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Whistler for Families

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Whistler for Families
There is so much for a family to do and see and experience here—from skiing to biking, kayaking, and exploring the Coast Mountains—that a visit to Whistler could be a bit risky. Your kids may never want to vacation anywhere else.
By Crai Bower, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler
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    Getting Wet in Whistler
    A guided trip from Green Lake into the Green River provides a great intro to white-water rafting, but be careful, your kids may have such a blast they’ll soon list "rafting guide" as their career choice. You’ll find a few Class II bumps along the way, but this is mostly a leisurely float on a hot summer day. Whistler also enjoys a surprising number of beaches. Lakeside, Alta, Rainbow, and Alpha lakes are prime splash zones, and Lost Lake’s sandy beach is an easy stroll from the village.
    Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler
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    Where to Paddle
    You're never too young or old to learn to paddle. A mellow and picturesque three-mile route down the River of Golden Dreams will keep kids interested due to its serpentine course through the adjacent forest. Whistler Eco Tours will arrange a guided experience, a fantastic introduction to kayaking or canoeing. Nita Lake Lodge provides kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards for use on Nita Lake, located directly behind the lodge.
    Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler
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    Meadow Park Sports Centre
    Meadow Park Sports Centre is one of those institutions—in this case, an absolutely gorgeous community center—that make you want to become a Canadian citizen. The six-lane lap pool features a hoop and, yes, a rope swing. The pool also has a "lazy river" feature, a cool vortex, and spouting mushrooms, as well as hot tubs and a snack bar. The ice rink is open year-round in case your family is up for a skate.
    Photo Courtesy Meadow Park
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    Bear Viewing
    You often don’t have to look very far to find a bear in Whistler. Fortunately, most of the area's black bears are far more concerned about picking berries or digging up grubs than interacting with humans. That said, always be "bear aware" in Whistler. Bears frequent the golf courses—there is even a den on Bear Island at Whistler Golf Club. The big omnivores can often be seen from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola munching berries or scampering across the hillside, often with cubs in tow. If you can't get enough, Whistler Blackcomb offers summer bear tours that travel by 4x4 in search of more than 60 resident black bears (and at least one rare white juvenile).
    Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler
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    Whistler Farmers' Market
    The Whistler Farmers' Market opens every Wednesday and Sunday during the summer. A vendor permit for this market is one of the most sought-after in B.C., so you can count on some impressive wares and services: fresh local food, some seriously talented artisans, buskers, and plenty of kid-centric activities. The market is located in the Upper Village, just steps away from the Whistler Blackcomb Family Adventure Zone, a perfect place to work off the energy after consuming the market's honey sticks and freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
    Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler
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    Family Dining in Whistler
    What do ski bums and kids share in common? An abiding love of pizza. Fortunately, Whistler is packed with flatbread options. Pizzeria Antico crafts Neapolitan-style pies to go with all sorts of pasta in a setting that will have kids dreaming of Italy. Pasta Lupino offers seating for only 19, but it's worth a wait for the pasta, made in-house. Creekbread, located in Whistler Creekside, is large enough for groups and bakes its savory pies in a big, wood-fired oven. Whistler offers just about any kind of menu, from sushi—try Sushi Village’s virgin strawberry margarita, as well as the rolls—to El Furniture Warehouse, a locals' hangout known for low-priced meals and a rowdy room.
    Photo by Joern Rohde
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    Whistler Bike Park & Beyond
    The Whistler Mountain Bike Park may appear well out of reach for novices when viewed from the Whistler Gondola Plaza, which is about 100 feet away from a 40-foot rock drop. In fact, the world’s leading lift-access mountain bike playground is designed to include as many beginner green runs as double-diamond black ones. The new GMC Pump Track is where riders of all abilities will build confidence, and Bike School can help hone your skills. Bike rental shops line the village in case you feel inspired to ride the hundreds of miles of packed-dirt paths awaiting along Lost Lake trails or the Train Wreck Hike.
    Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler
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    Explore Olympic Legacy with Family
    The bobsled track at the Whistler Sliding Centre is the fastest run in the world. Even more impressive? The fact that you can take the kids (ages 12 and older) careening down this legendary circuit at upwards of 70 mph. The very sleds used by athletes to race during the winter are outfitted with wheels for the Summer Bobsleigh. Kids ages 8 and up can also partake in the on-site Summer Biathlon or in youth camps held there throughout the year.
    Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler
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    Up in the Air
    Ziptrek’s mission goes well beyond proving gravity. North America’s first zip-line operation includes excellent ecological information as part of every blurry ride across Fitzsimmons Creek. The Eagle and the Bear tours continue to draw thousands each year. The new 1.25-mile-long Sasquatch Tour is the longest run in North America and, at 75 mph, definitely one of the zippiest. Want something a little more solid around you on that high-flying cable? The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is always an option for soaring high.
    Photo Courtesy Ziptrek Ecotours
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    Peak 2 Peak Gondola
    The Peak 2 Peak Gondola changed the Whistler landscape forever, not only because the bright red cars soaring along the long, unsupported span are impossible to miss but because the 11-minute, 1.9-mile ride opened up the alpine for everyone. Anyone, regardless of fitness level, can soar 1,431 feet above Fitzsimmons Creek on the lookout for bears, zip liners, and those elusive whistling marmots after which the town is named.
    Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler