Whistler is an exceptional place that’s beautiful in the winter and the summer. While winter has the village coated in a thick blanket of white snow, Whistler seems to come alive in a bright and colourful way in the summertime. Skis are traded for bikes, hikers take over the trails, and practicing yoginis are balancing their chakras on the great lawn.
Bringing your family to Whistler in the summer is a great time to allow children to discover nature while running free and wild around the lakes, trails, and playgrounds. Here are 10 Things to do with Kids in Whistler during Summer.
Peak to Peak Gondola
If you’ve never been on the Peak to Peak Gondola – what are you waiting for? This amazing alpine experience is unlike any other, floating 1,427 feet above the valley floor, and spanning 4.4 kms across, the views will leave you speechless. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from at the top of either mountain, tons of photo opportunities, beautiful hiking experiences, and a delicious Mountain Top BBQ to experience every weekend. On your way up, be sure to keep you eyes open for the more than 60 bears that call Whistler their home! Find out more here.
Family Adventure Zone
The Family Adventure Zone presented by Nintendo is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, and has more than 14 activities to choose from for kids of all ages! Every year we visit the Family Adventure Zone many, many times – my daughter’s favourite activities are the Kiss the Sky Bungee Trampoline and the Hot Wheelz Electric Go Carts. On super hot days the area is kept cool with misting sprinklers, and parents can join in the fun as well – I love going down the Westcoaster Slide, a 315 m track that snakes its’ way down the mountain. Find out more information here.
Whistler Children’s Festival
The popular Whistler Children’s Festival takes place July 12th & 13th, 2014, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. It’s a fun-filled family weekend that takes place in the beautiful Whistler Olympic Plaza – a lush lawn, a stage, and a huge playground are all part of the action. Take a look at the list of Special Performances or sign up for one of their Craft Workshops. There is a $5 entrance fee, while children 2 and under are free. Find out more information here.
Superfly Treetop Adventure Course
Located on Cougar Mountain, the awesome Superfly Treetop Adventure course is designed for kids ages 7 – 13, and allows them to channel their inner adventurer while exploring the forest from the trees! An obstacle course created specifically for young adventurers, there are fun obstacles like a climbing wall, a fisherman’s net and a suspension bridge. Parents can watch their kids from the ground or even partake in the larger course for people 13 + up. Find out more here.
Splash at the Water Park
The large water park at the Meadow Park Sports Centre is a perfect place to cool down and have some fun on those hot summer days. Kids of all ages can have fun splashing around in the water, spraying each other with the ‘fire hoses’, and sliding down the water slides. There’s also a large playground located adjacent to the splash pads, lots of picnic tables and tons of running around room.
Walk & Play in The Village
The pedestrian-friendly village in Whistler is a wonderful place to be in the summer. I love exploring it with my kids in tow – there are plenty of places to discover! The shops and restaurants are just the beginning, there are plenty of water features and animal statues that children love to climb on, there are festivals throughout the summer that offer cool demonstrations and fun activities planted in different corners of the village. Some things you have to do: climb the cow at Cow’s, grab some pjs and gelato at Hatley’s, get some candy at the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop, discover the nature-inspired playground at the Olympic Plaza (there are three coffee shops in the vicinity!), and every Sunday a walk through the bustling Farmer’s Market is a must for the senses!
Jump Around at Bounce
The indoor trampolines at the Bounce Acrobatic Academy are so awesome, my kids would go there everyday if they could! An amazing place to go and let the kids burn off extra energy (especially on rainy days!), watch athletes perform cool flips and tricks, and even bounce around yourself! Morning times are the quietest and most recommended for younger children, for kids ages 11 and older, they’ve opened up a large training facility right next door. Find out more here.
Go For a Hike
There are an immense number of trails throughout Whistler, that are ready and waiting for you and your family to explore. The paved Valley Trail is perfect for bikes and strollers to explore all throughout Whistler, there are numerous hikes located in and around Whistler from easy to intermediate (like our recent Train Wreck hiking excursion), as well as alpine hiking at the top of Whistler & Blackcomb mountains. Take the mountain lifts up to access over 50 kms of hiking, running and interpretive walking trails that wind through a volcanic landscape surrounded by jaw-dropping vistas, ancient glaciers, alpine lakes and wildflower-filled slopes.
From August 8th – 17th, 2014, Whistler hosts mountain biking’s defining celebration, Crankworx. It brings together the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends, as well as newbies, veterans, and fans of the sport. It also gives you an excuse to throw around words like ‘gnarly’, ‘stoked’, and ‘epic’ on the regular. This year will see the new Familyworx and Kidsworx bringing fun to the whole family, with plenty of events for children to be involved in, as well as tons of exciting demonstrations, races, and amazing tricks to watch. Find out more information here.
Free Outdoor Concerts
All summer long Whistler presents their Concert Series – free outdoor concerts that take place in the Olympic Plaza, right in the village. A perfect location, right next to the playground if the kids get bored, right next to restaurants and coffee shops, and tons of room to spread out and enjoy the variety of bands that come through the village. And there’s nothing cuter than watching your kids enjoy some great bands, rock out and dance along. New bands are added to the roster all the time, so be sure to check out the events calendar here.