Father's Day Brunch and Activity Guide
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The man who has been there since the beginning deserves a well-planned Father's Day
Make your dad feel extra special this year with a full day of father-friendly food and activities
Fathers don’t want credit for everything they do (like killing spiders and changing light bulbs), but for one day a year, they deserve an entire day dedicated to them.
Here are some fun outings that will make him feel like #1 Dad, just like the T-shirt says.
Father's Day Food
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With its floor-to-ceiling windows and waterfront location, Café Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Vancouver offers some of the best views in the city. For Father’s Day brunch, carvery, seafood and made-to-order omelets are on the menu. Adults $59, children 6-12 $29.50.
Food Truck Tour of Vancouver
Don’t tie Dad down to one type of cuisine; take him on a food truck tour of Vancouver. The city’s fledgling food truck industry goes way above and beyond hot dogs — pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, Japanese noodles, tacos and dim sum are on the menu. Not sure where to start? Try some of these 12 new food carts.
Craft Beer Liquid Lunch
Bottom’s up! The craft beer movement is afoot, so tell Dad to put down the can and introduce him to some new brews over lunch. There are several spots where you can imbibe a pint or even better, sampler paddles that let you taste four different beers in small quantities. Restaurants with notable beer lists in Vancouver include St. Augustine’s Craft Brew House + Kitchen on Commercial Drive, Alibi Room in Gastown, Central City Brewing (recently named best brewery in Canada) in Surrey, Longwood Brew Pub in Duncan, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria and The Noble Pig Brewhouse in Kamloops.
Links & Lunch
If yelling "fore" is your dad’s idea of a good time, reserve a tee time at one of BC’s picturesque golf courses. Afterwards, most clubhouses have a dining area and Sunday brunch menu.
To avoid disappointment on one of the busiest days of the year, reserve a round and brunch spot early— and be sure to let Dad win. Here's a great list of courses and other resources.
Father's Day Activities
Experience the thrill of open water on a Steveston Seebreeze Adventures whale watching tour. Departing from picturesque Steveston village, the tour will take you through the Fraser River, Gulf Islands and Straight of Georgia in hopes of spotting a majestic killer whale. Sighting rates are high, and there’s not only killer whales on the horizon: humpbacks, grey whales, dolphins and sea lions may pop up to say hello as well. Tours are 3-5 hours ($120/pp); lunch available for an extra charge.
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
The Museum of Vancouver Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver exhibit explores the bright aesthetic of the fifties, sixties and seventies. Dad may remember some of the old signs - some rescued from junkyards and lit up for the first time in decades at this exhibit. It’s an eye-popping trip down memory lane.
Go on an Outdoor Adventure
The family that flings itself down a mountain together, stays together. Book an outdoor adventure for Dad through AdrenaLine Tours for a Father’s Day he won’t soon forget. High up in the Sooke Hill rainforest, the ziplines are 150 feet in the air and up to 1,000 feet long. The excursion includes an ATV ride and suspension bridges, and is suitable for anyone over the age of 5. Book online and find packages at AdrenaLine Tours.
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See a Whitecaps Game
No game falls on Father’s Day, but you can treat Dad to a high-octane MLS soccer match with tickets to the Vancouver Whitecaps game at the newly revamped BC Place on June 16.