Big Family Fun | 15 Spring Break Activities in Whistler
Spring Break in Whistler is a magical time of the year, when you can be cruising down the ski slopes in the morning, and splashing around in a lake in the afternoon. As the flowers flourish, so does the list of activities. Say goodbye to dark mornings and frozen toes, and hello to the sun on your face, longer days and endless possibilities for adventure.
In between the peak winter ski season and busy biking months of summer lies a time where Whistler village quiets down and you can expect killer deals on accommodation, dining and activities. Spring truly is a hidden gem in Whistler’s calendar.
Looking for ideas for your family’s spring break ski trip? Read on to get the low-down on how you and your family can fill your days on your Whistler spring break.
Fly Like A Bird
What better way to marvel over BC’s rugged Coast Mountains than soaring through the air like a bird? Ziplining is a breathtaking ride, even for the most adventurous daredevils. Take a flight over Cougar Mountain with Superfly Ziplines.
Nothing quite beats the feeling of gliding through the sky, 600 feet off the ground. There are tour options for thrill-seekers of all ages – children can join the adventure from just 7 years old, as long as they’re 60lbs. Reaching speeds of 100 km an hour, ziplining is the ultimate experience. Just be sure to look around and take in the spectacular views!
Take To The Slopes
Although the snow is melting to reveal fresh green grass in the village, 1500m up on the mountain peaks, winter is still holding strong. With a base of three metres in places, there’s still plenty of fun to be had skiing and snowboarding on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Spring break ski trips in Whistler are affordable too, with up to 40% off ski and stay packages. The days of not being able to feel your toes are long behind us, and now we welcome sunny laps, goggle tans and a healthy dose of vitamin D. Whether you’re a newbie on the planks or an avid snow junkie, there are options for everyone, and the family-friendly zones make for a fun and safe adventure day for the whole gang. With Whistler Mountain staying open until the last week of May, there’s no excuse not to head up and cruise the groomers on your skis or snowboard
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!
It’s hard to match the magic of witnessing a mother black bear and her cubs in their natural habitat. And Whistler, with a population of over 60 black bears, is an ideal location to witness these wild animals. Late spring is a great time to go looking, as they start to emerge from their winter dens and hunt for food with their young cubs in tow.
On a bear viewing tour, you’ll traverse along remote alpine roads and beadily lookout for signs of wildlife, all from the comfort and safety of a 4×4. Not only will you have the chance to observe these majestic creatures, but the experienced tour guides will also give you a lesson on the intricate workings of this ecosystem. Be sure to bring your camera and watch the expression on the kids’ faces when they spot a bear!
Take a Lakeside Dip
After a day of hiking or warm, spring skiing, why not make the most of the late afternoon sunshine and plunge yourself into one of Whistler’s many lakes. Just a 10-minute cycle from the village, Lost Lake is loved by locals for its warm water and dog-friendly beach. On the other side of town is the larger Alta Lake.
Soak up the rays at Rainbow Park or rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard from Whistler Eco Tours, on the other side of the water. Undeniably Whistler’s coldest body of water, Green Lake isn’t one that you want to throw yourself into at the first sign of spring, but it’s the perfect spot to devour a picnic and watch as seaplanes land majestically on the water’s surface.
Dining Deals Galore
After a jam-packed, adventure-filled day, the whole family is going to be in need of a hearty meal. The latter half of spring is known in this resort town as shoulder season and from mid-April to mid-June, many of the restaurants in town offer incredible deals.
Whistler is known for its world-class dining and even the fanciest restaurants in town, Rimrock Cafe, Il Caminetto, and Araxi to name but a few, offer deals that aren’t going to break the bank. Be sure to take full advantage of the slow season and sample some of Whistler’s most exquisite cuisine!
Throw an Axe
Whilst it’s not unusual for May to experience temperatures in the mid-20s, March is a cooler month and often accompanied by spring showers. What better way to wait for the drizzle to pass than by popping into Forged Axe Throwing. Grab an axe and spend an hour learning a new skill. Anyone over the age of 10 can give this sport a go!
Take a Hike!
The best things in life are free. Life doesn’t get much better than reaching the end of a long hike, looking out over the stunning landscape and feeling a sense of great achievement, and the need for a beer! As the warmer temperatures melt away the snow, trails are uncovered, awaiting the pitter patter of hikers.
While many of the trails at higher elevations are still snow-covered until July or August, there are lots of options further down the valley to take a stroll. If you have a car, head 40 minutes down the highway to Squamish and hike The Chief. Reaching the summit of this granite monster is not the easiest feat, but when you make it to the top the breathtaking views over the Howe Sound make every aching step totally worth it.
Hire Bikes For the Day (or Week!)
Even if you’re not a fan of throwing yourself down the side of Whistler mountain on a bike, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the scenery that this area has to offer from two wheels. With over 200 valley trails waiting to be explored, renting bikes for the day and pootling along through the forest is a great way to spend an afternoon of your Whistler spring break.
Lost Lake boasts a variety of excellent trails, with many suited to the beginners among us. And after all that exertion, you can finish up with a quick dip in the water!
Visit Whistler Farmers Market
If you find yourself in Whistler on a Sunday in late May pop down to the Farmers Market at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village to snap up some of the best local produce that the Sea to Sky Corridor has to offer. The market is open for business every Sunday from May 19th, 11am – 4pm, and it’s the perfect way to get a local taste of fresh food and artisan crafts.
View Whistler from the Air
If you’re searching for an unparalleled bird’s-eye view of Whistler, taking the family on a heli-adventure will be a memory to last a lifetime. Blackcomb Helicopters offer a range of tours, including their 12-minute Whistler Explorer Tour for $179 per person, and their 24-minute BC Experience Tour for $294 per person
On this tour, not only will you gaze in awe at Cheakamus Glacier and the famous Garibaldi Provincial Park, but you’ll also get to set foot on a 12,000-year-old glacier during the landing on Rainbow Mountain. A great advantage to this activity is that you can experience it with even the youngest members of your crew – children under 2 can ride on a parent’s lap, for free!
The Ultimate Night Walk
Last year, Whistler introduced an attraction that quickly got a name for itself as among the best that the town has to offer. Vallea Lumina is a 1.5km multimedia night walk that immerses you in an enchanted story of hidden wonder. As you wander through the forests of Cougar Mountain be prepared to experience a light show like no other. It’s truly a magical experience for anyone spending spring break in Whistler
Opening at the beginning of June, this is an activity for those visiting Whistler at the end of spring. It’s free for kids under 5 (age 6-15 pay $34.99, and the adult price is $39.99), but do be aware that strollers are not permitted.
Kids Art Camps
If your kids are more artsy than sporty, check out the spring break camps that the Audain Art Museum put on in late March. The half-day camps for children aged six – 13 give kids the opportunity to get creative with paper mâché, watercolours, sculpture, and more. While the younger members of the family explore their artistic flair, it’s time for the adults to check out Scandinave Spa!
After taking advantage of the plethora of adventures on Whistler’s doorstep, you may be feeling a little exhausted. If this is the case, a day at the Scandinave Spa should be your next stop. At these open-air baths, you can relax and rejuvenate in a hot pool, steam room or sauna before taking a quick plunge into the freezing cold water, and then making the short leap into one of the numerous solariums to fully unwind.
Close to Lost Lake, the spa is located in the woods and makes for an utterly tranquil experience. $79 gives you access to the baths, and you can stay for as long as you like. Add a massage to the mix and you’ve got yourself the ultimate relaxation recipe. Note, that you have to be 19+ to enter the baths.
Experience PEAK 2 PEAK
Riding the famous PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an iconic way to get up in the mountains and lap in the views. Linking Blackcomb and Whistler, the PEAK 2 PEAK cable car is the world’s longest and highest unsupported span for a lift of its kind, making this gondola ride surpass all others. Spring sightseeing begins on April 23rd!
Are You Brave Enough?
Are your kids big-time thrill-seekers? If zip-lining doesn’t get your heart going enough, time to up the adrenaline and take a leap of faith. Whistler Bungee is arguably the town’s most exhilarating activity.
Drive 15 minutes south of Whistler, and you’ll be taking a 160ft (50 metre) jump directly over the ice-cold Cheakamus River (a stunning setting, if you can appreciate it alongside the fear!). There’s no age minimum, so as long as your kids are at least 45 lbs the whole family can get the blood pumping! Buddy up for a tandem jump if you need some moral support!
Plan for an Epic Spring Break in Whistler this Year
So what are you waiting for? Spring break in Whistler combines the best that this town has to offer – adventure, the outdoors and total relaxation, all doused with a sprinkle of sunshine and more daylight hours.
Whether it’s a spring break ski trip with the kids or an action-packed family vacation that you’re looking for, the opportunities for adventure in Whistler are never-ending. Get out there and take advantage of everything that this diverse village has to offer in the springtime!