Things to Do to Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo Region

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Celebrate this special day with dad: give him an unforgettable weekend togetherness and enjoy some of the events in and around the Kitchener-Waterloo Region.

Kitchener-Waterloo Area: Activities in June

** If your father did not get an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination, book one for him. The Public Health Service in Waterloo is entitled to a second dose if they meet date criteria. **

Fishing for free

Go fishing with dad for free! OFFE is a provincial license for Canadian residents to fish in Ontario without a license. details

June 19-20, 2021 (12:01 p.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday)

Ontario waters


The Father’s Day Walk / Run for Prostate Cancer

June 20th marks the 23rd annual walk / run for prostate cancer. This signature event is one of the Prostate Cancer Foundation BC (PCFBC) largest fundraising drives, allowing us to continue raising awareness, supporting support groups, and supporting research. details

Sunday June 20th 2021

Wherever you are, Canada

Free up to $ 35

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Cooking with dad there

Get a Special Father’s Day Grill Set from the Kitchener Market! This deluxe kit contains everything you need for a BBQ dinner at home while supporting local KW businesses. Each set includes steaks and chops from Charles Quality Meats, seafood from Caudle’s Catch, cured meats from Finest Meats and Sausage, Bast Cheese and Mickey McGuire’s Cheese, salads from Almadine Cuisine and Naranj Blossom, grilled potatoes from Gmach Gardens, mushrooms from Shrooms and a Father’s Day beer and a gift box from TWB Brewing. Each set contains ingredients for a family of four to cook together. details

Collection on Saturday, June 19th | between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Marketplace on the upper level of Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener

$ 125; Registration is limited

Father’s Day brunch / dinner / barbecue

Restaurants are slowly opening up to eat. Much Restaurants in the Kitchener-Waterloo area offer takeaway and delivery options, some specially put together a Father’s Day menu for that special day. In the list you will find a selection of restaurants, ranging from special Father’s Day dishes to barbecue sets.

Check out the restaurants in the area. The map below is courtesy of the City of Waterloo.

If you want to prepare a delicious meal for your dad, have a look at the local farmers markets for fresh local ingredients.

Terraces are open throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Reserve a table on his favorite terrace.

Enjoy lazy river floating or tubing

When the weather warms up, it’s time to go outside and enjoy the water. And if you haven’t tried tubing in calm waters, this is the time to do it! Rent tubes and prepare for a day of carefree floating! For more information, see 9 Places to Swim or Tubing on Ontario’s Lazy River.

Kitchener in Bloom Tour

Use the Kitchener in Bloom Tour map and plan a route to see various green spaces in and around Kitchener. details

Visit the African Lion Safari

Take your pride with you to visit African Lion Safari! Drive through game reserves, walk the Tusker Trail to see the Birds of Prey Conservation Center and Asian elephants in the elephant look-out and have more fun. details

Monday – Friday | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

African Lion Safari, 1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton

$ 18.95 – $ 29.95

Have fun ziplining

The treetop adventure park Boler Mountain is open! Enjoy zip lining and mountain bike trails. details

Thursday to Sunday | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Boler Mountain, 689 Griffith Street, London


Canoe The Grand

Enjoy a quiet paddle on the beautiful historic river! If you are new to canoeing, try the Wroclaw tour. Canoes, kayaks, tubes and water rafts can be rented. You will also be provided with life jackets and a safety kit along with your boat. details

By arrangement; Daily May 1st – November 1st | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3734 King Street East, Kitchener

Varies depending on the trip; Call (519) 896-0290

Go for a swim in the Elora quarry

Marvel at the cliffs that surround the area as you listen to the rush of water in the forest, sunbathe, and enjoy a swim in the quarry’s cool waters. details

Daily from June 7th to Labor Day | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Elora Quarry Conservation Area, 319 Wellington County Road 18, Elora

$ 10.50 for adults, $ 5.50 for children, and a vehicle permit is $ 15.00 per session.

Fun on the adventure farm

Take the kids to Clovermead Adventure Farm! Whether you’re cooling off in the Splish Splashpad, getting lost in the cedar maze, or visiting the goats and chickens in the animal pen, Clovermead has activities for the whole family. details

Monday – Saturday | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Clovermead Honey Shop & Adventure Farm, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer

$ 10

Enjoy tubing in the Elora Gorge

This summer, experience the grandeur of the Grand River from the Elora Gorge Conservation Area. details

June 15, 2021 to September 7, 2021 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, depending on the river conditions

Elora George Conservation Area, 21 7400 Wellington County Rd, Elora

Tubing registration fee $ 17.70 + tax; Equipment Rental Package: $ 26.55 + tax
Admission for Day Use Plus: Children (6-14): US $ 2.65, Adults (15-64): US $ 6.64, Seniors (65+) / people with disabilities: US $ 5.31

See animals at the Twin Valley Zoo

Take the kids to this 25-acre family-run wildlife park to see over 80 species of animals, including lions, tigers, wolves, birds, bears, deer, alpacas, primates, and more! details

Daily | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Brantford Twin Valley Zoo, 84 Langford Church Road, Brantford

General admission $ 10.50 – $ 20

Visit the Royal Botanical Garden

Spend time outdoors in the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. All outdoor garden areas, including the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, Hendrie Park, Arboretum, Laken Garden, RBG Trails, and Trailhead Parking, will be opened to the public. Please note that the RBG Center and Rock Garden Visitor Center are only open for access to garden areas. Building facilities and areas such as the Mediterranean garden will remain closed to the public.

The Rock Garden and Turner Pavilion Teahouse in Hendrie Park offer light take-away and take-away options. details

Daily | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Last entry at 7:00 p.m.

Royal Botanical Garden

Regular admission prices for 2021 apply: Adults USD 19.50, Seniors / Students USD 16.50, Children (4-12 years) USD 11.50, Families USD 44

Kitchener Food Truck Days

Kitchener Food Truck Days is a safe, fun, family-friendly activity for members of the community who are physically distant. details

Daily | 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

6 community centers across Kitchener

Varies with purchase

APTN Indigenous Day Live 2021

APTN Indigenous Day Live 2021 brings together indigenous artists and Canadian music icons for a refreshing line-up of collaborations in English, French and indigenous languages. The multi-platform show celebrates the cultures and milestones of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Join hosts Earl Wood and Janelle Wookey for IDL 2021 with performances by Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tom Wilson, iskwē, Neon Dreams, Julian Taylor, Charlotte Cardin and more! details

June 20, 2021

Go hiking or visit natural areas

There are many ways to get out and about in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Ride a bike and explore Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll with the family in one of these locations:

Drive-In Movies

Ontario’s drive-in theaters aree open for the season. Enjoy a movie with the family.

For more options, seeDrive-in theaters in Ontario

Go golfing

Golf courses are open throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Book a tee time!

Kitchener Golf

A bit of culture

While there aren’t any in-person events, there are many you can watchOnline theater events from around the world that you can stream for free. From the Metropolitan Opera to London’s The Globe Theater, there are many famous productions to watch online.

If you prefer to enjoy Live concerts, There are also a few of them.

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