It’s Raining in Whistler - Now What? A Family Survival Guide
Whistler has been working on weatherproofing itself for years now. After a few low snow seasons, there has been concerted effort from the municipality and local businesses to ensure guests have fun – no matter what the weather!
In summer, the sun doesn’t always shine in Whistler. When the rain and clouds hit, the weather at this mountainous elevation can be just plain cold. Here are a few ideas this summer when the weather's not cooperating with your vacation plans!
Hit Meadow Park
Meadow Park Sports Centre is a great place for families in all four seasons. Kids love the smaller pool for its lazy river, and spouting bears, and the lap pool for its 8-foot slide. Adults and older kids love the big pool for its basketball net. There is also a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Head over the rink for some good Canadian fun: ice skating and hockey. Meadow Park also has two squash courts open to all ages as long as players wear non-marking soled shoes.
There is an annual closure of the pool and rink from late August to late September so be sure to call the front desk first to confirm hours of operation.
The Whistler Racquets Club has a fantastic facility and when the rain comes down, head into their year-round bubble with three indoor courts. Private lessons are available and all summer long the club runs both kids and adult camps for all ability levels.
Challenges for All Ages at The Core
The Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Gym in Whistler Village offers a unique weatherproof opportunity for kids to climb and expend some energy. The facility offers an amazing 5500 square foot climbing wall that has routes ranging from beginner to advanced – and kids as young as four can try this sport with experienced guides. The Core offers camps during the summer and has a ‘climb and dine’ program for kids and teens in the evenings.
Bounce Off Some Energy
Head south to Function Junction on a rainy day for some family-friendly airtime at Bounce. The Whistler Bounce Acrobatic Academy opened in a few years ago and this indoor trampoline park has been a big hit with both locals and visitors ever since. Full of bouncing foam blocks and strategically-placed trampolines, kids can really let off some stream. After bouncing up a storm, the whole family can enjoy some delicious baked treats across the street at Purebread Bakery.
Catch a Movie
The Village 8 Cinemas always has a family friendly movie playing - sometimes two. Check out the weekly listings and reviews in Pique Newsmagazine.
Coming Soon for Adventurous Families
Whistler Blackcomb’s exciting Renaissance project will offer even more weather-proofed fun for families. The location for this ambitious expansion plan is Base 2 on Blackcomb, and will provide endless entertainment options for days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Look forward to an indoor aquatic centre with wave pool, waterslides, bowling, and much more.