10 Weekend Getaways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Ontario

This Father’s Day weekend, ditch the ties and new tools and show your father just how much he means by spending a unique day or weekend together.




1. Thrill of the Grill

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BBQ season has begun so to get ready join Godfather of the Grill Chef & award-winning cookbook Author Ted Reader for a sizzling two-day weekend at the JW Marriott The Rousseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. During this fun filled foodie event, take part in hands on grill culinary experiences, in the “kitchen” focused workshops and events designed to entertain the whole family. And when you’re not licking your fingers, enjoy the unpretentious, natural and unspoiled surroundings at the resort set on top of a granite bluff overlooking the tranquil Lake Rosseau.

2. The Briars

Escape to the beautiful surroundings of The Briars located on Lake Simcoe in Southern Ontario. Spend your days together boating along the waterfront, swimming in one of the pools, being pampered at the spa, enjoying a round of golf or relaxing on the patio with fabulous food and dancing the night away to nightly entertainment. On June 18th from 12 to 2pm treat him to a BBQ lunch along with the sounds of Grant Lyle, one of Canada’s leading Blues guitarists. Special packages are available for day or weekend visits.

3. Casino Rama

North of boredom, North of the unexpected, explore the great indoors at Casino Rama in Orillia. Stay, relax, dine, play, rock out and explore all there is to offer at this 24/7 entertainment playground that fuses adventure and excitement with the easygoing cottage life. Take your chances at one of the 2,500 new slots, 110 exciting table games or the 12-table poker room. On June 16th & 17th, spend an evening jamming to the foot-stomping Celtic infused music of Gaelic Storm, back with their 12th studio album. Truly a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else.

4. Scenic Caves

Fill Father’s Day with fun, frolic and family adventure. Scenic Caves is offering free value pack admission for fathers on June 17th and 18th to experience the unique and natural wonders of the Niagara Escarpment. Fill your lungs with healthy air and get some exercise by climbing through the caves, walking along the nature trails and suspension bridge and zipping through the treetops on cables. In addition to the free admission, take advantage of discount rates on the Eco Adventure Tour and Thunderbird Twin Zipline.

5. Brewery Tour

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Nothing says I love you like an ice-cold pint! Follow along with knowledgeable craft beer and history experts as you get a behind the scenes look at the brewing process. Each tour experience will include tutored tastings, lunch, transportation and sightseeing so all you have to do is show up and let the fun happen. Brew Donkey offers several tours to choose from in Ottawa and the Kitchener/Waterloo area. For father’s day, a special Rideau Rallycross tour will be available with entrance to the Redbull Rallycross event in Ottawa in addition to two brewery visits and free Suzy Q donuts!

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6. Exotic Car Show



This Father’s Day, Toronto’s destination for high-end boutiques, restaurants and hotels will host the 6th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Feel like celebrity as you walk along the red carpet on Bloor St and get an up-close look at over 120 of some of the best designed automobiles in the world like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. As always, admission is free but please help support Prostate Cancer Canada by bring a loonie or toonie to drop off in one of the donation boxes. After the car show, head to Woodbine Park for the Beaches Ribfest, or have Tacos at Taco Fest being held at Ontario Place. Roundoff the evening by attending the preeminent arts festivals in North America – Luminato Festival!

Father’s Day Weekend in Toronto

7. Ahmic Lake Resort

There’s nothing like the sounds of the great outdoors and the smell of roasting marshmallows on a camp fire to celebrate dad’s special day. Ahmic Lake Resort makes a great base for wildlife observation, bird watching, golfing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding or just kicking back on the dock, relaxing with a cold drink and enjoying the gorgeous waterfront views. A truly Ontario resort featuring HK cottages, camping facilities, marina and a licensed restaurant. A wilderness and fishing getaway only a short drive from Parry Sound.

8. Mountain Man Music Festival

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Calabogie Peaks Resort, providing a perfect music amphitheater, the Mountain Man Music Festival is the only one of its kind in the Ottawa Valley. This 3-day music intensive event celebrates singer song writers, folk artists, indie bands, the blues and will host some of the best up and coming talent from across Canada. Within the grounds there will be a beer garden, food vendors, shopping and camping available all weekend. Festival dates are June 16th – 18th. It will be a weekend of great fun and great food!

9. Rice Lake

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Plan a fishing weekend at Rice Lake, a fisherman’s dream. It is a beautiful lake, ideal for camping and boating and there are several small towns surrounding the lake that offer sightseeing, shops, restaurants and other amenities. And Elmhirst Resort located near the Lake  offers a Signature Canadian Experience. Enjoy a sightseeing flight in a floatplane over Rice Lake with your pilot/guide and have lunch overlooking Rice Lake featuring the freshest ingredients produced right on their farm or from local providers.

10. Treetop Trekking



Does your dad love a good thrill? Plan a day filled with adventure as you climb, swing and zip through the forest canopy at one of five Treetop Trekking locations in Ontario. On the popular 3-hour zip line and aerial game trek have fun exploring the suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs, cable traverses and of course, what everyone comes for, the zip lines! Courses range from beginner to advanced so there is something for everyone. During this special fun filled day dad’s climb free! Must be ages 9+ and reservations are required.

11. Charity run

Lace up your runners and hit the road to raise money for a worthy cause. Taking place in various cities across Canada is the “Do it for Dads” 5km walk/run hosted on June 18th to raise awareness and funds in the hope to improve prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment for the leading cancer affecting Canadian men.

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