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11 unique gifts and activities in Victoria to help celebrate dad this Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day, Victoria!

There’s plenty to do and see over the weekend, so get ready for a list of events and gift ideas to bring the fun and create new cherished memories with your dads, father figures and families alike.

Whether you’re after a game night, car show, lacrosse match or a day at the distillery, we’ve got you covered.

If you and your family would rather stay in, no problem! Take on ready-to-bake sourdough and dish up a charcuterie board fit for a king, or get him a gift card to a local hotspot for him to use later!

Here’s 11 activity and gift ideas for Father’s Day this weekend:


Victoria Shamrocks vs. Maple Ridge Burrards

This Friday, treat dad to a lacrosse game right here in Victoria at the Q Centre!

General admission tickets for adults are $20 each and can be purchased here.

  • Where: The Q Centre, 1767 Island Highway
  • When: Friday, June 14th at 6:45 p.m.

Malahat SkyWalk

Dads get free admission to the Malahat SkyWalk this Father’s Day weekend (with the purchase of another ticket)!

“Malahat Skywalk is the place to be. Come for the views, stay for the dad jokes—and leave with memories you’ll treasure forever.”

General admission for adults is $38!

(Malahat SkyWalk)
  • Where: 901 Trans-Canada Highway, Malahat
  • When: Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Father’s Day Brewery Tours

Small Gods Brewing is thrilled to once again offer free Father’s Day brewery tours with their founders Jonny and Chris!

Just head to Eventbrite to secure your free ticket—each ticket is good for two spots.

Small Gods has also teamed up with HG Distribution for a special Books N’ Brews giveaway for dad! Check it out in the post below.

  • Where: Small Gods Brewing, 9835 3rd Street, Sidney
  • When: Sunday, June 16th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour starts at 4 p.m.)

Father’s Day Car Show and Picnic

Join The Jaguar Car Club of Victoria for the 38th annual Father’s Day British Car Picnic in Beacon Hill Park!

All British cars and motorcycles are welcome, and there’s no registration or cost to attend—just arrive any time after 9 a.m. and make sure your car has been taken off the field by 3 p.m.

(The Jaguar Car Club of Victoria / Facebook)
  • Where: Beacon Hill Park
  • When: Sunday, June 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Father’s Day at Merridale Cidery & Distillery

Take dad and the whole family out this Father’s Day to experience Merridale Farm in the Cowichan Valley!

Their special event will feature Chef Jay on the BBQ preparing Cider Braised Ribs, plus the final 100 bottles of their single malt, single barrel whiskey (matured over 15 years) will be released to celebrate the day.

Reserve your table here.

If you want to make a whole day of it, start with an orchard and distillery—slots start at 11 a.m.!

  • Where: 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill
  • When: Sunday, June 16th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Board Game Night

This is a phenomenal space to spend an evening with family and friends! A night out with dad or a gift card for the Interactivity Board Game Cafe would be a lovely gift.

They have Victoria’s largest selection of board games and have different goodies and refreshments to enjoy while you hunker into your favourite games.

(File photo)
  • Where: 723 Yates Street
  • When:
    • Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Gift Ideas:

Atome Ready-to-Bake Sourdough

Looking to bake fresh artisan bread but don’t have the time to create sourdough from scratch? Or perhaps you’re hoping to make your dad an epic charcuterie board.

Atome Bakery has a solution for you as the first-ever ready-to-bake sourdough bread and artisan pastry delivery service in Canada—plus, it’s easy and delicious!

You can find and read more about all of their projects here.

Devine Distillery Gift Packs

No better way to experience a local distillery than a carefully crafted sample box!

Devine Distillery offers a variety of gift packs containing award-winning spirits for your dad to try and enjoy at his own pace.

Look at their collection here—gift pack prices vary!

  • Where:  6181B Old West Saanich Road, Saanichton
  • When: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fishing Derby Tickets

If your dad is into fishing, we’ve got the perfect gift idea!

Nootka Sound’s famed Salmon Enhancement Derby is on from June 29th and 30th. You can snag your ticket here.

Don’t forget to book your accommodation along with it!

  • Where: Moutcha Bay Resort in Nootka Sound, Head Bay Road, Tahsis
  • When: Derby is from Saturday, June 29th to Sunday, June 30th

Cavity Curiosity Shop

Whether your dad is a book nerd, a metal head, a second-hand enthusiast, or anything in between, the Cavity Curiosity Shop will have what you’re looking for!

Dig through loads of neat items and find the perfect gift for any odd ball or graphic t-shirt lover.

  • Where: 2514 Douglas Street
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gift Card for Herald Street Brew Works

Give your dad a nice after-work or weekend beer!

Born from two brewing masters’ dreams, Herald Street Brewing offers dynamic tastes, a relaxed atmosphere, and an extensive beer list.

  • Where: 506 Herald Street
  • When: Open seven days a week—hours vary

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