8 Things to Do With Your Dad This Father's Day

Skip the Best Dad mug and instead treat your dad to an unforgettable Father's Day experience.

Mount Engadine Lodge in Spray Valley Provincial Park



Stuck on what to get your dad for Father's Day? Stop looking at boring knickknacks and book one of these amazing activities in and around Calgary instead. 


Father’s Day BBQ & Afternoon Tea at Mount Engadine

Where: 1 Mount Shark Rd., Canmore

Cost: Adults $25 (includes burger, beer and coffee or tea); Children, $15 (includes juice); Afternoon tea, $17.50 (includes coffee or tea)

Take your dad on a city retreat this Father’s Day with a trip to Mount Engadine Lodge for a relaxing barbecue and afternoon tea. Chow down on delicious burgers and cold beers for lunch, then take in the beautiful Rocky Mountain views with a coffee or tea on the patio. If you and your dad are feeling adventurous, embark on a hike through Mount Engadine's scenic landscape. 

You can book a reservation at Mount Engadine for both a Father’s Day barbecue and an afternoon tea, or just for an afternoon tea. If you can’t make it all the way out for Father’s Day, the lodge also offers gift cards so your dad can craft his own perfect getaway.


7th Annual Wings and Wheels at the Hangar Museum 


A look at the wings and wheels at the 2017 Wings & Wheels Father's Day event at the Hanger Museum.

Where: 4629 McCall Way N.E.

Cost: Adults, $12; Children, $6; Seniors and Students, $8; Dads get in free with an accompanying paid admission!

This event at the Hanger Museum (formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary) is great for dad's that are aviation lovers, history buffs or car enthusiasts and is a perfect trip for families. On June 16 and 17 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., dads get in free with an accompanying paid admission.

Bring your dad by on Father’s Day weekend to see the museum’s collection of historical planes and other aviation crafts as well as a collection of classic cars from local car clubs and enthusiasts. Make sure to arrive early to secure a ticket for a helicopter ride from LR Helicopters and Nav Canada! There will also be a catering company on site for the event, in case anyone gets hungry.


Father’s Day Beertail Mixology Class at Eau Claire Distillery

Where: 113 Sunset Blvd NW, Turner Valley

Cost: $55 per person (18+)

Bring your dad down to Eau Claire Distillery, Alberta’s local farm to glass distiller of premium spirits, for their Father's Day taste testing and mixology class. This event offers a tasting of Eau Claire’s premium spirits and a unique mixology demonstration by their Tasting Room Manager and Resident Mixologist, Chelsey Coulson, on how to make amazing beer cocktails.

The Father’s Day Beertail Mixology Class is on June 17 and runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Make sure to reserve a spot in advance and arrange reliable transportation for this wonderfully boozy event. 


Spruce Meadows Horseshoe BBQ & Brunch

Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW

Cost: Adults, $34; Kids, 11to15, $17.15; Kids, 4 to 10 $9.95; Kids, 3 and under are free

Enjoy a delicious meal at the "Best Outdoor Venue in Canada", Spruce Meadows, and see a world-class jumping show with Dad and the rest of family at the Spruce Meadows Horseshoe BBQ & Brunch. Catered by Great Events Group, one of Calgary's leading local catering companies, the Horseshoe BBQ & Brunch is on Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend.

The barbeque, which has a menu including slow roasted birch and cider brisket and grilled bratwurst with a beer cheese dipping sauce, is on Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brunch is the following day, Sunday, June 17, at the same time and features a classic menu with pancakes, crispy candied bacon, pan fried sausage, in-house smoked salmon, shrimp cocktails and more. 


Father's Day Brunch and Dinner at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant


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Where: 15979 Bow Bottom Trail S.E.

Cost: Prices vary

Acquired by Great Events Group catering company in February 2014, the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is favourite among Calgarians for it's unique "city meets country" dining experience.

This Sunday, bring your dad to the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant for their Father's Day brunch or dinner. Indulge in options from their regular menus, or opt for their selection of special Father's Day brunch dishes or their four-course Father's Day dinner tasting menu. The prices for brunch and dinner vary for the different dishes, but the Father's Day dinner tasting menu is offered at $75 per person.


Axe Throwing at Axe Throwing Calgary 


Where: 5923 3 St. S.E.

Cost: $45 per person for private events (6 or more people); $35 per person on pick-up nights (reserve a spot in advanced to save $5)

Receive training from a skilled axe coach and compete head to head with your dad on Father’s Day at Axe Throwing Calgary. This fun and competitive activity is a great way to bond with your dad while also learning a new skill. 

Axe Throwing Canada provides everything you need for a great Father’s Day activity: axes, prizes, food and even liquor. All you need to bring is your fine self, your dad and anyone else interested in participating. All ages are welcome to participate, so you can even bring the whole family along. The only requirements are that children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and youth between 14 and 17 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian (and of course, no one under the age of 18 can order or consume any liquor).

Gather your Dad and four other group members to book a private event for this Father's Day (Ace Throwing Calgary requires a minimum of 6 people for a private event). If you want, you can even come back any Wednesday to throw some axes at their weekly pick-up nights.


Century Downs’ Father’s Day Brunch and Putting Contest 

Where: 260 Century Downs Dr., Rocky View No. 40

Cost: Adults, $32 to $36; Teens, $24; Children, $13.50; Children under 6 are free

Is your dad known for his skills on the green? Treat your dad this Father’s Day with a delicious brunch at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, then sign him up to flex his skills in the Father’s Day Putting Contest.

The Father’s Day Brunch and Putting Contest is on June 17 from 12 to 3 p.m. and is reservation only. The event is family friendly with brunch open to people of all ages while the putting contest is only open to dads. 


Whales | Tahora Exhibit at Telus Spark

Where: 220 St Georges Dr. N.E.

Cost: Adults, $26; Seniors, $24; Youth, $22; Children, $19

If your dad is a National Geographic junkie or animal lover, bring him for a special Father’s Day trip to the Telus Spark centre for the Whales | Tahora exhibit. Visiting all the way from New Zealand, this immersive and interactive experience is in Calgary for a limited time as the last stop on its North American tour.

Make sure to get tickets for this unique exhibit on some of the Earth's largest creatures for this Father's Day, as it might be your last chance — Telus Spark is only hosting Whales | Tahora until June 20. 

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