Whistler Children’s Festival

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Returning July 5-7, the annual Whistler Children’s Festival on Whistler Olympic Plaza. Featuring an action-packed schedule of creative activities and interactive performances, the festival is the perfect way to celebrate the end of school and let imaginations run wild.

Whistler Children's Festival
photo credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Each year, the Whistler Children’s Festival transforms Olympic Plaza into a playground of creativity, music, and crafts. Now in its 36th year, the festival schedule features family-fun events and activities such as hands-on arts and crafts activities, theatre, dance, live music and magical performances.

This year’s festival highlights include: the Friday Kickoff Pyjama Dance Party on July 5, the Saturday Circus on July 6, as well as JUNO-nominated music headliners Will’s Jams on July 6 and Bobs and Lolo on July 7.

The festival will also include a variety of activities like face painting, balloon art, and the Make-It Tent filled with arts and crafts activities that will run all weekend long. 

Whistler Children's Festival
photo credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Tickets for the festival are now available online and can also be purchased at the festival. A full schedule of events can be found at whistler.com/events/whistler-childrens-festival.

With so much to explore, experiencing the Whistler Children’s Festival and everything Whistler has to offer this summer requires more than just a weekend. Whistler offers a wide variety of adventures from alpine hiking and outdoor activities to relaxing at lakes and exploring the shopping, dining and cultural delights of the Village.

Getting to Whistler is easy. The 127-kilometre (79 miles) trip from Vancouver along the aptly-named Sea to Sky Highway is so beautiful that visitors consider the drive as a vital part of their vacation. The memorable route to Whistler hugs the dramatic Pacific coastline past rushing waterfalls and mountainous islands, then winds through lush, forested canyons on a gradual climb into the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

The Sea to Sky Highway completed a $600 million upgrade in 2009 to increase the road’s safety, reliability and capacity, as well as shorten travel times. A feat of engineering marvel, project workers excavated enough rock along the highway between Vancouver and Whistler to fill BC Stadium to the roof (all the while not a pebble was taken from the highway – instead it was repurposed as material for widening the road). The end result: a quicker and more enjoyable journey for the more than two million annual visitors who cruise the Sea to Sky en route to Whistler.

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