They've read countless bedtime stories, changed thousands of diapers, played catch for days and shown how a roll of duct tape can fix just about anything – so show dads how much they're appreciated with fun Father's Day events.Kick off your day with a pancake breakfast at Boundary Bay Regional Park – just $5 for adults and $2 for kids (metrovancouver.org) – then head for a free day of family fishing at locations across the province, including the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, where you can hook rainbow trout, bike an old-growth trail and refuel at a BBQ lunch (bcfamilyfishing.com).
If dad's a sports fan, treat him to Grouse Mountain's footie-themed Father's Day With The Whitecaps where he can meet FC players on the Grouse Grind, or soak up views on the Skyride then watch the pros in action at the peak (grousemountain.com); head for Nat Bailey Stadium for the annual Father's Day Catch, where he can throw a few balls and watch a Canadians game on the big screen (Sunday, milb.com); or check out sports memorabilia and test his mettle at the BC Sports Hall of Fame, where dads get in free (bcsportshalloffame.com).
Then let him run wild at the Vancouver Men's Show, a weekend-long manly nirvana where dad can win big in a poker tournament, check out 4x4 rock crawl demos and motorcycle stunts, arm wrestle, meet X Games champs, pick up tasty BBQ tips, hit the paintball shooting range, and of course, eat food and drink beer (at Tradex in Abbotsford, vancouvermensshow.com).
You can also help raise funds for dads everywhere at the Father's Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, happening in Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Chilliwack and other B.C. cities.