Looking for family-friendly activities in Whistler that don’t involve skiing or snowboarding? In addition to Whistler being a world-class ski resort, there are endless activities off of the mountain that rounds out our world-class mountain town. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of people who come to Whistler who don’t ski (maybe that’s you!), and there’s more than enough to keep an entire family occupied off the slopes.
The Whistler Olympic Plaza is an inspiring place to try outdoor ice skating with family and friends. You’ll be surrounded by twinkling lights, jaw-dropping scenery, and the iconic Olympic Rings. One of the benefits of clearing the skating rink of snow is the mounds of snow piled next to the rink in the park. These human-made hills are ideal for tobogganing with the little ones! This is also an inexpensive activity for the entire family to enjoy, only $2 per person if you bring your own skates! If you need to rent skates, it’s only $8 for skates and admission. Helmets and skate aids are free of charge. To learn more about hours, follow this link.
Imagine trekking through snow-covered trails, surrounded by giant trees decorated in white, taking in stunning vistas along the way. Snowshoeing at Lost Lake Park embodies this and so much more. This is the perfect activity for families looking to get a little (or a lot) of exercise! You can start your excursion at the PassivHaus where you can rent snowshoes, plan out your route, and stop back in for a coffee at the end of your trek! The PassivHaus is easy to get to from the Village via the Valley Trail, or if you drive, just part in Lot 5 for quick access. You can learn more about the hours of operations, rentals, and the trails here.
If you love tobogganing but wouldn’t mind a lift up the hill to do it – try out snow tubing at the bubly Tube Park on Whistler Blackcomb. The immaculately crafted and groomed lanes make for a safe, yet thrilling ride! And like we mentioned, prefer not to lug your vessel up the hill? The tube park provides a magic carpet ride up the hill, giving your tired legs a much-deserved rest. This family-friendly activity is a great après-ski activity, as it’s open daily until 6 PM. The best way to access the tube park is to take a free ride up the Excalibur Gondola from Whistler Village and hop off at Base II. If you prefer to drive, there is free (but not guaranteed) parking next door at Lot 8. However, we highly recommend ditching the car and enjoying the lift up the mountain from the gondola!
If you want to take the ride of your life with the entire family, try out snowmobiling with Canadian Wilderness Adventures. They have the perfect snowmobile tour for families called the Callaghan Cruiser. This tour is specifically designed for families and first-time riders and boasts epic views of the backcountry of Sprout Mountain. While the start of your snowmobiling excursion is located south of Whistler, CWA makes it easy by offering a shuttle from their Whistler Village office. You can find out more information about the tour here!
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