A Father’s Day in Whistler
Dads – they’re pretty great aren’t they? They pick us up when we fall down, help us take on the world and offer a free taxi service while they’re at it. June 16 is Father’s Day in BC and it’s time to pay Dad back for everything he’s done for you. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to repay endless years of hard work, sleepless nights and dad jokes. But a little trip to Whistler this Father’s Day could come close to showing your Dad just how much he means to you.
Whistler offers unlimited adventure activities, world-renowned natural beauty and a trip to foodie heaven. So whether your Dad is a nature lover or an adrenaline junky, you’ll find something to make his day in Whistler.
5 Reasons to Bring Dad to Whistler, BC this Fathers Day
- Breathe in the Mountain Air
Dads work hard, and on Father’s Day, they deserve a break. And nothing helps you relax like breathing in the mountain air. Whistler’s stunning high alpine peaks are matched only by it’s deep, dense rainforest and shimmering emerald lakes. Whether you take in the views on a long hike or a helicopter tour, you’ll both leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after spending time in this beautiful environment.
- Share Unforgettable Experiences
There are few places in the world that pack in as much adventure as Whistler. Fancy mountain biking or ziplining? Bungee jumping or off-roading driving? Whatever you choose, you and your Dad will come away with giant grins and memories to last a lifetime. Because there’s an overwhelming amount of awesome activities in Whistler, we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the best summer activities for 2019.
- Slow Down and Catch Up
If you’re anything like us, you don’t spend nearly enough time catching up with Dad. Take the chance to enjoy catching up as you explore one of Whistler’s famous hiking trails. Or laze by one of our crystal clear lakes and trade stories from when he was young. Life moves slowly in Whistler, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to make up for lost time here.
- Treat Him To Dinner (He Deserves It)
Remember all those times Dad lent you money for pizza? Well, now it’s your turn. Treat your Dad to dinner at one of the countless delicious eateries in Whistler. There’s plenty of fine dining to be found here, and the local BC seafood is some of the best in the world. But even if you’re on a budget, you’ll find lots of affordable, tasty food to fuel your adventures.
- Conquer a Challenge Together
Want to remind your Dad how tough you think he is? You’re in luck, because the epic obstacle race Tough Mudder arrives in Whistler on June 15/16, making it the ultimate Father’s Day activity for 2019. By the time you’ve crawled through mud, swung over monkey bars and scaled cargo nets together, you and your Dad will be feeling pretty proud of yourselves. You’ll be tired and muddy, but that post-race beer will taste sweeter than ever.
5 Epic Outdoor Activities for Dad
You can’t bring your Dad to Whistler without planning at least one epic outdoor activity for him. There are summer adventures beyond counting, but here are a few of our favourites.
- Axe Throwing
Whether your Dad is the quintessential lumberjack type or more of a city slicker, axe throwing is guaranteed to put a smile on his face. No experience needed: our expert Canadian axe-throwers will teach you all you need to know. Hone your axe throwing craft together and then get competitive and see if you can keep up with your old man. Loser buys the post-game beers at the craft brewery next door!
- Bear Watching
Black bears are the most iconic, photogenic, and cutest of Whistler’s wildlife. Take a bear viewing tour to learn more about these fascinating animals, get up close with them in their natural habitat, and snap some shots for the family album. Father’s Day is prime time for bear spotting, and taking a guided tours means you’re far more likely to see one for real. if you’re lucky, you’ll spot plenty of other Whistler wildlife too.
- Bungee Jumping
Think you’re braver than your Dad? You might think again once you’ve stood at the edge of a 160-ft bungee bridge, ready to plunge towards the raging river below. You couldn’t create a more beautiful spot for a bungee jump than this. And the expert crew have been keeping jumpers safe (and having fun) for years. So take a deep breath and take the plunge.
Take yourself back to childhood memories of long days on the lake with a fishing trip in Whistler. No doubt your Dad is still a better angler than you, but at least this time you’ll have some expert tuition to help you compete. A full-day fishing excursion is the perfect excuse to spend a whole day with Dad, and get to know the lakes and rivers of Whistler. Plus, the catch is excellent and the views are out-of-this-world.
Fancy your chances surviving in the great Canadian woods? You’d better brush up your hunting skills first. A trip to Whistler’s Shooting Range will get you off on the right foot. Learn from expert marksmen in a safe, controlled environment. And then strike up a little friendly competition for Father’s Day and see who has the best shot on the 100m target. It’s harder than you think! There are packages for first timers through to seasoned shooters, so you’re bound to find something to please even the most discerning Dad.
5 Great Brunches for Dad on Father’s Day
Every great day of adventure needs to start with a great brunch. Feed your adventurous spirit with a trip to one of Whistler’s finest breakfast eateries.
Dubh Linn Gate
For the traditional fathers out there, Dubh Linn Gate is the best brunch in town. Serving classic Irish breakfasts with all the trimmings, with an authentic Gaelic atmosphere, the old-school Dad’s will feel right at home. The Full Irish Fry Up covers all bases with sausage, bacon, egg, black pudding and fried spuds. We can guarantee you can skip lunch after this one, and spend a full day exploring.
Elements’ brunch is a little fancy and very tasty. With fresh local ingredients and funky twists on classic breakfast dishes, it’s a locals’ favourite here in town. Their wide-ranging menu takes you from eggs benedict to sweet waffles, via over-baked frittatas and European continental style cured meats. And if Dad has a sweet tooth, he’ll be in heaven with the caramelized banana and chocolate stuffed french toast – if he can finish it.
If you’ve overindulged a little on your stay in Whistler, a trip to Fifi’s could put you right. Their menu is delicious, but it’s also packed with healthy, fresh ingredients that will put a spring back in your step. Every meal is packed with fresh, organic, local meat, fish and veggies. For a healthy brunch try their delicious vegan breakfast platter. Or if you want to carry on overindulging, you’ll find the french toast right up your street.
You don’t see enough traditional Canadian diners anymore. Especially in Whistler. Luckily, Southside Diner is here to put that right. The decor will take Dad right back to his youth, but the food is an up-to-date twist on diner classics. Their generous brunch menu includes classic cooked breakfasts, enormous pancakes and unique creations like the breakfast poutine. This is the place to go to give Dad the ultimate Canadian experience.
Dad deserves a drink on Father’s Day, right? So why not treat him to a breakfast tipple at Earls? Serving upscale versions of all the classic brunch dishes, Earls is sure to fill you right up. And they also offer a healthy menu of breakfast drinks – including their famous Caesar (another Canadian must-have). If you’re planning on a relaxing, slow-paced Father’s Day, Earls is the perfect place to start your day.
Plan the Perfect Father’s Day Activities | He’s Earned It
Whatever adventure you choose, we’re pretty sure your Dad will just be glad to spend the whole day exploring with you. Whistler is the perfect place to catch up and create new memories together. From adrenaline highs to lazy brunches, quiet moments to raucous laughter, Father’s Day in Whistler will provide it all. So what are you waiting for – start planning the ultimate Father’s Day trip now!