This lake is perfect for boating and other watercraft, which you can find available for rent.
Sometimes hiking with a small child can be difficult. Luckily, Whistler has some mellower hikes available if an alpine hike is too ambitious for your little ones. Fitzsimmons Accessible Nature Tail is a nice shorter trail for those who have little legs.
If you are looking for a longer trail that is a low difficulty, the Whistler Interpretive Forest/Cheakamus River trail is the one for you. This trail is about a 2–3-hour loop with a suspension bridge at the end. But the farther you go along this trail, the harder it will become.
5. Escape! Whistler
Test your family’s problem-solving skills at Whistler’s escape room! They have six unique rooms available to choose from with the Pirate Ship themed room being the easiest and best for small children. This is fun for all ages as you work together to try to solve puzzles and riddles to escape the room.
6. Ziptreck Ecotours- Tree Treck Tour
Ziptreck Ecotours’ TreeTreck Tour is the best treetop adventure for all ages. Make your way through the guided course of suspension bridges and observation decks to explore one of the last spectacular old-growth forests of magnificent cedar, hemlock, and fir trees in Whistler. This experience does not include zip lining, but Ziptreck does offer some alternative tours that do include ziplining for the older kids.
7. Peak 2 Peak
View the beautiful Whistler Village, Mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers, and forests from the sky with Whistler PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience. This gondola ride spans between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and is the world's longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind. People of any age will enjoy the incredible views from the gondola, and you might even spot a bear or two!
8. Vallea Lumina
Visit one of the newer kid-friendly attractions Whistler has to offer! Vallea Lumina is a multimedia night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders. Walkthrough the forest as a technicolor-accentuated laser tells the story of two missing hikers and some forest magic. This is just a 10-minute drive north of Whistler Village.
9. Whistler Olympic Plaza
Take in the summer sun with a picnic at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Eat and play on the great lawn and let the little ones play on the playground. Embrace the legacy the 2012 Winter Olympics left behind in Whistler. The Olympic Rings and Paralympics Agitos still stand at this plaza that was the site for the nightly medal ceremonies.
If the weather isn’t friendly, you can have some fun at one of the amazing museums in Whistler. Whistler Museum is the perfect place to learn about the history of Whistler. You and your little ones can learn about how the village came to be today. Follow the stories from early summer lodge operators to the 2012 Winter Olympics and beyond.
Another local museum that your family can visit is the Audain Art Museum. They feature local art from British Columbia and have rotating exhibits from leading museums from around the world.
No matter what kid-friendly activities you choose, you are going to need a place to stay. Find the best rental for you and your family with Blackcomb Peaks! Our whistler accommodations are ready to host you and your family to enjoy the true Whistler experience.