8 Things To Occupy Your Holiday Guests
If you are hosting your relatives or out of town friends in Sea to Sky country this holiday season, you might start feeling like the walls are closing in after a couple days. To prevent the next family dust-up, we’d like to offer a list of activities to help keep you and yours occupied.
1.Indoor Axe Throwing
Pick up a sharp metal object and hurl it at a target. It’s cheaper than a family therapist. AND! You can hit up your dad for your league membership fees. Sign up for an hour-long session that includes a lesson and competition for bragging rights. Two locations to choose from.
2. Whistler Family Zone & Village
Simply walking through Whistler Village during the holidays is a magical experience. It’s a very animated and festive place. Parents take note that the Family Fun Zone is back at the Whistler Conference Centre. Located at 4010 Whistler Way https://meetings.whistler.com/conference_centre/
There is a huge room set up with bouncy castles, ropes courses, games and toys. You can even dance with your entire family! The grandparents and the relatives can sit in a nearby lounge area and sip a hot chocolate or munch on a snack.
3.Sea To Sky Gondola
Visiting the gondola itself is an amazing experience for everyone. They also have a really great list of holiday themed activities that you can participate in.
Family Sing Along:
Grab a carol book and belt out Christmas classics to your hearts content on December 20th.
The gondola does most of the heavy lifting. Once up top, you can hook up with a short guided tour at twilight. The tour will be done on foot or with snowshoes.The tours run every Saturday in December or you can book a private tour. Advance booking required.
4. Escape Room
There seems to be an escape room in every city now and Whistler is no exception. Check out Escape Whistler and pick from one of four challenges. They suggest bringing a group of 4-6 people to try out your choice of the Pirate Ship, The Pinball Machine, The Buried Cabin and The Rabbit Hole.
5. Tenderfoot Fish Hatchery
A lot of our out of town relatives are often quite clueless about Salmon and the role they play in Sea to Sky’s ecosystems. This is where we take our friends and relations to educate them and to burn off some butter tarts. Take a drive 15 minutes from Squamish and see live salmonoids being grown and nurtured. During December, you can expect to see adult Cohos. A self-guided tour will help you understand the life cycle. There is also a wee hike that you can take to the top of a nearby hill.
This might not be the ideal activity for families with minors, but maybe you need some male bonding with Dad or a post shopping cocktail with Mom?
The Sea to Sky food and beverage scene has grown by leaps and bounds this past decade. The micro-breweries are all the rage in the corridor. If your family experience causes you to crave something a little stronger, we have two distilleries to share with you.
Pemberton Distillery: This sauce-mill was started pre 2010 and is still going strong today. They are open every day throughout the holidays and it’s worth the beautiful drive. They open at 1pm daily.
You can also register for tours here:
Gillespie’s Fine Spirits: This place has a really unique atmosphere and is centrally located in Squamish. Stop in and see the “Booze Witch” Kelly Ann Woods and get her to craft the perfect drink for your holiday needs. Locally made hooch and elixirs also make an awesome gift.
Open Thursday-Sunday 1:00-6:00
7) Cheese Fondue
Nothing bonds a family like dipping bits of food in gooey sticky cheese. Whistler has a few places to enjoy fondue, but we are suggesting the atmospheric Fairmont Chateau Whistler. You can also google “whistler cheese fondue” and come up with other options at different price points. We also like the fact you can leave the clean up to others.
8) Fresh Tracks Breakfast
If you have some super keen skiers or riders in your group, consider the fresh track breakfast. You have to get up early as it’s only open to the first 650 people. It officially opens at 7:15 but locals start lining up at 6:00am.
There are two really great reasons to do this. One, ideal conditions for powder or fresh groomers. Two, the buffet breakfast. It’s the only easy way to get fresh tracks unless you have a buddy who operates a groomer. You can also purchase this as a gift.