How to Plan the Perfect Whistler Bachelor Party
Sure, there’s always Vegas but have you ever considered hosting your bachelor party in Whistler? Whistler is the ideal Canadian spot to say goodbye to singledom and relish in a weekend filled with action, adventure, and parties.
Here’s why Whistler is one of the best bachelor party destinations and here are some failsafe bachelor party ideas in Whistler.
Why Whistler is the Perfect Bachelor Party Destination
Whistler is great because once you’re here, everything is within arms reach – amazing bars and restaurants, nightclubs, accommodation, outdoor adventures, and guided tours. If you have a groom looking to play a round of golf and relax or party like it’s no tomorrow, there’s something for everyone in Whistler.
Ideal for Groups
Whistler was made for groups as it’s super convenient to organize accommodation, activities, and restaurant/bars for groups of people. Getting to Whistler is easy with limousine or mini-bus transportation, or splash out and fly to Whistler in style in a float plane (May – September) or helicopter (year-round).
Book a house, a penthouse, or a handful of hotel rooms in the middle to the village. Accommodation providers love groups and will help to arrange the perfect day, and there’s even bar hopping and restaurant hopping tours that especially cater to groups.
Located one and a half hours from Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky highway, Whistler is easy to get to and getting there is half the fun! Numerous shuttle bus companies run a daily scheduled service from Vancouver International Airport or from downtown Vancouver, or private transportation companies will bring you to Whistler in style in anything from a sedan to a coach bus. Looking to get to Whistler in less than an hour? Take flight in a helicopter or float plane charter from Vancouver to get the party started faster.
With five nightclubs and numerous bars and pubs, you’ll stay well hydrated during your trip to Whistler. World and locally renowned DJs keep the music pumping until 2:00 AM. Many bars and pubs feature live music and entertainment until late into the night. Whistler is filled with people who love to have a good time, so prepare for a rowdy night filled with lots of singing, dancing, and fuzzy memories.
Action & Adventure
Take a break from the booze with bachelor party ideas in Whistler that don’t involve alcohol – and there’s many! In the winter, take the boys up the mountain for a day of skiing or riding or in the summer hit the bike park for adrenaline-inducing excitement.
If mechanical modes of transport are more your style, choose from ATVs, RZRs, snowmobiles (winter only), or e-bikes. If the weather takes a turn, stay indoors and partake in axe throwing or escape rooms. Do note that you will not be able to participate in tours and will not receive a refund if you are impaired in any way, so save the drinking for after the tour.
Relax & Recover
Save yourself the pain of trying to recover during the work week but taking the time to add some R&R to the stag trip. Spend a few hours at the Scandinave Spa to enjoy massages and/or baths access in total silence at one of the most beautiful outdoor spas in the world. On hot days take to the lakes and lounge in the sunshine and take a refreshing plunge into the cold water – it might just be the hangover cure you need!
Why You Should Plan Your Whistler Bachelor Party Ahead of Time
While Whistler caters to groups, it’s always worth planning and booking well ahead of time to avoid any disappointment or cause any stress if you can’t get into some of the venues or activities the groom really wanted to do. Booking early can sometimes even offer early booking or group discounts that can take some pressure off the wallet.
- Activities should be booked ahead of time so that the activity provider can arrange additional or private guides to keep your group together. While it could be fun to have other members of the public on your tours, having the whole thing to yourself makes it even more fun and more personal.
- Accommodation should be booked well ahead of time if you’re planning to host the bachelor party during peak times (ie. holiday weekends, during special events). It’s easier to source accommodation during shoulder seasons (May – June, September – November) but it’s still worth booking ahead for cheaper rates and to ensure your accommodation can fit the whole crew and is in your ideal location.
- Bar Hopping, restaurants, and nightclub guest lists should be done ahead of time as well if you’re looking to go to a particular restaurant or if you want to guarantee a large table. Most restaurants have large tables or private rooms that can be reserved ahead of time, or you could go on a Whistler Tasting Tour that will organize that all for you at several restaurants in town. Pubs are more casual for walk-ins, whereas nightclubs will require getting on a guest list or get on a bar hop tour that will take care of that for you.
Local tip: head to Buffalo Bills to link up with other bachelor and bachelorette parties that frequent this club, and help each other with any ridiculous tasks your friends are making you complete.
- Transportation is available in many forms, from shuttles to private cars to helicopters and float planes. Shuttles and private transfer bookings can easily be made in advance as there are many options available, but booking in advance is recommended for float planes and helicopters as they do not fit as many people on board.
5 Bachelor Party Ideas in Whistler
Below are the best bachelor party ideas in Whistler – they not only take place in beautiful settings but they’re also perfect for groups. Shake off the hangover and get the groom and crew stoked on these epic adventures in the best bachelor party destinations.
Whether you’re looking to get on the water for a couple of hours or for the whole day, whitewater rafting is the perfect activity for a stag party. Choose from the company’s most popular 2.5 hours long Green River tour that is the perfect mix of scenic and thrilling with class 2 and 3 rapids that will jostle the raft and challenge you to break through the white water
For those looking to get deeper into the wilderness and experience class 3 and 4 rapids, the thrill-seeking Elaho-Squamish River is a full-day adventure that will keep you on your toes. Enthusiastic guides will keep you laughing as you drift down an incredible river valley filled with towering peaks, waterfalls, and wildlife. After the tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch at their base as you dry off and reflect on an incredible journey.
Keep the excitement high and blood pumping on a RZR Tour. From their office in the village, they will take you via bus to their base at Cougar Mountain where they’ll gear you up with helmets, goggles, and if necessary gloves and wet weather clothes. Now the fun begins – a guide will tour you and your crew around backcountry trails as you zoom past old growth trees, splash through puddles, and climb steep hills. You’ll be amazed at what these powerful machines can do!
Really to wield some weapons and smash targets? Head over to Forged Axe Throwing for an hour-long axe throwing experience that is the perfect spot for bachelor parties. Charismatic hosts will teach you the numerous ways to throw an axe before you and your friends go head to head in fun competitions and games. An hour will fly by and your face will be sore from smiling, and you’ll gain a new party trick to share (along with an amazing photo of your axe-wielding skills!).
Tee off on Whistler’s three world-class Golf Courses and be amazed by the quality of the greens and magnificent beauty that surrounds the courses. Don your fanciest pants and do your best Happy Gilmore impression to keep the mood light, and be sure to flag down the beverage cart to stay hydrated. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty meal at the clubhouse and relax.
Try something new and surprise yourself and your friends at Whistler’s only gun range! Visiting the Whistler gun range requires no permits or licenses, and has many packages to choose from with numerous gun to try. Most visitors spend an hour or two at the range first learning the fundamentals and safety of handling a weapon before firing several types of guns from handguns to powerful rifles and beyond. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked!
There are so many great bachelor party ideas in Whistler, making it an easy and convenient destination to choose. Once you’re in Whistler there’s everything you need a short walk away so you can spend less time organizing and more time sending the groom off in style.
Not only will it be a weekend to remember for the groom, but it’s equally enjoyable for everyone involved. Save the long drives and expensive flights for another time – head to Whistler instead, the best bachelor party destinations.