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10 unique local gift ideas just in time for Father’s Day next weekend


When does a joke become a “dad joke”? When it becomes apparent!

Yeah, I know. Anyway…

It’s already June — which means Father’s Day is quickly approaching!

If you’re at a loss for ideas, we’re here to provide you with that needed inspiration and gentle nudge for the perfect gift idea for dad this upcoming Sunday, June 18th.

Whether your dad is into pedicures, beer, fishing, or skincare, we’ve done the research and have compiled a list of readied ideas for you to steal.

Here are 10 gift ideas to spoil your dad with this Father’s Day:

Tickets to the Bacon, Beer, and Bourbon Festival

Yes, it exists! The Bacon, Beer, and Bourbon Festival will be hosted in Langford on June 24th and there’s two different types of ticket packages you can snag for dad.

  • General Admission: $45 general admission — includes two sample tokens per category (bacon, beer, and bourbon) and additional tokens are available for purchase.
  • VIP: $150 (unless you use the promo code below) — it’s all-inclusive, which means early access and no tokens are needed to sample the vendors

Here’s the deal on VIP tickets! We scored a promo code for you, so when you’re checking out, use #VBFathersday to bring the VIP price down to $119+ tax and fees per ticket.

General admission ticket to the event have sold out so don’t delay in grabbing your tickets!

Your dad will probably need a bacon and beer buddy…get a ticket for yourself too!

  • Where: Starlight Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway
  • When: Saturday, June 24th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trip to Axe and Grind

Fun for the whole family!

Pack up the car and try this fun Canadian backyard sport in a fun and safe environment.

  • Where: 910 Government Street #107
  • When:
    • Sunday to Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Thursday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Gift Card to Victory Barber & Brand Victoria

Treat your dad to a haircut or deluxe beard trim!

Plenty of services to choose from, all offered by masters of the barbering craft.

  • Where: 1315 Blanshard Street
  • When: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Book a tour with Macaloney’s Island Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

The perfect balance between learning and fun!

Check out how Macaloney’s crafts their beers and award-winning whiskies — there will be plenty to taste along the way.

  • Where: 761 Enterprise Crescent
  • When: Tour availability will vary, check out their booking calendar here.
    • Sunday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(Macaloney’s Island Distillery / Facebook)

Go on a Pickle Boat Pub Crawl

A pub crawl? On a boat? Um, yes.

Load up dad and three additional people on a boat and enjoy up to four stops.

According to the website, this pub crawl includes up to four pub stops and your group will receive one appetizer with the purchase of beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) at each of the participating venues. You have to have a group of four for this to apply to you though!

  • Where: Check-in is at the Empress Dock, 327 Harbour Road
  • When: Availability varies, check out their calendar

Gift Card to Manscape Spa

Give the gift of relaxation!

This transformative spa offers services such as skin therapy, body treatments, waxing, and aesthetic services.

  • Where: 748 Douglas Street
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Manscape Spa / Facebook)

Get tickets for the Salmon Enhancement Fishing Derby

Treat your dad to a two-day fishing derby at the Moutcha Bay Resort in Nootka Sound!

Not only will there be quality time spent on the beautiful waters surrounding Vancouver Island, there will also be live entertainment and auctions for you and dad to enjoy after you dock.

Tickets are $100 per rod with proceeds going towards Nootka Sound Watershed Society and Pacific Salmon Foundation to ensure the continuation of healthy salmon runs.

  • Where: Moutcha Bay Resort, Head Bay Road, Tahsis
  • When: Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, June 25th

A night out at Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House restaurant

They’re still taking reservations for Father’s Day if you’re hoping to catch a delicious steak and seafood meal!

Give them a call at 250-380-2260 to reserve your spot!

  • Where: 1001 Wharf Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week!
    • Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A flight of beer at Phillips Brewing & Malting Beer Shop

Philips is the perfect atmosphere for a chill Father’s Day and deliberating over beer is always an ideal weekend adventure.

Chat about your favourite flavours when you buy a flight of beer at Philips Brewing!

And why not, get a pint of the best one to prolong the celebration.

  • Where: 2010 Government Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week
    • Sunday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Book a Rolling Pedal Pub Crawl

Beer and fun productivity? Sounds like a deal!

This pedal tour with The Rolling Barrel lasts about two hours and contains a total of three stops at iconic Victoria pub locations. Certain locations will even offer free appetizers!

The website asks all guests to avoid wearing sandals for safety reasons — you won’t be able to participate otherwise.

  • Where: The tour starts and ends at 470 Belleville Street
  • When: Tour availability varies, check their calendar here.
(The Rolling Barrel)

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