This Father’s Day, ditch the dad ties and do something special for dad instead. The warm summer weather provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor fun, or support local businesses and buy something to suit dad’s interests. Make him something special with a Father’s day gift DIY by hand, or simply give him space to relax and enjoy some time off on his special day.
It’s not easy to find the right gift for dad, so to help you pick that perfect present, we’re sharing 8 Father’s Day gift ideas.
1) Soar To The Summit Of The Sea To Sky Gondola
Now open, the Sea To Sky Gondola is a great place to spend the day showing your love for that adventurous dad. Hop onto a scenic gondola and ride to the top of the mountain, and then enjoy a hike along one of the many walking trails found at the top. Teeter along the breathtaking Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, and then stop in at the Sky Pilot Restaurant and take in views of Howe Sound while sipping on an epic Caesar and noshing on fish tacos.
2) Gift Him A Memory And A Puzzle
If you’ve been to Whistler for a family vacation and it holds a special place in your dad’s heart, this puzzle might just bring those memories flooding back. Whistler photographer David McColm has produced a line of stunning photographic puzzles that depict Whistler’s epic vistas, available for purchase online and from Get the Goods in Whistler’s Creekside Village.
3) First Nations Father And Son Carved Killer Whales
Seen as a symbol of solidarity and loyalty, as well as a teacher of community and family, the Killer Whale is a renowned figure amongst the First Nations. Squamish Nation carver Richard Baker has been teaching his son, Troy, the family trade and both artists are exhibited at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. A plaque or pendant would be a unique and beautiful gift for dad that literally speaks to the family he created.
4) Give Him Whistler in a Basket
The team at Whistler’s Blackcomb Liquor Store have a passion for liquor and for locals. They will handpick a gift basket packed with dad’s favs from your last trip to Whistler including; beers from Coast Mountain Brewing and Whistler Brewing Company, a bottle of Montis Distilling gin, a cone of handmade Whistler Chocohappy treats, a bar of the decorative Arts Meets Chocolate featuring a Whistler artist, Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Glaze and Eve’s Crackers. They work with local producers as well as Edible Canada to bring unique and yummy treats to the mountains.
5) Thrill-Seeking Father’s Day Gift DIY With Wild Whistler Adventures
Does dad have a bucket list? Would bungee jumping, or whitewater rafting be on it? Would he like a run down the Elaho River with Class IV rapids? A bungee plunge 160 feet towards the roaring Cheakamus River? Or to make like an eagle and soar over jagged peaks, hidden lakes and ancient glaciers in a helicopter? Head to Whistler.com and book an adventure for dad to help him check these thrill-seeking feats off his bucket list.
6) Satisfy His Sweet Tooth With A Sundae Box (Burnaby)
Build your own Sundae Box from Glenburn Soda Fountain! For dads with a sweet tooth order online and pick up a take-home kit to build your own sundaes, including ice cream, toppings and house-made sauces.
7) Make A Father’s Day Gift DIY Bottle Opener For Beer-Loving Dad
Order and make a personalized DIY bottle opener from Langley’s Homeworks Etc. then pick up a case of beer from one of Langley’s craft breweries: Camp Beer Co, Dead Frog Brewery, Five Roads Brewing and Trading Post Brewing
8) Give Him A Meat Bouquet for a Unique Father’s Day Gift DIY
The family-operated and community-focused Hofstede’s Country Barn in Chilliwack is making Meat Bouquets for Father’s Day. Enough said. Local meats and cheeses artfully arranged to emulate a tongue-in-cheek floral arrangement. Order online for a safer and healthier shopping experience.
For more great Father’s Day gift ideas, check out our past issues, available online.