Your special day comes but once a year, so celebrate it by getting free birthday stuff.
No, not talking about getting presents from your friends and family. As much fun as it’s to open gifts, what’s even better is getting free birthday dinners, desserts and other goodies from Canadian businesses.
So go wild and take advantage of these Canadian birthday freebies and nab yourself some free stuff. There’s enough of those, plus extremely steep discounts that’ll leave you wondering why your birthday can’t come more than once a year.
Free and Discounted Birthday Meals
Casey’s – Free entree (up to $15) and free beverage.
Cora’s – Subscribe to their newsletter and you can grab some free birthday stuff, as “Madame Cora” wants to wish you a happy birthday in her own way.
Denny’s – Sign up for their loyalty program and you can get a free Grand Slam Breakfast when it’s your birthday.
East Side Mario’s – Sign up for their newsletter and you’re eligible to get a free birthday appetizer, and another one upon signup.
Garden Buffet (Windsor, Ontario) – Enjoy a free meal on your birthday.
Harveys – Get a free burger and side of onion rings/fries on your special day by signing up for their newsletter.
IHOP – Get a free order of their regular pancakes or the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity pancakes if you sign up for their Pancake Revolution online. Like Tony Roma’s, you need to bring a valid I.D.
Imperial Buffet – Toronto Ontario: Buy 2 Buffet Meal, get 1 free. Only valid on actual birth date. Must show ID. Ajax, Ontario: Free birthday meal.
Joey’s – While they don’t specify exactly what you get (some are location-specific apparently), sign up for their Mariner’s Club newsletter and grab birthday-specific offers.
Mandarin – Sign up as a member and the restaurant will give you a coupon that entitles you to a free birthday meal. You’ll need to bring along three or more adults with you though. When you go, you’ll need to provide I.D. You can use the coupon as long as it’s within a few days around your birthday.
Mary Brown’s – Yup, it’s another newsletter signup. Once you hand over the details, you get a free Big Mary, which is their signature chicken sandwich.
Milestones – If you bring three people, you can get a birthday meal for free. You also get a free appetizer just for signing up.
Panera Bread – Free pastry on your birthday. Must pick up a membership card and register it.
Perkins – Subscribe to their newsletter and you’ll get a free meal on your birthday. If you have children 12 and under they also qualify. You also get 20% for all meals, no matter the date.
Pizza Delight – Free meal (choose from birthday menu).
Pizza Pizza – Children 12 and under can join the Pizza Pizza’s Kids Club to get a slice of pizza and a drink.
Pomodori Pizza – Free slide of pizza (in Rothesay NB).
Red Robin – Sign up for their loyalty program and get yourself a free burger during your birthday month. If you bring enough people, you get a free burger after you order 9 meals.
Tony Roma – Sign up for their email club and you’ll get a regular priced entree up to $15 for free. You’ll need to provide a valid I.D.
South St. Burger – Join their Birthday Club to get a coupon sent to you on your birthday for a free 4 oz. burger.
Steels Cafe & Grill – Free meal when you show ID.
Swiss Chalet – If your child’s 10 and under, he or she can get a free birthday meal. As for adults, you can get a free dessert on yours.
The Firehall (in Oakville’s Bronte village) – Free entree up to $15 for the Birthday person
Tucker’s Market Place – Free meal on your birthday.
Tutti Fruti – 50% off breakfast on your birthday.
What A Bagel – Buy 6 bagels on your birthday, receive 6 additional bagels for free.
Vera’s Burger Shack – $10 off a burger on your birthday. Sign up to their newsletter.
7-Eleven – Stop by at the store to get a free small Slurpee.
Applebee’s – Free dessert shooter on your birthday. Must show ID.
Baskin Robbins – Get a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream.
Boston Pizza – Get a free dessert on your birthday and a free appetizer just for signing up to their email list.
Dairy Queen – Get a buy one blizzard get one free coupon once you sign up for their Blizzard Fan Club. You also get a coupon for your birthday.
Jack Astor’s – Join their loyalty program online and you can get a free birthday dessert.
Kelsey’s – Get a free dessert on your birthday. You also get a free spinach dip by signing up for their newsletter and $10 off meals for your first wedding anniversary.
Marble Slab Creamery – You can nab yourself a free ice cream cone once you sign up for their marble mail newsletter. Make sure you sign a minimum of 48 hours before your birthday to get your coupon.
Menchie’s – Join their “mySmileage” loyalty club and get a $5 birthday credit, which is good to use within two weeks of your actual birthday.
Montana’s – Sign up for their newsletter (their Grill Lovers Club) and get a free dessert on your birthday. You also get a free order of antojitos or spinach dip after you join.
Olive Garden – Get either a free dessert or appetizer with your meal.
Orange Julius – It’s technically not birthday-specific, but you can get a buy one get one free smoothie if you join the OJ Quench Club.
Quizno’s – Grab a free cookie when you present your printed coupon and purchase a sandwich.
Red Lobster – Sign up for their loyalty program to nab yourself a free slice of cake. You need to sign up at least seven days before your actual birthday to qualify.
The Keg – You can get a free slice of Billy Miner pie if you head over to their website and sign up for their newsletter.
Free Birthday Drinks
Blenz Coffee – Get a free cup of coffee on your birthday
Booster Juice – Get a certificate for a free birthday smoothie. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen to sign up.
Chatime (Ontario) – Signup to their rewards program and get a free birthday drink.
David’s Tea – Sign up for their Frequent Steeper loyalty program and get a free cup of tea.
Starbucks – Register your Starbucks rewards card and get either a free drink or treat on your birthday.
Timothy’s Coffee – Free baked treat with any medium coffee purchase. Must present coupon sent to your email.
Free Stuff and Discounts at Retailers
Addition Elle – receive 40% off your whole purchase for the month of your birthday when you sign up for their free card or display it during checkout.
American Eagle – Get a coupon for 15% off your purchase on your birthday.
Cleo – 10% off all merchandise (including sale & clearance). You can combine this discount with other in-store promotions.
Giant Tiger – One free gift. Choose between 3-4 items.
Home Outfitters – Sign up for their newsletter and get a free gift. In the past, it was a 10% discount off your entire purchase.
London Drugs – Sign up to LDExtras rewards program and receive a $5 gift voucher on your birthday.
Michael’s – Get a coupon for 20% off your whole purchase.
Old Navy/Gap – Register for their birthday club and get a free mystery gift.
RW & CO. – Join RWInsider for 25% off the last ticketed price on all merchandise (must present an email printout that they send you around your birthday). Valid ID required.
Sephora – Sign up for their Beauty Insider membership and grab your free gifts.
Shopper’s Drug Mart – Coupon for 8,000 Optimum points. You can also get a FREE makeover or beauty consultation (update your profile with your birthday and you will be emailed this coupon).
Swagbucks – Get 50 free points.
The Body Shop – Free “Love Your Body” membership (which entitles you to 10% off all year). If you already have the card, you will receive a $10 off coupon to use.
Tilly Endurables – Head to their store in person and get a free pair of underwear and socks on your birthday.
Value Village – Get a 20% discount on your birthday. You’ll need to join the Super Savers Club and show your I.D. and checkout.
Chuck E Cheese – Will be sent a printable coupon for free tokens for child’s birthday and a coupon for childs 1/2 birthday.
Cypress Mountain (BC) – Free skiing, just show ID at the ticket counter and receive a free lift pass. Visit website
Medieval Times – Join the Birthday Fellowship for a free feast and tournament.
Marmot Basin (Jasper) – Ski free on your birthday (and if your birthday is not during the ski season, you can ski 6 months from your actual birth-date) Info here
OLG Casino – if you sign up for a winners circle card at any OLG Casino during the month of your birthday you will receive a $10 slot play. $5 for joining and $5 for your birthday.
Go Grab Some Free Birthday Stuff
There are over 60 items on this list. Go celebrate in style and get all the free stuff (and discounts) you can get. Oh, and Happy Birthday!
If you know of any other birthday freebies in Canada, please let us know!