Make Memories with Dad: Father’s Day 2018 in Ontario’s Cottage Country

June is here and it’s time to plan a getaway with Dad!  Throughout the great Canadian wilderness there are plenty of things that Dads will love to see and do with family over a very special Father’s Day weekend.

GCS 1Head to Muskoka on Saturday, June 16, 2018 for the 25th annual Gravenhurst Car Show. Held at Gull Lake Rotary Park, the event regularly attracts over 600 vehicles in multiple classes. The show also features live music, activities for kids, prizes and a vehicle poker run around town.

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, Downtown Bracebridge hosts its annual Father’s Day Car Show on Manitoba Street. Enjoy great music and food, and over 150 special interest vehicles on site to appeal to even the most seasoned car show enthusiast.

Does Dad love boats? Give him the gift of a cruise aboard one of cottage country’s many fine vessels. The Lady Muskoka is a modern cruiser that docks in Bracebridge and travels down the Muskoka River to Lake Muskoka. The father’s day weekend schedule offers a Millionaire’s Row Cruise on both the Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-2:45pm. Get your tickets here.

Looking for something a little smaller and more intimate? Sunset Cruises is offering a Father’s Day Special aboard their restored delivery boat, the Peerless II. Leaving from Port Carling, this special offered on Sunday, June 17th let’s Dad cruise for free with the purchase of another adult ticket. You’ll enjoy the sights of Lake Rosseau while Captain Potts entertains with his knowledge of the waterways and local history. If you’re Dad’s a Georgian Bay fan, you can also check out the new Islander Adventure Tour being offered by the 30,000 Island Cruise Line out of Parry Sound. Their first voyage for the season will be on June 23rd – so you could be one of the first on board too!

How about combining a cruise aboard a steamship with excellent local craft beer? June 16th is the annual Father’s Day Beer Tasting Cruise aboard the SS Bigwin steamship. Departing from the Baysville Public Docks and cruising through beautiful Lake of Bays, these 1 hour 15 minute cruises offer classic Muskoka scenery combined with beer samples from the Lake of Bays Brewing Company.

Think Dad would be interested in the beer but not boating? Try the Brew Tours Muskoka Edition. On June 9th this tour travels between three of the areas local breweries: Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Muskoka Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing Company. The event includes lunch (and beer samples!) at The Griffin Gastropub, guided tours of each brewery facility with samples, and transportation between venues. Looking to set your own pace? Check out the Cottage Country Beer Trail, and call to arrange your own tour and tasting at one of the other unique breweries across the region.

Does Dad enjoy live music? Treat him to the No Sugar Tonight show at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville on June 16th. Celebrating the music of three legendary Canadian artists, The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Burton Cummings, this fun-filled show features an incredible cast playing all your favourite iconic Canadian hits! Is Dad more of a country fan? Then head to the iconic summer music venue, The Kee to Bala, where Cold Creek County will perform on June 16th.

With over 30 golf courses ranging from championship length to family-friendly 9-holes, Dad will find the perfect round in Ontario’s cottage country. Many of the courses offer Father’s Day rates and are hosting special events in honour of the day. A popular choice is the annual Father’s Day BBQ taking place on June 17th at The Ridge at Manitou. Visit Golf Muskoka for info on all the region’s courses, for tee times, and additional golf info.

For those Fathers who like outdoor adventure, there are an endless number of activities to provide that adrenaline rush. Outfitters throughout the region can set you up to camp, hike, paddle, or to simply plan a weekend adventure. Click here for a list of outfitters and outdoor adventure destinations.

With world-class scenery on winding backroads, and rocks and roots on singletrack trails, cycling is huge in cottage country. Click here for more information on mountain biking and here for bike shops and routes throughout the region.

There are also many ATV trails to be ridden, with the Park to Park Trail from Killbear in the west to Algonquin in the east being one of the most popular. The annual Do It for Dads ATV Ride of Hope takes place annually, and in 2018 will be held on June 16th. Leaving and returning from Parry Sound, there is a full day of riding plus dinner and lunch. Click here for listings of more trails and tours throughout the region.

EE Fall Fishing 001Some of the best fishing in the province can be found in the Loring-Restoule area. Consider a trip to the Pickerel River – over 40 kms of navigable waterways where the fish are always jumping. Or thinking about taking Dad away for the weekend with a spot of fishing included in your plans? Check out this adventure when Camper Christina and her Dad hit the lake in Parry Sound for ideas.

The region also boasts two aerial adventure parks. Treetop Trekking in Huntsville has a course with suspended bridges, swinging logs, cable traverses and zip lines, as well as offering night treks. Muskoka Ziplines and Aerial Park is located in Bracebridge at the always popular Santa’s VillageMuskoka Ziplines has multiple packages that include an aerial adventure park, a 7 zip line canopy tour and the jump tower, where Dad will take the ultimate leap of faith.

This Father’s Day, plan a day or weekend in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario with your very special Dad. With so many amazing activities and attractions, you are guaranteed to have fun and make some more great memories while you’re at it.

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