Dads are hard to shop for; let us help take the guesswork out of what to get him for Father's Day this year. Whether your dad is into golf, hiking, museums or kicking back with a craft beer and an epic view, we all know the one thing he really wants is to spend time with you. Here are 10 things you can do with your dad in Victoria this Father's Day.
1. Check out the vintage B-17 bomber at the Victoria Flying Club.
That's right; the Victoria Flying Club is currently hosting a vintage Second World War-era B-17 bomber that you can check out from June 17-19. This is a fantastic opportunity to tour one of the 12,372 B-17s produced that helped end the war. For an extra special gift, treat dad to a once-in-a-lifetime ride on this plane. Flights are available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; tours are available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Image: Vintage B-17 Bomber, via the Victoria Flying Club
2. Attend a baseball game
If your dad's into sports, take him to a baseball game. The Victoria HarbourCats, Victoria's collegiate-level, wood bat baseball team are starting their season off with a straight week of home games at Royal Athletic Park leading up to Father's Day. Check out the full game schedule to see when each game will take place.
Image: Victoria HarbourCats Mascot, via the Victoria HarbourCats
3. Grab a slice
Because dads love pizza, right? Try Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria or Brickyard Pizza. Both are locally-owned, use locally-sourced ingredients and put a unique spin on their pizzas. Famoso is known for its incredible tomato sauce (which you can actually buy a jar of to take home), while Brickyard is a locals' favourite hotspot that is always buzzing with great music and interesting folk.
If you're looking to chill out and relax with your dad at the end of a long day, order a pizza from Pizza al Forno. They make a great pie, and they deliver.
4. Say 'cheers!' to dad
As the Craft Beer Capital of Canada, Victoria has made a name for itself as the destination for delicious, locally-made craft brews. This Father's Day, enjoy a pint on the patio at Irish Times Pub or Canoe Brewpub Marina and Restaurant.
Image: Beer flight at Canoe Brewpub
You could also opt for a Victoria Craft Beer & Culinary Tour with Off the Eaten Track, where you'll enjoy seven beer samples, three food stops and lots of history about Victoria's craft beer scene. If your dad is interested in the process of making beer as well as drinking it, check out a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria's breweries with West Coast Brewery Tours.
If cider's more your dad's thing, take him to Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse or enjoy Father's Day on the Merridale Deck at Merridale Ciderworks. Here, you can sit outdoors and enjoy a fresh, frosty glass of their own cider or a pint of local ale from one of their rotating taps.
Image: The Brandy House at Merridale Ciderworks Corp.
5. Take him on a motorcycle ride
If you've ever wanted to ride a motorcycle, now's your chance. Kick Father's Day up a notch with a guided tour of some of Vancouver Island's most exciting, twisty and scenic roads with Sport Motorcycle Island Tours. You'll be able to communicate with your tour guide through your helmet, plus you'll receive GoPro shots of the tour that you can take home. No bike licence necessary.
If you already have a bike licence and would rather get out and explore on your own, you can also rent a motorcycle from CycleBC.ca Rentals.
Image: Sport Motorcycle Island Tours
6. Challenge one another to a game
Victoria takes playtime seriously. With more than 700 board games to play or buy, Victoria's Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a favourite with locals and a great way to spend an afternoon or evening of quality time with your dad. Whether you challenge one another to a game of wits or battle it out Risk-style, this place has got pretty much any board game you could hope to play.
It's only $5 to play as many games as you want and stay as long as you like, plus there's a great menu of snacks, sandwiches and milkshakes to keep you going.
Image: The inside of the Interactivity Board Game Cafe.
7. Hit up the casino
Try your luck with dad at the Father's Day Slot Tournament at the View Royal Casino. The've got 500 slot machines and pretty much every other game you could ask for. Tip: If you're going on a Wendesday or Sunday, make sure to enter into the Double Your Jackpot sweepstakes!
8. Enjoy the outdoors together.
June in Victoria is a great time to get outside - whether you enjoy hiking, fishing or playing a round of golf. Pack a picnic and take a self-guided, three-hour hike up Mount Work in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, where you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Malahat and the Todd Inlet.
If you'd rather hike with someone who knows where they're going, take a guided hike with Rainforest Tours.
Image: An adventure with Rainforest Tours
You could also opt for a day of sport fishing with SpringTide. It's a great option whether your dad is a seasoned fisherman or just a guy who likes to get out on the water. You'll get set up with a professional guide and a four-rod set-up on their 46' Sportfish Yacht, plus all the bait, tackle, cleaning, bagging and fishing gear that you'll need for the trip.
With 11 gorgeous golf courses to choose from, Victoria is a golfer's paradise. Your dad will have no shortage of options for a round or three in celebration of Father's Day.
Image: A successful catch day with SpringTide.
9. Visit a museum
The Royal B.C. Museum has recently taken possession of Lyuba, a 40,000 year-old baby wooly mammoth, who is the star of their current Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age exhibit. Discovered in Siberia in 2007, Lyuba is the world's most complete preserved mammoth. Go and see the exhibit with your dad, then stick around and enjoy the newest National Parks IMAX film, America Wild.
Image: The Royal B.C. Museum
For art-loving dads, a visit to the Robert Bateman Centre is always a joy. Here, you'll explore seven decades of inspiring work by the legendary Canadian artist and naturalist, and experience nature's most dramatic subjects up close. You can also head over to the Maritime Museum of British Columbia and check out their incredible collection of maritime artifacts as you travel back in time to the days of pirates, shipwrecks, exploration and discovery.
If your dad is a kid at heart, take him to Cherry Bomb Toys. You'll not only geek out on their huge selection of toys and comics, you'll have the opportunity to see Canada's only Vintage Toy Museum, located just above the shop.
Image: The Robert Bateman Centre, located directly in front of the BC Legislature Buildings at Victoria's Inner Harbour.
10. Sip classic cocktails
There's nothing more classic than a good old-fashioned cocktail, like, for example, an Old Fashioned. Head to Clive's Classic Lounge with your dad and enjoy a handcrafted libation from one of the best bartenders in town. Feel like making it a cocktail crawl? Make time to visit Veneto Tapa Lounge and Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar.
Image: Handmade cocktails at Clive's Classic Lounge
If you're still looking for a cool gift for your dad, check out the Tourism Victoria Online Travel Auction which kicks off Wednesday, June 15.