With it’s beginner specific ski zones and kid-friendly activities on and off the mountain, Whistler is a vacation destination for the whole family. The resort has made a conscious effort to appeal to families with festivals and events such as the Whistler Go Fest, the Fire and Ice shows, and Family Après at Whistler Olympic Plaza. And as well as these events and activities, Whistler has some fantastic family friendly restaurants that kids and adults will love.
Check out my definitive guide to the best kid-friendly restaurants in Whistler.
Number one on my list is Creekbread in Whistler’s Creekside neighbourhood: an area that enjoys a quieter, less crowded atmosphere than Whistler Village. And with it’s own gondola, ski-out routes and free parking, Creekside is an easily accessible, welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the resort.
Only 5 km south of the Village or a 10 minute taxi ride, Creekbread serves organic, wood-fired pizza made from local ingredients to support local producers. The restaurant surrounds the huge wood-fired oven that gives the place a warm and cozy feel. Kids will be entertained by drawing designs for the front of the menus and getting creative on the chalkboard downstairs.
Which kids don’t love pizza?! Image courtesy of Dotting the Map
I recommend sharing a large pizza between two adults, and a small pizza between two kids. Top choices are the Mopsy’s Kalua Pork, Pemberton Potato Pie (definitely add bacon) and the Community Creekbread. You can go half-half on a single pizza if you can’t decide on a single choice.
Creekbread can be busy in the high season so I would take advantage of their call ahead policy and call them 20 minutes before arriving at the restaurant. They don’t take reservations but calling ahead will minimize your wait time. If you can’t finish your pizza, get it wrapped to go as Creekbread is just as good the next day as the night before!
Arguably the best burgers in Whistler are found at Splitz Grill. A favourite for locals and tourists, Splitz served hand-crafted burgers in a casual diner-style restaurant. As well as dinner, this place is great lunch spot and is about a 10 minute walk from the Whistler Village gondolas, or a short walk from the Marketplace parking lot.
All burger patties are made fresh daily, and are complemented by over 40 housemade sauces and toppings. And because Splitz lets you build your own burger and choose exactly which toppings and sauces you want, the customization options are unlimited. All burgers can come by themselves or as a combo (with fries and a soda), and you can choose to have your burger in a wrap or gluten-free bun.
Splitz also has a kids menu which includes grilled cheese, burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips and fries.
An authentic italian kitchen with dine-in, take out and cook at home options, Pasta Lupino is a cozy spot which offers a casual lunch service, or a full table-service for dinner. As well as dining in, Pasta Lupino is one of the best take-out places in Whistler if you want to have a night in at your hotel or apartment. And if you’re looking to cook at home, Pasta Lupino sells home-made pizza dough ready to roll out, freshly baked bread and a range of Italian groceries.
Pasta Lupino – Images courtesy of Pasta Lupino Gourmet/Eric McIntyre Photography
If you are coming with kids, come early in the evening for the dinner service (starts at 5.30pm) to miss the rush. I highly recommend the veggie lasagna (which is also included on the kids menu!) and their popular chicken parmigiana.
On a sunny day, the Brewhouse patio is one of the best in town as it is right on Whistler’s Olympic plaza, meaning that the adults can enjoy a cold beer while watching the kids play around the Olympic rings or kids play area. On an overcast or cooler day, kids will be equally well-entertained by the model train that travels around the pub and restaurant on tracks in the rafters.
With a great kids’ menu, a warm 2-sided fireplace and plenty of screens to catch the game, the Brewhouse caps off my list of the best family friendly restaurants in Whistler.
Katharine Mills is a trail and ultra runner living in North Vancouver. Originally from the UK, she lived in Whistler for two years before making the move to the city. Compared to the UK, she thinks Canada has an incredible lifestyle, but terrible tea. Her favourite things are exploring the wilds of the BC backcountry, racing mountain bikers down the trails of North Vancouver, and Honey’s Doughnuts from Deep Cove.
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