Top 13 Activities Entertaining Wedding Guests in Whistler
Whistler weddings are popular. Everyone comes here to get married. And it’s not hard to understand why. With beautiful landscapes and plenty of luxury venues, there’s no end to unique and memorable Whistler wedding ideas.
Between Whistler and Pemberton in 2017, over 600 hundred weddings took place. That’s more than one per day, in a region with under 20,000 residents. Clearly, it’s not just the locals getting hitched. People are making Whistler the spot for their destination wedding.
Are you planning on making Whistler your home base for your big day? If you are, you’ll want to give your guests a detailed guide about this fine mountain town. When they aren’t at your ceremony, what will they do? What Whistler activities are you going to recommend to your guests for the duration of their stay? Because more likely than not, your guests will come to visit us for more than just the big day.
Daytime Activities Suitable for Kids
So you’ve got young’uns coming to your Whistler wedding. Worried if they don’t use up their energy they’ll become unruly at your big event? Don’t worry. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities for them to enjoy during their days visiting Whistler.
Meadow Park Sports Centre and Water Park
This recreation centre has lots on offer for kids (and adults too). There’s an ice rink, a sauna and steam room, hot tub, kid play pool, and an outdoor jungle gym. Because so many of the fun activities are indoors, this makes Meadow Park a great option for a cold or rainy day (more rainy day options here).
Riverside Greens Putting Course
This is open from mid-May to mid-October and is a great summer family activity. There are 19 holes and putters are available to rent for both adults and children. It’s located 30 minutes north of Whistler Village, in the Riverside RV Resort and Campground.
Otherwise known as Frisbee golf. There are two courses you can find. One near Lost Lake Park and the other in the Kadenwood development in Bayshores. The former has 27 holes (18 baskets and nine tonal poles) and the latter is much shorter with just ten tonal poles. Both are free to use and open to the public. This is a great way to get in some exercise and get some fresh air and keep on a family-friendly budget.
Whistler Skate Park
This is Canada’s second-biggest skateboard park, right here in Whistler. The town recently renovated it a few years ago, making it even bigger and better than ever before. It now has over 50,000 square feet of finished and skatable surface. It’s not just for pros or for adults. This is a welcome space where you’ll find little shredders practicing their moves and getting ready for the snowboard season.
Whistler’s very own Escape Room is a fun and indoors options to entertain kids. This is a real-life gaming experience where groups of two to six people must compete to solve the puzzles and escape the room. Groups are given 45 minutes to complete the task. Kids over 12 can attend alone, and those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (19 years or older).
Night-time Activities for the Rowdy Crowd
You’ve got your old high school and college friends coming to the wedding, and you’re expecting them to get antsy for a party? Fortunately, there are so many great options out there in Whistler for night-time entertaining that you won’t need to be responsible for entertaining them the whole night.
Send them on a tasting tour
If your buddies want to start the night out with a full belly and enjoy the finer things in life, why not encourage them to go on a dessert and drinks tour with Whistler Tasting Tours? This tour will bring your friends to some of the best food and drink spots in Whistler Village, sampling sweet treats, taking part in blind wine tasting, and trying well-crafted cocktails. Departures start at 8.30pm and cost $74.99 per person.
Fire and Ice Show
Okay, so this is also a kid-friendly winter activity, but we’ll guarantee that it’s got something for us adult folk too. Picture fire dancers, fireworks, and skiers and riders jumping through a blazing ring of fire… what’s not to love? There’s also music! You’ll want to advise your friends to wrap up, as it’s all outdoors. It occurs every Sunday night during the winter season, starting at 6.30pm, and it’s completely free.
Send them off dancing
If your friends are keen to get really rowdy, there are plenty of options for bass music and dance floors. Some of the most popular weekend haunts are Tommy Africa’s and Maxx Fish. These play more of your classic club tunes. For a more curated selection of DJ music check out the events listings for the GLC – they get great DJs in there.
Activities suitable for Mom & Dad
Need some Whistler wedding ideas catered to the parents of the bride and groom? We’ve curated a list of some of the more relaxing and peaceful activities on offer.
Send them to a spa
Whistler has an abundance of amazing spas for visitors and locals to enjoy and be pampered in. If your parents have flown in a long way, or have been using a lot of their own energy in planning your Whistler wedding, why not treat them to a day of utter relaxation? Scandinave Spa is probably the best known and most beautiful venue. Whether you visit in summer, or in winter when surrounded by snow, this indoor and outdoor spa has plenty of activities. Cold pools, hot pools, massages, hot tubs, saunas, and more.
Whisk them away on a dog-sled tour
Nothing screams ‘thanks for raising me’ more than a guided dog-sled tour for your parents. Canadian Wilderness runs 2.5-3 hour tours in the Callaghan Valley. During the tour, the hosts teach you dog sled commands and how to handle the dog sled itself. The tour winds through old growth forests and pauses at an abandoned trapper’s camp.
Send them axe-throwing
Yep, that’s right. We’ll show your parents a great time here at Forged. We can host pairs or large groups, so whether your parents want a go at ax-throwing just the two of them or whether the whole family wants a go, we have space for you. Once they’re done hitting bullseyes, we can send them on their way to Coast Mountain Brewing for some refreshing local craft beers.
Knock em’ Outta the Park Activities
If your Whistler wedding is one of those ‘go big or go home’ kind of affairs, there are some show stopper Whistler wedding ideas that will take your wedding up to the next level.
Get married on top of a mountain
Both in summer and winter, you and your wedding party can travel to the top of the Whistler Mountain for your ceremony. There are a number of locations you can head to get married. You could take the Peak 2 Peak gondola to Blackcomb, or could take the chairlift to the peak of Whistler Mountain itself, or could find a secluded spot in the forests only accessible by skis. Sea to Sky Celebrations can help you with this booking.
Have a heli wedding
You’ve heard of heli-skiing, but have you heard of a heli wedding? If you’re looking to really wow your close friends and family, you can charter helicopters to take you to remote mountain peaks in order to exchange your vows. You’ll be giving your friends and family the opportunity to see some of the BC landscape that they’ll have never seen before, and it sure makes for phenomenal wedding photos- take a look at some examples here. Blackcomb Helicopters are a company that can help you with this.
Your Whistler Wedding: One for the Books
There are plenty of fantastic Whistler wedding ideas out there. Whether your budget is on the lower side or on the higher end of things, the beautiful landscapes of Whistler will be sure to impress and entertain your friends and family, whatever the season.
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