The Westin Resort, Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler views
The Westin Resort, Whistler
Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Whistler is one of Canada’s premier ski spots, where those ski-suited and beautifully booted flock for sensational slopes (there are over 200 to choose from), serious alpine luxury family hotels, and very enticing, always family-friendly restaurants in which to dine en famille. Most of the leading hotels have a ski concierge, immaculate ski in – ski out facilities and heavenly fireside spots in which to kick off your gear and relax for some après ski. It is, unbeknownst to many, a great choice for a summer vacation, too. The village in Whistler (which has won several design awards) is pedestrianised so ideal if you’re there with little small children.
The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler
Conveniently located in Whistler Village's centre, The Westin Resort & Spa is a stone's throw from ski lifts by day and family-friendly, local eateries by night.
Whistler Village is pedestrianised and The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler is nestled smack in the centre of the action. Ideally located from the surrounding slopes and the area’s delightful, very family-friendly eateries, the hotel offers a ski and bike valet and all 419 suites are loaded with welcoming features...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Ski / Family-friendly Spa / See this Hotel & Book »
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
An alpine beauty that is as stylish as it is luxurious, with notable ski in - ski out access making it a hotspot for board-loving families.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler boasts 550 rooms and is perched amid Bavarian-styled buildings just outside of Whistler Village, perched perfectly at the base of Blackcomb Mountain’s lifts. With magnificent views, this is the ultimate ski-in, ski-out hotspot. The interior decor is typical of a Fairmont, but with an...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Ski / Family-friendly Spa / See this Hotel & Book »
Crystal Lodge Whistler
Aside from the usual and very luxurious rooms and suites, Crystal Lodge Whistler offers loft suites which, with their high ceilings and vast, cosy living areas are a wonderful option for families who want to unwind after a day on the slopes.
Crystal Lodge Whistler is the only true boutique hotel in town. A 4-star residence in the heart of Whistler Village, the loft suites are highly recommended if you are travelling as a family. Each comes replete with high ceilings, sits over 800 square feet in size, has a roaring fireplace, a kitchenette, and many have...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Ski / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Four Seasons Whistler
A stunning resort that really hits the high notes of luxury, superb service and, of course, a fabulous spa.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is one of the most luxurious resorts in Canada. A popular choice amongst families (the large residence-like suites available are, of course, very well suited), the hotel offers fantastic children's menus in all of the restaurants and room service, children's welcome...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Ski / Family-friendly Spa / See this Hotel & Book »
Sushi Village is an incredibly popular option for everyone who hits Whistler. If your children love sushi, this isn’t to be missed. You’ll all adore the terrific sushi, mums and dads will adore the sake margaritas, and the atmosphere is super relaxed so you can make an evening of it, no matter how many children you arrive with.
Based on a traditional French creperie, this is a great option if you have little children with you in Whistler. What child doesn’t love pancakes? If yours are amongst the few who don’t, fear not: there are other options on the menu such as eggs benedicts and Belgium waffles at breakfast and cheese fondues or Swiss raclette for dinner.
Located just along the Village stroll, Caramba Restaurante serves up fresh, traditionally prepared Mediterranean food so there are some delicious, not to mention nutritious, dishes for children. The menu is very much designed to encourage sharing plates, making it an intimate, and very informal family-friendly option. This fun and relaxed concept encourages camaraderie and good times.
The Whistler Brewhouse is a hub in the village that draws crowds year round. With a separate restaurant, bar and mezzanine, the Whistler Brewhouse is capable of accommodating families both large and small. The pub has a super cosy fireplace and there are lots of televisions which may, or may not, appeal to you if you’re there with children but it makes The Brewhouse a fantastic place to gather and watch national sports games over a big meal. The restaurant has a great kids’ menu and a huge patio, which is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch if you’re during the summer months.
Whistler Blackcomb Peak2Peak Gondola
Whistler Blackcomb Peak2Peak Gondola is a showpiece, 11 minute long gondola ride that stretches an enormous 2.73 miles with only two towers on each mountain, making it a spectacular no matter what time of year you visit.
Terrain Garden is a gentler terrain park perfect for kids. There are green-run areas on Whistler with signage that clearly indicates they are “Family Zones.” The enclosed gondolas on Whistler’s mid-mountain allows families to ski gentle green runs and then ride back up in the shelter of a gondola.
Whistler Kids is a large children’s skiing and snowboard program with centers on both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. “Magic Carpets” make learning easy for little beginners from anywhere between age of 3 and 18 ears of age. At the popular Adventure Camps, kids stay with the same group and instructor all week long.
Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone
Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone is perfect if you, or your children, need a day indoors. Easily accessible, it is located right at the base of Blackcomb and has everything little ones could need for climbing, swinging, sliding and playing in a safe environment, all with views across the mountains. Just outside, Blackcomb Mountain has a Children’s Adventure Park, with runs through an enchanted forest and a ski-through castle.
Whistler’s base elevation is a relatively low 675 metres, meaning you can take even the smallest of children to the area and not worry at all about altitude sickness. Baby’s On The Go is an amazing baby concierge service exclusive to Whistler, making it possible to rent literally anything you could need for a tiny tot and, therefore, travel light. In an emergency, dial 911 or head to the Whistler Health Centre in Whistler Village North (+1 604 932 4911). This offers urgent care, doctor care, and x-ray services. There is a heliport at the centre if a patient needs to be moved further afield for treatment.
When to go
If you want to ski the season is lengthy here, thanks to an annual snowfall of around 30 feet. Whistler is open until late April, and Blackcomb stays open for skiing into May. The crowds are inevitably far and few between at this time of year so that’s a wonderful time to travel with children if you are flexible with when you can go. If you head there in summer, the walking trails are very well marked so you can explore with confidence.
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