5 Ways to Treat Your Halifax-Dartmouth Dad this Father’s Day

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Hey Halifax! Not sure what to do for Dad on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16th? Here are 5 great ideas for giving dear ol’ Dad a treat on his special day.

1. Road Trip down Memory Lane 

If your Dad loves wheels or nostalgia – or both! – take a short road trip to Heritage Village, on the Eastern Shore. The 2019 Antique Car Show happens on Father’s Day, June 16th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (rain date: June 23rd).

2. More Vroom Vroom

If moving vehicles are Dad’s thing, then take him to the CN Rails 100th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday. We can’t think of a better bonding experience for Dad and young kids.

You want real cars? No problem! Head to Scotia Speedworld on Friday night, for the Scotia Speedworld CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series. The Friday before Father’s Day is Fanfest night.

3. Father’s Day Brunch 

Celebrate Father’s Day with brunch at the Westin Nova Scotia with craft beer tastings for Dad. Price is $43.50 and seating times are 11:30 – 3:00, but don’t fear – it’s 5:00 somewhere!

Just outside of town, take the whole family to Hatfield Farm, in Hammonds Plains for a Father’s Day Lunch with a classic Hip O’ Beef served with all the fixins’, plus all-you-can-eat pizza and pop for the kids! The farm lunch also includes horse-drawn wagon rides, time in their Rubber Rodeo inflatable games room and petting pen. While you’re waiting for the wagon, check out the new playground in front of the main barn!

4. Beer!

There are plenty of cool places to grab a brew in Halifax, like the award-winning Garrison Brewery next to the Halifax Seaport Market. Also, for the Dad that enjoys comfort on his special day, hit up the Stubborn Goat for a great selection of beer on tap and #SweatpantsSunday …15% off their brunch food when you wear your comfiest sweats!

Pay tribute to the “Father” of Nova Scotia beer at the Red Stag! This pub inside the old Alexander Keith’s brewery is another downtown hot spot for families who like a pint. The Red Stag Tavern is open on Father’s Day. We checked, and it seems to have a pretty decent kids menu!

Garrison Patio

Photo: Garrison Patio/Facebook

5. Hike

If your Dad loves the great outdoors, head to the Hike Nova Scotia website to find a trail near you. Or, pick up a copy of 25 Outdoor Adventures in Halifax: 25 exciting & little-known adventures… a guide book written by local travel-writers, Dale Dunlop and Ryan Barry. This would make a superb Father’s Day  gift. If you’re in the Tantallon area, why not grab a java at the Bike n’ Bean, and take a short hike along The St. Margaret’s Bay Trail, one of our favourites.

Happy Father’s Day, Halifax!

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