Father’s Day is coming up fast. Tired of offering your dad the usual golf clubs, BBQ paraphernalia, and hockey fan gifts? It’s time to come up with some fresh ideas for Father’s Day. Here are the top five activities in or around Montreal which can definitively help foster a closer bond between yourself and your father. Or between yourself and your children. Guaranteed.

5. On Saturday, June 16th, head out to St. Anne-de-Bellevue to admire some hot cars. Titled “Cruisin’ at the Boardwalk”, this event is a must-see for dads who like their cars. The 10th annual car show will feature up to 400 classic old cars including muscle cars, hot rods, rat rods, utility vehicles and green energy vehicles. Check out cruisinattheboardwalk.com for more information.

4. “I am Buzz Lightyear, I come in peace”. Toy Story 3 opens this weekend. Make a family outing happen and take the kids to watch this epic film. You can sit back and enjoy watching timeless characters such as Buzz, Woody and Shrek come alive on screen, and in your children’s imagination. Check out Cinema Montreal at www.cinemamontreal.com for movie listings.

3. Free admission for dads! Now that sounds like a good idea. This year, fathers get a free pass at St. Sauveur water park. There is only one condition: to be accompanied by a child aged six years or older. The Viking Alpine Coaster is an activity you simply have to try out. Go downhill at moderate speed and enjoy the forest as you go along this great ride. For more information, visit the website at www.sommets.com/en/amusement-park/roller-coaster/.

2. Fair trade coffee and bagels. Some dads like simple activities, without much fuss. Sometimes, the best idea is the most basic, so we recommend taking Dad out for a nice cuppa hot coffee and the quintessential bagel and cream cheese in order to catch up. St-Viateur Bagel & Café in Monkland is a quiet, well-furnished, and alluring café where you can go from a basic bagel to a fully-fledged BTL or a Morning Bagel, garnished with bacon, egg, cheddar, tomatoes and lettuce. Visit www.stviateurbagel.com/food-truck for more options.

1. Les Francofolies de Montréal. Every guy out there has a favourite tune. Why not treat your dad to one of Montreal’s most talked about event, Les Francopholies de Montréal? Running from June 8 to 17, this event brings together a number of hot Francophone artists. On June 17th, you can come listen to Yann Perreau at the Bell scene at 7:30 p.m.. He will be interpreting songs which will pay homage to Jacques Higelin. Later in the evening, come attend the event La Grande Musique de Stone: Hommage à Plamondon. For more information, visit www.francofolies.com.

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