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  • 3 Reasons to Love Our Museum This Season

    Red Deer Museum and Art GalleryWe love our Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, or the MAG if you’re in the know. It’s always affordable, it tells local stories and it’s a great place to hang out (sometimes even rock out). Here are three reasons you should love it this December and January too.

    1) Hot docs for cool kids –  Reel Movie Mondays is Red Deer’s home for independent films. Sponsored by the museum and held at the Galaxy Theatre, this is your only chance to see these bold documentaries, quirky comedies and unconventional dramas. So grab your cardigan and Buddy Holly glasses and love our indie film series. If you’re more of the bowtie and monocle set, come experience New York’s Metropolitan Opera live in HD. Watch the website or RMM Facebook page for January’s upcoming shows.

    2) Think globally, rock locally – Okay Boomers, it’s time to show those Gen X and Y slackers how to really rock. Central Alberta Rocks: Old Rockers Performances on Fri, Dec 2 (7 – 9 pm) and Sat, Dec 3 (2 – 4 pm) will bring back together some of the local bands that rocked the scene in the 60s and 70s. You’re also invited to share your rock fables and teachings from that time. Your stories and a donated collection of local concert posters from the same era will be the basis for a full social history exhibition in the future.

    3) Powerful stories that happened here – A travelling exhibition from Lethbridge’s Galt Museum and the Calgary Military Museums is now on at the MAG. For You The War Is Over: Second World War POW Experiences is on now until Jan 15, 2012. This exhibit tells first-person stories of just some of the 23,000 German POWs that were interned in camps in Southern Alberta. The exhibit also explores the impact on the communities that surrounded the camps and compares the experiences of German and Canadian POWs during WWII.

    Watch the MAG website or call 403.309.8405 for upcoming exhibits, special events and ticket info.

  • Top Ten Red Deer Experiences

    If you were on a flight back home and a tourist seated beside you asked what the Top 10 Experiences are while visiting Red Deer, what would you say?

    Here is our first go at ten amazing attractions in Red Deer – we’d love to hear yours!

    Hear a loon, at dusk, on McKenzie Trail

    “McKenzie Trails Recreation Area is a natural oasis in Red Deer. The area, which features some of the oldest trees in Waskasoo Park, offers a picnic shelter, playground, paved walking trails, and year‐round washroom facilities.

    Opportunities to connect with nature abound at McKenzie Trails Recreation Area. From the picnic shelter and playground, you can see Canada geese as they spend the summer raising their young on McKenzie Pond. The walking trails also provide the best location in Red Deer to see the succession of plants from meadow to spruce forest. Plus, visitors are welcome to use the canoe launch, which provides access to the Red Deer River.

    McKenzie Trails Recreation Area provides free outdoor opportunities from dawn until dusk, when the gates close. If you are holding an event, such as a family reunion or wedding, you can also book the McKenzie Trails Picnic Shelter to ensure that it is reserved for your needs.

    Access to McKenzie Trails Recreation Area is from 55 Street; travel north on 45 Avenue until the road ends.”


    Check out the city view from Piper Mountain in Rotary Park

    “Rotary Park, one of the most popular parks in Red Deer, has something for everyone. In the wooded area near the main parking lot, you can enjoy a BBQ at one of the many picnic tables and fire pits. You can also book the Rotary Park Picnic Shelter so that it is reserved for your event or function.

    On the grassy area to the south of the picnic area, the large Rotary Park playground has activities for children of all ages. This area has more than 50 play activities, including swings, slides, and climbers. The surface under the playground is a Pour in Place rubber covering, which provides an extra element of safety for children as they play.

    Rotary Park is surrounded by beautiful scenery. And, for the slightly more adventurous in your group, a short climb up Piper ‘Mountain’ offers a great view of the entire city. Rotary Park is also a part of the Waskasoo Park system and, from the paved trails branching off from the park, you can explore many of the beautiful areas throughout Red Deer.

    Rotary Park is located on the corner of 43 Street and 48 Avenue in Red Deer.”


    Drink some Huckleberry Lemonade at Cool Beans

    Enjoy the delicious Huckleberry Lemonade or grab a cup of joe in what is probably one of the most unique places to sit and socialize – a double decker bus! According to their website, it looks like they will be located at Collicutt Centre until mid‐June.

    Cool Beans a family owned and operated local business!


    Try a Brown Sugar Mama cupcake from Babycakes Cupcakery

    “New York’s got ‘em, London’s got ‘em, Hollywood’s got ‘em, Vancouver’s got ‘em, Calgary and Edmonton’s got ‘em, and now Red Deer has its very own, independently owned cupcakery!

    Babycakes Cupcakery is Red Deer’s premiere specialty bakeshop featuring an assortment of delicious gourmet cupcakes. Whether you require one cupcake or one hundred, come on in and sit down in our fun, retro‐modern diner atmosphere while you place your order!”

    The Brown Sugar Mama cupcake features a dark brownie with brown sugar frosting, Mmm!


    Devour the Mac and Cheese at the Holiday Inn South

    Every family has a traditional, home cooked Mac and Cheese recipe that everyone loves to go back for seconds for. Try a delicious Mac and Cheese while you’re on holiday at the Boulevard

    Restaurant and Lounge at Holiday Inn South in Red Deer, where their award winning chef will make Grandma’s recipe proud!


    Dip into Westerner Park’s famous soft serve ice cream

    When you watch food shows on television, they always seem to find the best ice cream in a place that you wouldn’t necessarily expect it – enter our very own Westerner Park! The next time you check out a local event here, be sure to try their soft ice cream!


    Relax on Discovery Canyon’s mini river float

    “Discovery Canyon Park is a seasonal water park located beside RiverBend Golf and Recreation Area. It features a natural river‐fed water pool, playground area, concession and washrooms.

    On a hot summer day, enjoy bubbling pools of water, trickling rivulets and a spray pool at the bottom of the canyon. Rent an inflatable tube or bring your own!”


    Climb Mount Everest in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

    “The museum has a number of interactive games including a multi‐sport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football hockey and soccer. The participant uses real equipment and kicks, shoots or throws at a virtual screen. We also have a Treadwall Climbing Wall and Golf Putting area to challenge you!”


    Take an evening carriage ride through Heritage Ranch

    “Our carriage/sleigh rides offer the unique experience of riding behind a team of powerful horses combined with beautiful woodland scenery. Combine your carriage ride with a lunch or dinner from our great ranch style restaurant and you have the perfect day or evening out!”


    Spot a Blue Herron from the bird blinds at Kerry Wood Nature Centre

    “The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is an approximately 1,036 sq. metre (11,154 sq. ft.) nature centre adjacent to the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, a municipally‐owned 118 hectare park and federal migratory bird sanctuary. The Nature Centre is open year‐round.”

    Source: (Note: There is audio on this page. Check your speaker volume!)

  • Tea time at Cronquist House

    Cronquist House Cronquist House is a stately red brick Victorian house with a wrap-around porch, a distinctive turret and a gorgeous view of Bower Ponds. Emmanuel Cronquist, a Swedish immigrant and farmer, originally built the 8-bedroom, 3500 sq ft farmhouse as a family home in 1911 and over the past 100 years it has become a local icon. Now run by the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, this historic house was moved here in March of 1976 (over the ice at the Red Deer River Crossing) and renovated over the next two decades into a cozy 1920s style tea house and multicultural centre. Lunch at the house Come for tea or a light lunch in a charming Victorian room overlooking the pond. Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 2, enjoy a delightful lunch of delicious quiche, sandwiches and homemade soup. Or dig out your flowery hat and short gloves for a traditional tea from 2 – 4 that includes scones, fruit, Devonshire cream and jam. The prices are very reasonable and you won’t find a charming experience like it anywhere else in town. We recommend making reservations by calling 403.346.0055. Be sure to ask about their doll collection – there were 800 at last count! Red Deer’s multicultural resource centre In addition to the tea room, the house operates as a multicultural resource centre with arts and crafts, cultural displays, an ethnic library and occasional workshops. You can also book this special venue for conferences, meetings, weddings and many other kinds of special occasions. Celebrate Canada Day The Cultural Heritage Society that runs Cronquist House also uses this lovely site by Bower Ponds to host Red Deer’s big Canada Day festivities each year. Celebrating the city’s many multicultural communities, the event features ethnic musicians, dancers and storytellers, face painting for the kids, lots of yummy food and a jaw-dropping fireworks display at the end of the day. Spend the afternoon on Bower Ponds After lunch, take a quiet walk through the park’s new serenity garden, let the kids play in the renovated playground and admire the public art. The pavilion has a concession, a floating stage and paddle boat, kayak and canoe rentals throughout the summer – so you can get out on the pond and up close to those cute little duckies. (Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society; 403.346.0055)
  • Get in the Holiday Spirit at Westerner Park

    Sylvan Lake Scratch

    Ho ho hold my bags, dear, I’m still shopping: Red Deer’s annual Christmas craft sale.

    It’s time to make your list and check it twice – Westerner Park’s annual Christmas Bazaar is back on Dec 1 & 2.

    Mark your calendar

    From 10 am to 5 pm on Sat and 11 am to 3 pm on Sun, the park’s Prairie and Parkland Pavilions will be filled to the rafters with goodies from over 200 vendors.

    Local favourites will be there

    You’ll find everything on your list from one-of-a-kind scarves for the nieces and handmade jewellery for your mother-in-law to gourmet treats for your spoiled rotten pets and locally made art and pottery (just for you!).

    Local Farmer’s Market favourites Country House Kitchen will be onsite with their jumbo cookies and fresh Bundt cakes and Sylvan Lake’s Scratch will bring their yummy bars and cupcakes (check out their Facebook page for pics of their luscious treats.) Lamber Baby Company, another local area business, will be offering funky baby gear for your tiny fashionistas-in-training – I mean, how adorable are babies in leg warmers?

    Rest your weary gift bags

    I’m sure hubby will look after the bags and linger over the paper at the concessions (which will be open during the bazaar) as long as you bribe him with homemade baking – I’m thinking Chocolate mint Nanaimo bars? You’ll need a coffee break after your power-shop too – being incredibly generous is very hard work.

    Bring a donation

    Admission is either a perishable food item for the Red Deer Food Bank or a cash donation to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau. Paid parking is available onsite.

    For more information, visit

    Photo: Scratch – Homemade Snacks and Sweets