June 15, 2013 - 7:00 AM
KAMLOOPS – Does dad dig BMX bikes? Is gardening more his groove? Does he like to tinker with old cars? Do muscle cars make him drool? No matter his preference you can celebrate Father's Day together this weekend either participating in or watching the many activities going on in the city.
The national series for BMX Canada is stopping in Kamloops at the McArthur Island BMX track Friday through Sunday. The Cactus Classic Nationals feature riders in all age classes, from 13 and under to the professional series. Admission is open to everyone and is free, making it easy to take in the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association playdown games also taking place at McArthur Island park this weekend.
Saturday offers history lessons and gardening. The museum will be hosting a guided walking tour (registration required) called Red Lights and Black Hearts, focusing on the darker side of Kamloops including houses of ill repute and opium dens. Everyone is invited to bring their hand tools and gardening gloves down to 246 Victoria Street starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday to help turn downtown planters into edible gardens.
Father's Day, Sunday, there will be races and fishing available throughout the day. The Dirty Feet 6hr Enduro Bike Race starts at 10 a.m. at Kenna Cartwright Park and is open to solo or relay riders while the Kids of Steel Triathlon will take place at Brock Pool. The B.C. Wildlife Park will also be hosting a 5 km walk and run to benefit prostate cancer Sunday morning.
Is dad more the type to sit back with a fishing pole in hand? Then take advantage of the provincial free family fishing day. No fishing license are required and children can try out the sport at Walloper Lake or Edith Lake. The Walloper Lake event will have boats and equipment for kids to try out as well as a free barbecue. The Edith Lake event runs from 6-8 p.m. and is for ages five to 15. Registration is required.
If all else fails and you still want dad to enjoy his day take him out to the A&W on Lansdowne or head out to Heffley Creek. Both will feature a show n' shine event full of muscle and collector's vehicles.
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