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Things to Do with Kids in Whistler in Summer

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You might think Whistler, British Columbia, is a winter-only destination. Think again! There are as many things to do in Whistler in summer with kids as during the mountain town’s popular ski season. Here are nine fantastic family-friendly activities that will ensure an action-packed summertime holiday.

Things to Do with Kids in Whistler in Summer (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler)

Careen down Whistler Mountain on your mountain bike (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler)

1. Zip-line through a rainforest.

Fly through a  rainforest, hundreds of feet over Fitzsimmons Creek with North America’s oldest zip-lining company, Ziptrek Ecotours. Ziptrek operates 11 lines, connected by treetop bridges high above the old-growth forest that stretches between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The minimum age to zip is 6 years old, and kids under 65 lbs are limited to tandem rides with professionals on the (still awesome) Ziptrek Bear tour.

Whee! Zip-lining across Fitzsimmons Creek (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Whee! Zip-lining across Fitzsimmons Creek (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

2. Canoe the River of Golden Dreams.

Take a guided canoe or kayak tour paddling down the River of Golden Dreams. Whistler EcoTours guides can take you across Alta Lake, through the Whistler Wetlands and down a glacier river. The tour ends in beautiful Green Lake. The guides share interesting history about the area and point out lovely flora and fauna along the way.

3. Bike down Whistler Mountain.

Descend Whistler mountain on a white-knuckle mountain bike ride in Whistler Bike Park. But don’t worry, every level from beginner cruisers to double-black bike runs are available in this mecca for mountain bikers. You can take it as easy as you like with this truly family friendly activity. Your kids will be inspired when they see local kids as young as 5, decked out in biking armor flying down the hill like pros.

The Peak to Peak Gondola with Alpine wildflowers (Credit: Mike Crane)

The Peak to Peak Gondola with Alpine wildflowers (Photo credit: Mike Crane)

4. Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Enjoy 360-degree views of the Garibaldi Mountains and Whistler Village, via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. After hiking the excellent trails, enjoy a picnic lunch or dine in a mountain-top restaurant with a killer view. A ride on the special glass-bottom gondola grants you a bird’s-eye view of the forest and Fitzsimmons Creek far below.

5. Go stand up paddle boarding.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP for short) has recently exploded in popularity. Whistler is surrounded by lakes, making SUP an easily accessible and fun activity for the whole family. Once you get your ‘SUP legs’ and can balance on the board, it’s a calm and relaxing paddle around Alta, or one of Whistler’s other lakes.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Alta Lake, Whistler. Fun for the whole family!

Stand up paddle boarding on Alta Lake (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

6. Play at Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone.

Want to tire out your adventure-craving kiddos? Head to Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Choose from such activities as luge, mini-golf, pony rides, a climbing wall, bungee trampolines and go-carting, just to name a few. Exhaustion is guaranteed.

7. Take on the Treetop Adventure Course.

If you’ve ever wanted to play tag in the trees, the Treetop Adventure Course is for you! Don a harness and navigate a series of easy to progressively more challenging elements on this aerial tree course with suspended bridges, Tarzan swings and zip-lines. A special Kids Course for ages 7-13 includes a climbing wall, fisherman’s net, and suspension bridge.

Upper Village Adventure Zone for kids at the base of Blackcomb (Credit: Mike Crane)

Upper Village Adventure Zone for kids at the base of Blackcomb (Photo credit: Mike Crane)

8. Spy on black bears.

As many signs in the Village remind visitors, Whistler is bear country. Up to 70 black bears reside in the resort area. They are active on the mountains and can be spotted from the Whistler Gondola. If you want a more in-depth peek into bear country, (from the safety and comfort of a 4×4 vehicle), book a guided bear viewing tour. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

Black bear and cub on Whistler Mountain (Credit: Mike Crane)

Black bear and cub on Whistler Mountain (Photo credit: Mike Crane)

9. Enjoy outdoor and music festivals.

Whistler kicks off the summer season with the GOFest Great Outdoors Festival on the Victoria Day May long weekend, and continues all summer long with concerts and musical celebrations in the Village and on Whistler mountain. The epic Crankworx Whistler Festival takes place over a 10-day period in August, celebrating the world’s best downhill, slope style and enduro mountain biking.

Nature-loving families looking for a vacation filled with adventure and all-out fun will love Whistler in summer.

Which of these nine things to do in Whistler in summer with kids would you like to try? Let us know in the comments below!

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 18 and 20). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

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