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. 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. Special packages are available for day or weekend visits.

2. 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 laughing out loud over Russel Peters comedy. Truly a place pretty much exactly like nowhere else.

3. Scenic Caves


Fill Father’s Day with fun, frolic and family adventure. 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.

4. Brewery Tour

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.

Trip to Ottawa

5. Exotic Car Show

This Father’s Day, Toronto’s destination for high-end boutiques, restaurants and hotels will host the 7th 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

6. Ahmic Lake Resort

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.

7. Lock & Paddle

Photo Credit: Canadian Canoe Museum

Okay, this event does not take place on Father’s day weekend, but on the next weekend. Spend an amazing day on Canada’s historic and engineering marvel of days gone by,  that is the Peterborough Lift Lock. Held to celebrate the National Canoe Day,  Lock & Paddle is a record setting event that fits as many canoes and kayaks as possible into the Peterborough Lift Lock. You can paddle the Trent Severn Waterway from there or paddle to the Lift Lock from nearby places.

If you cannot make it on that weekend, you can always plan a trip to Peterborough or join for a Voyageur Canoe Tour with the Canadian Canoe Museum.

In case you want to go on a Sea Doo Adventure to Burleigh Falls on Stoney Lake or want to rent a canoe, you can do it at Kawartha Adventure Rentals. 

8. Rice Lake

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.

9. Boat Cruise or Scenic Train Trips

Explore amazing province that is Ontario through its waterways or through rail lines.

From a trip through the historic Rideau Canal to the famous Agawa Canyon there are plenty of options for you to re discover Ontario!

Boat Cruises in Ontario

Scenic Train Tours in Ontario

10. 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 17th 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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