As you can see by this gallery, my Dad has joined me on research trips in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, NWT, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. This weekend we’re going to check out the new via ferrata at the Sea to Sky Gondola outside of Squamish, BC. In honour of Fathers Day in Canada, here’s some bucket list ideas for father-child bonding:
1. Camping in a National Park
Mother Nature is ideal for Father bonding, and so is camping in any one of Canada’s exceptional national parks. Kick back around the fire, stoke some old memories while creating new ones.
2. Fly-in Fishing Lodges
Canada is blessed with many luxurious outposts in the remote wilderness, where fathers and their offspring can spend long summer days trying to hook the big one. Even if you don’t catch anything, a fishing lodge is an ideal spot to catch up.
3. Toast your nearest Wine Route
Niagara, the Okanagan, Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley… wine routes, like wine itself, is all about the company in which you enjoy it.
4. Biking in Prince Edward Island
Canada’s smallest province is an multi-day ideal bike trip, with beautiful coastal parks, outstanding seafood, stunning golf courses, great pubs, and easy distances to cover.
5. Northern Eco-Lodges
Two of the guests during my stay at the world’s most northerly eco-Lodge were a father and his 10-year old son. They hiked the tundra, took photos of beluga whales, rode on an ATV along the shoreline.
6. Rent an RV
During our last mancation, my brothers and Dad rented an RV to explore Alberta’s Icefields Parkway, possibly the most stunning drive in Canada. Turquoise lakes, epic hikes, thick steaks and great company.
7. River Rafting
Your Dad loves adventure just like anyone, but it needn’t get too wild and crazy. From Algonquin to the Bloodvein, there’s a local river waiting to challenge your Dad.
8. Golfing or Foot Golf
Not everyone can play 18 holes, but everyone can kick a ball. Foot golf is a fun way to spend an afternoon, especially if you’re driving a cart loaded with a few cold beers.