Traveling with children isn’t always the easiest of experiences. Finding kid-friendly restaurants and hotels can be a chore, daycare may be almost nonexistent, and trying to find things to do that will keep the little ones entertained can be an insurmountable challenge. Fortunately, Whistler Blackcomb is one destination that has families firmly in mind. From fun-filled activities to great childcare options, British Columbia’s world-famous ski resort is a fantastic retreat for visitors of all ages.
The first question most parents will have is where to stay. Being a tourist destination, there are plenty of accommodation options in Whitstler Blackcomb, and most of them are more than happy to accommodate families. Parents, however, may want to keep a few points in mind. While Whistler Village is very popular, for example, and has plenty of restaurants, shopping, and other amenities, it can also be loud at night. Blackcomb Village and Creekside Village are both just minutes away from Whistler Village, but are noticeably quieter. They also have all of the amenities one would expect, such as places to eat and shop, within easy walking distance.
Things to do
Skiing is the reason most people come to Whistler Blackcomb. The good news is that skiing isn’t just an adults-only affair here. Ski and snowboard schools offer family lessons so that parents and children can learn how to conquer the slopes together. Family-friendly ski runs and trails are also clearly marked. The Peak 2 Peak gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is not only a great way to get from one peak to the other, but is also a huge hit with kids due to the spectacular views. Roundhouse Lodge, Rendezvous Lodge, and the Wizard Grill also have Nintendo Gaming Lounges which are, not surprisingly, a popular draw for children (and even a few parents!). A list of events, many of them family-friendly, can also be found here.
Where to eat
Eating out with children in Whistler Blackcomb is nothing to fret about. Whistler has always been known for its laid back attitude and that attitude extends to children in restaurants as well. Most restaurants have kids menus, crayons, and high chairs. Many restaurants also offer “Kids Eat Free” options when at least one adult is ordering from the regular menu.
When parents want some time to themselves, there are also plenty of childcare options on offer. A babysitter or nanny, who will come to your hotel room, can take care of newborns and typically charges about $17 per hour. Childcare programs with First Aid certified staff are also available for toddlers and children. There is also a “Kids Night Out” program that is great for keeping children occupied in the evening.
The hassles that parents often go through when trying to plan a family-friendly vacation are thankfully not a part of a visit to Whistler Blackcomb. With hotels, restaurants, childcare, and plenty of attractions all with children in mind, both kids and parents can expect their trip to Whistler Blackcomb to be a fun-filled adventure.
Emilio Thompson is a confirmed ski-enthusiast and a family man. He loves to hit the slopes on a regular basis and enjoys sharing his tips on how to have some family fun in the snow and other activities. He is a regular online contributor for several travel websites.