Smart Shopping: Hit the road and take a dive, Dad—with me

Wheels for Lease offers deals via an honest car salesman.

Wheels for Lease offers deals via an honest car salesman.

Dad’s turn.

In June we celebrate our fathers, and the best thing we can give them is our time. Here are some ways to accumulate delightful memories.

First? Take a road trip together. I’ll bet you remember fondly those road trips you took when you were a kid. Well, road trips are back again, because by traveling in the familiarity of your own car and visiting small towns, perhaps you can bring back the feelings of the way life used to be.  If you need a car to accomplish this, I’ve found an honest used car salesman to help you.

Wheels for Lease is the only used auto business recommended by the APA (Automobile Protection Association). The quality of the pre-owned inventory, personal service and reputation is what sets this dealer apart. You can browse their online inventory, and if they don’t have the vehicle you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give them a call and they will gladly try to find one for you. You can schedule a test drive and investigate financing options. They can ship their pre-inspected vehicles throughout Canada. In this business, honesty goes a long way.

5257 Namur St. 514-735-2224, 1-866-535-2224,

Next you can plan to go camping together. There’s nothing like the he-man lighting of fires and providing a safe home to bring out his hunter-gatherer/hero persona. Camp somewhere where you can go diving together—this could be a new sport for you to learn together.

When choosing a tent, head to Dépôt du Plein Air, which has been in business for 18 years. They seek out the best quality/priced products while taking pride in getting to know their customers, talking to them, asking questions and suggesting products. The 8,000-square-foot store is a virtual campground, where customers are encouraged to walk through the more than 25 fully assembled tents (Canyon, Yanes) and lie in a choice of 40 sleeping bags while testing the comfort of camping mats. Take a trek around the store to choose among the 50 backpacks, outdoor clothing or the selection of more than 15 kayaks (Clearwater), canoes and SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards).

8267 St. Laurent. 514-381-4399,

There must be many diving nuts around frozen Montreal, because Total Diving goes full blast year round. Everything you need if you want to take the deep plunge can be found here: tanks, regulators, buoyancy control devices, snorkeling items and wet suits, all made by major manufacturers (Beuchat, U.S. Divers, Atomic, Sherwood, Aqualung, Whites, Bare, OMS).

This specialty store repairs everything related to scuba and snorkeling, including tanks, regulators, buoyancy control devices and masks.

The store also has a pool to give you proper instruction in scuba diving and snorkeling. The regular course lasts six weeks; during each lesson you spend about two hours in class and two hours in the water, and the cost of the course is $299. Ask about their “learn to dive in one weekend” course.

You can also learn to dive with them at John Abbott College in the West Island, the CEPSUM of University of Montreal, the Aquadome in LaSalle and College Marie-Victorin in the East-End.

6356 Sherbrooke W. 514-482-1890,

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