It is time to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day! The loveable guy who BBQs on the weekend, plays crazy games with the kids and does countless things for his family. June 18th is Father’s Day and Family Fun Vancouver has rounded up the Top 10 ways to celebrate all the important men and father figures in your life.

#1: Play a round of Mini-Golf

Whether Dad golfs daily or once a year, everyone will have fun during a game of mini-golf. From Chilliwack to Vancouver, there are mini-golf courses to delight everyone. A favourite of our family is Giggle Ridge in Chilliwack.

#2: BC Family Fishing Weekend

Fish on! There is something truly thrilling about feeling a fish dance on the end of your line. Just in time for Father’s Day the annual BC Family Fishing Weekend returns to lakes across the Lower Mainland. There are a ton of events hosted every year to help families learn the sport of fishing. For this weekend ONLY, everyone is allowed to fish without a license for the duration of the weekend.

Looking for an organized fishing extravaganza? Head to the Father’s Day FREE Fishing event at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam.

#3: Go for a Hike

After everyone has stuffed themselves silly at Father’s Day brunch, why not work off the big meal with a hike? Lynn Canyon, in North Vancouver, offers easy hikes perfect for families with young kids. Interested in making Dad’s muscles scream? Take him up the Grouse Grind or the Coquitlam Crunch. If you are looking for a little whimsy in your afternoon stroll, Teapot Hill in Chilliwack is worth the drive.

#4: Bike the Seawall

Nothing beats the Vancouver waterfront. Bring your bikes – or rent one – and bike the Stanley Park Seawall. Pack a picnic or find a restaurant on Denman Street. Try a game of seawall-bingo. Who can spot a harbour seal, a seagull, 10 freighters, 1 cruise ship, the Vancouver Aquarium, a horse-drawn buggy, a totem pole, the miniature train, and Malkin Bowl? Vancouver’s largest park has something for everyone.

#5: Go Back in Time

Are you outside of Vancouver, not a problem! Visit the Burnaby Village Museum and step back to the 1920s. Costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Learn about Chinese Canadian history at the Across the Pacific exhibit, Market Garden and Herbalist medicine shop. Explore Indigenous ways of knowing and learning with our Indigenous educators at the Learning House. Wander through the gardens, take a ride on the vintage 1912 C.W. Parker carousel and treat yourself at the Ice Cream Parlour. Admission to the Burnaby Village Museum is free.

#6 Fly Away

Bring Dad to the Canadian Museum of Flight this Father’s Day. The outdoor venue is welcoming visitors to pre-book their time to explore their expansive collection of more than 25 static and flying machines. The aircraft range from a WWII Handley Page Hampden to a T-33 Silver Star. The Canadian Museum of Flight possesses the only displayed Handley Page Hampden in the world.

#7: Pedal To A New Destination

Check out a few of the awesome kid-friendly bike routes in Metro Vancouver. Pump up the tires, plop on the helmet, and go make memories together. Not only is this a fun way to explore a new area, you can make a day out of it by stopping for a picnic lunch halfway! We have found kid-friendly rides in most cities from Langley to Vancouver.

#8: Grab a Beer (or Soda!)

If kicking back on a patio sounds like an activity Dad would love, head to one of the great family-friendly breweries around Metro Vancouver! Many of them serve a full menu, have outdoor patios and cards/board games to play, and some of them even offer special kid-friendly treats like craft soda, ice cream sandwiches, and more! And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities for Dad to sample unique craft beer at your brewery of choice. Find the list here.

#9: Cheer for Your Favourite Team

Sports fans in Vancouver have a tendency to complain a lot about a certain hockey team, but there are plenty of other leagues and teams that offer quality entertainment and sportsmanship for a fraction of the cost. Grab some tickets for your family and spend a day cheering enthusiastically (with your favourite beverage and snack, of course) for one of the following teams:

Baseball: Vancouver Canadians Schedule

Basketball: Bandits Basketball Schedule 

Football: BC Lions Schedule

Soccer: Whitecaps FC Schedule

#10: Catch a Show

Does Dad love a good flick? Is he enthralled with the intricacies of a theatrical show or blown away by talented musicians? If so, take him to see one of the great shows happening this weekend!

Twilight Drive-In Theatre:  There’s nothing better than watching a movie (or two) in the open air on a warm summer evening. Throw in some nostalgic pre-movie commercials, a hotdog or two and some buttery popcorn and you’ve got yourself a fun family outing! Father’s Day Weekend flicks are announced a week in advance, so be sure to check back soon.

ScotFest- BC Highland Games: Hear Celtic music and watch feats of skill and strength at this annual event. It runs Friday evening to Saturday evening. Check out the schedule here.

South Asian Festival: There will be plenty of great music, dancing, and entertainment at the inaugural South Asian Festival. Check out the schedule here. The festival runs for one day only on June 18th.

Find more great Father’s Day events and activities here.