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Best Free Family Activities in Whistler

Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2013

Best Free Family Activities in Whistler

The best things in life are free...so they say. But trying to find those great free things in a top international resort might get tricky. These ideas will help your family have a great stay in Whistler & not break the bank.

Fun Free (really, free) Whistler Activities 

We're not going to lie to you. If you've got kids older than, say, 2 or 3, you're probably going to have to shell out some cash to really experience Whistler with them. Many "free" activities are actually "almost free" which, if you have more than one adorable little tyke can get so far from free, fast, that it seems criminal to still call it "almost free."

This article is focusing only on free activities in Whistler. We'll tackle "almost free" later. You can mix the two categories together and come up with a vacation that you feel good about. Fun with your family in one of the world's most beautiful locations. And without the stress of having overspent just to have a good time.

Indoor Fun 

There will be days when no one wants to play outside, but you still want to have a great time in Whistler. Here are some ideas for free activities that will warm you up:

Whistler Art Galleries

There are several (many) art galleries in Whistler, with a surprising array of art. Though obviously, you won't want to do this with your kids when they need to blow off steam, this is a great activity for those moments when everyone is well fed, rested, and needs to warm up a bit. Because there are so many to choose from, too, if you plan this in advance, you might keep a list at hand to refer to as you stroll through the Village.

Whistler Public Library

A Trip Advisor reviewer writes: "Bring your sun glasses!" about the Whistler Public Library. It is an awe inspiring space with a fireplace surrounded by cozy chairs and enough free activities going on to keep any family happy. The library website introduces itself as "Whistler's Living Room." Welcome & enjoy your time there!

Lululemon Yoga

This activity is more for the parents, but isn't it wonderful that, just when you may need it most, Lululemon offers free yoga in their store? (They provide the mat!) Take advantage of this one. See the store website for details including times and dates.

Outdoor Activities

It is more than possible to wear the kids out in Whistler for free & have a great time doing it. Here are some ideas for free outdoor activities in Whistler:

WAG Whistler Animals Galore

We love this idea. For kids who love animals, what could be better than helping out the local shelter by taking a very appreciative dog for a walk along the Valley Trail. This could also be an indoor activity for cat lovers. Kids can help out by hanging out in the cattery benefitting both feline and humans. Call in advance for more information and availability.

Skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza

Skating is free with your own skates! Open daily until March 25. You can rent skates for $5 if you need them (Only thing on this list that costs money). This is a real treat. Not to be missed.

Fire and Ice Show

From December 15th, every Sunday night there is an incredible Fire and Ice show in Whistler Village. The show starts at 6:30 and highlights some of Whistler's best skiers and riders jump through rings of fire doing gravity defying feats of epic proportions. Sounds like hyperbole, but trust us, it's that good. 

These are some ideas to balance out your Whistler vacation with the family. You can also certainly toboggan and walk or cross country ski along the Valley Trail. Of course, going on a walk can't really count as a veritable activity, and you would have to buy a toboggan or rent cross country gear, so those don't officially make our list. Have a great stay with us this winter, and if you do need any extra information about things to do in Whistler, ask our concierge. We're always happy to help. 

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Chad Chomlack 

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