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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Family summer festivities start with the Whistler Children’s Festival

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Whistler, B.C. – Canada’s year-round playground gets a little bit more playful when the Whistler Children’s Festival makes its return July 7 - 9. Whistler’s longest running festival marks the start of a summer of family-friendly fun complete with art-making workshops, entertainment and activities for kids of all ages.

Pack your pyjamas and kick off the festivities at the free outdoor pyjama party in the Whistler Olympic Plaza on the evening of July 7. The Whistler Children’s Festival continues from July 7 - 9 offering activities such as face painting, origami and a covered free-play area for kids under 2 years. Watch live performances or put the little ones in a creative workshop to learn to build a birdhouse, dreamcatcher or take on the art of magic. Attendees can also send a child in need to the festival with the purchase of a helping hand ticket, enabling those who wouldn’t normally be able to attend the festival to go.

Whistler’s family-friendly activities carry on year-round, with the summer season shining especially bright. Cool off in one of Whistler’s five lakes, post up at a playground or see if you can spot a bear from the gondola. Take a stab at the Canada 150 Scavenger Hunt and claim your prize at the Whistler Visitor’s Centre once 20 items have been crossed off the list.

Sign up the kids for a summer workshop with Summer Art Camps at the Audain Art Museum, Children’s Summer Theatre at the Point Artist Run Centre or join the Whistler Public Library and the Whistler Museum for a free weekly journey through Whistler’s History at Crafts in the Park.

Enjoy a free, outdoor movie every Wednesday at the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside with the Whistler Summer Cinema presented by the Whistler Film Festival. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch the series start off with Where the Wild Things Are on July 19 at dusk.

Whistler offers non-stop family fun year round. Start with the Whistler Children’s Festival and stay an extra night or two to extend your weekend thanks to midweek deals from $125 a night.


Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.944.7853 and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

About the FE&A program                                                                                                                                                                                  Celebration is an essential aspect of Whistler culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when the community presented the most outstanding display of sport, entertainment and culture the resort had ever seen. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program to develop and attract a wide range of high-quality, year-round programming, including an exciting line-up of festivals, events and entertainment for all ages and audiences.

The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by the FE&A Oversight Committee comprised of staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at large and a Whistler council representative. Learn more about the FE&A program. 

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