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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.

Whistler Children's Festival

Whistler Children’s Festival (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)

1. Zipline 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 pounds are limited to tandem rides with professionals on the (still awesome) Ziptrek Bear tour. Book your Whistler zipline adventure now!

Zip-lining in Whistler with Ziptrek

Zip-lining in Whistler with Ziptrek (Photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler)

2. Canoe the River of Golden Dreams.

Take a guided canoe or kayak tour paddling down the River of Golden Dreams. Whistler EcoTours or Canadian Wilderness Adventures guides can take you across Alta Lake (also known as the River of Golden Dreams), 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. Reserve your Whistler paddling tour!

Canoeing the River of Golden Dreams

Canoeing the River of Golden Dreams (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mark Mackay)

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. Take a look at various Whistler bike tours available via Viator.

Mountain biking in Whistler

Mountain biking in Whistler (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)

4. Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Enjoy 360-degree views of Coast Mountains and Whistler Village, via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains. After hiking the excellent trails, enjoy a picnic lunch or dine in a mountaintop 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.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Peak 2 Peak Gondola (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)

5. Go stand up paddle boarding.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP for short) has exploded in popularity. The area is surrounded by lakes, making SUP an easily accessible and enjoyable activity in Whistler in summer with kids. 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!

My son and dog stand up paddle boarding on Alta Lake (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

6. Play at Family Adventure Zone.

Want to tire out your adventure-craving kids? Head to the Whistler Family Adventure Zone, located 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.

Mario and Friends Mini Golf at Family Adventure Zone

Mario and Friends Mini Golf at the Family Adventure Zone (Photo credit: Whistler/Mike Crane)

7. Take on the Treetop Adventure Course.

If you’ve ever wanted to play tag in the trees, then 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.

Treetop Adventure Course in Whistler

Treetop Adventure Course (Photo credit: The Adventure Group)

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 the life of bears, (from the safety and comfort of a 4×4 vehicle), book a guided tour. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars! Take a look at this Whistler Photo Safari and this Whistler Jeep Tour. Private tour options are available.

Black bear and cub in Whistler

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

9. Enjoy outdoor and music festivals.

Summer is typically festival season in Whistler. The GOFest Great Outdoors Festival kicks off the fun on the Victoria Day long weekend in May. The frivolity continues all summer long with concerts and musical celebrations in the Village and on Whistler mountain. In July families will appreciate the Whistler Children’s Festival, replete with hands-on craft activities plus live musical, theater and magic performances. Meanwhile, 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.

Crankworx Whistler Festival 

Crankworx Whistler Festival (Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)

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

Discover more outdoor adventures for families.

As you can see, ski resorts like Whistler make incredible family vacation destinations not only in winter, but also in summer. If you liked this story, then I bet you’ll love these 14 things to do in summer in Vail, Colorado and these summer activities at Keystone Ski Resort.

For more outdoorsy explorations in Canada, take a look at my Clayoquot Wilderness Resort review (also in British Columbia) and why you should consider Le Boat Family Houseboat Vacation in Ontario, Canada.

For more ideas to connect kids to nature, read these nature-focused travel ideas for families.

Things to Do in Whistler in Summer with Kids

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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. She started traveling 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 thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

Comments
  1. Bright snow Loveland says

    Very beautiful place for vacation. I think Zipline through a rainforest will be one great amazing experience.

  2. Cristina Petrini says

    One of the things I suffered the most, with the covid chaos in the world, was the idea of ​​not being able to travel and not knowing when this would be possible again. The freedom to move, be amazed, fall in love and get excited about places, people and cultures is an essential element. That’s why I don’t care how far a place is or “famous” if it captures my heart I want to go there. This is on the bucket list!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Cristina – I am right there with you. It’s tough to stay home when there are so many beautiful places in the world to explore! I hope you can visit Whistler someday when it’s safe to travel again!

  3. khoingn | The Broad Life says

    Very interesting activities! Hope that I can take my kids to Whistler one day for them to enjoy the games.
    The pandemic is just too bad for outdoor activities.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I love that we can still explore the outdoors now, but it sure would be nice to travel to beautiful places like Whistler! Hopefully you can go when it’s safe to travel again!

  4. Matt Taylor says

    Wow Whistler looks amazing! I will have to add it to my travel bucket list, haha. So many awesome things to do there in the summer.

  5. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    Wwwoooaaahhhhhh…zip-lining looks so cool in the movies and photos. I am not sure my stomach can actually stomach it.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      If my 70+-year-old, roller-coaster-fearing parents can zip-line, so can you! Honestly, once you get going, it’s a very peaceful and beautiful ride!

  6. Gervin Khan says

    How I wish we have these places in our town. This looks fun, especially to kids.

  7. Emily Fata says

    Wow, this is such a gorgeous place! I can’t wait for COVID to be over, so I can get back to travelling again.

  8. the joyous living says

    looks like so many great options. spying on bears sounds like fun, as long as its from a safe distance lol.

  9. These sound like great places to go with the kids! I would love to visit when the pandemic is over and we are allowed into Canada.

  10. Marie Phillips says

    This all looks like so much fun except for the gondola with glass bottom–I’m scared of heights!!!

  11. My granddaughter just went paddle boarding for the first time. I was surprised since she’s 7 but she did great!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I love getting little kids started doing outdoorsy activities like SUP from a young age. Awesome!

  12. Emman Damian says

    I think Canoe the River of Golden Dreams should be fun. Zipline is a good activity too! Nice list!

  13. I have only ever visited whistler in the winter when there was snow, but there also looks like there’s so much to do here in the summer too

    • Colleen Lanin says

      So much to do in summer in Whistler! I hope you get a chance to experience Whistler in warmer weather someday!

  14. Sushmita says

    These are some pretty cool activities! I hope everything is back to normal soon.

  15. katrina Kroeplin says

    those are some great idea. i wish i could do just half of those lol.

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