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5 Father"s Day Ideas for Toronto



If you’re still stumped on what to do with dad this Father’s Day there’s no need to stick with something standard. Here are five fun ideas to consider that go beyond handing dad a tie that, let’s face it, he’ll likely never wear.

Go on a beer tour

What’s better than simply taking dad out for a beer on Father’s Day? Taking him on a beer tour where not only will he get to sip some seriously good beer, but learn about it, too.

Intrepid Travel’s Beer Makes History Better Tour is a four hour tour that delves into the history of beer while at the same time making sure you get to taste what you’re learning about. Beginning in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the tour makes its way to three different pubs and St. Lawrence Market before wrapping up in the historic Distillery District.

Bonus: You can use promo code PAPABEER at checkout to save 20% on this or any Urban Adventure beer tour booked before June 22, 2015 for travel before December 31st.

Lounge by the lake

If you’re looking for something low key to do with dad on Sunday and the weather cooperates, head down to the lakeshore for the day. Sunnyside Park is the perfect spot for an afternoon of leisurely wandering or biking by the water. There’s a boardwalk for pedestrians or the Martin Goodman Trail if you happen to be on two wheels. When you need to refuel, head to the newly reopened Sunnyside Pavilion and nab a seat on the expansive lakefront patio for lunch or a drink.

Check out a festival

Father’s Day weekend in Toronto is a busy one and if you feel like exploring the city with dad there are several options. The annual Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is happening Friday through Sunday at Woodbine Park where you can expect live music, great BBQ, grilling demos and beer vendors. The Redpath Waterfront Festival is also happening Friday through Sunday and involves three days of free entertainment along the Queens Quay from Spadina to Lower Sherbourne. And if you’re feeling like braving the crowds Taste of Little Italy is also happening with music, tasting tables, craft vendors and a wine tent.

Listen to some music

Sunday is the last day of the NXNE music festival so if dad is a fan of live music think about taking him to a show. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is also going on and there are several free events happening throughout the day on Sunday at Nathan Phillips Square as well as the Distillery District Trinity Stage. If relaxing with a drink and a great view is more dad’s speed, Sky Yard Sundays at the Drake Hotel’s rooftop Sky Yard patio runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and there’s a live DJ.  

Try out a food tour

Foodie dads (or anyone who likes to eat for that matter) will love the Foodie’s on Foot 501 Streetcar Food tour. The tour, which runs along the 501 Queen Streetcar route (the longest surface route in North America), visits five distinct Toronto neighbourhoods and five different restaurants. In addition to sampling some delicious Toronto foods, you also get to learn about the culinary history of the various neighbourhoods visited.

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