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A Guide to Whistler for Families: Summer Vs. Winter

By April 1, 2015September 11th, 2020No Comments

families enjoying Whistler in summer and winter

Canada is completely underrated when it comes to family getaways at any time of year. Many groups in the U.S. will head south, but the real adventure and natural wonders are nestled in the mountains of British Columbia, particularly Whistler. This beautiful destination has it all – rolling peaks, sporting activities, culture, food and fun. The best part is that Whistler can be a perfect place to wander in both the winter and summer months, providing the same amount of thrills in warm or cold weather for everyone on a family vacation.

Start Planning for Whistler

When choosing accommodations, it’s simple to pick a quality hotels in Whistler, whether it be a small boutique, winter lodge or popular chain. However, much depends on the weather. Many families will want to be right at the base of top ski resorts when heading to Whistler in the winter, such as the luxurious Four Seasons Resort or the affordable Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler. As the snow starts to melt in the valley more options are available, including the classic Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Olympic rings in Whistler in winterWhistler’s Wintry Wonderland

Strap on the ski boots, rev up the snowmobile and venture to one of the world’s most popular winter sports destinations. There are great things to see and do for any age group and ability. Enjoy traditional skiing and snowboard on the slopes at either Whistler or Blackcomb mountains, both of which have snow schools and lessons for little ones. Everyone will love touring the Whistler Sliding Centre, home to the Olympic bobsled and luge events. Adults can try their hand at the activities for a rental and lesson fee.

Even if your little ones aren’t crazy about winter sports or skiing, there’s still plenty to do in the winter that’s fun for the whole family. Check out the Whistler Museum for an insider look at artifacts from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games or take a tour of the mountain glaciers by jeep. There’s a few breweries in town too, like Pemberton, that are friendly toward families so the grownups can warm up with a pint.

Summertime in the Mountain City

When the flowers start to bloom and the temperature rises, Whistler can be a gorgeous experience. To get a lay of the land, give zip lining a go through the pine covered treetops just outside Whistler Village. There’s even a special course just for biggest aged seven to 14 years old.

There’s some scenic waterways that open up in the summer to kayakers and canoe trips worth taking. Try an adventure across Alta Lake, which leads into wetland and eventually to Green Lake along a glacier-run river. If with smaller children taking a guided tour can be best for this activity. Of course, don’t leave Whistler without a peek at its wildlife. Dozens of black bears call this place home and can be seen on special excursions by jeep that go past feeding areas and dens in the wild. Whatever your family does is guaranteed to be fun in the natural playgrounds of Whistler, British Columbia.

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Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Instagram @Pure_Wander.

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