Dads are hard to shop for, so 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 dad-approved activities to give you some inspiration.


1. Paddle the Inner Harbour

If your dad enjoys getting out on the water, take him for a paddle with Ocean River Adventures this Father's Day. You can choose to cruise along the calm Gorge Waterway, or get out amongst the hustle and bustle of the Inner Harbour. There's nothing like kayaking alongside pickle boats, stand-up paddleboards, and float planes! The best part? Dads paddle for free on Sunday, June 18. 

Stop in at the Fairmont Empress afterward to warm up with afternoon tea or a handcrafted cocktail at the Lobby Lounge.  

Image via Fairmont Empress


2. Get Your Heart Racing

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. No bike license necessary.

You can also treat your dad to a proactive driving program with Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. The full-day experience will give hands-on instruction in positioning, control, ideal cornering, dynamic driving, and more. Make sure you call ahead to get all the details and arrange your driving experience. 

Image: Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit 


3. Enjoy Pizza, Craft Cider and Live Music

Forget pizza and beer, Merridale takes the concept of pizza and cider to a whole new level. This Father's Day, treat your dad to an evening on the back deck at Merridale Cidery, Distillery and Bistro for live music and house-made, brick oven pizzas from the orchard cookhouse.

Tip: Reservations are recommended!

Image: Merridale Ciderworks 


4. Take Him Out to the Ball Game

The Victoria HarbourCats, Victoria's collegiate-level, wood bat baseball team will be playing a home game at Royal Athletic Park on Sunday afternoon against the Kitsap Bluejackets. It's set to be a sunny day, so take your dad out to watch some good old-fashioned baseball and enjoy the summer weather. 

If you can't make it to Sunday's game, check out the full season schedule to find out when other games are taking place.  

Image: Victoria HarbourCats 


5. Pedal for Your Pint

Possibly the most entertaining way to get around the city is The Rolling Barrel, Victoria's new pedal pub tour. Hop on the trolley with your dad and a group of other beer/bike enthusiasts, and pedal to three of Victoria's iconic pubs. At each stop, you'll enjoy discounted food and drinks, as well as free appetizers.

If you'd prefer less of a party and more panoramic views, opt instead for a Pickle Pub Crawl with Victoria Harbour Ferry. They'll whisk you across the harbour between several of Victoria's finest waterfront pubs.

Image: The Rolling Barrel


6. Enjoy Quality Time on the Course

For dads who love to golf, Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy a Father's Day round. Head to Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy for a challenging course with stunning views over the Olympic Mountain Range, or treat him to brunch and golf this weekend at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, where you'll get unbelievable views over the Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island.

Olympic View Golf Course will also be offering a special Father's Day promotion: enjoy a complimentary power cart when you book online with the promo code DAD.

Image: Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy 


7. Challenge Each Other

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. 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. 


8. Go Fishing

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 a professional guide and a four-rod set-up on a 46' Sportfish Yacht, plus all the bait, tackle, cleaning, bagging and fishing gear that you'll need for the trip. 

If you and your dad are comfortable taking a boat out without a guide, rent a fishing or sightseeing boat from Pedder Bay RV Resort.

Image: A successful catch with SpringTide. 


9. Visit a museum

What better way to celebrate family than with an exhibition all about families? Head to the Royal BC Museum to enjoy their brand new exhibit, Family: Bonds & Belonging. It's a super inclusive, interactive exhibit that celebrates the concept of family and its broad definition. 

This weekend (June 16 - 18) the Aboriginal Cultural Festival will also be taking place just outside the Royal BC Museum. See live performances, shop from First Nations artisans, and indulge in traditional First Nations foods. 

Image: Aboriginal Cultural Festival 2016


10. Say Cheers! to Dad

This Father's Day, enjoy a pint on the patio at The Drake Eatery or Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub.

You could also opt for a Victoria Craft Beer & Culinary Tour with Off the Eaten Track, where you'll enjoy beer samples, 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.

Image: Flight of craft beers from Canoe Brewpub Marina & Restaurant.

There you have it! All the inspiration you need to enjoy a great Father's Day. If you are still looking for more ideas, check out the things to do page or look at the event calendar to see what's going on around the city.  

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