9 Outdoor Adventures for Dad this Father’s Day

Posted : June 6, 2017

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This Father’s Day trade the socks, tie, or cologne for something more adventurous; give Dad the gift of stories and memories, give Dad the gift of experience. From just around the corner fun to a road trip excursion, York, Durham, and Headwaters are full of unexpected outdoor adventures. Take a break from the everyday and give Dad a gift he won’t soon forget! We already told you about some amazing experiences for Mom, which Dad can do too, but here’s nine adventure experiences for Father’s Day.


Father’s day is the perfect time to join Dad on the links and the York, Durham, Headwaters area is the place to do it. From Oshawa to Richmond Hill to Orangeville, and all points in between, we are blessed with a multitude of amazing golf courses. Just look at this list! There are over a hundred courses to choose from. Select from award-winning, PGA-inspired golf courses with panoramic views and challenging slopes featuring hills, ponds and bunkers. Afterward, kick back with Dad in one of the resort clubhouses, enjoy a culinary creation, and reminisce over some “back in my day” golf stories.

Mountain Biking

Give Dad the gift of mountain biking this Father’s day with a membership to the Durham Mountain Biking Association. By giving a membership, you are giving Dad access to a community of mountain bikers who enhance and preserve the amazing trails across Durham and York regions.  It’s like you are giving him the gift of mountain biking and giving back to the community. Join them for group mountain bike rides or get out with Dad and do some trail building. It’s a gift that keeps on giving for the whole cycling season, which, if he pulls out the fat tire bike, is year-round!


Hiking makes for the perfect day trip with Dad. It is a great way to spend quality time as a family, while also enjoying nature. Boyne Valley Provincial Park gives you access to amazing views and the varied landscape of the Bruce Trail. Located just west of Shelburne, in Mulmur, these trails feature a range of natural communities, hardwood forest, open fields, bottomland, and boardwalked swamp. There are options to make this an hour long hike or extend your time on trails with the 8 to 9 km options on the Boyne Valley Side Trail.

Farming Adventure

For a truly unique gift, give Dad an agritourism adventure at Cadogan Farm Adventures. This 250 acre working horse farm is filled with adventure. Spend the day trail riding, then unwind in the indoor pool and sauna. If you want to make a weekend out of it, this bed & breakfast is filled with with plenty of activities, including: tennis, trout and bass fishing, hiking trails, and wildlife tracking and watching. It is a great family weekend away.


Fisherman’s Paradise Charters provides professional fishing charters on Lake Ontario. Located in Whitby, spend the day salmon and trout fishing on a 36 foot Trojan Sportfish. No matter what Dad’s skill level is, they will make sure he has a fun and exciting day on the water. With two charters daily and room for up to eight people, you can truly make this a family activity. Not only will he enjoy the spectacular vastness of Lake Ontario, he will leave with a delicious meal ready to bring home; we consider that a win-win.

Motorcycle Adventure

So your Dad loves hitting the pavement on his motorcycle. Well then we have just the idea for him. Give him the gift of going off road with Momentum Adventure Motorcycling in Guelph. Expand Dad’s riding world with a guided day touring some of the great unpaved roads of Ontario. They use closed, off-road terrain in the Hockley Valley to focus on developing and improving his off-pavement riding abilities. So basically, you are giving Dad the gift of calling himself an adventure motorcyclist, pretty cool.


If your Dad has always dreamed of the open seas, this is your chance to give Dad a sailing adventure. Nautical Escape in Whitby has a “3 Hour Learn to Sail” program to kickstart Dad’s nautical dreams. Their instructors will ensure that your experience will be nothing short of magical, as you glide across Durham’s waterfront in a private 27-foot yacht. Dad will not be a passenger, he will help steer, raise, and trim sails, and tie up the boat at the end of the sail. Make a full day out of it by adding a lunch or dinner stop – a drive thru experience like no other!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

It’s time for Dad to try the best way to play on the water: stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Port Perry Paddleboarding offers lessons, rentals, and sales. Their welcoming and supportive team will guide you and your dad on a fun day on (and maybe in) the water. Get out, get active, and enjoy a sport that is for all ages and abilities.

Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

Situated on a one-of-a-kind, private freshwater lake in King Township, Spray Lake Watersports is perfect for Dad’s who love extreme sports. They will provide Dad with a unique watersport experience, just a short day trip from Toronto! They cater to all ages and abilities. Even if you are trying to get up on a wakeboard or water skis for the first time, they have the experience to make it happen. It’s all about fun on the water in a safe environment – Oh, I hear they also guarantee you will have a ton of fun and probably not want to leave!

This is just a sample of the outdoor adventures to be had in York ,Durham, and Headwaters. Take a look at this map & list for even more ideas. No matter what you do, your Dad will love the quality time spent adventuring with you.

Have fun & Happy Father’s Day!

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