With Father’s Day on the horizon, there’s no doubt that Dad is looking forward to getting out and spending time with loved ones this Sunday. Fortunately, with acres of outdoor space in The Blue Mountains, it’s possible to physically distance and spend some special time with loved ones this weekend. We ask that visitors and residents in The Blue Mountains continue to practice the appropriate 2-metre physical distancing guideline in public settings and to adhere to the Provincial Orders of having groups of no more than 10 people.
Whether you’re a dad yourself or want to show appreciation for the father figure in your life, a gift that you can experience together is a great (and safe) way to celebrate.
- HIKING & BIKING: The Blue Mountains has a great network of trails perfect for hiking or biking. Enjoy a leisurely hike or cycle along the waterfront on the Georgian Trail or gear up for a scenic route experience along the Escarpment that are worthy of a hill climb! Exploring by foot or bike is a great way to spend a day with Dad.
- FLOAT, BOAT OR SWIM: The crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay provide plenty of opportunities to spend a refreshing afternoon paddling in a kayak, canoe or on a stand-up paddleboard, swimming along the shoreline of our many beaches, sailing or boating around the bay. In addition to sunscreen, don’t forget to keep visits to public beaches brief.
- GOLF: Grab your clubs and get ready for a day on the greens! Several golf courses and driving ranges in The Blue Mountains have re-opened making it possible to book a tee time and to enjoy a favourite pastime together.
- TENNIS: Swap the clubs for a racket and enjoy a match with Dad at one of three tennis courts in The Blue Mountains.
- FISHING: The Blue Mountains offers excellent fishing opportunities ranging from small streams and rivers to the wide-open expanse of Georgian Bay. Just be sure you both have a Fishing License and Outdoors Card before you cast a line in the water. Good luck!
- BACKYARD COOKOUT: If staying home is your preference, a backyard campfire and cookout is a great option. Many local restaurants offer takeout, meaning you can leave the cooking to someone else! Embrace local flavours by preparing a charcuterie platter with locally sourced cheese, enjoy a wood-fired pizza, crack an ice-cold cider pressed from local apples and scoop some locally made flavours of vegan ice cream for dessert. Dad is sure to love every last bite!
- BEER & CIDER TASTING: Local cideries, distilleries, wineries and nearby breweries provide a natural taste tour you’re both sure to enjoy. Spy Cider House and Distillery, Roost Winery, Georgian Hills Vineyard and Thornbury Village Cidery and Brewery are just a few spots that provide the chance to ‘cheers’ to Dad! Please enjoy responsibly.
- FOODIE TOUR: Pack an appetite and prepare for a culinary adventure. Flavours to satisfy any palette are found throughout the restaurants, cafes and eateries in The Blue Mountains. For a small town, the Blue Mountains packs a flavourful punch! Start your day al fresco at a local bakery or cafe and finish it at one of many newly re-opened patios. Make time (and room!) for plenty of snack stops along the way.
- GIFT CARDS: If all else fails or the weather doesn’t cooperate for a day spent outdoors, a gift card valid at local restaurants, businesses or attractions is a gesture that Dad will appreciate. To view a list of businesses in The Blue Mountains, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/business-directory
Father’s Day 2020 is sure to be an event that Dad won’t forget. Make it memorable with an outdoor experience in the Town of The Blue Mountains.