Central Alberta shines as a destination for trail lovers. Urban municipalities and local user groups have been working together through an organization called the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society to plan and build trails throughout Central Alberta. In Red Deer alone, there are more than 110 km or trails within the city. It was here in 1924 that Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary was established on almost 118 hectares of protected land within the city limits. Peaceful, scenic and easily accessible – visitors and locals alike enjoy our excellent hiking and walking trails.
The City of Red Deer offers comprehensive information detailing hiking trails within the park system.
The trails behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre lead through the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Canada’s oldest migratory bird sanctuary. Visitors can join a naturalist for a guided walk along the trails and slip behind a bird blind and get a closer look at the birds in the sanctuary.
Central Alberta is home to a young and active population. There are two hiking clubs that meet regularly for group hikes in Central Alberta and beyond. If you don’t like to hike alone, you can join the Red Deer Ramblers or the Central Alberta Mountain Club on a scheduled hike, presentation or training session.
Red Deer’s newest tour operator, Pursuit Adventures, can show visitors around the trails in Red Deer and delivers guided expeditions around Central Alberta and into Alberta’s West Country.
Red Deer’s year-round home for natural history and environmental education. Exhibits, demonstrations, events, programs and Alberta’s first nature playground, the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove ensures something for everyone. Since 1924, the Sanctuary has been protected as a federal migratory bird sanctuary. 5 km of trails, a bird blind and viewing decks leads you to a variety of habitats.
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Information Since 2010 we’ve been offering small group adventures in Central Alberta. Keeping our group smalls makes for a more personal experience and let’s you enjoy the comfort that comes with a professional guide who knows the area well so that you can focus on your adventure while we take care of the rest. Join a small group tour on Saturdays and select dates or book a private tour any day of the week. Summer Adventures Guided day hikes in David Thompson Country (available from Red Dee
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Red Lodge Provincial Park, about 120 km (75 mi) north of Calgary, offers riverside camping in a mature spruce forest. Set up camp and swim, paddle or fish for trout, burbot and white fish in the Little Red Deer River. On this site on the shore of Little Red Deer River an English settler named Mr. Crichley had a craftsman build him a large log home. The logs were painted red, thus Red Lodge became the name of his ranch and later, the name of this park. 67 unserviced campsites and 39 powered (15/3
Red Lodge Provincial Park
Central Alberta shines as a trails destination where visitors enjoy more than 110 km of trails inside the City of Red Deer and many more trails in the urban and rural municipalities in the region. The Red Deer Birding Trail: Red Deer’s Birding Trail includes the best trails for bird lovers to explore. Visitors can join the Red Deer River Naturalists on Sunday afternoons from September to May for their free weekly bird focus group walks. Wildflower lovers will enjoy the free f
Bower Ponds A popular destination within Waskasoo Park, Bower Ponds offers a variety of recreation opportunities. Stop by the Pavilion that is equipped with a concession, washrooms and equipment rentals – paddleboats and water balls in summer, and ice skates in winter. Other features of this beautiful park include the Cronquist House (a restored Victorian-style farmhouse built in 1911), a newly renovated outdoor stage that attracts many events each year including Canada Day celebrations, an
Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions. Biking, hiking, jogging, bird watching, picnics and peaceful walks can all be enjoyed in various parks and facilities within the Waskasoo Park trail system. Trail Loops Ranch Loop – 7.5 km Starting at Heritage Ranch and back via Bower Pon