This weekend is Father’s Day as well as the first day of summer, so we thought we would share some ideas on how to spend your day together in a distinctly Vancouver way! Whether your Pops is a backwoodsman, a beer aficionado, or someone who just likes to relax, this incredible city has so many options for great day plans with Dad.
Of Vancouver’s street parties, Car Free Day on Main is one of our favourites. Shops South of Broadway set up booths on the street, and there is live music. Car Free Day really has something fun for everyone to enjoy. With meat tastings, micro-breweries, and lots of shopping options, you can stroll around with Dad while enjoying this great street party.
Break out the hibachi, buy some salmon, tasty drinks, and pack up a picnic for the beach! Spanish Banks has picnic tables, BBQ pits, white sand beaches, and spectacular views of Downtown Vancouver to enjoy while basking in the sun all day. This is great way to spend some quality time together as a family while enjoying the splendor of Vancouver’s natural beauty.
Hike the Chief, then take the Gondola back down
If you’re up for something more challenging, the new Sea to Sky Gondola goes from the top of the famous ‘Chief’ cliff face in Squamish, down to the bottom of the mountain. The hike up the back of the Chief is rigorous, but well worth the effort to enjoy breath-taking views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains. When you’ve had your fill of the views, you can simply hop on the Gondola, and be down the mountain in a matter of minutes. This would be a Father’s Day activity to remember.
For the beer-loving Dad, Vancouver is chock full of amazing microbreweries taht offer tasting tours. For a family of adults, a bike tour of a few Vancouver microbreweries is a unique way to spend an afternoon, and gives you a great sense of Vancouver’s independent brewery culture. Set up as a beer tasting tour, the guides make sure to keep you safe and satisfied as you visit Main Street brewery, Bomber Brewing, and a mystery location. They offer lots of food, and do not permit the consumption of additional alcohol on the tour to make sure that you’re riding safely. You can also plan your own brewery bike tour! There are many many micro-breweries in Vancouver, but here are a few highlights from East Vancouver, Vancouver’s micro-brewery hub:
Have a Happy Father’s Day everyone, and be sure to remember your sunscreen regardless of where you spend your Sunday.