Calling All History Loving Dads

Based on a completely rough and unscientific evaluation I just did in under five minutes, approximately 70% of my genetic interest in history (totally a real thing) comes from my dad.  While my mother has a passing interest in the subject, and will absolutely go to any and all historical sites/museums it is possible to go to; it is my father who gets genuinely excited by these experiences.  Who researches sites before going.  Who buys all the souvenir books when there. Trust me on this-we have a lot of guide books kicking around.

A photo of my dad and I taken in the late 80's in Stanley Park.

A photo of my dad and I taken in the late 80’s in Stanley Park.

So in honour of Father’s Day and honour of dads like mine, here are the most historical Father’s Day events being offered in B.C. this weekend:

In Vancouver (Burnaby):

  • Visit the Viking Village at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
  • Dad can compete in the ‘Wife Carrying Contest’ – first dad across the finish line wins his wife’s body-weight in Carlsberg beer
  • ***takes place on Sunday June 22nd NOT the 15th***

Visit the website here for more information

In Vancouver (Surrey):

  • Historic Stewart Farm
  • Open house – entrance by donation
  • learn about the boating world of Surrey
  • Train displays from the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club

For more information, check out their site.

In Vancouver (Richmond):

  • London Heritage Farm
  • Father’s Day tea
  • $12.50/person for a full tea

Details are here.

In Vancouver (Coquitlam):

  • Mackin House Museum
  • Heritage Toy Making
  • Learn about the history of toys and get the opportunity to make one yourself
  • The event is by donation but preregistration is required

Details available here.

In Keremeos:

  • The Grist Mill and Gardens
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Demonstration of craftsmen handiwork
  • 1/2 price admission

Check out the official site for more information.

In Quenel:

  • Cottonwood House Father’s Day
  • Celebrate the day 1800’s style
  • Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, a horse-drawn wagon ride, and live music
  • Dads get in for free

More information here.

In Fort Steel:

  • Gold-panning and Railroad Event
  • Steam train and horse-drawn wagon rides (dads ride free), live entertainment, BBQ lunch at the train, Gold Rush event

More information here.

In Port Alberni:

  • Beauford Great Train Robbery
  • Described as an afternoon of ‘mayhem and hijinks’
  • Dad’s ride free when accompanied by a paying child
  • Train departs at 12 noon

Check out the details here.

In Esquimalt:

  • Buccaneer Days
  • Community events of this style have been held in the area since 1879
  • This year’s event includes a parade, rugby tournament, beer garden, and races

Find out more here.

At the Kilby Park and Historic Site:

  • The Annual ‘Black Powder Father’s Day Event’
  • Archery and knife throwing demonstrations
  • BBQ
  • The Live Cowboy Action Show

Details are here.

And finally, in Salmon Arm:

  • R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum
  • Pancake breakfast
  • BBQ lunch
  • Draws, entertainment, crafts and games

Full information on the official website.

Whatever it is you choose to do, I hope it is a fabulous weekend and Happy Father’s Day!






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