The Best Things to Do in Whistler in Summer with Kids
Whistler is the premier ski resort in Canada and many might discount it as a winter-only destination. However, Whistler has just as much to offer in the summer with its world-class mountain bike culture, awesome natural environment and quality resort facilities. In this post, we will highlight the Whistler family activities that we enjoyed most. You might notice that quite a few of them involve bikes!
Located less than 2 hours from Vancouver, along the Sea to Sky highway, Whistler can be visited in a day, but we recommend at least a few days. In fact, Whistler is full of domestic and international travellers that came and never left. Even in the Covid 2020 summer, you couldn’t walk far without hearing an Aussie or Brit accent.
This post has been fully updated for Summer 2021 – all activities mentioned here are open.
Whistler Village is Whistler’s central neighborhood located at the base of Whistler mountain. This pedestrian area should be your first activity on any visit to Whistler. Loaded with shops and restaurants and a charming resort feel, the Village is the centre of Whistler life. Kids will love checking out the Olympic rings in the Olympic Plaza in the Village and there is a great playground here for younger kids. If you eat at only one restaurant in the Village, make it Sushi Village. Our kids love sushi and the mixture of traditional with innovative rolls was a huge hit for our family. What is a summer day without ice cream and Lucia Gelato sells yummy handcrafted artisan-style Italian gelato that is so good! Purebread is the place to go for yummy pastries and treats.
Whistler may be home to the best downhill biking park in North America, but you don’t have to be an adventure junkie to enjoy the Whistler bike scene. Whistler is incredibly bike friendly and a great introduction to Whistler is to get on bikes and explore the Valley Trail that runs all around the town. If you don’t have your own bikes with you, you can rent bikes just about anywhere in Whistler. These paved trails are perfect for families and allow you to get anywhere in Whistler.
I had read about a cool hike in the lush old-growth forest surrounding Whistler where a train had derailed and the graffiti-decorated cars sit littered throughout the forest. While half of the family was off exploring the Whistler Bike Park, the other half went off to explore this unique hike. Located just south of Whistler at Cheakamus Creek, this 2 km hike is perfect with kids.