A family-friendly guide to Whistler

Dec 19 2017, 11:27 am

Exploring the wilderness with your family is accessible through a variety of resources in Whistler. Far beyond skiing, families can explore ziplining, kayaking and rafting among many other activities. The village has continually increased accessibility for families allowing everyone, of any income, to participate.

Check out our list of some of the places offering family-friendly activities:

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Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone

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The Adventure Zone located at the base of Blackcomb offers a wide variety of family oriented activities. Such as Trail Rides, Kids Jump Mania, Canadian All Terrain Adventures, Great Wall Climbing Tower & Flying Fox Zip Line, Kiss the Sky Bungy Trampoline, Amaze’n Whistler, Spin Cycle Human Gyroscope.

Sunwolf – Whitewater Rafting Resort

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Sunwolf is an owner-operated, family friendly rafting resort located on the Cheakamus River. Open year-round and offering a range of tours suitable for all ages and skill levels, including wild white water rafting adventures, scenic family floats and bald eagle viewing floats. No experience necessary – all training and gear is provided. This one is encouraged for ages five and up. All of their experienced guides are trained above the industry standard, with a minimum 80hr first aid course and a Swiftwater Rescue Level 1 course.

Whistler is home to many great rafting options, find them here.

Ziptrek & TreeTrek Ecotours

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Ziplining gives the sensation of flying high above the forest floor. Strap into a secure harness and speed from tree to tree, propelled by gravity and zooming up to 100km/60mi per hour. Ziptrek offers an entertaining combination of high-wire adventure and ecological exploration. Nestled in between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, above Fitzsimmons Creek, Ziptrek’s tour area boasts spectacular tree top vistas. Award winning ecological curriculum have earned Ziptrek Ecotours their reputation as Whistler’s year-round, must-do outdoor activity. This one is ideal for ages six and up.

TreeTrek Tour

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For those who love the education and stunning treetop vistas of the river valley below, but aren’t quite as brave, may be interested in the TreeTrek Canopy Walk. TreeTrek is a fully guided ecology based tour that takes guests through the treetops on a spectacular series of suspension bridges and observation platforms 200ft above the valley floor, boasting stunning views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Ideal for families of all ages.

Booking with Whistler.com

As the official Reservation Centre for Tourism Whistler, Whistler.com is second-to-none when it comes to booking your trip. They work closely with a wide selection of resort accommodation and activity providers to ensure the best rate possible for you and your family.

Summer activities include:

  • All-Terrain Tours
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking & Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Scenic Flights
  • Hummer Tours
  • Ziptrek

Sometimes, though, when kids need a bit more independence, a camp offers a break to parents and an adventure for kids. Whistler is loaded with a variety of camps to suit any age or interest.

Whistler Discover Camps

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Based at Whistler Racquet Club, Discovery Camps keeps kids busy exploring some of Whistlers best activities such as Tree Top, Sailing, Biking, Tennis and Soccer. All activities are focused on skill development and is led by certified coaches and guides.

Summer Arts & Theatre Camp

The Summer Arts & Theatre Camp gives kids an opportunity to explore improv, singing, dancing, acting, painting and crafting – all in one place. Design backdrops, create costumes, memorize some lines, learn some new songs and put on a show. It is suitable for ages 5-14 and offers a weekly or daily drop-in rate.

August 11-15: Club Rio – dance the day away with salsa, tango and feather boa costumes (Brazilian Carnival Theme)


The collective wisdom of parents and kids about the best of Whistler

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A selection of favorite things to do with kids in Whistler that they will not stop talking about.  As advised by parents who’ve been there, done that and are still hearing about it.  Because fun in Whistler (like the mountains) comes Supersized…

Visit whistler.com/itineraries for inspiration on how you can make the most of your summer getaway.


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