When the temperature has (finally) warmed, and summer is just around the corner, there’s no better place to be than out in nature. So, when Father’s Day rolls around, why not spend it enjoying the fresh air with Dad?

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with dinner at a nice restaurant or sitting down to watch the big game. But when the sun is shining (at last!), it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. These outdoor activities are a great way to celebrate Father’s Day with a Dad, Uncle, Grandpa or any important guy.

Take a Hike or Walk

Hiking is a great activity to do with Dad; you can choose a trail that matches almost any fitness level. Fortunately, Canada is packed with stunning hikes, from the Lake Agnes Teapot at Lake Louise to Nova Scotia’s Cape Split trail.

If a leisurely walk is more Dad’s style, choose a path with little (or no) elevation gain. Even many accessible trails across Canada open up amazing scenery to everyone. Lace-up those comfortable shoes and hit the trail.

Ride a Bike

Biking is a great way for the whole family to get out there and explore. Even the smallest family members can come along, thanks to pull-behind trailers.

Many cities offer paved bike paths that wind through neighbourhoods and local attractions. This makes for a safe, and fun, experience. On Father’s Day, consider planning a route that allows for stops at his favourite cafes or coffee shops along the way.

Go Fishing

If Dad’s an angling enthusiast, grab your tackle and head out for a day of fishing. Whether you choose a pond, river, lake, or ocean, fishing is a relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Even if you don’t catch much, it’s the perfect chance to spend time together and talk, all while enjoying the great outdoors. Just be sure everyone has a current licence before you head out!

Hit the Links

Does Dad love to golf? Surprise him with a day at his favourite course. With hundreds of courses to choose from, Canada is packed coast-to-coast with top-rated golf destinations.

Of course, if the whole family is playing, an 18-hole course may not be the best choice. Finding a par-three course, heading for the driving range, or even taking the kids to play miniature golf are all still great outdoor activities for Father’s Day.

Go Camping

Why not spend Father’s Day immersed in nature? Pack up the tent or the RV and head out into the wilderness — or just the nearest campground — for a weekend adventure. Many national and provincial parks contain camping areas open to both tents and RVs.

If completely “roughing it” doesn’t appeal to Dad, look for a campground that offers amenities, such as showers. Just be sure to check the weather forecast before you go and be prepared in case of rain.

Fire Up the Grill

Maybe Dad likes to be outside but isn’t feeling particularly sporty this year. Don’t worry: Sometimes, the easiest outdoor activities can be among the best. Simply head into the backyard — or a nearby park — and make some delicious BBQ.

Having a grill-out is a perfect chance to enjoy nature without a lot of preparation or planning. All you need is a grill, maybe a rack of ribs, and a few side dishes. Dad can relax with a cold beverage while the kids play in the sun… or he can manage the grill if that’s more his style.

No matter which outdoor activities you choose, getting back to nature is the perfect way to spend time with Dad. Now get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!

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