The Red Deer region is well known for its remarkable trail system and its commitment to preserving nature and wildlife. It was here in Red Deer in 1924 that Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary was established on almost 118 hectares of protected land within the city limits. Today there are more than 100 kilometres of trails inside the city and almost 3,000 kilometres more in the region connecting communities and people with nature.
Red Deer made Expedia's list of The 34 Most Breathtaking Places in North America - in part due to our extensive trail system. The writer went as far as to say: "One of the best features of Red Deer is that you can just as easily enjoy the lively downtown area as the great outdoors. It’s the latter category that really makes the town stand out, with Maskepetoon Park as the local favourite."Have Local Trail Questions? Send us a Facebook Message >
October 15, 2015
The fall season brings changing colours, cooler temperatures and a whole of things to do outside. Why not head out for a nature hike or check out some of the activities going on at the local recreation facility. Parks and Recreation – Not Just a TV Show! The City of Red Deer Recreation, Parks, and Culture department has been providing … Read More
July 31, 2015
Close Encounters It was sometime after midnight and Judy Boyd, an avid birder, was sitting inside the observation tower at Medicine River Wildlife Centre with other local birders listening to a cacophony of sounds coming from the surrounding Boreal Forest. The group was participating in something called “The Big Sit” and the concept was simple – find a good spot for bird watching, sit in that spot for … Read More
March 14, 2014
While Central Alberta cannot rival such places as the Amazon Rainforest or Costa Rice for bird numbers and variety, the region is richly endowed with a wide diversity of bird species. Finding these wild creatures is just a matter of knowing where and when to look. Fall and spring migration is a time when the woods are alive with the … Read More
Come for our extensive trail system, stay for the experience. Located midway between Calgary & Edmonton - Red Deer is the destination to unwind, relax and explore!