Whistler for Kids – The 2017-2018 Ski Season Guide for Families

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Please use this guide to find family-friendly Whistler hotels, kid friendly restaurants, and things to do with kids in Whistler during the winter season. If you are planning a Whistler ski trip with a baby, toddler or kids of any age, we have you covered.

Note: Wrong season?  See also our  Whistler with Kids – Summer Guide.

 

Whistler with Kids for the 2017-2018 Season

 

Whistler with Kids 2017-2018 Season

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I know you are busy. To allow you to find what you are looking for more easily, please use the following menu.

 

Whistler Layout (for first time visitors)
Family-Friendly Features on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
Things to do with Kids in Whistler – Family Friendly Activities and Attractions
What’s New at Whistler and Blackcomb 2016/ 2017
Family-Friendly Whistler Hotels and Vacation Rentals
Getting a Deal in Whistler
Family Friendly Restaurants in Whistler
Whistler Babysitters, Childcare Centres and Baby Gear Rentals

 

If you would like a quick look around at what Whistler has to offer for families, check out this 1 minute Youtube video:

 

 

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Whistler Blackcomb Layout

Whistler Family Friendly Activities
Image Credit: Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Understanding the layout of Whistler Blackcomb Resort will help you to plan what is right for your family in terms of accommodation. The two mountains sit side by side. When driving towards them from Vancouver, you hit Whistler mountain first and Creekside Village base where you have gondola access to Whistler Mountain. A two minute drive further takes you to the larger Whistler Village base where you have access via lifts and gondolas to both mountains. A one minute drive further and you will arrive at Blackcomb Village base (or Upper Village) where you have lift access to Blackcomb Mountain. The mountains are linked at the top by the Peak 2 Peak gondola, so regardless of where you stay, you can still ski both mountains in the same day.

What is important to know, is that although Whistler Village proper is where most of the stores and restaurants are (and a lot of the action), it can sometimes be a little noisy at night. Creekside Village is quite quiet but still has several family friendly restaurant options. Blackcomb Base is very serene and is just a 10 minute picturesque walk to the main village (my personal favorite – providing the best of both worlds). All bases have Snow School drop off points and daycare facilities. These maps might give you a better understanding of the layout. See maps here.

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Family Friendly Features on Whistler and Blackcomb

Whistler with Toddler
Whistler Blackcomb is committed to their family programing. Family Certified icons are displayed on ski runs, in stores, and in food and beverage locations to indicate kid-friendly areas, products and services. Signage and flags also indicate on-mountain ski/snowboard areas to better mark child-friendly and beginner terrain. Here is a list of some favourite family-friendly runs and activities to check out while exploring Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with kids.

  • Whistler Kids Training Centre on Whistler Mountain featuring a large skills zone and a race training zone
  • The Family Zone and Bear Cub run on Whistler Mountain
  • Magic Castle on Blackcomb and the Tree Fort on Whistler are great places to take a break from skiing or riding and explore the on-mountain playgrounds.
  • The Enchanted Forest run on Whistler Mountain
  • Free Nintendo Gaming Lounges can be found in the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler, in the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb and at the Wizard Grill at Blackcomb Base.

Whistler Kids Features

 

 

Running from Dec. 21st 2016 to March 30th 2017 is Family Après Ski at Whistler Olympic Plaza ( December and January 4:00 – 6:00 PM,  February and March 3:00 – 6:00 PM). Designed for families with kids of all ages, the events include a variety of entertainment and family activities that change from week to week including snowman building competitions, tobogganing, storytelling, roaming characters, music, street hockey, snacks, hot beverages and more. This adds to the already popular outdoor skating available at the Olympic Plaza.  Participation is free, and skate rentals are available for $5CAD.

Kids Eat Free in Whistler !

Two resort restaurants, Dusty’s Bar and BBQ (Creekside Village) and Merlins (Blackcomb Village), offer a ‘Kids Eat Free’ dining program for children 12 years and under, when ordering from the kid’s menu,and when accompanied by a family member ordering from the regular menu. The food is fine and the atmosphere is lively and very family friendly.

 

 

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Things to Do in Whistler with Kids

 

If you are looking for Whistler kids activities, this is the spot.  Here are our top pick for family-friendly fun.

 

The Treehouse Playground

This is a fabulous playground right in the village. As an added bonus, it is surrounded by coffee/tea shops (Starbucks, Blenz, Purebread, David’s Tea) and other kid friendly activities (library, toy store, and the candy shop). Why not get them hopped up on some licorice and let them run wild in the playground for a while? The playground is located at Whistler Olympic Plaza (map).

Best Playground in Whistler

 

 

Skating at Whistler Outdoor Skating Rink

Enjoy family fun at this fantastic outdoor covered skating rink. Free for the whole family (skate rentals are $5 , helmets are free); this is a great option in any kind of weather. Open daily from 11am-9pm (closed for ice maintenance 2-3pm and 5:30-6:30pm). Too cold?  Warm up by the fireplace or the outdoor fire pit. The Whistler outdoor skating rink is located at Whistler Olympic Plaza (map). See website for more details.

 

Skating in Whistler Village
Image Credit: Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Family Après Ski in the Village

Running from Dec. 21st, 2016 to March 30th 2017 is Family Apres Ski at Whistler Olympic Plaza ( December and January 4:00 – 6:00 PM,  February and March 3:00 – 6:00 PM) . Designed for families with kids of all ages, the events include a variety of entertainment and family activities that change from week to week – snowman building competitions, tobogganing, storytelling, roving characters, music, mini hockey, snacks, hot beverages and more. See website for more details.

 

Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop

This cute little candy shop is enough to get any toddler into high gear. It is also conveniently located close to the Treehouse Playground and Olympic Plaza (map)

 

Whoola Toys

A great stop if you are looking for things to do après ski. It is located close to the playground and the candy store (map). See Whoola facebook page for hours.

 

Tubing – Whistler Blackcomb Coca Cola Tube Park

Fun for the whole family and great for kids who still have energy to burn after a day on the mountain. Kids must be at least 3 years, 36″ tall and accompanied by an adult if under 12 years. The tube park is located at Blackcomb Mountain (Base2) with access from the Excalibur Gondola. See website for more details.

 

Escape Whistler

Check out Whistler’s newest attraction ! Escape Whistler is a real life gaming experience where groups of 2 to 6 people are placed inside a themed room. Groups are presented with puzzles, riddles, and clues – working together to solve them within 45 minutes in order to “Escape” from the situation.Themes include “The Pirate Ship”, “The Buried Cabin”, “The Lost Tomb” and “The Rabbit Hole”. Escape Whistler is conveniently located right in the heart of Whistler Village, near the Whistler Village Gondola (see map). Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. See website for more details.

Note: I had the pleasure of trying out the Pirate Ship room with my son recently. While we didn’t quite escape in the 45 minutes allotted, we sure had a ton of fun and can’t wait to try another room.

Escape Room Whistler Village

 

Meadow Park Sports Centre

Enjoy skating in the indoor ice arena, working out at the fitness centre, and swimming in the fantastic pool (includes a lazy river).  Please see website for drop-in times and rates. The centre is located 5 minutes north of Whistler Village on the Sea to Sky Hwy (map).

 

Tobogganing, Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing at Whistler Olympic Park

Whistler Olympic Park (a 30 minute drive south of Whistler Village) offers hours on end of all-ages family fun with one convenient pass (cross country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and more!). You can even bring the family hound along on certain dog-friendly trails ! The Whistler Olympic Nordic Centre has all your equipment rental needs taken care of (including baby Chariot rentals for the ridiculously fit). Enjoy the venue’s dedicated sledding hill for multiple runs on saucers, carpets or toboggans. Borrow or bring your own sled and helmet. Rentals and access to the toboggan hill are free with admission to the park. Vehicle access to the toboggan hill is $15.00 on weekends and holidays, $10 midweek and $5 on Wednesday evenings. See website for more information.

Note: CSA-approved helmets are strongly recommended for all sliders and required by sliders aged 18 and under. Free toboggan and helmet rentals are available at the Day Lodge. Availability is limited and a valid credit card is required for deposit.

 

Where to Snowshoe Whistler

 

Bromley Baseboarding at Whistler Olympic Park

Experience the ultimate sliding experience at Whistler Olympic Park: North America’s first Bromley Baseboarding program and newest winter thrill. Like a hybrid of the sport of skeleton, bodyboarding on snow, and old fashioned tobogganing, riders point their bodies down a slope on aerodynamic boards designed for total excitement and fun. No prior experience is necessary. Training and guidance is provided to sliders and is a requirement prior to being turned loose to experience the 1.5km long course which includes uploading the chairlift. Children must be at least 8 years of age and a minimum height of 1.20m/48” tall to Baseboard (13 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult on the chairlift and on course).Baseboarding is offered on weekends starting on Dec 17 and daily from Dec 26 to Dec 30 from 12pm until 3pm.Learn more at: Bromley Baseboarding Whistler Olympic Park.

Bromley Baseboarding Whistler Olympic Park
Photo Credit : Whistler Sport Legacies

 

Whistler Holiday Fun – Free Christmas Kids Activities

During Christmas Holidays (Dec. 16th, 2017 – Jan. 2nd 2017) the Whistler Conference Centre hosts a kids fun zone including a ton of bouncy castles, a putting zone, movies and air hockey – all for free !

 

Kids Activities Whistler
 Image Credit: Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Whistler Fire and Ice Show

Whistler Blackcomb turns up the heat every Sunday with a free Fire & Ice Show. The whole family can enjoy watching skiers and snowboarders jump through a dazzling ring of fire, flanked by fire spinners and fireworks. The event is held every Sunday at 6:30 p.m (Dec-Mar) and there is a special show on New Year’s Eve at 11:30pm . The show happens at the Skiers Plaza in the main village (map). See website for more details.

 

Whistler for Kids
Image Credit: Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Bounce Trampline Centre

Kids still haven’t got their beans out?  Let them bounce around for a few hours at the trampoline centre. Check schedule for drop in times. The centre is located at 1055 Millar Creek Rd,Function Junction 604 938 4567 (map).

 

Village 8 Cinemas

Enjoy a movie with your family when you are not on the mountain. With eight theaters, there is usually at least one “G” movie playing. The theatre is located at 4295 Blackcomb Way  (map). See website for showtimes.

 

Whistler Public Library

The library has some wonderful drop in programs for children.  See their program schedule.  Ask for a “guest membership” and gain free internet access. This library is located at Whistler Village 4329 Main St. (map) 604-935-8433. See website for more details.

 

The Core Climbing

The Core offers kids programming including 1/2 day camps in the winter that include rock climbing, games and a visit to the tube park (ages 5-14 years, $80 including lunch). They are located at 4010 Lower Whistler Conference Centre (map). See website for more details.

 

Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola Experience

Do you have a youngster who just wants to see what it’s like at the top of the mountain? Try the Peak to Peak Gondola Experience. The gondola leaves from Whistler Village. See website for more details.

Family Activities in Whistler

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is an authentic cultural activity for the whole family. It was created to celebrate the joint history of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. The art & exhibits on display showcase their histories, creative works and cultures. Performances, crafts and guided tours engage guests and create a memorable experience. The centre is located at 4584 Blackcomb Way (604) 964-0990 (map). See website for more details.

 

 

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What’s New at Whistler and Blackcomb

 

In March 2016 Whistler opened its doors to the new Audain Art Museum. The Museum contains a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia including an incredible collection of Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes. While not really a kid-friendly activity, it is a beautiful place to visit if you can sneak away for an hour or so.

 

Audain Art Gallery Whistler

 

 

In 2016 Whistler Blackcomb invested $2.4 million in improvements to their learning areas for the upcoming winter season including terrain grading, the installation of two new covered carpet lifts and 32 new low energy snow guns to the Olympic Zone on Whistler and another 13 new low energy snow guns to the Magic Chair Learning area on Blackcomb.

On mountain dining improvements include a new “Ollie’s Grilled Cheese” stand serving gourmet grilled cheese at Olympic Station on Whistler Mountain and patio upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge (250 new heated outdoor seats). In Whistler Village, the Garibaldi Lift Co. has also added 90 new heated outdoor seats.

In October 2016, Vail Resorts Inc. acquired Whistler Blackcomb. For purchasers of Vail Resorts popular multi-mountain “Epic Pass” this was great news. All 2016-17 Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders received a bonus of five days of skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb for this season and Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited season pass holders were giving the bonus of five days of skiing and snowboarding at any of Vail Resorts’ U.S. resorts. The full season pass line-up with Whistler Blackcomb for 2017-18 will be announced when the passes go on sale in March 2017.

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Whistler and Blackcomb Family Friendly Hotels and Resorts

 

Worth noting:

  • Most hotels in charge an additional $25-$40 per night for parking.
  • Most hotels and vacation rentals will expect you to prepay within 14 days of your arrival.
  • All three village bases have ski school and daycare drop off points.
  • Book as early as possible as in-season rates can be insanely high.

Whistler Village Kid Friendly Hotels

This is the main village and most people’s first choice on where to stay.

Pros: You are within easy walking distance of lots of great restaurants, good shopping, the playground, the movie theatre and the gondolas and lifts to both mountains.

Cons: The only real downside is that it can sometimes be a bit lively at night for families who wish to get to bed early. In recent years I have pulled a few hotels off this list after some sleepless nights (clearly bad karma from a few Whistler stays in my university years).

Comments:  All of the hotels listed under the Whistler village base section offer some suites with kitchenettes.

 

Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre (website)

 

Family Friendly Hotels Whistler

 

Highlights: fantastic village location, included daily breakfast buffet and apres ski wine reception, complimentary wifi, newspaper, ski valet, kids robes, games, high chairs and cribs, baby monitors, pool diapers and babysitting
Hotel class: 4 star
Rate class: $$$
Rooms: studio to 2 bdrms with kitchenettes (5 available with washer/dryer)
Reviews: 95% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor (see also Pint Size Pilot’s full review here).
Click here for latest rates

 

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (website)

Pan Pacific Family Friendly Hotel Whistler

Highlights: slopeside, evening cookies and milk for kids, complimentary wifi, newspaper, resort shuttle, ski valet, kids robes, games, high chairs and cribs, baby monitors, fire screens, pool diapers and babysitting
Hotel class: 4 star
Rate class: $$$
Rooms: studio to 2 bdrms all with kitchenettes
Reviews: 95% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Click here for latest rates

*If you were deciding between the Pan Pacific Mountainside and Village Centre, I would personally pick the Village Centre. Although it is a little further from the hill (which is not far at all), it is worth it for the complimentary buffet breakfast. That said, the pool at the Pan Pacific Mountainside has the most fantastic view of the ski hill.

 

Delta Whistler Village Suites (website)

Family Friendly Hotels Whistler

 

Highlights: large suites, baby safety kits, children’s welcome gift, outdoor pool and health spa
Hotel class: 4 star (renovated in 2014)
Rate class: $$$
Rooms:  studio, 1 and 2 bdrm suites, full kitchens (some with washer/dryer)
Reviews: 95% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor (see also Pint Size Pilot’s full review here).
Important notes: I think this hotel provides great value, but be sure to request a room away from the nightclub (I once had a stay where I was sure the DJ was in our room). The hotel runs a shuttle from their mid-village location to the lifts and ski school (or it is about a 10 minute walk).
Click here for latest rates

 

Sundial Boutique Hotel Whistler (website)

Highlights: slopeside, owner operated, complimentary wifi, concierge service
Hotel class: 4 star
Rate class: $$
Rooms:  1 and 2 bdrm suites with full gourmet kitchens (some with their own hot tubs)
Reviews:  90% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Click here for latest rates

 

The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa (website)

Highlights: excellent location, very close to the daycare, ski school and gondola
Hotel class: 4 star
Rate class: $$$
Rooms:  studio, 1 and 2 bdrm suites with kitchens
Reviews:  78% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Click here for latest rates

 

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Blackcomb Village Base (Upper village) Family Friendly Hotels

Pros: Blackcomb Village base is quieter than Whistler village base but still only a short walk (or shuttle) away.

Cons:  Both hotels recommended do not offer many self catering options (suites with kitchenettes) and are essentially full service hotels.

Comments: Worth noting is the fabulous Mallard Lounge patio on the mountain side of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler where you can enjoy “après ski” by an outdoor fireplace while your kids play in the snow outside.  This, by the way, can be enjoyed even if you are not a guest of the hotel.

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler (website)

Top Luxury Hotels for Families Whistler
Image Credit : Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Highlights: ski valet, pet-friendly, health club and spa, babysitting, seasonal kids programming
Hotel Class: 4.5 star
Rate Class: $$$$
Rooms:  double queens to 2 bedroom suites
Reviews:  92% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Note: It is worth your while to join the Fairmont President’s Club (free) for early/late checkout, room upgrades, complimentary newspaper and wifi.
Click here for rates

 

Four Seasons Resort Whistler (website)

Luxury Family Friendly Hotel Whistler
Image Credit : Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Highlights: ski valet, complimentary wifi, pet-friendly, baby gear/toiletries, babysitting, spa and health club, complimentary s’mores by the fire pit, family movie night, kids cookies delivered to room, evening wine tasting, complimentary yoga classes and more
Hotel Class: 5 star
Rate Class: $$$$
Rooms:  deluxe kings (w sofabed) to 2 bdrm suites
Reviews:  89% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Click here for rates

 

Creekside Village Base Family Friendly Hotels

Pros:  As Creekside is a little removed from Whistler Village proper, it is quieter and room rates tend to be lower. You will find everything you need here including very easy gondola access, several restaurants, Starbucks, ski school and a grocery store.

Cons:  You are removed from the main village action and would need to drive, take a city bus (free), or a shuttle to get there.  

 

First Tracks Lodge (website)

Highlights: pool and fitness centre, ski in/ski out, wifi, full gourmet kitchen, washer/dryer
Hotel Class: 4 star
Rate Class: $$$
Rooms: one to four bdrm suites
Reviews:  95% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Click here for rates




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Whistler Vacation Rentals and Other Accommodation

There are tons of condominiums and houses for rent in Whistler including many that are ski-in / ski-out.  Here are some resources for finding one that suits your needs.


VRBONote: When renting a condo in Whistler, I strongly encourage you to thoroughly read reviews on the properties you are interested in. Few are true ski in / ski out and thus may require some extra effort to get on the hill or get to the ski school. Make sure you ask very specific questions in your inquiries so that your expectations are in check.


1. The official whistlerblackcom.com website. What is nice about the vacation rentals listed on this site is that you can often tie the rental into other promotions the mountain is running (lesson discounts etc.). They also have an excellent call centre that can help you find the most appropriate accommodation for your family. Keep in mind, however, that not all units are going to be equal. It is worth your time to cross reference the property on Tripadvisor to read reviews from other travelers and get tips on which unit numbers may be superior to others.

2.VRBO, Airbnb.com, and Tripadvisor.com all list hundreds of family vacation rentals in Whistler.  Just make sure you use the advanced search to find kid-friendly properties. Above all, read reviews by people who have stayed there recently *.

 

Click here to get a $25 Airbnb credit ! 

 

Note: A number of people have mentioned alluradirect.com as another family vacation rental resource for Whistler.  Although I’m not nuts about the fact that you cannot specifically filter for “kid-friendly” properties, and it does not seem to allow for reviews, it still lists almost 450 properties in the area, many of which are sure to be suitable.

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Family Deals at Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Days:  25% off selected lessons for adults and kids
This applies to selected 2,3 and 5 day packages for kids, 2 and 5 day packages for teens, and various 1,2 and 3 day group lessons for adults. This promotion is offered for the following dates: Nov. 24th,- Dec. 18th, 2016, Feb. 25th – Mar. 12th 2017 and Apr. 1st – Apr 9th, 2017.   For more information, look under age specific lesson categories for the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School.

Last Minute Deals: This promotion on the official Whistler Blackcomb website offers some great deals on accommodation if booked within 2 weeks of your arrival.  The hotel name remains a mystery until booking is complete but you can choose the number of people, bedrooms, location and stars.  The price is fixed (unlike an auction site) but still a good deal.

Book in Advance and Save: If you book by Nov. 15th, you can take advantage of the Kids Ski, Stay and Rent for Free at Whistler or the Save up to 42% on Lift and Lodging promotion.

Christmas and Holiday Season Packages: For packages during the Christmas holiday season, plus a list of special events, check out the Christmas Season in Whistler page.

The Edge Discount Lift Card:  (Canadian and Washington State Residents Only)  This 1, 3, 5, and 10 day discounted lift card also gets you great deals on gear, rentals, lodging and snow school. Combine this card with the Whistler Days 25% off Lessons deal and get an additional $35 off lessons per day  (see Edge Card for details)

Kids Eat Free: Two Whistler Blackcomb resort restaurants, Dusty’s and Merlins, have added a ‘Kids Eat Free’ dining option this year for children 12 years of age and under, when ordering from the kid’s menu,and when accompanied by a family member ordering from the regular menu.

 

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Whistler and Blackcomb Family Friendly Restaurants

Kid Friendly Restaurants Whistler

 

The great thing about eating out with babies, toddlers and older children in Whistler is that it is a resort town so almost every restaurant is prepared to pull out a high chair or some coloring if necessary.  That being said, here is a list of restaurants that are particularly kid friendly.  My preference leans to restaurants that take reservations since nobody wants to wait in line with little ones.

Rating: Number of stars (out of a maximum 5) given by reviewers on Zomato.com (as of Sept. 2016).

Meals Offered B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner

Entre Price  $ = under $10    $$ = $10-$15    $$$ =  $15-$25    $$$$ = $25 +

 




 

Family Restaurants in Whistler Village

Pizzeria Antico (pizza) $$ casual dine in and take out (L/D) 4/5 stars

Garbo’s Grill (burgers) $$ casual dine in and take out (L//D) New (no ratings yet)

Earl’s Whistler  (american) $$$  dine in and  take out (L/D)  3.6/5 stars

Crepe Montagne (french) $$ casual dine in and take out (B/L/D)   4.3/5 stars

Samurai Sushi (japanese) $ casual dine in and take out (L/D)  3.6/5 stars

The Royal Taste of India (indian) $$$ (L/D) 3.6/5 stars

Teppan Village (japanese steakhouse) $$$ casual elegant dine in (D only)   3.7/5 stars 

Dubh Linn Gate Pub  (international) $$$ casual dine in and take out (B/L/D)  3.6/5 stars

Quattro (italian) $$$ fine dining and take out (L/D) 3.6/5 stars

Pasta Lupino (italian) $$ casual dine in and take out –  (L/D)  4.1/5 stars

Ingrid’s Village Cafe (bakery, sandwiches) $ casual dine in and take out (B/L)  3.9/5 stars

Garabaldi Lift Company GLC (burgers / apres ski) $$ casual dine in and take out (B/L) 3.2/5 stars

Purebread (bakery cafe) $ casual dine in and take out (B/L) 3.7/5 stars

Mogul’s (cafe/sandwiches) $ casual dine in and take out (B/L) 4.0/5 stars

The Mexican Corner $$$ (mexican – including kids menu) casual dine in (B/L/D) 3.4/5 stars

Opa Souvlaki Whistler (greek and vegetarian) $ casual dine in and take out (L/D)  83%

Splitz Grill (burgers) $$  casual dine in and take out (L/D)  4.2/5 stars

21 Steps (italian and international tapas) $$$ casual elegant dine in   3.8/5 stars

Caramba (italian/pizza) $$$ casual dine in and take out (L/D)  3.5/5 stars

Araxi (pacific northwest) $$$$  fine dining (D only)  4.0/5 stars

Cows (desserts and ice cream) $ casual dine in and take out (Dessert)  3.9/5 stars

Menchies (frozen yogurt) $ casual dine in and take out (Dessert)  (no ratings yet)

 

Best Ice Cream in Whistler

 

Family Restaurants Creekside Village Base, Whistler

Southside Diner (burgers) $$  casual dine in and take out (B/L/D)   3.5/5 stars

Samurai Sushi  (japanese)  $ casual dine in and take out (L/D)  3.1/5 stars

Creek bread Whistler (italian pizza) $$ casual dine in and take out (D only)  3.8/5 stars

Dusty’s Bar and BBQ  (pub food and BBQ) $$ casual dine in  (L/D)  3.2/5 stars  *kids eat free

*for children 12 years of age and under, when ordering from the kid’s menu,and when accompanied by a family member ordering from the regular menu.

 

Kid Friendly Restaurants Blackcomb Village Base (Upper Village)

 

Mallard Lounge Fairmont Chateau   (american)  $$ casual dine in L/D  3.3/5 stars

Nagomi Sushi  (japanese) $$ casual dine in and take out (D only) 3.6/5 stars

Sidecut at the Four Seasons (steakhouse) $$$ dine in (L/D) 3.3/5 stars

 

 

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Whistler Babysitters, Daycare / Childcare, and Ski Schools

If your child is too young to be out with you on the mountain or you would simply like to enjoy some kid-free time, you have a couple of options.

Babysitting WhistlerFrom Newborn: Hire a nanny or babysitter to come to your hotel, resort or condo. The well established Babysitting Whistler charges $17 per hour.   (see website)

From 18 months to 48 months: Whistler Blackcomb offers fully licensed childcare programs . All staff are licensed Early Childhood Educators and are trained in First Aid. Parents are offered complimentary TELUS pagers so they have peace of mind that their children are safe while parents enjoy a day on the slopes. Prices for Winter 2015/2016 are $95/day (reserve ahead) There are facilities in all three bases/villages, Blackcomb, Whistler and Creekside. (see website)

Note: I have used this service several times and found it to be excellent.

From 3 – 5 years : Teddy Bear Daycare at Millennium Centre in Whistler village is open Mon.-Fri all year –  full day $99 (see website).

From 3 years on:Whistler Blackcomb Kids Ski and Snowboard School is an excellent school with locations in Blackcomb, Whistler and Creekside village bases.(see website)

In the evenings: On select nights throughout peak ski season, Whistler Blackcomb offers a “Kids Night Out” childcare option (5-12 years). These are fun, non-ski based evening programs that take place at Blackcomb Kids near the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village. The cost is $59 per child and you can book by calling the Whistler Reservations line at: 604-967-8950. Please see www.whistlerblackcomb.com for more details.

 

Whistler Baby Gear and Baby Equipment Rentals

 

Baby’s on the Go
Ph: 604-905-0002
Toll Free: 1-866-905-0002
www.babysonthego.com

 

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