It’s the time of year we honour all the yoyodadas out there and everything they do for their kids and families. This year, rather than the traditional pair of socks and tie, how about spending the day with dad at a fun activity fit for the whole family? That way dad can have a fun day fishing or checking out beautiful old cars while still spending time together as a family. We’ve found 13 great family-friendly events and activities in Metro Vancouver on Father’s Day weekend that dad will love. So after you are done letting dad sleep in and enjoy a delicious home-cooked breakfast (with extra bacon), hit the town to celebrate your favourite guy!
The yoyomama team would also like to extend an extra big Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in our lives. We love you and couldn’t do what we do without you!
For the dad who loves old cars, head to Old Car Sunday at the Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. This is the 25th anniversary and it promises to be a great show! Beyond the bevy of beautiful vehicles to behold, there is delicious food, exciting entertainment, and fun kids activities on-site. Last year there were over 1,300 cars registered and this year promises to be just as fantastic. Pro-tip: There’s limited on-site parking, so head to the West Coast Express station and park for free. You can hop on a (free) shuttle bus that will take you right to the park! Old Car Sunday, Sunday, June 19th, 9 am – 3 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission
For the dad who loves midway games and fun carnival rides, the Point Grey Fiesta is the place to be. The Fiesta Carnival starts on Friday afternoon and continues until Sunday at Trimble Park in Vancouver. There are stage performances, activities, exhibitors, carnival rides and fun games too. There’s a parade on Saturday on West 10th and a pancake breakfast too. Point Grey Fiesta, Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 18th, Trimble Park, 2250 Trimble St, Vancouver.
For the dad who loves to fish, take part in Family Fishing Weekend with great family fishing events in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, North Vancouver and lots of places in between. Visit the BC Family Fishing website to find a fishing derby location close to you. These events are a great way for the entire family to learn to fish, and you don’t even need a fishing license! Residents of Canada can go fishing in most of BC’s lakes and non-tidal streams compliments of the provincial government. You do not need to buy or carry a Freshwater Fishing license for Father’s Day weekend! For full details, visit the fishing rules on the BC Family Fishing website.
For the dad who loves the great outdoors, visit the Fort Langley National Historic Site where you can learn how to camp. This is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to fall in love with the great outdoors. Sleep in a tent under the stars, tell stories around the campfire and start a family tradition dad will cherish for years to come. You’ll learn how to pitch a tent, how to build a campfire, camping and outdoor recreation safety, camp cooking, and more. Learn to Camp, Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 19th, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, registration required.
For the dad who wishes he were a Viking, head to the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival where the whole family can enjoy a weekend full of non-stop entertainment. Visit the life-sized Viking Village on the festival grounds where Vikings live, work, eat and play all weekend long. The Vikings share their Viking life, arts & crafts and culture – you never know what else may happen in the village! Vikings can be very unpredictable. There are traditional foods, folk dancing, and tons of fun for the kids. Dad can even take part in the Wife Carrying Contest, where a husband carries a wife through an obstacle course for a prize. Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 19th, 10 am – 11 pm (Saturday), 10 am – 4 pm (Sunday), Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
For the dad with the green thumb, visit the UBC Botanical Gardens for Garden Days and the 100th Anniversary of the Botanical Gardens. Take part in the biodiversity scavenger hunt and learn all about birds, bees and butterflies from experts. Pack a lunch to enjoy a family picnic with dad on the Contemporary Lawn. Admission is 2-for-1 this weekend! Garden Days, Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19th, 11 am – 2 pm, UBC Botanical Gardens, 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver
For the dad who still loves to play with trains, visit Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey where he can view model trains from The Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club and take a train ride, courtesy of Pacific Trackless Trains. There are yummy hot dogs, delicious baked goods, old-fashioned sack races and even a dad-themed arts and crafts project. Father’s Day Open House, Sunday, June 19th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey, Cost: Free
For the thrill-seeker dad, head to Playland for a day of fun rides and delicious mini donuts. Head to the old wooden roller coaster for a classic thrill, or see how many times you can ride the Kettle Creek Mine Coaster in the Kids Playce. If dad is really adventurous, have him try out The Beast, Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride. It spins and swings and goes really (really really) high. Like 125 feet high. Maybe just wait to eat the mini donuts until after dad is done with the rides! Playland, now open on weekends, 10 am – 6 pm, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver.
For the bird-loving dad, take him birding on the Ravine Trail in Langley’s Campbell Valley Regional Park. Experience the many facets of nature while walking around a pond, through a butterfly garden, over grassy meadows and into the shaded forest along the Ravine Trail. This walk is led by Al Schulze of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists. Campbell Valley Regional Park, Sunday, June 19th, 1 pm – 3 pm, 20290 16 Ave, Langley, Cost: free, pre-registration required.
For the dad who longs to live on a farm, head to the EcoDairy Farm in Abbotsford to learn all about where milk comes from! Visit this state of the art farm featuring an Interactive Discovery Centre, Dairy Barn, and Animal Exhibit. Head out on Father’s Day for a Dads-Tour-Free special when accompanied by children or other family members. Tours will be every hour on the half hour: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. EcoDairy Farm Father’s Day Special, Sunday, June 19th, 11 am – 4 pm, 1356 Sumas Way, Abbotsford
For the dad who lives for bagpipes, kilts and haggis, the annual BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival are not to be missed. Massed pipe bands, highland dancers, British food, whisky tasting and beer gardens. This is an authentic Scottish Highland Games, open to everyone. The region’s best bagpipers, drummers, pipe bands, highland dancers & Scottish heavy event athletes will be competing for top honours. You can also experience British & Scottish food & cars, Celtic vendors and Clan tents, whiskey school, a Harry Potter quidditch (and Kidditch) match, and tons of children’s activities. There’s great live entertainment too! BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Friday, June 17th – Saturday, June 18th, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
For the dad who loves to explore, take him out to one of the many neighbourhoods in Vancouver celebrating Car Free Day. The 12th Annual Car Free Day shuts down the streets to cars and allows foot traffic to take over. There are four distinct parties in four distinct neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, and Denman Street, with block parties in Kitsilano. Leave the vehicle at home and pop on your walking shoes! With family fun zones, swordplay demos, music, arts & crafts, drum circles, dancing, street hockey and more, dad and the entire family will have a blast! Be sure to check out the schedule of events to decide which location to visit. Car Free Day Vancouver, Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 19th, various locations around Vancouver
For the dad that loves to paddle, take him to Concord Pacific Place for the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival. Watch world-class dragon boat racing, including the brand new “Dragon Boat Nations Cup”, a race among top teams from Canada, the US and China. Beyond the fantastic races, you can also take in a fun circus show depicting the legend of the first dragon boat races in China over 2000 years ago. There’s a fire-breathing dragon and another on a unicycle in this original circus spectacle choreographed by CircusWest with sets from a leading Vancouver film studio. Music is free, live and non-stop all weekend. It ranges from jazz to funk, bluegrass to hip hop. The World Beat Stage features local musicians from the West Coast and top entertainers from nearby and far away. All this adds up to one fantastic Father’s Day weekend! Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19th, Located at Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park and the waters of False Creek, near Science World, Vancouver, Cost: Free.
Looking for more great Father’s Day stuff? We’ve got you covered:
- five fabulous Father’s Day finds
- our favourite local shops for the perfect Father’s Day gift
- Father’s Day crafts dad will love
- check out our Pinterest board full of great father’s day craft and gift ideas
By: Michelle Hughes