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Visitor’s Guide to Shoulder Season with Kids

Shoulder season is approaching and with that time of year (ending with American Thanksgiving and the opening of Whistler Blackcomb) comes lots of bargains throughout the resort. Take advantage of the shoulder season for great values on dining and lots of other activities that kids will enjoy.

Whistler Creekside Fall

Take Advantage of a Less-Crowded Whistler

While the weather gets chilly quickly after Labour Day weekend, there is still lots of time to enjoy summer-type recreation before the snow flies. Try biking the valley trail with the whole family, and take advantage of trails that are far less crowded. The fantastic paths around Lost Lake are another great option for all ages, and gone are the hordes of summer sun seekers.

Value in the Village

The shoulder season is renowned for great set menus at Whistler’s many fine dining restaurants, and you can find deals that would never be offered during summer or winter. Some locals don’t set foot in the finer establishments in the resort until they see the “Fall Specials” advertised in the Pique.

Less Lining up…More Recreating!

Take advantage of the slim tourist numbers after Labour Day and get right on to any of the attractions you would like to experience, such as ziplining with Ziptrek Ecotours or ATV tours. Many of the Adventure Tour companies post attractive discounts to keep their staff busy in what is traditionally a slow season.

Whistler Village Fall Child

Get Ready for the Turkey Sale

Now is the time to assess what you and your kids need for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. From skis and snowboards to jackets, pants and helmets…it is better to get your measurements done now so you can walk into the Turkey Sale knowing what you need. The Turkey Sale is chaotic and crowded so it pays to plan ahead and it is definitely worthwhile to get in there early for best selection. While it may be tempting to use last year’s equipment, kids grow fast, and last year’s skis or boots are not going to do them any favours for the long winter season ahead. And don’t forget accessories like mitts and socks which need to be in good condition for long, cold, and possibly wet days on the mountain.

Family Hikes

Take advantage of cooler temperatures for some family hiking on the mountain and in the valley’s trails. While summer hiking may be too hot for young kids, the fall temperatures are just right and the scenery can be spectacular with changing fall colours. Hiking in Whistler is the perfect family activity.

Whistler Creekside Autumn

Enjoy Some Downtime

With the bustle of September causing all members of the family to be constantly on-the-go, sometimes what families need is some downtime on their fall vacations. Check out the Whistler Public Library for story times, craft days, and of course, mountains of books for all ages and stages. There is nothing like curling up with a good book on a chilly fall day. The Whistler Public Library is sure to have the perfect read for the whole family.

No matter what you decide to do, the chill in the air will have you eagerly anticipating the white stuff just around the corner!

Photo Credit: Whistler Tourism / Justa Jeskova & Mike Crane