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Kid-Friendly Activities, Shops and Restaurants Whistler

Banish boredom with activities galore to keep tots, tykes and teens amused

By Nicole Capelo, Sheri Radford & Kristina Urquhart

Photo by Bonny Makarewicz courtesy Tourism Whistler

Play

Fearless little folks love whizzing along on skis or snowboards. For almost as much speed but with less skill required, the Coca-Cola Tube Park appeals to both the young and young-at-heart. Whistler Bungee offers a 50-m (160-ft) plunge over the Cheakamus River, guaranteed to get hearts racing. Tiny adrenaline junkies also enjoy ziplining and snowmobiling. Slow down the pace with a snowshoe excursion through picturesque forests or a rafting trip to view bald eagles. Experience the countryside the old-fashioned way with Blackcomb Sleighrides or the high-tech way on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which travels between the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb in 11 minutes. To inject some education—that won’t feel like boring old school—into the vacation, let the kids learn about local First Nations people and history at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, copper mining at the Britannia Mine Museum and olden-days railway equipment at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.—SR

Shop

If you need a break from the slopes, take the kiddies on a shopping adventure. Head to Whoola Toys, where kids can test out different games, knick-knacks and books. To satisfy a sweet tooth, the Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop stocks all kinds of goodies for little ones, along with nostalgic treats for grown-ups. Visit Cows to find irresistibly quirky ice cream flavours, souvenirs and gifts that celebrate the much-loved cartoon cow. And when the family is all shopped out, enjoy some kid-friendly R&R at a relaxing spa such as Eco Chic Spa, Hidden Lodge Day Spa & Salon or The Spa at the Four Seasons Whistler. Be sure to ask for a kids’ massage or a manicure/pedicure combo.—NC

Eat

When there are hungry mouths to feed after playing in the snow, parents turn to the kids’ menus at The Old Spaghetti Factory and Caramba! Restaurante. White Spot salutes pint-sized patrons with its Pirate Pak: a kiddie meal served in a cardboard pirate ship. Tots and teens don’t have to miss out on Whistler’s renowned après-ski scene with family-friendly pubs including Black’s, The Brewhouse and Dubh Linn Gate. On the go? Zog’s Dogs dishes up hot dogs, hamburgers and ooey-gooey poutine. Also here: BeaverTails pastries, named after Canada’s national animal. Mom and Dad may go for the simple cinnamon-sugar topping, but we’re guessing candy-crazed kids will beg for a chocolate tail coated in Reese’s Pieces. Don’t miss the ski-up BeaverTails location on Whistler Mountain, where children can get a sugar fix on the go.—KU

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