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Happy Fathers Day (Posted On: Wednesday, June 11, 2014)

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With Father's day celebrations set for this weekend it's a great time to get out and about with Dad and check out some of the very cool things that are available right in our backyard.  As well as the usual trip to Canadian Tire you might think of going on an adventure together!

Here are some of my best ideas for Father's day where you create a lasting memory and give your father the gift of an experience:

Visit the brand new Collingwood Brewery.

Take your Dad to Scenic Caves and go on the Thunderbird Twin Zip Line. 

Take your Dad on the Pedal and Paddle Adventure presented by the Apple Pie Trail.  Start with a ride up the Blue Mountain Gondola with your bikes - then pedal  to Heathcoat for a delicious lunch at the Blackbird Pie Company - then hop into a canoe or a kayak with Free Spirit Tours for a trip down the Beaver River - then back on your bikes to Grey Road 40 - along Grey Road 40 to the Georgian Trail - check out the Craigleith Museum, then back to the Blue Mountain Village for a cold one.  That's an adventure!

If your Dad's a wine buff a wine tasting at either Georgian Hills or Coffin Ridge

A visit and tour of the Beaver Valley Cidery.

Indulge your Dad with fudge made by hand at the Ravenna Country Market, it's a great road trip with beautiful scenery and you can get a great lunch there too!

Indulge your Dad with some new spiffy clothes at Christie's Clothing and you might be wondering how this is an adventure - well if you've ever been shopping with my Dad it's an adventure all right!

Take Dad golfing at Georgian Manor on their challenging Superstition putting course. At each hole there is a plaque with a superstition of a famous golfer.

Challenge Dad to round on the Cascades putting course

If your Dad is a sailor then buy him a ticket to sail in the wake of pirates and privateers of old aboard the pirate ship Liana's Ransom. Tickets are now on sale for excursions aboard Liana's Ransom, an 85-foot, gaff rigged, square topsail schooner. From July 11 - 13, there will be five 90-minute sailing excursions daily for more info visit  

If your Dad needs to relax then you can indulge yourself and him too with a visit to Scandinave Spa. You can buy gift certificates on line and download the gift certificate right from your computer so if you don't have time to run to the spa to pick it up, they've made it very easy for you to pop a certificate into your Father's Day card envelope.

Take Dad on a culinary adventure by BBQing him an amazing dinner. Blue Ridge Meats has everything you need for the BBQ including 25 different varieties of house made sausages.

Julie and Dave Card

I'd like to dedicate the rest of my newsletter to my Dad (Walter David Seapatrick Card) who I'm very proud of and am very much looking forward to spending an entire extended father's day weekend with at our family cottage.  My Dad taught  me all sorts of important things in life like when I can't find my car keys, to retrace my steps (seriously you have no idea how many times I've had to do that, it's a bit alarming).  He also taught me everything I know about photography.  I used to tag along with him to work at his camera store every Saturday and then worked there part-time as a teenager after school.  My dad taught me to ski at Alpine Ski Club when I was 2 and he taught me to water-ski when I was 6.  He taught me to drive a boat, steer an airplane, put up drywall, and refinish antique furniture and so much more.  He also taught me how to sail - so thanks Dad, and I look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there. It's the most important job you'll ever have!


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