Earn Your Keep Weekend

The work at Fort Edmonton Park is never done!

Help the residents of the Fort keep it clean and tidy since the fancy machines of today aren’t around to help wash clothes or vacuum the floors. Try your hand at sawing wood, carding wool, and pressing furs in hands-on activities that give you an up close look at what life was like in Edmonton before the modern conveniences of today.

You’ll earn a reward for all your hard work, so be sure to put your back into it and get ready to clean with some good old-fashioned elbow grease!

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1846 Fort

Grease These Windows!

10:30 AM — 2 hour drop-in program
Fort Courtyard

In 1846, glass was hard to come by. That’s why the Fort’s windows are made with hide. The windows need some TLC to stay pliable and the best tool for the job is…lard! Earn a reward for all your hard work!

Weed This Garden!

11:30 AM – 90 minute program
Fort Garden

No one can live on bison meat alone! Help the ladies of the Fort maintain the garden to help keep bellies full!

Saw This Wood!

12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Fort Courtyard

It’s not trapping season, but the work is never done! Grab a partner and work together to stock up on cordwood for the winter. This Fort requires over 300 cords, so get busy!

1885 Street

Oil These Wagons!

11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 1 hour program
Métis Camp

This Métis family makes its living freighting, but after several journeys across the dusty prairies, the wagons needs some special attention. Help clean and oil them to receive a reward that’s more than a gleaming wagon!

Wash This Laundry!

Ottewell Homestead
11:00 AM – 4 hour drop-in program

No washing machines here! Help wash clothes the old-fashioned way. Children can earn a treat for helping scrub the clothes clean!

Card This Wool!

12:00 PM – 2 hour program
Ottewell Homestead

Mrs. Ottewell gets most of her yarn from the general store, but she wants to pass on the skill of hand-carding wool. Helpful carders may even earn a cash reward for their hard work!

1905 Street

Maid’s Duties

Rutherford House
11:30 AM – 40 minute program

The Rutherfords are hiring a domestic servant! Submit your application and see if you’re fit enough to be a maid!

Clean the Fire Trucks!

12:30 PM – 1 hour program

Our fire trucks need to look their best when they roll out to protect the citizens of Edmonton. Help us keep them looking shiny and new!

1920 Street

Help Out With Farm Chores!

Mellon Farm
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 1 hour program

With the harvest coming soon, the farm is busy, busy, busy! Lend a hand so preparations for the fall can be made!

Clean These Cars!

12:00PM – 1 hour program

In the summer, Alberta’s roads are so dusty. Come clean the cars to help make them look brand new again!

Dance Your Feet Off!

Capitol Theatre
1:00 PM – 1 hour program

Step in time with the dancers at the Capitol Theatre and learn the Charleston, latest craze! You’ve got to keep the beat if you want to earn your keep!

Johnny J. Jones Midway

Hunt for Gaffs!

Blue and White Tent
10:30 AM, 2:30 PM, & 3:30 PM – 30 minute program

Learn how to spot a rigged game on the midway with the help of a carnie. You’ll be taught about the history of scamming midway guests and maybe even catch a scammer or two yourself!

Join the Sideshow

Blue and White Tent
11:30 AM & 1:30 PM – 30 minute program

Johnny J. Jones is always looking to recruit new oddities! Do you think you have what it takes to be a showstopper at the sideshow?

Under the Big Top

Blue and White Tent
12:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Step right up and come on in! Don’t miss the midway’s famous variety show! Catch it every Saturday and Sunday in the blue and white tent.

Guided Tours

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM – 2 hour tour

Start at the Courtyard Flagpole

Accompany our knowledgeable tour guide on a fascinating and informative two-hour walking tour of Fort Edmonton Park as they share stories and tales from Edmonton’s rich past.

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