Dads often get the short end of the stick when it comes to gifts. Ties, ugly sweaters, soap on a rope, you name it.

Here are two secrets about Father’s Day presents: first, nobody has ever actually wanted soap on a rope and second, what your father really wants on Sunday, June 15 is the gift of your time. So forget getting him the latest biography by a retired athlete, and make some plans for activities instead.

We’ve got 11 ideas for great ways to spend Father’s Day with your dad. There’s definitely something in this list that will fit his interests, and none of it requires you to remember whether or not you got him a blue tie or red tie last year.

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  • Golf Day

    Hit the local driving range or play a full 18 holes with Dad this Father's Day. For those of you who are up to it, you can relive your childhood and hit a local mini-golf course for a fun afternoon. The great thing about mini golf is that even the less-than-stellar courses are fun, but that doesn't mean there aren't some impressive options out there. <a href="http://www.monsterminigolf.com/fran-zcan-edmonton/" target="_blank">Monster Mini Golf</a> in Edmonton is indoors, so you won’t get rained on, and <a href="http://www.cliftonhill.com/attractions/dinosaur-adventure-golf" target="_blank">Dinosaur Adventure Golf in Niagara Falls</a> doesn't skimp on the kitsch.

  • Take Him To A Baseball Game

    The Toronto Blue Jays are out of town on Father’s Day, but you could give Dad a rain check and catch them the week after when division rivals the New York Yankees are in town. If you aren't in Toronto, you don’t have to miss out: check out <a href="http://www.canamleague.com/" target="_blank">CanAm League</a> teams New Jersey Jackals and Quebec Capitales when they’re in la Belle Province, or even find a pick-up game at a local park.

  • Have A Meaty Brunch

    Brunch is a Mother’s Day classic, but you can do it Dad style too. The Father’s Day brunch at the <a href="https://www.heritagepark.ca/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/fathers-day-brunch.html" target="_blank">Gasoline Alley Museum</a> in Calgary features a carving station with Alberta beef and gammon ham. And <a href="http://barque.ca/main-menu/" target="_blank">Toronto restaurant Barque</a> has items like smoked duck pancakes and biscuits with chorizo gravy on its brunch menu. Mmm... meat.

  • Go Hiking

    Wherever you are in the country, there’s somewhere you and Dad can go for a leisurely hike on Father’s Day. Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail links <a href="http://www.eastcoasttrail.ca/" target="_blank">32 communities in the St. John’s area</a>, and the prairies aren’t known for their hills, but <a href="http://www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/travel-information/product-detail&listing=3&opid=98826" target="_blank">Wanuskewin Heritage Park</a> near Saskatoon has scenic valley hiking that documents the area’s First Nations history.

  • Take Him To A Brewery

    Canada is enjoying a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/13/craft-beer-canadian-best-must-try_n_3417205.html" target="_blank">craft beer boom</a> which means there are more options than ever for a brewery visit with Dad. The reasonable fee for tours at <a href="http://yukonbeer.com/" target="_blank">Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse</a> supports charity, and <a href="http://bigrockbeer.com/" target="_blank">Big Rock brewery in Calgary</a> doesn't skimp on the details. If Dad likes wine and beer, there’s this <a href="http://www.niagarafuntours.com/micro_brewery_wine_tour.html" target="_blank">Niagara Falls tour that combines the best of both.</a>

  • When Was The Last Time Dad Went Fishing?

    If you live near Vancouver, check out the family fishing day at <a href="http://www.seymoursalmon.com/familyfishing.php" target="_blank">Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve,</a> The event features a salmon barbecue, hatchery tours, and license-free fishing. Of course, anywhere else in Canada you can still grab a rod and spend a day on the water with Dad.

  • Run A Marathon

    Marathon season has begun all over Canada, so there’s sure to be a local run or walk you and Dad can sign up for. And as a bonus, many of them support worthwhile charities that do good work locally and nationally. The <a href="http://doitfordads.com/walkrun" target="_blank">Do it for Dads Walk Run</a> is happening in cities across the country, from Victoria to Halifax. And the annual <a href="http://manitobamarathon.mb.ca/" target="_blank">Manitoba Marathon</a> in Winnipeg raises money to support people living with intellectual disabilities.

  • Have A Daddy Spa Day

    Men are increasingly visiting spas, and in turn spas are offering more and more services tailored specifically to them. Even if your father has never visited a spa before, we bet he’ll be a convert after a good massage and a sauna session. Try the <a href="http://parktoronto.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/" target="_blank">Moscow massage at the Stillwater at Park Hyatt Toronto</a>, or sit in the baths at the <a href="http://www.scandinave.com/en/bluemountain/" target="_blank">Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain in Ontario.</a>

  • Take Him To A Car Show

    If Dad’s a car buff, look for a local auto show that you can visit on Father’s Day. In Ottawa, check out the <a href="http://app01.ottawa.ca/ArtsCalendar/eventDetails.jsf;jsessionid=8813016A9877066D10F266D033DE2EE7?lang=&eventId=9116" target="_blank">Father’s Day Car Show at Billings Estate National Historic Site</a>. And the <a href="http://coastalcruiserscarclub.ca/autofest-2014/" target="_blank">Coastal Cruisers Car Club in Bridgewater, N.S.</a> hosts its annual AutoFest on Father’s Day, featuring vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles.

  • Visit A Classic Barber Shop

    Take Dad for a shave and a haircut — the kind he might remember from his own youth. The return of beards and moustaches means a revival of the classic barber shop. Visit a longstanding institution in your town, still staffed by the same barber who opened it decades ago. If Dad’s a modern fellow, he’ll enjoy something like the classic shave and manicure offered by <a href="http://www.mannmontreal.com/cgi-cs/cs.waframe.content?topic=47705&lang=2" target="_blank">MANN in Montreal</a>.

  • Spice Things Up In The Kitchen

    If you have a local college that offers a cooking program, it probably also has one-day classes or workshops that can be taken by non-students. Many chefs and restaurants also offer cooking classes —check out <a href="http://cookculture.com/cooking-school/classes" target="_blank">Cook Culture</a> in Victoria or <a href="http://www.mengraithai.com/4.html" target="_blank">Mengrai Gourmet Thai in Toronto</a> are good examples.

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  • Classic (Funny) Card

    Sometimes, Dad just needs a good chuckle... or a little teary-eye moment. Cards are the best route to go. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/120510045/dad-you-old-man-dad-you-are-the-best-im?ref=br_feed_2&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $6</a>

  • A Grilling Accessory

    This smoker will keep Dad busy. Make sure you spend a day with him smoking your favourite meats and vegetables. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Weber-721001-Smokey-Mountain-Charcoal/dp/B001I8ZTJ0/ref=lp_9292575011_1_22?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394308&sr=1-22" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $340</a>

  • The Finishing Touch

    These Gothic Victorian cuff links won't only make your dad feel cool, but others will start to notice. We promise. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/191243023/steampunk-cufflinks-silver-tone-cuff?ref=br_feed_23&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $21</a>

  • The Carryall

    Whether he's the kind of dad who always has too many things to carry or just likes being stylish when he travels, try a leather duffle bag. <a href="http://www.gilt.com/sale/men/designer-accessories-feat-saint-laurent/product/1044639116-wall-water-leather-duffle-with-saffiano-trim" target="_blank">GILT, $274</a>

  • The Timepiece

    It's the watch that does it all, well, almost: count laps, steps and even check out the time zones in three different places. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/timex-ironman-30-lap-oversize-orange/6000041103542" target="_blank">Walmart, $54</a>

  • A Desk Accessory

    This handmade cedar wood charging dock also can be used as a pen/pencil/marker/corndog holder. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/153597926/hand-made-iphone-4-or-iphone-5-charging?ref=br_feed_13&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $56</a>

  • Junk Food Accessory

    Speaking of corndogs, this corndog maker is great for dads who enjoy stadium and carnival snacks 365 days a year. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Smart-Planet-Corn-Dog-Maker/dp/B002MVOIP8/ref=sr_1_28?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394329&sr=1-28" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $25</a>

  • A Reminder Of Youth

    Every dad at one point wanted to be like Indiana Jones. This complete adventure pack will let him relive those moments ... and maybe get in the mood for a new hat. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Indiana-Jones-Adventures-aventures-compl%C3%A8tes/dp/B007I6RQB0/ref=lp_9221985011_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394360&sr=1-9" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $50</a>

  • Beverage Centre

    Um, this is amazing — it's like a drink vending machine in your house. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/danby-330-cuft-beverage-center/6000002587095" target="_blank">Walmart, $208</a>

  • Personalized Labels

    These handmade leather luggage tags will make dad miss you even more on his next trip. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/101529761/dad-leather-keychain-or-luggage-tag-add" target="_blank">Etsy, $25</a>

  • Exercise Gear

    If Dad always dreamed of showing off his skills in a boxing ring, this pad-set will help him get healthy and focused. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/focus-pads-pro-short/6000086039039" target="_blank">Walmart, $60</a>

  • Cooking Supplies

    Hey, if your dad is the kind of guy who turns grills on, then this apron is completely appropriate. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/151977272/i-turn-grills-on-mens-apron-funny?ref=br_feed_41&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $25</a>

  • The Working Tools

    If Dad's briefcase only carries his tablet, it's time to get creative. These fun tablet covers also stand up. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Gearonic-Child-Safe-Protective-Foam-Case-with-Handle-Stand-iPad-Mini-iPad-Mini-2-retina-display/8036626/product.html?refccid=5ZDXVBF3H4T3RBKJLKYFAISHX4&searchidx=13" target="_blank">Overstock.com, $26</a>

  • Timekeeper

    It's not just any old clock, it's a handmade piece of decor. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/159190001/man-on-bicycle-wall-clock-man-on-bicycle?ref=br_feed_38&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $54</a>

  • The Outdoor Lair

    Not only will Dad love this gift, but Mom will be equally impressed (and get to reap the benefits). <a href="http://www.rona.ca/en/4-seat-swing-on-wheels-12475000" target="_blank">RONA, $629 </a>

  • The Game

    If your dad is a baller or a Michael Jordan fan at heart, this portable basketball net will let him show off his skills. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/lifetime-54-portable-basketball-system/6000111967682" target="_blank">Walmart, $398</a>

  • The Gadget

    If Dad lives miles away, surprise him with a webcam to stay connected. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/D-Link-Wireless-Network-mydlink-DCS-930L/dp/B00452V66G/ref=sr_1_39?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394329&sr=1-39" target="_blank">Amazoin.ca, $50</a>

  • The Sentimental Touch

    Because really, he is the best dad ever. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/112350967/best-dad-ever-tie-bar-personalized-tie?ref=br_feed_11&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $17</a>

  • The Nostalgia

    Take Dad back to the 90s with this box DVD set of the "The Simpsons" first season. Hey, Homer is probably your dad's favourite dad. <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/Simpsons-Season-1-tbd/dp/B007H9CO7O/ref=sr_1_111?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1401394433&sr=1-111" target="_blank">Amazon.ca, $10</a>

  • The Grooming Gear

    An essential grooming tool for dads everywhere, this shaver has a wet and dry mode. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/philips-at89020-aquatouch-electric-shaver-plus/6000020342794" target="_blank">Walmart, $90</a>

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  • For The "Kool" Dad (Yes, With A K)

    If your dad is still trying to be hip and cool... he will <em>feel</em> a lot hipper and cooler with this Simpsons notebook. <a href="http://shop.moleskine.com/en-us/special-collections/limited-editions/the-simpsons/the-simpsons-limited-edition-notebook-pocket-ruled-yellow-hard-cover-7615" target="_blank">Moleskin, $19</a>

  • For The Superhero

    All dads are basically superheroes. If he helped you with homework as a kid or taught you how to ride your first bike, it's time to honour him with this superhero alarm clock. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/188308668/new-lego-batman-super-man-alarm-desk?ref=br_feed_14&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $19</a>

  • For The Handy Dad

    A modern twist on the classic pocket tool. If Dad is a camper and he has a habit of cutting and chopping every piece of wood, he'll love this handy pocket knife. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Victorinox-Tomo-Swiss-Army-Knife/8824463/product.html?refccid=WLLOTI6DF3FYNACL3RCAJTZ2U4&searchidx=83" target="_blank">Overstock, $22.75</a>

  • For The Meat Lover

    Dad obviously has to have a good sense of humour if he walks around wearing this t-shirt. Also, no vegetarian/vegan friends. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/160249189/funny-shirt-meat-eater-bbq-hunting?ref=br_feed_2&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $17</a>

  • For The BBQ Fanatic

    There's nothing more adorable than this condiment holder. Wait, there is — your adorable dad holding it. Superstore, $12

  • For The Baseball Lover

    For the baseball fan, these handmade coasters are perfect for beer, beer and beer. Peanuts not included. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/155448395/fathers-day-baseball-natural-stone?ref=br_feed_59&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $20</a>

  • For The Outdoor Chef

    This three-piece tool set is ideal for the dads who love to get outdoors and grill their veggies and meat. <a href="http://www.homedepot.ca/product/3-pc-tool-set/858984" target="_blank">$11, Home Depot</a>

  • For The Cocktail Loving Dad

    If Dad is the kind of dad who likes to school you on alcoholic beverages, it's time for him to upgrade his skills. <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=31017718&parentid=A_FURN_KITCHEN_BARWARE" target="_blank">$24, Urban Outfitters</a>

  • For Mr. Lounge

    If Dad just likes to sit back and read a good book on vacation, he'll enjoy this comfy "Big Boy" chair. <a href="http://www.homedepot.ca/product/the-big-boy-chair/863002" target="_blank">$22, The Home Depot </a>

  • For The Best Dad Ever

    If your dad is the best dad ever ever ever ever ever, he really really really really really needs a cup that proves it. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/189383373/personalised-dad-mug?ref=br_feed_28&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $24</a>

  • For The Hockey Dad

    If Dad is in the need of a hockey fix (go Habs go!), we suggest this funky towel wrap. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/toronto-maple-towel-wrap/6000100780004" target="_blank">Walamrt, $24.98 </a>

  • For The Traveller

    If your dad tends to travel a lot, this passport cover will make sure he'll remember his favourite child. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/174190208/pu-leather-passport-holder-case-cover?ref=br_feed_2&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $10</a>

  • For The New Dad

    New dads love being new dads. This adorable mustache pacifier will entertain your child ... and the man in your life who's still a kid at heart. <a href="http://shop.fctry.com/collections/mustache-pacifiers/products/mustache-pacifier-the-cowboy-mustachifier" target="_blank">FCTRY, $10</a>

  • For Dad On A Health Kick

    If your dad is getting back into his workout routine (from like the '80s), this water bottle with "ice cubes" will keep him motivated. Superstore, $6

  • For The Selfie King

    If Dad still has a hard time figuring out how to take the perfect seflie, this tripod phone holder will do the trick. <a href="http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/BasAcc-Black-Tripod-Phone-Holder-Pack-of-2/8557674/product.html?refccid=6JHGHPSE3EKJ5M2PFKWBG3ZGJA&searchidx=0" target="_blank">Overstock.com, $17</a>

  • For The Dad Who Takes BBQs Little Too Seriously

    If your dad suddenly becomes a diva every time someone wants to BBQ, this personalized apron is definitely appropriate. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/163768997/personalized-monogram-aprons-step-back?ref=br_feed_21&br_feed_tlp=fathers-day-gifts" target="_blank">Etsy, $22</a>

  • For The Dad Fixing Everything

    If Dad ALWAYS has to ask the neighbour to borrow a drill, this corded option will make his life slightly less stressful. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/42a-corded-drill/6000102759735" target="_blank">Walmart, $23 </a>

  • For The Frat Boy At Heart

    If Dad still talks about how he can out-party you, let him prove it. (But go easy on him.) <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18777904cc&parentid=A_FURN_KITCHEN_BARWARE" target="_blank">Urban Outfitters, $18 </a>

Play Golf
Hit the local driving range or play a full 18 holes with Dad this Father's Day. For those of you who are up to it, you can relive your childhood and hit a local mini-golf course for a fun afternoon. The great thing about mini golf is that even the less-than-stellar courses are fun, but that doesn't mean there aren't some impressive options out there. Monster Mini Golf in Edmonton is indoors, so you won’t get rained on, and Dinosaur Adventure Golf in Niagara Falls doesn't skimp on the kitsch.

Take Him To A Baseball Game
The Toronto Blue Jays are out of town on Father’s Day, but you could give Dad a rain check and catch them the week after when division rivals the New York Yankees are in town. If you aren't in Toronto, you don’t have to miss out: check out CanAm League teams New Jersey Jackals and Quebec Capitales when they’re in la Belle Province, or even find a pick-up game at a local park.

Have A Meaty Brunch
Brunch is a Mother’s Day classic, but you can do it Dad style too. The Father’s Day brunch at the Gasoline Alley Museum in Calgary features a carving station with Alberta beef and gammon ham. And Toronto restaurant Barque has items like smoked duck pancakes and biscuits with chorizo gravy on its brunch menu. Mmm... meat.

Go Hiking
Wherever you are in the country, there’s somewhere you and Dad can go for a leisurely hike on Father’s Day. Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail links 32 communities in the St. John’s area, and the prairies aren’t known for their hills, but Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon has scenic valley hiking that documents the area’s First Nations history.

Take Him To A Brewery
Canada is enjoying a craft beer boom which means there are more options than ever for a brewery visit with Dad. The reasonable fee for tours at Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse supports charity, and Big Rock brewery in Calgary doesn't skimp on the details. If Dad likes wine and beer, there’s this Niagara Falls tour that combines the best of both.

When Was The Last Time Dad Went Fishing?
If you live near Vancouver, check out the family fishing day at Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, The event features a salmon barbecue, hatchery tours, and license-free fishing. Of course, anywhere else in Canada you can still grab a rod and spend a day on the water with Dad.

Run A Marathon
Marathon season has begun all over Canada, so there’s sure to be a local run or walk you and Dad can sign up for. And as a bonus, many of them support worthwhile charities that do good work locally and nationally. The Do it for Dads Walk Run is happening in cities across the country, from Victoria to Halifax. And the annual Manitoba Marathon in Winnipeg raises money to support people living with intellectual disabilities.

Have A Daddy Spa Day
Men are increasingly visiting spas, and in turn spas are offering more and more services tailored specifically to them. Even if your father has never visited a spa before, we bet he’ll be a convert after a good massage and a sauna session. Try the Moscow massage at the Stillwater at Park Hyatt Toronto, or sit in the baths at the Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain in Ontario.

Take Him To A Car Show
If Dad’s a car buff, look for a local auto show that you can visit on Father’s Day. In Ottawa, check out the Father’s Day Car Show at Billings Estate National Historic Site. And the Coastal Cruisers Car Club in Bridgewater, N.S. hosts its annual AutoFest on Father’s Day, featuring vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Visit A Classic Barber Shop
Take Dad for a shave and a haircut — the kind he might remember from his own youth. The return of beards and moustaches means a revival of the classic barber shop. Visit a longstanding institution in your town, still staffed by the same barber who opened it decades ago. If Dad’s a modern fellow, he’ll enjoy something like the classic shave and manicure offered by MANN in Montreal.

Spice Things Up In The Kitchen
If you have a local college that offers a cooking program, it probably also has one-day classes or workshops that can be taken by non-students. Many chefs and restaurants also offer cooking classes —check out Cook Culture in Victoria or Mengrai Gourmet Thai in Toronto are good examples.

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