By JENNA NEWTON and KATE DEGLOW
Father’s Day is around the corner and you need to find that perfect activity-filled day to let Dad know you love him. Take a breath and calm down. We have the 4-word solution that all dads love: DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS. It may rain, but remember that there’s no such thing as inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing. So get Dad to dress right and take on whatever the mountains throw at him while partaking in these activities.
The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach:
BANFF: The mother of all for Father’s Day Brunches is at the Bow Valley Grill in The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel ($45). The hotel’s Clubhouse Restaurant is also hosting a special Father’s Day meal ($39) that can be enjoyed with a golf course and mountain view.
CANMORE: Celebrate Father’s Day at the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show at the Cornerstone Theatre & Restaurant with discounted rates, drink specials and a FREE photo with the beautiful Canadiana Girls.
You know Dad loves to golf, so treat him to one of these gorgeous greens:
BANFF: Celebrating its 125th anniversary, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel offers a Heritage Golf Experience at its Stanley Thompson Course with vintage styled hickory shafted clubs, re-pressed golf balls and personal caddy dressed in heritage clothing.
KANANASKIS: A tee time for Dad at Kananaskis Country Golf Course won’t break the bank; show your Alberta ID for a discount at this top-rated course. A rainy day alternative is Simulated Indoor Golf at Stoney Nakoda Resort; afterward Dad can test his luck at the slots or gaming tables, or watch jumbo screen sports at Sidelines Lounge.
Don’t let this Father’s Day be the one that got away. Take Dad fishing:
CANMORE: Banff Fishing Unlimited offers private fully outfitted trips with a licenced guide; ask for Jeff Perodeau to be your guide since he owns the company and knows Bow River ‘hot spots’ better than anyone.
JASPER: Is Dad new to fly-fishing? Buy him a 3-hour Learn-to-Flyfish course from On-Line Sport & Tackle for $129. Both On-Line and Maligne Lake Guided Fishing operate guided trips aboard olde tyme cedar strip freighter canoes with electric motors on Maligne Lake where Alberta’s record rainbow trout (20 lb 4 oz) was caught.
CLINE RIVER BETWEEN LAKE LOUISE AND JASPER: Icefield Heli Tours will fly Dad to remote alpine lake that is teeming with trout; this is an extravagant Father’s Day gift that Dad will never forget!
Special event opportunities over Father’s Day weekend include:
BANFF: If Dad’s a two wheel road warrior, sign him up for one of five competitive events at the Banff National Park Bike Fest (June 13 to 16), or watch the cyclists zip by as you cheer them on. Or, simply cycle to the newly renovated and re-opened Cave & Basin National Historic Site for the Father’s Day picnic.
Visit the Whyte Museum’s, Windy Cabin and newly refurbished heritage home, Abegweit for free refreshments 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday to celebrate both Father’s Day and the museum’s 44th Annual Back to Banff Day. If Dad is a train buff, be sure to take him to see the Whyte’s Picturing the Canadian Pacific Railway exhibit (June 8 to October 13) that includes captivating, seldom displayed art from the time of the railway’s construction.
CANMORE: If Dad appreciates fine classic cars, Sunday’s Rolling Sculpture Show & Shine at Canmore’s Centennial Park (free) is the place to be from noon to 4 pm.