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  • 4 Extreme Obstacle Courses Happening in Red Deer in 2015

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  • 5 Ways to Enjoy a Girls Weekend in Red Deer

    The Float Shack
    Who couldn’t use a weekend away, right? Located right in between Edmonton and Calgary, Red Deer offers the perfect meeting place for you and your ladies to enjoy a beautiful and relaxing shopping and spa weekend away. Here are 5 ways to enjoy a girls weekend in Red Deer, Alberta. So call up the ladies because here’s five things to do on a girls weekend in Red Deer…

    Shop til’ You Drop at Bower Place

    Bower Place is central Alberta’s largest fashion destination and is host to over 110 diverse stores and services. Sitting right on the corner of Molly Banister Drive and Gaets Avenue, Bower Place makes the perfect home base for your weekend away with the girls. Close to hotels and convention centres, Bower Place is also accessible by car and has access to public transit. Check out the store directory and start planning your shopping plan of attack.

    Mani’s and Pedi’s at Divine Nails and Spa

    A girls weekend away just wouldn’t be the same without getting your hands and feet done and Divine Nails might just be the place to do it. You work hard so treat yourself. Treat yourself to a full day of pampering with a full spa day package or simply pop in for manicure or pedicure. Have a larger group to accommodate? Spa parties are also offered covering everything from bridal parties to prom parties.

    Deep Relaxation at The Float Shack

    When was the last time you did absolutely nothing? At Red Deer’s The Float Shack (pictured above) that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. Alleviate the stress of a day filled with shopping as you enter one of Float Shack’s light and soundproof pods complete with 11” of skin temperature water that has had 1000lbs of Epsom salt dissolved into it. The pods almost completely eliminate gravity and sensory input, allowing the floater is slip into deep state of relaxation.

    Get Your Hair Did at Chatters

    It wouldn’t be a girls weekend without a trip to the salon. Chatters believes your hair is your best accessory. Located in Bower Place and a leader in the beauty industry, Chatters offers everything from professional hair care products to a full salon experience. Compliment your weekend filled with shopping and spa treatments with a gorgeous new hair do that will defiantly have heads turning.

    Friends and Food

    What’s a girl’s weekend without some great food? Whatever you’re in the mood for Red Deer has a little something for everyone’s pallet. Everything from the Thai food at the The Blue Dragon all the way to a good old fashion burger at Queen’s Diner, Red Deer plays host to a culinary offering that would make anyone’s mouth water. Need to refuel after some hard shopping? Bower Place mall has a stacked food court with 13 different franchises to keep your shopping.
  • Memorial Cup Visitors, Here’s 9 Local Things To Do

    Things to do in Red Deer
    Coming in from out of province or out of town for the Memorial Cup? It’s always nice to find that local gem. And if you’re traveling to Red Deer, Alberta this May for the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup you’ll not only want to take in some of the best hockey this country has to offer but also the local flare. You can go the old tried and tested route and hit up one the many franchise restaurants this bustling  city has to offer but if you’d like to get to know Red Deer a little bit more here’s 9 local things to do in Red Deer while visiting for the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup:

    Food – Local Favourites

     

    Roosters Wood Fire & Smoke

    Roosters Red Deer Celebrating local products, delicious quality and good times the brand new Roosters Wood Fire & Smoke (formerly Meathead) is definitely a spot to check out while visiting Red Deer. Owned and operated by Heritage Ranch, Red Deerians already know what Chef Mike Ubbing brings to the table (see Westlake Grill below). Covering a wide variety of local fare on their menu, Roosters has a little something for everyone’s dinner or lunch cravings – often served with fire or smoke. Sink your teethe into one of their amazing burgers done your way of course, because you’re the boss (choose from Elk, Bison, Chicken, Vegetarian and Alberta Beef). Be adventurous and try their duck wings or add a little East Coast flair (with an Alberta twist) to your meal with their smoked oysters. Oh ya and their flatbreads are mouth-watering!  

    Chedda’ Heads

    Memorial Cup Cheddar Heads Small If there’s two things you’d have a hard time arguing against, it’s food trucks and grilled cheese. Chedda’ Heads is Central Alberta’s only sandwich shop on wheels and will be traveling around the Red Deer area during this year’s Memorial Cup. You can track down the location of the truck through their social media either on Twitter or through Facebook. With sandwiches named Big Poppa, the Hellbent and Lil Monster you won’t be disappointed with this rolling sandwich making machine!  

    The Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch

    Memorial Cup Westlake Small Heritage Ranch is revered by many in the community as one of Red Deer’s hidden gems. The ranch itself sits on 207 acres of municipal land and provides some of the best cuisine Red Deer has to offer with its onsite fully licensed restaurant, The Westlake Grill. The Westlake Grill offers everything from a light and casual brunch to one of the most romantic settings for a dinner you could hope for. Try one of their famous burgers for lunch or indulge in the fine dining that is the chef’s table, either way you’ll be asking for seconds.  

    Entertainment

    Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

    Memorial Cup Sport HoF Small Discover, experience and explore the legend of some of Alberta’s greatest athletes. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum offers an interactive and hands-on experience for all its visitors. Explore some of the best athlete’s Alberta has produced since 1957. Check out artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia from Alberta’s rich sports history. With over 7000 artifacts celebrating and preserving Alberta’s rich sporting history in their collection be sure to set aside an afternoon for this stop.  

    Bull Skit Comedy

    Bull Skit Comedy is RedMemorial Cup Bull Comedy Small Deer’s only improv troupe and has been performing in area for the past 7 years. The troupe performs monthly at the Scott Block Theatre and happens to have a show on during the 2016 Master Card Memorial Cup. Running from May 19 – 21 the Bull Skit Comedy Troupe will perform a best of show covering all the crowd pleasing and fan favourite sketches from the past season.    

    Discovery Wildlife Park

    Memorial Cup - Discovery Zoo Bear Small Located just 30 minutes from Red Deer, Discovery Wildlife Park is a 90-acre zoo which provides a wildlife sanctuary for over 40 species of orphaned animals including monkeys, grizzly bears, jaguars, and alligators. There are daily educational animal presentations which allow visitors to get up close and personal with many of their favourite animals. Have your picture taken with a Grizzly Bear, jaguar, tiger or any number of other animals located at Discovery Wildlife Park or talk with the animal trainer and learn more about what it means to be wild in Alberta.  

    Night Life

    To The Lost

    Memorial Cup To The Lost To The Lost is Red Deer’s newest cocktail bar and rather ground breaking for Central Alberta. This trendy cocktail bar located in the heart of downtown Red Deer is definitely not a spot to be missed. With the knowledge of three veteran bartenders behind the rail To The Lost is serving up a host of new cocktails along with the tradition favourites. Come in for the urban atmosphere but stay for the well-crafted and unique drinks. If you’re looking for a taste of the big city while visiting Red Deer for the Memorial Cup look no further.  

    Troubled Monk

    Memorial Cup - Troubled Munk Home brewing brothers turned full-fledged beer makers Charlie and Graeme Bredo officially launched Troubled Monk in June of 2015. Turning their passion for great beer into a business that we can all enjoy. Troubled Monk is a great little gem in Red Deer and not something to be overlooked. Dealing in manly tall cans, casks, growlers and kegs these beer-making brothers have a gift for barely and hops and are sharing it with the entirety of Central Alberta.  

    Fratters Speakeasy

    Memorial Cup Fratters Speak Easy Live entertainment, great food and cold drinks is the name of the game of Fratters Speakeasy. Enjoy a staple of the Red Deer music scene as every day of the week this little club has something unique and truly special to offer. Come enjoy a drink with friends as you catch up and share a laugh or make some new friends. Make sure your follow their Facebook and Twitter for updates on drink/food deals and upcoming events.    

    Memorial Cup: How to Get Tickets

    Red Deer is home to a lot of great local people doing great local things. Whether it’s entertaining you with Central Alberta’s only sketch comedy troupe or quenching your thirst at one of the city’s more trendy cocktail bars Red Deer has something for all kinds of visitors. While most are in town to take in some of the best hockey this country has to offer with the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup, don’t forget to take the opportunity to indulge and treat yourself to the wonderfulness that is Central Alberta! The Mastercard Memorial Cup runs May 19 – 29, 2016 – with tickets already on sale. We look forward to hosting you in May 2016!
  • Celebrating success in Central Alberta: 25 years of the Red Deer Rebels

    Red Deer Rebels 25 Years
    The Red Deer Rebels are commemorating their 25th season in the Western Hockey League, and they have plenty of things to celebrate. The Rebels kicked off their inaugural season on September 25, 1992, and set a WHL record for most wins by an expansion club. The team won the Memorial Cup in 2001 and the WHL Eastern Conference Championship in 2002 and 2003. The Enmax Centrium has been the only home of the Rebels. It’s located on the Westerner Park grounds and is just a short drive from downtown. The Centrium has become a sports and events hub in Central Alberta. It has played host to many large sporting events including the 1995 World Junior Hockey Championship, 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (2004 and 2012). Over the years, the Red Deer Rebels have had a number of well-known players come through their system. Many have continued their careers onto professional levels (including the NHL), universities and international leagues. Some of the most notable alumni include:
    • Dion Phaneuf played for the Rebels from 2001 to 2005, where he amassed 146 career points. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2003 and currently plays for the Ottawa Senators.
    • Cam Ward is the starting goaltender with the Carolina Hurricanes and won his first ever Stanley Cup in 2006. Ward was the first goalie to win Stanley Cup as a rookie since Patrick Roy in 1986.
    • Some say Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the best player to ever wear a Red Deer Rebels jersey. Nugent-Hopkins was WHL Rookie of the Year during the 2009 – 2010 season and was drafted 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft in 2011. He currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers.
    The Red Deer Rebels have become a real family affair. General Manager and Coach Brett Sutter (former NHL player who played 18 seasons in the league) purchased the team in 1998. His son Merrick Sutter is the Sr. Vice President, his nephew Shaun Sutter is the Assistant GM and his wife Connie is also a part of the team as their merchandise manager.

    We caught up with Merrick Sutter and talked about the upcoming season.

    Q) Tell us a bit about the history of the team and your involvement in the community. A) We are nothing without the support of the community.  Our players are active in the schools, and we donate many items to hundreds of causes across Central Alberta each year.  Financially, our foundation supports minor hockey, high school scholarships, and other health and wellness initiatives. Q) Why do you think so many players end up drafted from this team in particular? A) One of our founding principles is running the program first class, everything from our facilities, to our travel, to our staff.  Our style of play, areas of discipline, and off ice regiment is designed around developing players for the next level. Q) What types of events/activities  are in store for the season, being the 25th-anniversary? A) We profiled alumni on our season tickets, distributed an “all-time” players poster to our season ticket members, and plan to have a “vintage” night in the second half of the season. This anniversary season promises lots of surprises for fans and plenty of exciting hockey. Don’t miss this amazing commemorative season – see the Rebels’ schedule and get your tickets to a game soon. Photo thanks to Red Deer Rebels on Instagram.