Sylvan Lake: A Destination for All Seasons

Sylvan Lake Winter

Many people flood the town of Sylvan Lake in the summer months, it is one of the most popular recreation destinations in Alberta. Don’t underestimate it as a destination for the cooler months though, there is also plenty to do in the fall and winter. For the relaxation type Yoga is a great way to relax physically, mentally and spiritually. … Read More

Jazz at the Lake: Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Setting

The Brothers Landreth

Jazz at the Lake is an annual three-part (spring, summer, fall) festival that brings in buttery smooth musicians like The Brothers Landreth, a Canadian band from Manitoba. This four-man band features a harmonica, slide guitar, drums and 27 years of musical diversity. You can see them at The Jazz at the Lake “Autumn Leaves” concert on September 23rd, 2016. The … Read More

Keeping The Trade Alive: The Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum

Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum

Open Farm Days is a two-day agricultural celebration where farms and businesses across Alberta open their doors to the public. In 2016, many Central Alberta locations took part in the festivities. Here’s a look at one particular experience… Walking into the century-old Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum is like stepping into a time-capsule to 1902 Central Alberta. The Museum – which … Read More

An Open Farm Days Tour of The Jungle Farm

Open Farm Days is a two-day agricultural celebration where farms and businesses across Alberta open their doors to the public. In 2016, many Central Alberta locations took part in the festivities on August 20th & 21st. A commonality throughout Open Farm Days host locations is passion, and this farm did not disappoint. The Jungle Farm is filled with authentic family fun … Read More

5 Unique Facts about the Village of Alix

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum

Alix is a village in Central Alberta with a big appetite for adventure. It’s a quaint beauty of a neighbourhood and its mascot happens to be an alligator. If you’re a fan of staying active, Alix is certainly calling for a visit with its variety of sports offerings. Here’s five facts you probably didn’t know about Alix, Alberta. Alix was … Read More

Mix business with pleasure at the Best Western Plus Red Deer

Best Western Plus Red Deer

Take care of business and make your family happy at the welcoming Best Western Plus Inn and Suites in Red Deer. We call this getaway: family business – highlights include: your quick and successful business thing, an afternoon of bouncing on a trampoline and goofing around together all evening in the pool. Close to your business From here at the … Read More

Exploring Delburne along Alberta’s Boomtown Trail

Anthony Henday Museum | Delburne Alberta

Whether you’re taking the scenically short drive 30 minutes east of Red Deer on highway 595 or making your way down the meandering iconic Boomtown Trail – the Village of Delburne is a great destination for a Central Alberta drive. Good food options, a friendly attitude, boomtown history and Central Alberta prairie views make Delburne a unique daytrip opportunity. Here … Read More

Sylvan Lake: Adventures on the Water

Sylvan Lake water fun

For many, Sylvan Lake beckons as a crown jewel of summer fun. An enticing drive given, given the community’s central location, and as a recreational hub, there’s nothing quite like it in Alberta. With the summer fast upon us, it has fast become the it place to be has begun. With that in mind, here’s a few things happening in … Read More

Exploring History & Culture in Central Alberta

Red Deer History and Culture

Red Deer’s a city that wears its history proudly. Heritage is a running theme that weighs heavily over the city’s arts and culture – that is, the past, present, future and how they all collide in local culture. Today you can see that in the explosion of culture in the city – here’s a list of examples you can find … Read More

Make everybody happy at the Best Western Plus

You been travelling for hours with your kids/team/boss and you’re feeling weary/pumped/out-of-small-talk. Just then, lucky you pull into the Best Western Plus, just off Hwy 2 in Red Deer. A friendly, welcoming face greets you – checks you into a clean comfortable room with free Wi-Fi, access to the onsite pool and a whole staff ready to go the extra … Read More

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Stephansson House

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, central Alberta was home to one of the greatest Icelandic poets of all time. The journey from Iceland to the North-West Territories (what is now Alberta) took pioneers through the Dakota territory. In an effort to escape drought conditions, many settlers looked north for more favourable surroundings. About 50 Icelanders had come to … Read More

Three Central Alberta golf days to dream about

The Nursery Golf & Country Club

Just think, in a few hours, you’ll race out of this cubicle into the summer sun, warm breeze and your lucky plaid golf shorts. Soon you’ll be out on the green, in the zone, where you belong. Until then, here are three of Central Alberta’s best courses to feed your office daydreams. Gleniffer Lake Resort and Country Club The Glennifer … Read More

Celebrate Summer in Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake Canada Day

Summer in Sylvan Lake means toes in the soft sand, ice cream, Canada Day celebrations, outdoor movies and making art in the park. Wait, did I mention ice cream? Here are nine ways to enjoy Central Alberta’s most popular beach town this July. Sandy beach and ice cream One of the very best things about Sylvan – and what makes it … Read More

The Kraay Family Farm gets ready for Summer!

Kraay Family Farm 2016

The Kraay family is busy preparing the farm for lots of guests. They’re painting, building new play-structures, tuning up the hard-working grain train, setting a few thousand pumpkin plants – some to carve, some to eat, some to shoot out of a cannon. They’re settling all the animals in their summer homes and making a place where everyone can play. … Read More

Beach town story: Sylvan Lake’s historical walking tour

Sylvan Lake History

By 1913, the year that Sylvan Lake became a village, Alberta’s most popular beach town was already a summer destination for visitors from across the province. Families owned and rented cottages, sailed in regattas, dove off two 500-foot wooden piers and swooshed down a 16-foot playground slide installed in the shallow waters between. Grab a historical walking map and take … Read More

Birding, Above All

Red Deer Nature

Fall and spring migration is a time when the woods are alive with the twittering of warblers and sparrows, the beaches are dotted with shorebirds, and many wetlands are abundant with geese and ducks. Patrolling these restless flocks are Peregrine Falcons and other majestic birds of prey. Some of the early migrants, such as Horned Larks and Mountain Bluebirds, arrive … Read More

Springtime Fun in Red Deer

Chedda Heads

Spring has sprung in beautiful Red Deer. Shake off that winter rust and enjoy the newfound nice weather in Central Alberta’s cultural hub. Any time of year, visitors flock to Red Deer to explore the city’s cultural offerings, diverse culinary scene, and unique recreational activities. The city’s parks and gardens are starting to come into full bloom, always a highlight … Read More

Take the Family on an Adventure in Central Alberta

Spring has sprung and that means summer is just around the corner. With the sun not setting till much later in the evening there’s more time for you and your family to get out and explore Central Alberta’s adventurous side. Round up the kids, jump in the car, and set off on an exciting adventure in Central Alberta. Let’s get … Read More

1913 Days: Celebrate with Sylvan Lake

 Celebrate the birthday of one of Western Canada’s most popular resort towns, Sylvan Lake. Join Sylvan Lake for 1913 Days June 10 – 15, 2016 to celebrate the 103rd birthday of this picturesque resort town less than 20 minutes outside of Red Deer, Alberta. You can expect community barbeques and garage sales, parades and street festivals, buskers, food trucks, and … Read More