5 things to do for Father’s Day


We’re big fans of the experience over the material item over here, so instead of asking my kids what they want to ‘get’ dad for Father’s Day, I asked, “what do you think dad wants to do for Father’s Day?” Of course, everyone likes to get something nice, and there’s nothing wrong with spoiling that father figure in your life; however, when time is slim around work and school (and everything in between), it’s nice to get out there and make a moment or two to remember. There are a ton of events that you can get out to this weekend of course, Car Free Day, The Point Grey Fiesta, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, National Aboriginal Day, and many more. These are just a few mini adventures close to home that we’d like to get out and do with dad this weekend, without breaking the bank.

Fly fishing

Ambleside Park 

If dad is a fisher, like my husband and my own dad, take him over to Ambleside Park to practice his cast while the kids run around on the beach. Not a fisher? Set up some beach volleyball, a BBQ, or spread out a picnic on the sand. This area is easy to get to, lots of parking, and feels like a quick retreat out of the city. And there’s fish jumping in those waters right now! We saw a few Coho hopping around last weekend, so dad might even get lucky and snag a big one.

Biking route

Bike ride along the Sea Wall

It’s always a good day when you’ve gone outside, and the sea wall is a perfect way to cruise the scenic route around Vancouver. It’s up to you what’s at the end of this bike ride – you can stop at the Water Park at Stanley Park, hit up the beach at Spanish Banks, or lock up the bikes for a brunch on Granville Island. It’ll most likely be busy this weekend, so keep your eyes open, and wear your helmets!



Camping Trip

What’s better than the great outdoors? I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago on some of the best spots to head out camping to – the less busy the better in our books. Bring dad’s favourites along- which for us is bacon as the focus of every meal.



Hike it out

We have another post from May where we listed our favourite spots to hike around town. It’s a great way to get outdoors, away from the traffic, and into the calming embrace of nature. If you’re planning to visit a busy event with dad, maybe start with a relaxing walk on one of these trails, or end a loud day with a stroll through the trees. I call it the palette-cleanser.


Boundary Bay

Get wet

There are plenty of options if water sports are more your father figure’s style. Paddle boarding in Deep Cove, kayaking in False Creek and Boundary Bay, or even stopping by a sailing club. The weather is going to be incredible this weekend, so slather on the sunscreen, slap on a hat, and enjoy those sparkling blue waters while you can.


Any one of these adventures, paired with a homemade card from the kids, would be the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. Yes, I will also be making my dad a homemade card too.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

peaks-and-harbours Carina-Marie Nilsson is the co-founder of Peaks and Harbours, a Vancouver “not just for moms” blog that showcases everything our city has to offer the younger crowd. @carinamarienilsson