We’re not entirely sure how Mother’s Day is synonymous with flowers and brunch and Father’s Day brings to mind socks or ties… maybe a barbeque if you’re feeling adventurous? But dads deserve special attention too, even if they claim not to care.
Besides these top notch Father’s Day gift ideas, June’s good weather almost demands a fun outing or event to celebrate dad. Here are some fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver, or wherever you may be in your neck of the woods.
Dad will surely approve!
Pack a Picnic
Picnic foods are delicious and easy, and planning a picnic in the park is much more relaxed (and more socially distant!) than having a fancy dinner at home. Enjoy the nicer weather and plan for a meal al fresco at one of these great parks for a picnic in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Calgary.
Break for Brunch
Mom doesn’t have the the only occasion worthy of a hearty brunch. While we’re still relegated mostly to takeout, these awesome brunch spots in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver will happily and deliciously scramble an egg or flip a pancake (or both) in dad’s honour. Better yet, grab your supplies, grab your takeout, and hit the park for a takeout brunch picnic; no mushy watermelon need apply.
Feeling ambitious? If the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, we’ve got you covered. Whipping up any (or all!) of these five recipes for Father’s Day will guarantee a memorable meal and memories made in the making of it, too.
A bike ride is an adventure best shared with a loved one. And who better to share that adventure with than the guy who’s likely had his share of putting on and taking off training wheels. Planning a family bike ride on one of Calgary‘s, or Toronto‘s, or Ottawa‘s, or Vancouver’s great bike paths for families will put smiles on your (and Dad’s) face and also help to work off all of your various brunches and picnic feasts.
The timing couldn’t be better for heading out berry picking. Most u-pick berry farms are open for the season with Covid-19 regulations and protocols in place. Probably best to reserve your spot in advance at one of these Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, or Calgary berry picking farms.
Local Family-Friendly Events
Our country is opening up again! If dad is itching to get out and about as much as you and the kids surely are, you can actually start making plans again. Check out some of these family-friendly events happening in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver and see if there’s something you can enjoy for Father’s Day in Vancouver with your favourite guy.
Or check out these extra-special outings if they’re close to you:
Vancouver: Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Village Museum has opened for the season and admission all summer is free! Dad will enjoy a family stroll through the 1920s village and your family’s favourite exhibits. Is it the Burnaby Lake General Store? The Jesse Love Farmhouse or Wagner’s Blacksmith Shop? What about the Interurban Tram Car? Unfortunately the carousel is closed but you can download a summer scavenger hunt for a self-guided educational adventure throughout the village. Reserve your visit online prior to arriving.
Toronto: Outdoor Dining at The Gardens of Casa Loma
If dad’s been REALLY good this year, why not allow the kids (and you!) to treat him (and you!) to a meal at a true Toronto landmark? Dine al fresco at The Gardens of Casa Loma, with stunning views of the estate gardens and city skyline. The Gardens are open as of June 11th for outdoor dining. For more information and to make reservations, click here.
Ottawa: Pop-Up Art Exhibit on Sparks
For something a little different, why not check out the new, pop-up art exhibit on Sparks Street and experience Canada and Europe from space? The “Where Art Meets Science” exhibit will be displayed along the South side storefronts from Metcalfe towards O’Connor, showcasing 24 satellite images captured by Copernicus Sentinels, the EU’s Earth Observation Programme. For more information, click here.
Calgary: Say Hello to Farmer Dad
Calgary Farmyard has opened for the season! Perhaps best known for their massive corn maze (opens later in July), the Insta-famous sunflower field (late August), or as a pumpkin patch for fall fun, late spring and early summer is primo baby animal season. Reserve a spot online in advance to ensure the kids and dad get in for a cuddle with a baby pig or baby goat. Awwwwwwwww…