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.
Party at a Car-Free Festival
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.
Celebrate with Trains
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).
Take Dad Fishing for Free on Rice Lake
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.
Tour Vancouver Breweries & Buy Him a Beer (or Three)
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.
Take Dad for Brunch
Holiday brunch isn't just for Mother's Day; dads love omelet stations, too! Try the Dad-style brunches at these Vancouver favourites:
- Cafe Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel - lavish buffet Father's Day brunch
- Father's Day Brunch at Boathouse Restaurants - multiple locations to choose from, including The Boathouse on Kits Beach (great views)
- For Dad's who like diners--or who watch the Food Network--check out the diners featured on the Vancouver Edition of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.
Go to the Green - Tee up for Golf
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.
See a Play at 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.
BBQ on the Beach at Spanish Banks
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.
Spend the Day at Stanley Park
Another great idea for a sunny day: Spend the day at Stanley Park.
Treat Him to a Fabulous Restaurant
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.