6 Summer Activities for Families in Whistler

If you’re heading to Whistler this summer with your family, we have our top list of activities to keep the entire crew entertained! From rainy day activities to adrenaline-pumping zip lines, there’s something for everyone in Whistler. The real question is: how to fit it all in?!

1. Lift Access Hiking 

For easy access to hiking, you can get tickets for the entire family and ride the famed gondolas of Whistler. You’ll soar up the mountain from either village, taking in jaw-dropping views on the way, and conveniently step out to Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain. Using lift access for hiking is ideal for families, minimizing the time spent on trails with the little ones. You also happen to get the best bang for your buck in regards to views!

2. Cool Down at the Lake 

Whistler boasts of several lakes, all ideal for family picnics, dips, and time spent relaxing waterside. This leisurely pastime is a Whistler local’s favourite, and it’s perfect after a jam-packed day of activities. If you want more information on the best waterside locations, you can check out our blog here. For more detailed information on all the activities at Alta Lake, read more here.

3. Valley Trail Cruise on Bikes

There’s nothing quite like biking throughout Whistler with your family. It’s a great way to get exercise with the entire family, without being too challenging for little ones. The expansive Valley Trail System winds throughout the entire resort, allowing pit stops along the way at any of the spectacular lakes or viewpoints. You can easily rent bikes from a local shop, or bring your own and stay in the Aspens, our favourite accommodation with bike storage.

4. ZipTrek 

Soar like an eagle via the ziplines at Zip Trek Ecotours! You’ll sail over the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains while experiencing stunning aerial vistas above Fitzsimmons Creek. We highly recommend the Bear Tour for families and first-time zipliners. The four incredible ziplines on this tour range from 400 – 1100 ft and are joined by a network of suspension bridges, boardwalks and trails. In between zip lines, guests will learn fun and interesting facts about the local natural environment.  

5. Rainy Day Fun 

Need to stretch your mind instead of your legs? We highly recommend Escape! Whistler for a mind-bending rainy-day activity. This is a unique experience to Whistler, as it’s locally owned and operated by the creators of the escape room puzzles. Meaning, you won’t find these carefully crafted escape rooms anywhere else in the world! For the kids, start with the Pirate Ship Escape Room, as it’s ideal for beginners. If you’d rather take in culture as opposed to a challenge, you can visit the Audain Art Museum, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, or the local theatre, Village 8 Cinema.

6. Whistler Olympic Plaza 

Located in the heart of Whistler Village, this outdoor park is home to an amphitheatre, kids playground, and a large grassy area ideal for picnics. It’s a great place to stop and take a break after strolling around Whistler Village with the family. Grab an iced coffee from Blendz Coffee next to the playground, and get recharged for the next adventure of the day.

Need to find the perfect Whistler accommodation for your summer vacation? We are offering up to 30% summer bookings now! You can read more about our exclusive offer here. Welcome back to Whistler!