Things to do in Edmonton with Dad
Father's Day is right around the corner, and it's time to show dad some extra love. From the meat and potatoes kind of guy to the man who loves all things action-packed, you are sure to make some lasting memories with your pop by following this list of iconic Edmonton experiences.
Sports Fanatic Dad
Never misses the big game. And every game is big to this dad.
If you can manage to pull your dad out of his jersey-walled man cave, bring him to a game and cheer on one of Edmonton’s local sports teams. We’ve got lots to choose from: Edmonton Eskimos (football), Edmonton Prospects (baseball), and Edmonton Stingers (basketball). Get outdoors and enjoy a round of golf before the big game at one of over 80 golf courses in the Edmonton area.
Event to check out: bring dad to the Top of The City Soccer Game and Festival this weekend at Castle Downs Park which includes a Father's Day pancake brunch from 8:00am-10:00am on June 16!
The Great Outdoors Dad
Prefers breathing in fresh air and enjoying his time out in nature.
For this dad, there is no better way to spend an afternoon (or full day!) than out in the river valley. Book a guided fishing adventure on the North Saskatchewan River or a nearby lake with Get Hooked Fishing. Paddle away in a canoe from Edmonton Canoe or cruise the North Saskatchewan during sunset with Haskin Canoe.
Is dad most comfortable beside a grill, cooking up a bite to eat for the family? Take him out of the backyard and set up shop for the day at a public barbecue site at one of the many river valley parks (we recommend Hawrelak Park). Bring a Frisbee and a picnic blanket, and there you have it – a day of BBQ fun.
If hiking and wilderness spotting is dad’s thing, then take him just outside the city to Elk Island National Park where he can get face to face with bison, elk, moose, and over 250 species of birds. Stay past midnight on a clear evening to catch the northern lights, too!
Event to check out: bump Father's Day up a day and take in a Haskin Canoe Sunset Tour at Elk Island National Park on June 15!
Meat and Potatoes Kind of Dad
Enjoys a hearty meal with a cold one in hand.
If this describes your dad, why not take him out for some good old fashioned smokehouse meat? If brisket, bourbon and beer are music to dad’s ears, then MEAT in Old Strathcona is the perfect place. Follow the mouth-watering scent of smoked brisket inside where you share platters of meat and side dishes. If dad likes it spicy, take him to the Nuevo-Mexican restaurant, Rostizado, where slow-roasted platters are shared and the tequila flows!
Cheers to all of the dads who appreciate a good meal and a cold beer. For the best selection of beer in town (and a rooftop patio!) head to Craft Beer Market, With over 100 beers on tap, he is sure to be impressed with at least one of the flavours. Or take it one step further and take pops on an Urban Pedal Tour.
Event to check out: Head to Porkapalooza this weekend for the best barbecue this side of the North Saskatchewan. Grab a few extra napkins!
Need for Speed Dad
Lives for the rush across the finish line.
If your dad has a stopwatch and checkered flag on standby at any given moment, then we have something right up his alley. Take him to Speeders to get some go-karting out of his system! Or if he’d rather watch from a safe distance, bring your earplugs and feel the thunder of drag races at Castrol Raceway.
Looking to take your dad to new heights? Swoop over vast landscapes and get a bird’s eye view of Edmonton’s sprawling, picturesque river valley on a helicopter during an Edmonton Regional Helicopter Tour!
Event to check out: Head to Century Mile Racetrack and Casino to treat pops to some Live Thoroughbread Racing on June 16!
Tour Guide Dad
Loves to share history and interesting facts about the world around him.
If your dad loves to absorb information about the sights around him, then there are a few places you must take him. Head to the Alberta Aviation Museum or the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village for a bit of history, a dash of learning and most of all fun. If a guided tour of the river valley is what dad is looking for, then hop on a Segway at River Valley Adventure Co and let the guide fill you in on the sights in the valley.
Event to check out: Head to Fort Edmonton Park's Father's Day Brunch and treat dad to a brunch fit for a king (or early settler!).