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6 Whistler Family Activities for BC Family Day

Whistler Family Day Activities

BC’s first Family Day is a week away and we thought we’d look into 6 Whistler family activities for the BC Family Day long-weekend that lets you enjoy the other adventures that Whistler has to offer other than skiing. While we love Whistler Blackcomb, since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Whistler resort has received the benefits of legacies left behind for people of all ages to enjoy, and especially families.

The winter activities in Whistler now encompass a full selection of outdoor adventures to family day activities. In fact, there are so many family ski activities at the Whistler Olympic Park alone that we had to split this post up into a two-part series!

Today, we’re concentrating on the numerous activities that kids and parents can enjoy all around Whistler that don’t involve skiing. And there are plenty of non-skiing activities in Whistler!

Winter Activities for a Family Vacation in Whistler.

Whistler Tube Park.

Whistler Tube ParkLocated in the Base 2 Zone of Blackcomb Mountain, the Whistler Tube Park is a blast from the past for any parent and is an absolute blast for kids of any age. A favourite activity for any family vacation in Whistler, the tube park allows parents the joy of being a kid for a day as they fly down the mountain with the kids chain-linked in tow. With the stresses of work, this is a perfect way to enjoy a stress-free family day in Whistler. Take a FREE ride up from Whistler Village on the Exaclibur Gondola to Base 2 and enjoy a day thru the eyes of your kids.

Family Day Long-Weekend Hours (11am – 8pm).

  • Tickets must be purchased a minimum of 3 days in advance of the start date.
  • Note: Children must be at least 3 years of age and a minimum height of 36″ or 91cm tall to tube.

Whistler Blackcomb’s Fire and Ice Show.

On Sunday night, take your kids over to Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village and watch the thrilling the performance of Whistler’s best skiers, including members of Whistler Blackcomb’s Ski School, launching thru the air and ring of fire. This spectacular event happens every Sunday night at 6:30pm and is one of the best free live entertainment highlights for any family vacation, especially for the kids. Who wouldn’t want to spend a Sunday night watching some of the best skiers and riders jump thru and alongside a thrilling display of light and fire?!

6:30pm start from Dec 16 to March 3.
7:30pm start from March 10-31, due to Daylight Savings.

Skiers Plaza: Whistler Village base between Whistler & Blackcomb Gondolas.

Cost: Free.

Outdoor Skating in Whistler Olympic Plaza.

On the north side of Whistler Village, families can enjoy an outdoor skating session with their kids amongst the shiny lights of the Whistler Olympic Plaza. A favourite past time for many, the outdoor skating rink opened in December 2011 before a new permanent one was constructed in Whistler’s Olympic Plaza for 2012 that allow you and your kids to enjoy a breath of fresh air amongst a beautiful mountain setting in Whistler that is surrounded with the Olympic rings and festive shiny lights.

Family Day Long Weekend Hours
Friday-Saturday: 11am to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm.
Sunday-Monday: 11am to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm.

Whistler Sleigh Ride with Blackcomb Sleigh Rides.


If you’re looking to take an afternoon off from skiing or explore Whistler as a family in a more relaxed fashion, then take a ride with Blackcomb Sleigh Rides and Carriages. Travel thru Whistler in a horsedrawn sleigh ride enjoying Whistler’s fresh air and pristine nature setting. Appreciate Whistler’s landscape amongst the silence of the mountain as you cozy up as a family under the blankets listening to the history of Whistler’s mountain valley with the Blackcomb Sleigh Rides tour guides.

Blackcomb Sleigh Ride BC Family Day Special.

Reserve a sleigh ride thru Blackcomb Sleigh Rides website to receive 10% off a sleigh ride tour from Saturday, Feb. 9 to Monday, Feb. 11. Alternatively, you can also call 604-932-7631 to make a reservation and receive 10% off.

Blackcomb Sleigh Ride offers six different tours at various times throughout the afternoon and evening. Review their tours on their website.

Whistler Ziptrek EcotoursZipline Above Whistler with Ziptrek EcoTours.

Whistler has been the home of the exhilarated rush of ZipTrek EcoTours for several years now. It has become one of things to do in Whistler during the summer. Now, it’s also becoming one of the top non-skiing activities to do during the winter. While it might be a little colder during the winter months, ziptrek thru and over Whistler is one of the best moments of freedom anyone can experience.

For families, this adventurous activity presents the opportunity for each of you to push the limits of speed or challenge any potential fears while flying thru Whistler’s tree tops. For BC Family Day long weekend, Ziptrek Ecotours in Whistler is offering 10% off adult tours and 20% off youth tours. Call 604-935-0001 to book.

Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Sightseeing Adventure.

For some families, they’re not interested in skiing, but they still want to explore the sights and views of Whistler’s amazing winter setting. Well, there is no better way to do this than to buy a sightseeing lift ticket and hop on Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak gondola. The world’s longest free span between ropeway tours and the only mountain resort to have a gondola connect two side-by-side mountains. At 3 km in length, the Peak 2 Peak gondola has become a favourite with families and tourists from all over the world.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend Family Day in Whistler exploring the amazing views of Whistler Blackcomb from high in the sky!


With Family Day only a week away, these six non-skiing Whistler family activities will keep you and your children extremely busy for the upcoming long-weekend.