Whistler is a place in BC that we feel we can always go to. Any time of year it’s a great location to go to for a mini vacation, staycation, whatever you want to call it. We go at least once a year and have done so since before having kids. Today we wanted to share a bit of our recent trip there and reasons why we love going there.
We weren’t able to leave until after I was one work on a Friday so it was the latest we’ve ever left to go there. Normally it’s a two-hour drive, but this time with two little kids it took a bit longer especially with travelling around dinner time. We had to stop so that the girls could stretch and eat something. If we had known about it sooner we probably would have stayed in Squamish a bit longer to watch the Santa Claus parade there.
This time we stayed Creekside in Whistler. Normally we stay in the village but we wanted a change. Legends Whistler was where we stayed (stay tuned we’ll have a full review). Checking in went really smoothly we were in and out of reception in minutes and directed to where we were to park. Both of the girls had fallen asleep since it was past bedtime.
Jason did all the leg work of getting our suite case, pack-n-play, and other items to the hotel room. While he did that, I tried to unpack and get us settled in quickly. I’m so thankful Jason thought to pack some Christmas movies. We popped Rudolph in and got the girls into pjs. Soon enough it was bedtime for everyone.
Saturday was our one full day in Whistler and we wanted to make the most of it. The main reason we went to Whistler was to see snow. Evie had been asking for weeks to get to see snow (little did we know we’d get snow back home soon enough). Breakfast was had and we all quickly got changed into our winter gear so we could drive over to the village. It had snowed a little overnight.
We wandered around in the village, popping into stores, doing a little bit of shopping. Soon everyone was hungry and wanting lunch. We knew just where to go and headed to El Furniture Warehouse. The food has never disappointed us while there and you really cannot beat the price at $4.95 per food item. We were glad we got there right for open because it filled up quickly.
One of the best things that happened while we were there was our random purchase of a new to us, but bought that day, sled. Some young people were looking to sell the sled they had bought that day because they were leaving soon to go home. We started to walk past when Evie asked if we could please get the sled. It was the best purchase of the weekend.
We headed to the Olympic Plaza, where the skating rink is located, and pulled the girls around on the sled. There was a snow on the ground but some had also been dumped there making little hills that were perfect to sled down. Both of the girls took turns going down the little hill. That’s right, even our one-year-old went sledding! Our girls are fearless.
We shared recently how this was a trip, not a vacation. It wasn’t until the sledding that we were all truly smiling and laughing. Oh how that moment in time was needed. It was the family memory we all needed to make. I will never forget the girls playing together and the smiles on everyone’s faces.
Below we’re sharing some of our reasons why we love Whistler.
Have you been to Whistler, what are some of your favourite things to do, places to see and eat at in Whistler?
Reasons Why We Love Travelling to Whislter
- Location: There is no denying the beauty of BC especially when you travel into the Mountains. Even the drive to Whistler is spectacular with the scenic drive along the Sea to Sky highway. Plus the distance to travel is small and on a good day we would have been there in two hours (or 4 episodes of PAW Patrol).
- Things to do: There’s so much to see and do in Whistler. Each time we visit we find there is something new to be discovered. A favourite of ours is going up the gondola and across the PEAK 2 PEAK.
- El Furniture Warehouse: This just might be our favourite place to eat there. We’ve had meals at different places in the Village, but we always keep coming back to El Furniture Warehouse. The meals are always great. The staff are friendly. One even went above and beyond making sure we had a table suitable for with the girls. Plus, we cannot recommend the perogies enough. Order some to-go before you leave and save them for breakfast the next morning.
- Trails: There are lots of beautiful trails. We stick to more simple ones that are child and stroller friendly. The beauty of being outside always lifts our mood.
- Lakes: Whether you walk to one or you drive to one you definitely want to check out the local lakes, they are spectacular. Plus the lakes just might be our favourite photo spots.
- Family-friendly hotels: Stay in the Village or Creekside you are sure to stay at a hotel that is family friendly. We had positive experiences everywhere we have stayed. Many going above and beyond to ensure we have everything we need.
- Coffee shops: there are several coffee shops in Whistler. Go for classic Starbucks that you know and love or check out something unique to Whistler like Mount Currie (their chai is amazing). There is coffee available all over and we know how important that can be as parents.
- Purebread: This is a Whistler-based family bakery and you do not want to miss going there! You actually have two chances when in Whistler because there is a location in Function Junction in Whistler Village. There are all sorts of tempting treats from the reindeer cookies we got the girls, to the peanut butter rice square and coconut macaroon we enjoyed. We popped into Purebread on our way home and their treats were just what we needed for the drive home. PS… we just recently found out there is a location in Vancouver!
- SNOW: Please imagine a preschooler yelling that at the top of her lungs while she is full of joy. Our daughter’s love snow, so getting to go to a place like Whistler so close to home and that has lots of it this time of year, we knew we were in their happy place. If there’s no snow in the Village, take a trek up the mountain in the gondola, it will be worth your time. Go have some lunch at the top and then go play out in the snow.