Buying Dad a Father’s Day gift is one of life’s many challenges. You ask him what he wants, he says “nothing.” You’ve probably bought him too many neckties already (that he never wears) and every tool he needs from Canadian Tire. But he deserves to be celebrated! So what do you do? Try spicing up Father’s Day with a special vacation he’ll never forget! Here are some trip ideas that are sure to impress.
1. Reel in some quality time
Any fishing trip would do, but since my Dad loves the movie A River Runs Through It, which is set in Missoula along Boulder River and Yellowstone River, a fly fishing trip there would appeal to his love of the film and the sport. Fly fishing is an appealing idea because it’s not commonly practiced, it’s super cool, and it’s what Brad Pitt did in the movie. But really, any type of fishing trip to any place with good fishing would be a hit. Consider deep-sea fishing in Mexico where you can help Dad reel in a swordfish. Or even a short trip to a local lake or river – Canada has plenty of them!
2. Let love brew
Take Dad to Ireland for a brewery tour. How amazing would it be to visit the Guinness Storehouse in Ireland? Tour tickets go for about €20.00 ($30.00 Canadian) and come with a pint! If your Dad isn’t a Guinness man, there’s quite a few other options in Dublin. After the tour, head out to the bars for more pints and celebrations!
3. What happens in Vegas… stays in Vegas (except for the great memories!)
I bet this idea will be a win with Dad. Take Dad to Las Vegas for a trip he’ll never forget. Try your luck at the casino, see an incredible concert or show, visit the Grand Canyon, check out the Mob Museum, and indulge in the many other tourist attractions.
4. The best Dad in history
For the history-buff Dad, why not take him to Vimy Ridge to walk the trenches and visit the World War 1 memorial? There is so much history in this one spot! The visit can easily last a few hours. Vimy is only a two-hour drive away from Paris, so after your visit, head back to check out the Eiffel Tower at night and experience more of France!
5. Honky-tonk Dad moves
Let your Dad visit his country music idols at the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. And then, let him bust out his best Dad moves at a rocking bar downtown. You’ll both come back with some amazing line dancing skills. Who knows, maybe you’ll run into Willie Nelson!
6. Havana a good Father’s Day, Dad?
Relax at a gorgeous resort in Havana, Cuba and give Dad the break he deserves (and all the rum he can drink)! In my experience, whether they’re a car aficionado or not, most dads love a good, old-school car (really, who doesn’t?). Downtown Havana is famous for the shiny, vintage cars. So, take a break from the resort and take a tour of the city in a cherry convertible. Official tour companies charge about 50.00 Cuban pesos ($65 Canadian) per hour but you can sometimes flag down a friendly local who will work for cheaper.
7. Wish Dad the best “fore” Father’s Day
If you want to stay in Canada, British Columbia has some of the most incredible golf courses. Try the Capilano Golf Course in West Vancouver for a course surrounded by mountains and fresh coastal air. Or the Tobiano Golf Course in Kamloops for a completely different experience – golf in the desert! B.C. is also home to some excellent hikes if your dad is the outdoorsy type. Ask a local for a recommendation, you won’t have to go far!
8. Father’s Day is better at the Lake
If you want to stay even closer to home, Ontario has the best cottage country in the world (I’m not biased, it’s true)! Head up to your family cottage, rent one on Airbnb, or join your friends at theirs for a special Father’s Day weekend. Make sure to give your Dad a break by taking over BBQ duty and catering to him (unless he insists of course)!
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