10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Toronto this Weekend
With Father’s Day coming up on the 18, it’s never too early to plan for the special day. After everything that your dad has done for you, it’s only fitting that they get a day off to do something that they love with the people they love. Celebrate Father’s Day and show your appreciation by taking your dad out to one of these weekend activities in Toronto.
Blue Jays Game
On June 18, join the Blue Jays in celebrating Father’s Day presented by Schneiders by taking the entire family out for a game. The 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into the ultimate tribute to Dad where he can enjoy all of his favourite things. If you need more incentive, the first 20 000 fans to enter the Rogers Centre will receive a fashionable Blue Jays BBQ Apron, which trumps drab neckties any day. Get tickets here.
What better way to strengthen the father-child bond than to shoot each other with pellets of paint at high velocity? This is perfect for the adventurous dads that love to have fun and enjoy an adrenaline rush. There are various places around Toronto like Defcon Paintball or Gladiator Paintball Arenas to go play a game, and you can even snag a great deal on Groupon.
Batting cages are so yesterday, and axe-throwing is the new favourite sport for young and old alike. It’s been growing steadily popular since the 2000s, and now there are numerous venues like BATL in Toronto dedicated to this activity. Take your father along to try something different and go sharpen your skills. It’s hard to deny the thrill of chucking axes around, after all.
Yorkville Exotic Car Show
If your Dad enjoys buying cars, driving cars, fixing cars, looking at cars, or all of the above, then taking him to the 7th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show is a no-brainer. On Father’s Day, walk along the red carpet on Bloor Street to get close with some of the best classic and exotic cars around the world. SuperCars, Ferrari, Porsche, you name it, they have it.
For thrill-seeking dads, being behind the wheels of a go-kart zipping around a track could be their idea of fun. Get your father to ditch the family van for a day and hook him up with a sweet new ride and watch up tear up the track. He’ll thank you for it. There are multiple places to go go-karting in Toronto like Grand Prix Kartways, 401 Mini Indy, and Go-Karts at Polson Pier.
VARAC Vintage Grand Prix
If Dad doesn’t fancy being the one to drive a go-kart, take him to watch pros do it at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on June 16-18. There will be multiple events, including the 2017 Diamond Jubilee Formula Junior World tour, and the FIA Masters Historic Formula 1. There will be many beautiful vintage cars for your viewing pleasure.
Wine and Spirit Festival
On June 16 and 17, there will be a national festival showcasing the world’s most renowned wine, beer, cider and spirit producers along with other culinary artists. Taking place on the scenic Sugar Beach, it’s the perfect place to stroll and soak in the festive atmosphere while sipping on some fine wine. Dad deserves the best, after all. Get full festival details here.
For a more laid-back and relaxing activity, fishing is the way to go. Plus, it’s budget-friendly, you get to enjoy the great outdoors, and you can get a meal out of it. While waiting for the fish to bite, you can listen to Dad recount stories of the good ‘ol days. Prime fishing locations include Humber Marshes, Tommy Thompson Park, and Ashbridges Bay Park.
There’s no better way to spend some quality time with Dad than putting 18 holes on a rolling green golf course. An afternoon of chatting and friendly banter while playing golf is a great way to foster that father-child bond. Don Valley is a beautiful golf course in the heart of the city worth checking out.
Beer Lovers’ Tours
The name says it all. For an educational and interactive trip packed with tastings, check out these three tours. They are all-inclusive and led by professionally certified beer guides with a knowledge of the history of the brewing heritage and a passion for beer that’ll match your Dad’s.
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Lisa is a journalism student at Carleton University and an aspiring travel writer. When she’s not struggling with writer’s block, she loves hitting up the hottest foodie spots around the city and taking photos of everything.