WestJet may have found a video that'll make you forget all about its viral Christmas miracle stunt.
With Father's Day less than two weeks away, the Calgary-based airline once again partnered up with Ronald McDonald House to reunite one Saskatoon man with the rest of his family in Edmonton.
After his second son, Joel, was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, Marc Grimard hasn't had many opportunities to see his youngest child. To make financial ends meet, Grimard stays home to care for his oldest son in between shifts with Saskatoon Transit.
Meanwhile his wife, Angela, and Joel have been staying at Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton where Joel, now four years old, undergoes treatment at the Stollery Children's Hospital.
"We know that when a crisis hits, a family is rocked both emotionally and financially. As such, we wanted to ensure that when we brought the Grimard family together, we did so without disrupting the family’s means of financial support," wrote Jenifer Badry, a spokeswoman for the airline in a blog.
WestJet has had a longstanding relationship with Ronald McDonald House and so the carrier offered to fly Grimard and his son Mathieu to reunite with the rest of their family. But WestJet didn't stop there. One of the airline's employees even covered Grimard's shifts while the pair were away for five days.
“I don’t have the words to say how grateful I am, just a big huge thank you and very much appreciated," said Marc in the video.
The video has reached over 9,800 views as of Wednesday afternoon. WestJet says they'll continue to offer free flights to Ronald McDonald House families for every 100,000 views the video receives, up to 500,000 views.
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High Anxiety: Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, B.C.
Been there, done that? Not this. It’s brand spanking new and it’s a very cool way to see the beauty of the West Coast. Sandwiched between ocean and mountains, Squamish is home to the stellar Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company and some of the best hiking trails around. (Hint: Hike first, beer later.) Take the gondola up to the Summit Lodge, dine, gawk at the sunset or start the descent by foot.
Flight Of Fancy: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton, Ont.
Give dad the thrill of a lifetime. Finish school for one, and take him on a flight in a vintage aircraft. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is the only place on the planet where you’ll be able to<a href="http://www.warplane.com/visit-cwhm/vintage-aircraft-flights.aspx" target="_blank"> take to the friendly skies in a rare Fairey Firefly, Westland Lysander, or the celebrated Avro Lancaster</a>. You'll need a membership if you plan on sending him sky high, so book early.
Star Quality: Screen Gems Studio Tour, Wilmington, North Carolina
For the movie buff dad, a visit to Hollywood East is in order. Movies like "Iron Man III" and current TV series like "Under the Dome" are filmed here on the coast. Screen Gems Studios offers tours of its 50-acre facility. It’s the largest studio complex east of California. You’ll get a great behind-the-scenes look and a quick history lesson about the history of filmmaking in the state. Fans of the "Hunger Games" can head to Asheville to see where the gorgeous landscape were used in the films.
Fish ‘N Sips: Making Friends With Tuna In Prince Edward Island
From Tignish, P.E.I., head to the open sea to feed bluefin tuna, the giants of the ocean. These massive creatures turn into frenzied thrashers once they sense there’s food to be had. Dad can feed them by hand, which is pretty cool; or take a fishing charter and try to catch one, some as big as 750 kilograms, in the region known as the<a href="http://northlakecharters.com/" target="_blank"> tuna capital of the world</a>. Catch one or not, he’s sure to come home with a reel tale.
‘Tea’ Is For Testosterone – Man Tea at Victoria’s Hotel Grand Pacific
The last place you would find your football-watching, steak-chewing dad is a traditional afternoon tea, complete with floral teacups and dainty crust-less sandwiches. But what if it underwent an extreme makeover and there were pork pies, venison burger and steak sandwiches, paired with a tea or whisky infused cocktail instead? If this sounds like a better fit for your dear old pa, give Man Tea in the Pacific Restaurant at try between June 13 to 22.
Geared Up: National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Your dad isn't usually one to shed tears, but he may have when he heard that eight Corvettes plunged into a 60-foot sinkhole that opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Some of the classic vehicles are beyond repair. Car nuts flocked to mourn and gawk. The museum has been fixed, but has chosen to keep the now-famous sinkhole with one Corvette still stuck in its depths until later in the year when the floor will be fully fixed. Either way. it’s a sight to see for any gearhead.
Out On A Limb: Cycling Among The Treetops, Eastern Townships, Quebec
Does your dad have a wild streak? Has he worn socks with sandals and not cared? He might be the kind of guy who’d love to try VéloVolant, a high-flying activity where a recumbent bike is suspended from a cable strung through the forest. Pedal through a 1,000-metre circuit that goes over ravines, waterfalls, and the Green Mountains. Sutton, Quebec, is the only place in Canada to give this a whirl.
Camp It Up: Ontario Parks Learn To Camp Programs
Perhaps your dad is the type that thinks dressing casually means skipping the application of cologne. Maybe he’s a city slicker who needs exposure to the beauty of the great outdoors. Register for an overnight camping experience at one of nine Ontario Parks. These guided experiences include equipment and offer some coaching for skills like tent pitching and campfire building. Bring on the s’mores. Register for lessons <a href="http://www.ontarioparks.com/learntocamp/upcoming" target="_blank">here</a>.
Jeep Thrills In Butler County, Pennsylvania
Here in the rural countryside not far from Pittsburgh, the Jeep was born as a vehicle workhouse for troops during the Second World War. Today, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is held annually (June 13 to 15, 2014) when downtown Butler is invaded by swarms of Jeeps. Owners can take their vehicles to a playground where they can crawl over rocks and drive through mud pits, shop for memorabilia, partake in road rallies, and gaze lovingly at new and vintage vehicles. If pops loves Jeeps, this is the place to be!
Just Face It: Willow Stream Spa At The Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
There isn’t a mirror around that your dad hasn’t met. He is meticulous about his hair, grooms his eyebrows and borrows your mom’s anti-aging cream without her knowing. If this describes your father, book him a Men’s Get Fit Facial ($175) at this popular, guy-friendly urban spa. This treatment, combining a deep cleansing masque, exfoliation, and a face/neck/shoulder/scalp massage, is designed to firm his face and make him look like the young buck he was when he married your mom. And it’s relaxing to boot!
Whisky-A-Go-Go: Glenora Distillery, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Dad doesn’t have a lot of vices, but he does love a great scotch. Book an appointment at the Glenora Distillery, home of North America’s first single malt whisky, for a special private tour ($125). Head to the whisky warehouse and sample straight from the barrel, then hit the on-site pub for a tutored tasting of the various Glenora offerings. Dad will learn how to sniff, swirl and taste like a pro.
Loco Motion: Train-ing Day In Tottenham, Ontario
Your dad might have a desk job, but in his fantasy life, he rides the rails and works for the railroad. Train nuts become practically giddy when they have a chance to<a href="http://www.steamtrain.ca/" target="_blank"> climb aboard South Simcoe’s historic coaches</a> ($13 per adult), restored to how they looked in the 1920s. It chugs along from Tottenham, Ont. through the pretty Beeton Creek Valley and toots its horn as it goes. All of a sudden, you can envision your dad as an excited eight-year-old.
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Beam Me Up For Napping Dads
Finally, dad’s two loves have come together – sleeping and Star Trek. These official Starfleet-issued Star Trek pajamas can boldly go to whatever planet he goes go. Made in 100 per cent cotton, the two-piece set comes in three colours. Kirk wore yellow, Scotty red and Spock blue. Is dad the captain of your family ship or second in command? Hmmm. <a href="http://www.skymall.com/star-trek-pajamas/27658GRP.html" target="_blank">$USD 49.95 online via skymall.com</a>.
Two-Timing For The Luxe-Minded Jetsetter
If you happen to be living off an enormous trust fund, dropping $8,150 on a gorgeous watch is no big deal. It’s a beauty – the Omega Seamaster Good Ocean 600M GoodPlanet timepiece with two time zone display. You can feel good about it, too – a portion of the purchase price goes to the GoodPlanet charity devoted to preserving mangroves and native plants in Southeast Asia. <a href="http://www.omegawatches.com/collection/seamaster/planet-ocean-600-m/presentation/seamaster-planet-ocean-goodplanet-gmt" target="_blank">$8,150, omegawatches.com</a>
Black Beauty For The Stylish Dad
Is your dad the type that always packs a dinner jacket for his resort? Doesn’t own a pair of Crocs and wouldn’t be caught dead going out without a shave and a touch of hair gel? Such a style-conscious father needs luggage to match. Give this one a spin – the BMW Spinner with eight self-lubricating wheels, leather trim and inside mesh pockets. <a href="http://www.ebags.com/category/luggage/b/bmw-luggage/f/spinner" target="_blank">Starting at $395 at various retailers</a>.
Sound Idea For The Musically-Inclined Father
Your dad likes to think he’s up on the latest music and hums the most recent hit by The Black Keys just to prove he’s cool. Get him the water-resistant Eton Rugged Sound System. It’s perfect for active dads and can be tied onto a backpack and bicycle. And because dad is a bit forgetful – forgot his charger <em>again</em> – the batteries can be recharged via a built-in solar panel. <a href="http://www.mec.ca/product/5033-782/eton-rugged-rukus-solar-powered-wireless-sound-system/" target="_blank">$105, available through MEC.ca</a>
Game On For The Athletic Dad
Dad works hard and plays harder. Even after a tough day at the beach, he’s ready to slip on his runners and go for a jog, or head to the gym for a serious session of pumping iron. In that case, he needs to keep hydrated. Tuck this into his workout bag – Lifefactory Flip Cap Glass Bottle. It’s made of glass and not some weird plastic that leaches strange flavours into the water. To prevent breakage, it comes dressed in a silicone sleeve. <a href="http://www.mec.ca/product/5036-418/lifefactory-flip-cap-glass-bottle-625ml/?q=Lifefactory%2BFlip%2BCap%2BGlass%2BBottle" target="_blank">$23.50, available through MEC.ca</a>
Clear Sailing For The Water Lover
Let’s be perfectly transparent. This clear canoe-kayak hybrid is made from a sturdy polymer. It is roomy enough for dad and you (or mom) to take trips around the lake while watching the fishies below. It has adjustable seats so it can accommodate tall or short dads in comfort, plus it comes with paddles and flotation devices. $1,900 US. Available through <a href="http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=78952&refsku=10343" target="_blank">hammacher.com</a>
Tops For Pops – Ones That Feel The Heat
Even in the dead of winter, your dad wears short sleeves and goes sockless. He always seems to be running hot. That upcoming trip to Cuba will turn him into a sweaty mess without the right gear. Wool might not seem like a natural choice, but the version created by Icebreaker – 100 per cent merino – is super-weight, airy and keeps dads feeling cool and comfy. <a href="http://ca.icebreaker.com/en/mens/departure-short-sleeve-shirt-plaid/101085M18L.html?start=103&cgid=mens" target="_blank">$139.99, From icebreaker.com</a>
Selfie Awareness For The Social Media Star
Your dad suddenly discovered Facebook and now he’s posting shots of himself wherever he goes. For hands-free selfies, consider a Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand. Its design secures any smart phone, then the long bendable tentacles can be wrapped around the nearest tree branch, street sign, hydro pole, etc., allowing dad to be at his creative best. <a href="http://joby.com/smartphones/griptight-gorillapod-stand" target="_blank">$20 at various retailers</a>
Type Cast– A Virtual Keyboard For The Tech Geek
For the minimalist dad who does everything he can to avoid excess baggage fees, this device will help him lighten up. The Epic-Laser Projection Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard projects a full-size keyboard onto any flat surface, from hotel desk to a café table in Paris. It’s ompatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device, like iPads and smart phones. <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1631/" target="_blank">$USD 99.99, available through thinkgeek.com</a>
Sole Survivor – Bottle Opener Sandals For The Thirsty Dad
Perhaps he’s a fan of local brews (hello Portland!) or a connoisseur of artisan root beer. Regardless of his passion, he’ll appreciate being prepared better than any Boy Scout could ever hope to be. This Reef Leather Fanning sandals look good, but they also come equipped with a hidden bottle opener built into the sole. <a href="http://shop.reef.com/leather-fanning/d/1020" target="_blank">$58, at shop.reef.com</a>
Sun Seeker – A Solar-Powered Backpack For The Green Traveller
If your dad is the type that yells at you for not recycling and won’t kill bees, then this Array Solar Laptop charger will make him happy. The bag has a solar panel that can be used to charge up everything from laptops to cameras. It is worth taking on any trip, courtesy of the well-padded laptop sleeve and multi-pocket design. Looking for sunshine? Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s sunniest provinces. <a href="http://www.voltaicsystems.com/array.shtml" target="_blank">$USD 389, voltaicsystems.com</a>
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If you really want to tell him what he means to you, you could do a lot worse than pouring your heart out over a bottle of top quality, sumptuously rich whisky. Treat him to a personalised bottle of Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky from <a href="http://www.alexanderandjames.com/gifts/gifts-for-men/fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Alexander & James</a>. Choose free engraving or a bespoke toast label, all delivered in luxury packaging.
His Life In Cars
Whether your dad is a car fanatic or not, he will no doubt feel a lot of affection for the motors he has owned over the years. From the clapped-out wheels he saved up for when he was 17 to the car he drove to the hospital for your birth and the one that took you on your first family holiday, this <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/oliverhydesillustration/product/personlised-carvolution-print" target="_blank">'carvolution' print</a> tells the moving story of his life's journeys.
Dream Come True
As we're growing up our parents support us, encourage us and help us to live out our dreams. Now we can turn the tables. From racing car driving to flying a glider, if there's a burning ambition your father has never fulfilled, treat him to an <a href="http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/fathers-day-gifts/fathers-day-gift-experiences.htm" target="_blank">experience day</a> and help him to make his dream a reality.
Personalised Transparent Photo Frames
If the father of your kids is an Instagram-loving hipster with a penchant for filters, he'll love one of these <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/oakdenedesigns/product/personalised-transparent-photo-frames" target="_blank">personalised transparent framed prints</a>, capturing a special moment of him and the children. The stunning effect is created by printing your photo onto a glass pane, which is then framed.
<a href="http://www.pottery-cafe.com/" target="_blank">Pottery cafes</a> are springing up on high streets all over the country. Hunt out your nearest one, take the kids along for a fun day out and get them to decorate their own mugs, plates or bowls with a personal message for dad or granddad.
If he loves gardening and loves wine, he'll love this <a href="http://www.glut.co.uk/products/red-wine-and-vine-crate" target="_blank">bottle of Bordeaux, which comes with a red grape vine</a> so he can have a go at growing his own. On another level, there's something poetic about giving somebody you love a gift that grows with time. And if he doesn't drink, <a href="http://www.glut.co.uk/gardening-gifts" target="_blank">The Gluttonous Gardener</a> has plenty of foodie alternatives from olive trees to orange trees.
Create a scrapbook of meaningful photos and memorablia - with the help of friends and relatives - and include hand-written captions and messages. Even the most stiff-upper-lipped father will not fail to be moved.
Personalised Record Label Print
If your dad was a big music fan back in the days when vinyl reigned supreme (and we think it still does), surprise him with a framed <a href="http://www.thedesignconspiracy.com/shop/" target="_blank">personalised record label print</a>. You can choose who it is dedicated to, the song title, who it is from and even the date
Meaningful Places Print
Capture all the meaningful places he's visited in his life with this super-stylish <a href="http://coconutgrass.com/products/personalised-destination-blind" target="_blank">destination print</a>.
If your father's more practical than sentimental, tell him how you feel under the guise of a genuinely useful gift with this <a href="http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/gifts/personalised-friday-afternoon-hammer.htm?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_feed&utm_campaign=froogle&gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqZKzzUN9NchrxIrcGLAdBvOGTnDlKFE-tcjzLP5NY7Lw_wcB" target="_blank">hammer and bottle opener</a> in one, which can be engraved with a personal message.