Whistler Summer Activities for Young Kids

Are you coming to Whistler this summer with young kids? Whistler is known for a world-class sports scene, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t incredible options for little ones. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite activities for kids that give them a taste of our incredible mountain town and will instill a connection with the mountains for years to come.

Lake Time

Whistler is home to several stunning lakes nestled at the base of stunning mountains. Splashing around in the cool water will be a refreshing way for your little ones to play outside and cool off while they’re at it. Lost Lake Park and Rainbow Park at Atla Lake are two of our favourites for little ones. Both have rotating food trucks in case the kids get hungry, as well as picnic tables and BBQs. You can learn more about the best way to access the lakes this summer in our blog.

Gondola Rides

One of the best ways for little ones to experience the mountains is by taking a ride on the Gondolas. This accessibility-friendly activity is ideal to see the most of the mountains, without having to be a seasoned hiker or biker. We highly recommend doing the full tour and heading up Whistler Mountain, across the record-breaking PEAK to PEAK, and down the Blackcomb Gondola. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the most from both mountains! And don’t forget, the Mountain Top Summer Feast is back this year on Whistler Mountain. You can learn more here.

Connect to Local Culture

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) is the perfect place to connect your children with the local culture and history of the area. Enjoy daily guided tours by cultural ambassadors and learn the history of the Squamish Lil’wat nation. You can also try out bannock bread at the Thunderbird Cafe or go outside and explore the Salish Forest path, which is located just behind the main museum building.

Beautiful artwork along the Valley Trail in Whistler. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Easy Hikes

If you have mini hikers on your hands, you’ll definitely want to check out some of the incredible trails Whistler has to offer. One of our favourites for little ones is the Train Wreck trail south of Whisler in Cheakamus. This two-kilometre hike is perfect for little ones and takes you to the site of the famous Whistler Train Wreck. The site of the crash has turned into an exposition of art and will leave the little ones wide-eyed and curious as they explore the forest and boxcars.

Pump Track

For little bikers, we love the pump track to help them gain skills and have some fun! The pump track area is located along the Valley Trail close to the Day Lot Parking area. There are picnic tables available, so you can post up with snacks while the kids take a lap around the track. This is one of our favourite activities with little ones in the summer, as it gives them a taste of the incredible biking experience and community of Whistler.


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