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Whether you spend it outdoors or with family, Father's Day is a chance to relax and make memories.

Westside fathers make the most of their day

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The middle of June not only brings the start of summer, but it’s also a time when fathers get put in the spotlight (or on the spot). Many of us have great relationships with our fathers, the kind of moments that inspire us to be good fathers ourselves. Many of us don’t have good memories of our fathers, and find the day painful. Others fall somewhere in between, still working out what the legacy of their father’s influence is.

One thing is true: Today’s fathers are more deeply engaged in their children’s lives than those of past generations. Yet those of earlier generations were no less committed to their kids. They worked hard to make ends meet, a responsibility many still feel.

My own father was self-effacing. While my mother just wanted me to make her life easier on Mother’s Day, my father quietly appreciated the attention. His relationship with his own father was difficult, and his kids’ appreciation was welcome.

Westside activities

But what’s a Westside father to do in 2017?

Those who like solitude might take a walk through Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Others might want to head off to the golf course for some fresh air and recreation. Recharging can be a great gift for Dad.

An more gregarious father might enjoy brunch at White Spot in Kitsilano or lunch at Biercraft among the University condos and townhomes of Wesbrook Village. The annual Point Grey Fiesta coincides with Father’s Day weekend this year, offering Dad opportunities to people watch and have fun with the family.

How about a little solitude and a little socializing? A walk through tree-lined Westside streets to Dad’s favourite coffee shop or bakery could fit the bill. There’s also the Kitsilano farmer’s market from 10am to 2pm at the Kitsilano Community Centre, with vendors serving up coffee, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables ripe for an evening meal.

Gifts with heart

Those who prefer to mark occasions with gifts can look to a number of men’s clothing shops for the age-old tie. Prefer some manly handicraft or artwork? Consider Stepback or one of the other whimsical shops along West 4th or Broadway.

Of course, some of the best gifts come from the hands and heart. My father kept his bills and receipts in a pair of juice cans simply wrapped with the colourful juvenile art of my brother and sister until the day he died.

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