Father’s Day Fun in Explorers’ Edge 2015

Looking for a unique gift to give Dad this Father’s Day? Consider a special getaway to Ontario’s cottage country where he’ll enjoy great leisurely fun and cool events.

Annual Car Shows Rev Things Up


If Dad is an auto fan, consider sending him to two popular car showcases. On Saturday, June 20th, it’s the 22nd Annual Gravenhurst Car Show, featuring more than 500 antique and classic, race/drag and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles. There will be live entertainment all day, prizes and giveaways, a big wheel race for kids, a vehicle poker run around the town and barbecue lunch and dinner.  (If your Dad has his own lovingly-restored or souped-up beauty that he’d like to show off to admiring crowds, he can do it at this show for free. More info about the show on its Facebook page.)

EXP_2695On Sunday, June 21st, Dad can motor on up to Bracebridge, Muskoka for the downtown’s annual Father’s Day Car Show. On from 9am to 3pm, this show features 150 vehicles of special interest to auto aficionados, as well as live music and great food, all located on the cordoned-off main street.

Take A Cruise To Give Dad Views

Multiple scenic cruises are happening this Father’s Day weekend – perfect for a fella who likes the water.

Taking off from Baysville onto gorgeous Lake of Bays on Saturday, June 20, is the Father’s Day Beer-Tasting Cruise on the S.S. Bigwin. A cruise with a view and a fine selection of artisan beers by Lake of Bays Brewing Company. For more details, click here.

EE Fall Collection 425The Lady Muskoka cruises out of Bracebridge down the Muskoka River onto Lake Muskoka, with interesting narration on the sights to see from the ever-entertaining Captain Al.  Father’s Day Cruise happens on the afternoon of June 21st, starting at noon.  For a 10-per-cent-off coupon for Dad, click here.

The Wenonah II steams out of Gravenhurst and onto Lake Muskoka for an evening Father’s Day Beer-Tasting Cruise running 5-9pm on June 21st. The cruise includes a three-course dinner, live entertainment, prizes and artisan brews provided by Muskoka Brewery.

More Father’s Day Fun

Is he a fisherman? Take Dad Fishing For Father’s Day at Hay Lake Lodge & Cottages, 15 minutes drive from the East Gate of Algonquin Park. The Father’s Day weekend package includes two nights’ log cabin accommodation, breakfast delivered (or packed if he wants to be out on the lake at dawn), packed lunch, boat loan and even a loan of Shimano fishing tackle.

Some of the best fishing in the province can also 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.

Muskoka Highlands Golf Links 1036 South Monck Dr Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W8 705-646-1060 www.muskokahighlands.com

Is Dad is an avid golfer? There are plenty of great packages in the region – including Stay ‘n’ Play – and most can be found on the handy Golf Muskoka website. Features booking tee times and intel on over 30 exceptional golf courses in Ontario’s cottage country.

You can also take Dad to The Ridge at Manitou on Lake Manitouwabing near Parry Sound for the Father’s Day Barbecue on June 21st.  (And if you’d like to fly Dad to The Ridge at Manitou, Georgian Bay Airways would be happy to oblige.)

There are lots of opportunities for Dad to head out on an adrenaline-filled guided ATV adventure on managed trails too: consider an exciting expedition with Bear Claw Tours in Parry Sound and Back Country Tours in Muskoka.

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Concerts & Events

Saturday, June 20th:

Do It For Dads ATV Ride of Hope, Parry Sound (on the Park to Park Trail)

Roy Orbison: Shades of Yesterday, Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville, Muskoka: tribute concert by the amazing Bernie Jessome

The Importance of Being Earnest  Gravenhurst Opera House. Oscar Wilde’s classic play, dinner optional

Paul Reddick Band, Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst: for Dads who love the Blues

And don’t forget – the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario is home to award-winning breweries and a winery. Book a tasting tour for Dad at Highlander Brew Co., Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Muskoka Brewery, Sawdust City Brewing Co., and Muskoka Lakes Winery. Cheers!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there – and a salute to all the kids who show them how much you care. To plan your Father’s Day getaway to the great Canadian wilderness, click here

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