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Things to do in Edmonton with Dad

Gillian Thomson Edmonton
by Gillian Thomson

Just like Mother’s Day, one day a year isn’t quite enough to show Dad some love. Make Father’s Day last all year with these ways to enjoy Edmonton with Dad.

The Great Outdoors Dad

Prefers breathing in fresh air and being out in nature.

For this dad, there is no better way to spend an afternoon (or full day!) out in the river valley. Book a guided fishing adventure on the North Saskatchewan River or a nearby lake with Get Hooked Fishing. Or just paddle away in a canoe from Edmonton 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 come face to face with bison, elk, moose, and over 250 species of birds. Stay past midnight on a clear night to catch the northern lights, too!

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 meat all the way 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 is pouring!

Cheers to 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, Dad will be impressed with all the beer lines coming into the bar before he even tastes them! Or take it one step further and go on a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting at Alley Kat Brewery.

Action Packed Dad

Always looking for the next strategizing activity to power through.

Star child to Alpha Dad, do you read me? Paintballing today? Roger that. If Dad knows Morse code and knows how to escape his enemies, take him to Edmonton Paintball for the ultimate game of target practice.

If live action is more Dad’s style, gather the rest of your family and head to Breakout or Escape City. How it works: Your group is locked in a themed room where you can find hints and solve puzzles that eventually lead you to the keys you need to break free. You’ve got to be sharp and quick–the 45 minutes you have to break free goes by fast when you have so many clues to decipher!

Need for Speed Dad

Lives for the rush across the finish line.

If your dad has a stop watch 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. For dads that like to put a little skin in the game, bet their luck on thoroughbred horse races at Northlands Park.

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. Fort Edmonton Park is an obvious choice for history buffs, but you can also add the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to your itinerary. 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.

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 Oilers (hockey), Edmonton Eskimos (football), FC Edmonton (soccer), and Edmonton Prospects (baseball). Get outdoors and enjoy a round of golf before the big game at one of over 80 golf courses in the Edmonton area.