Cheers to Dad

Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery
Did you leave father’s day to last minute? We’ve got good cheer suggestions to guide your planning (or lack of). Celebrate your dad, travel the province and try our finest drinks –make this the best father’s day ever!

The 2017 Good Cheer Trail has 60 amazing trail stops, take your dad on an experience he won’t soon forget. Get him a Good Cheer Trail Passport, a seat in the car (you being his DD for the day may be gift enough!) and experience Nova Scotia’s best wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries.

Good Cheer Trail - Big Spruce


It’s been proven by science, well maybe not science, but if our research serves us well, dads generally like the fun bubbly cold brew. Let’s give dad the gift of love by celebrating with a cold brew, whether it be in a recipe, a crisp glass, or a pack to go, we aim to please.

To our Dads Tired of Driving-Take the Beer Bus

Take your dad on a tasting tour of Halifax’s craft breweries: Garrison BrewingGood RobotPropellerNine Locks or Spindrift offer up some great brew. There’s actually a Beer Bus to make your planning even easier!

Other stops to consider on your Halifax beer tour (to try craft brew from across the province) include: Battery Park Beer Bar or Rock Bottom Brewery

Beer Bus Grape Escapes

Patio loving Dads

Nothing says happiness like sun beaming on your face, being surrounded by loved ones and celebrating the most important guy in our lives, dad. Check out a sunny patio at one of our Good Cheer Trail stops, Gahan House Waterfront, Garrison Brewing, Glenora Distillery, Luckett Vineyards, Good Robot, Paddy’s Brewpub, 2 Crows Brewing Co., Chain Yard Urban Cidery and more.


Dads that love to-Shop Local, Buy Local, Drink Local

How many of your dads have reminded you, ” there’s no place like home”. Keep this authenticity in mind while shopping for dad,  Nova Scotia has the best locally made products any dad could ever ask for. This year, get him something from his own back yard.

Meander River Farm & Brewery, a family-run farm, offers farm fresh edibles, honey and let’s not forget the beer! They’re expanding their hop yard, brewing beer, growing lavender, perennials and fresh cut flowers, managing a woodlot, and producing high quality pastured livestock. What’s not to love about this place? Dad just may want to stay.

Meander River Brewery Outside

Our Wine Loving Dads

Your dad has enough ties, socks, deodorant, polos and camping and fishing equipment.

Make Father’s Day an experience and try something you’ve never done together before. Take him on a wine tour – Grape Escapes and Uncork Nova Scotia  offer fantastic tours across the province. Stop for tastings and to enjoy the scenery at wineries like L’Acadie Vineyards, Blomdin Estate WineryAvondale Sky WineryBenjamin BridgeLuckett Vineyards or any of the 14 amazing wineries on the Good Cheer Trail.

Photo of: Blomidon Estate Winery

Our “On the Rocks” Dads

If he’s not a beer guy, might we suggest Nova Scotia whisky? Stop into Glenora Inn & Distillery, in the heart of Cape Breton or Caldera Distilling in River John. They both serve up a glass of smooth whisky, made to warm your dad’s heart and put a grin on his face.

For rum, vodka, and gin lovers, try products from Steinhart DistilleryIronworks Distillery, Halifax Distilling Co.,Coldstream Clear, or Still Fired Distillery. A visit to the distilleries, or sharing a bottle together at home makes for the perfect Father’s Day present.


Our foodie Dads-Eat on the Trail

Along with great drinks, shopping, and bundles of laughter come an appetite, be sure to eat along the trail at one of our Good Cheer Trail stop’s brewpubs or wineries.

Take him to Port PubRudder’s BrewpubTownhouse BrewpubLuckett Vineyards or Grand Pré, for tasty local eats. While there, make sure to get him another one of the local drinks.

Luckett's Bistro


To celebrate your best Father’s Day yet – be sure to collect your stamps from Good Cheer Trail trail stops,  and raise a glass in honour of your amazing dad- cheers dad!

NOTE: While you are exploring the Good Cheer Trail, please drink responsibly, be your dad’s designated driver or consider using one of the Good Cheer Trail guided tours that will get you safely from destination to destination. Grape Escapes and Uncork Nova Scotia  are all great ways to enjoy the tour and leave the driving to someone else.

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