Father’s Day Weekend


It is time to honour pop and celebrate his special day. Meet dads of the past and get to know their stories. From prairie gentlemen to regular Joes. Featuring woodcutting, potato eating contests, burly man competitions and other fabulous feats of fatherhood. 

Dads get in for free on Father’s Day!

1846 FORT

Potato Eating Contest
Fort Courtyard
1 pm
Company men like nothing better than to bet – and what better bet than a potato eating contest! Test your eating might against a man who claims he can eat 13 potatoes in one sitting!

Woodcutting Demonstration
Fort Courtyard
12 pm – 2 pm
Wood to build, wood to burn. Fort Edmonton has an insatiable thirst for wood. Team up with your dad to operate the two-person saw and help make a cord or two.


Burly Man Competition
Kenneth MacDonald House
3 pm
A little competition is healthy. Come participate in this annual sporting event that includes: foot races, tug-o-war, and log sawing! Are you burly enough?

Penny Farthing Tour
Various Locations
12 pm and 2 pm
The steam has just arrived with the latest craze – the Penny Farthing! Come gawk at this bizarre contraption, Edmontonians are happy to show them off.

Boots & Buttons
North West Mounted Police Outpost
11 am
Take a break with the Mountie while he polishes his boots and hear about his busy week of work.


Dominion Barbers
12 pm – 2 pm
Ernest Brown’s Photography
Scruffy fathers come forth and get a nice clean shave! Enjoy the day and chitchat at our hospitable barber shop.

Volunteer Fire Brigade
2:30 pm and 4:00 pm
Bank of Montreal
Take part in this important training exercise. Learn how to work in a bucket brigade. Warning, you may get wet.

11 am – 3 pm
Beside Reed’s Bazaar
Camping out of your car for fun? Come learn about this historic past-time!


Quadrangle between 1905 and 1920 Street
3 pm – 4 pm
Join us for an afternoon of throwing the ball and swinging the bat.

Prohibition Debate
Sun Drugs
12 pm and 2 pm
Prohibition has been in force since 1916 and now it’s time for change.  Hear both sides of the debate before making your choice and voting in the plebiscite.

Wop May
Capitol Theatre
12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Wop May has returned from Fort Vermillion a hero!  Come learn the story of his famous Mercy Flight and meet the man himself.

Praise for Papa’s Peonies
Silver Heights Peony Gardens
1 pm – 3 pm
Dr. James Brander’s Silver Heights Peony Garden grew into one of the major suppliers of peonies in Western Canada. Celebrate Father’s Day with a visit to this historic reproduction during its prime blooming season!

Along 1920 boardwalk
10:30 am and 3:30 pm
Are you a father who is concerned with the proper education and moral upbringing of your children? Lady luck is on your side as the traveling Chautauqua has found our roads are inadequate and they are stuck in Edmonton. Come enjoy an educational exhibition!