Celebrating a Birthday in Whistler | Unforgettable Adventures
It’s your birthday, and you want it to be the best birthday ever. So naturally, you’re planning a trip to Whistler. Whether your birthday plans involve boozy brunches, world-class adventure, or dancing into the early hours, Whistler has got you covered. We’re sure you aren’t short of ideas for your Whistler birthday celebrations.
But how do you make sure you choose the best birthday experiences in Whistler? Don’t worry – we’re here to help you. We’ve pulled together our favourite Whistler birthday activities – adventures from the early morning right through until 2am. Follow our lead, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable birthday in Whistler.
A Big Day of Birthday Celebrations in Whistler
To make the most of your big day in Whistler, you have toft in at least one of these epic adventure activities. Though we’d highly recommend packing them all in for an unforgettable Whistler birthday. If these ideas don’t float your boat, check out some of these other incredible adventure experiences in Whistler.
- See the Sunrise from an RZR Tour
An early start on your birthday might not sound like a great idea. But you’ll be glad of the early alarm when you’re racing through the backcountry in an off-road buggy. Bouncing through pristine mountain wilderness with your best friends in tow, you’ll find yourself feeling very lucky to be growing another year older. Early in the morning, you’ll have the whole place to yourself, and you might even spy some local wildlife.
You can book a sunrise RZR tour through the backcountry of Cougar Mountain through Whistler Adventures. And if you really can’t get out of bed in the morning (or want to fit in a tasty birthday brunch), they also run tours throughout the day until the early evening.
- An Adrenaline-Fuelled Afternoon with Whistler Bungee
What makes a more memorable birthday than throwing yourself off a bridge?! Drag your bravest friends down to Whistler Bungee and take the leap of faith together. The bungee jump is over 160ft high above the rushing waters of the Cheakamus River. Your knees might be knocking as your creep towards the edge, but once the adrenaline kicks in your fears will be forgotten.
Whistler Bungee is located just south of Whistler and offer jumps all day every day (even in the winter). Pretty much anyone can jump, and if you’re feeling scared you can take the leap with a friend on a tandem jump. Fair warning – if the bungee staff find out it’s your birthday, they might just threaten to push you off the edge!
- Discover the Magical Secrets of Vallea Lumina
For a truly magical end to your birthday, explore the hidden valley of Vallea Lumina. This enchanting night walk puts an other-worldly spin on the forest of Whistler. With light, sound, and music, it transforms the rainforest into something totally unique and very special. You’ll follow the story of two lost hikers and discover the real magic of Whistler.
If you’re curious, check out the full low-down on Vallea Lumina is open every summer, with tours every 20 minutes from sunset onwards. Tickets are only $39 per person and the tour lasts around 1.5 hours. Trust us, you have to see this.
Keep the Party Going – Where to go to Party in Whistler
Your birthday should be the biggest night of the year, and there’s no end of options for a big night out in Whistler. From apres to early morning, Whistler’s party scene is loud, raucous, and just a little bit crazy. You’ll love it here. We’ve got plenty of ideas for how to spend your Whistler birthday in style.
Perfect Apres Spots to Start the Night
Start the night how you mean to go on by hitting one of Whistler’s legendary apres spots. Of course, the Longhorn Saloon is the Whistler apres spot and the home of the infamous champagne shower. Merlins Pub in the Upper Village is a true locals’ haunt where apres very quickly goes off the hook. The compulsory Merlins shot-ski is the perfect start to a big Whistler night out.
Some of our other favourite apres spots include the edgy, stylish Handlebar Pub, the original Whistler apres pub Dusty’s in Creekside, or the sun-soaked patio outside Earls right in the heart of the village. But honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with any Whistler apres bar – especially once the beers start flowing.
Whistler Bars Not To Miss on Your Birthday
As night starts to fall, it’s time to take the night to the next level. Head over to locals favourite Tapleys – an old-school sports bar where every night is a Saturday night. Play a few games of darts, take some bets on skee-ball or enjoy the live local music. If it’s fun and games you’re after, another great stop is the Beacon Pub for a quick game of pool and a taste of the best local beers.
The Dubh Linn Gate is, of course, a must-stop pub on any Whistler bar crawl. The live Irish band is sure to get everyone in the mood to party. And the Dubb Linh Gate take drinking as seriously as the Irish do – which means lots of good beer, lots of friendly faces, and lots of good times.
- Dance the Night Away
Provided you’ve made from apres to 11pm, it’s time to get serious about Whistler’s party scene. For a small ski town, Whistler has a hell of a party scene. With five nightclubs and countless bars, you’re never short of choices to dance the night away. During the week, most nights belong to one club.
On Monday its FVCK MONDAYS at Maxx Fish, with local DJs playing all the hottest new tunes. Tuesday is house and bass at Tommy Africa’s, one of Whistler’s oldest night clubs. Buffalo Bill’s Industry night is the place to be on Wednesday. And Thursday is Whistler’s longest running Locals Night at Garfs. On the weekend, the world is your oyster – take your pick from bumping nights at all of Whistler’s nightclubs, and see where the night takes you.
Planning a Birthday Celebration in Whistler – What you need to know
A perfect birthday in Whistler requires a few special touches. Here are some extra ideas to help you plan the ultimate Whistler birthday.
Where to buy a birthday cake in Whistler?
Hands down, the best place to buy a birthday cake in Whistler is local bakery, Purebread. Their enormous range of sweet treats are all delicious, but their made-to-order birthday cakes take the biscuit. Our faves include the Coconut Buttermilk, the Cookies ‘n’ Cream, and the Guinness Cake. You can even preorder your cake and get it delivered to your hotel!
You can also pick up some mouth-watering birthday treats from Olives Deli in Function Junction. They have plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, including an unbelievable vegan chocolate strawberry cake. Other great options are ice-cream cakes from Dairy Queen, or a homemade cake from Nesters Market.
Can you get anything for free on your birthday in Whistler?
For sure! Wherever you find yourself eating, drinking, or partying on your birthday, make sure to tell everyone it’s your birthday. Most of the popular bars like Tapleys, Longhorns and Blacks Pub will throw a free drink your way to say “Happy birthday”. If you’re staying in a Whistler hotel, casually drop your birthday into conversation and you might find a free bottle of champagne or a slice of cake coming your way.
Tell the server in most local restaurants that you’ve taken another turn around the sun, and you’ll likely snag a free dessert or an after-dinner shot. We don’t need much persuading the celebrate in Whistler, and the locals are always happy to help you have a big night.
How to get the VIP Treatment at a Nightclub in Whistler?
Your birthday only comes once a year, so you deserve to be treated like a VIP! If you want to be guaranteed the VIP treatment, book one of Whistler’s legendary bar crawls. You’ll get queue jump in all the best clubs, free drinks, free food and tons of fun party games. You’ll also meet a ton of like-minded party animals who are out to experience Whistler’s party scene at its best. Who knows, if you tell them all it’s your birthday, they might just buy you a cheeky birthday shot.
Whistler Club Crawl and the Gibbons Bar Hop are both great VIP options. Run by hard-partying locals, they’ll show you the best of Whistler’s nightlife and have you feeling like a VIP all night long. If you don’t want to book a full bar hop experience, get in touch with Gibbons and see if they can hook you up with some sweet birthday deals like reserved tables, champagne and queue-jump.
Here’s to the Best Whistler Birthday Ever
The crazy playground of Whistler is one of the best places in the world to celebrate your birthday. From the adrenaline-pumping adventure to the legendary nightlife, you’ll have the time of your life from start to finish. And don’t forget to take advantage of all those birthday freebies!