Father's Day in Vancouver

Top 10 Things to Do for Father's Day

Show Dad your appreciation this Father's Day--Sunday, June 19, 2016--by making it a day to remember. Use this Top 10 list to create the perfect Father's Day for your dad, and take advantage of the unique activities only Vancouver can offer.

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    Party at a Car-Free Festival

    Car Free Festival Vancouver on Main Street
    ••• Main Street's Car-Free Festival, Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Car-Free Festival Vancouver

    Once again, in a happy confluence of events, this year's Father's Day falls on the same day as the annual Car-Free Festivals, the huge, free street parties around Vancouver that include live entertainment, roving performers, street hockey, and more.

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    Celebrate with Trains

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    ••• Burnaby Central Railway. Image Courtesy of Burnaby Central Railway

    Train-loving dads can celebrate Father's Day in Vancouver with a ride on the model trains at the Miniature Burnaby Central Railway (perfect for dads with young kids, who will love the ride, too).

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    Take Dad Fishing for Free on Rice Lake

    Fathers Day in Metro Vancouver: Fishing on Rice Lake
    ••• Family Fishing Day on Rice Lake, North Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Seymour Salmonid Society

    North Vancouver's Rice Lake (located just north of Lynn Canyon Park) is hosting a BC Family Fishing Day on Father's Day that includes a free fishing license, a chance to release rainbow trout into Rice Lake, a wild salmon barbecue, prize draws and more! You don't even have to bring your own tackle: they provide fishing tackle on-site.

    There are multiple BC Family Fishing Day locations throughout the Lower Mainland; see the official site for 2016 events.

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    Tour Vancouver Breweries & Buy Him a Beer (or Three)

    Bartender pouring beer
    ••• Bartender pouring beer. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    Metro Vancouver is home to a wealth of fabulous microbreweries, serving up frothy goodness that's perfect for the dad who just wants a tall, cool one. To sample Vancouver's best local hops and craft beers, you can create your own tour of Vancouver breweries with tasting rooms (a growler would make a great Father's Day gift) or sit back and relax one of the Best Vancouver Beer Pubs.

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    Take Dad for Brunch

    ••• Brunch with Dad. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    Holiday brunch isn't just for Mother's Day; dads love omelet stations, too! Try the Dad-style brunches at these Vancouver favourites:

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    Go to the Green - Tee up for Golf

    Golf at Stanley Park Vancouver
    ••• Golf at Stanley Park Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    If Dad's a golfer, there are lots of options for treating him to a day on the green. For a quick game at a Par 3 course--much cheaper than the full courses and more family-friendly--try the Vancouver Pitch & Putts at Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Rupert Park.

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    See a Play at Bard on the Beach

    Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver, BC
    ••• Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver, BC. Image Courtesy of Bard on the Beach

    If Dad's a theatre buff, take advantage of summer's magical outdoor-theatre event, the famous Bard on the Beach. Situated in scenic Vanier Park, Bard's Mainstage tent--open in the back--uses English Bay as a backdrop for the troupe's acclaimed productions. On schedule for June 19, 2016: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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    BBQ on the Beach at Spanish Banks

    Spanish Banks, Vancouver
    ••• Spanish Banks, Vancouver. Photo by Dana Lynch

    Does Dad love to barbecue? If the weather's good and going out for a meal isn't in the budget--or Dad would rather have family fun at the beach--you can barbecue on Spanish Banks.

    Spanish Banks is perfect for bigger family get-togethers or for bringing the dog along to celebrate Dad, too.

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    Spend the Day at Stanley Park

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    ••• The Lighthouse at Stanley Park, Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Lighthousefriends.com

    Another great idea for a sunny day: Spend the day at Stanley Park.

    The whole family can bike or walk the Seawall, or find the perfect spot for a Father's Day picnic.

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    Treat Him to a Fabulous Restaurant

    Blue Water Cafe Vancouver
    ••• Blue Water Cafe Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

    Fine dining in Vancouver can be a bit of a splurge, but treating Dad to a decadent Father's Day meal is a great excuse to blow the budget.