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.
Red Deer, AB. August 1, 2017:
Great Rides: There are more than 110 km of trails inside the City of Red Deer, and they have proven to be quite popular. Many visitors and locals alike enjoy riding along the Red Deer River and through beautiful Waskasoo Park and Heritage Ranch. Red Deer’s trails are uncrowded and scenic, and the trail system can be accessed from every major road and neighbourhood in the city. In fact, it’s possible to walk, run or cycle from one end of Red Deer on the trails to another without using a major roadway.
Kerry Wood Nature Centre Naturalist Walks: 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.
You’ll Never Walk Alone: 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.
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 flower focus group walks, which take place every third Wednesday from September to November and January to April.
Trans Canada Trail: Central Alberta is well known as a go-to destination for trail users. As such, Red Deer and the surrounding area is heavily included on the Trans Canada Trail. Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County have each completed sections of the Trans Canada Trail which will be officially connected all across Canada in late August, 2017.
A large portion of the Red Deer trail system is included on the Trans Canada Trail, in areas such as Heritage Ranch, Bower Ponds, Bower Woods and Three Mile Bend. Paths along Taylor Drive north are also included, and connect to the next lag of the trail in Blackfalds and Lacombe.
The Blackfalds Abbey Centre has the honour of being the only place in Canada where the Trans Canada Trail travels indoors. The Trans Canada Trail goes right through the centre of the field house and walkers can head up to the second level to enjoy all the features of this unique section of the Trans Canada Trail.
The Central Alberta Regional Trails Society has worked with the City Of Red Deer and area municipalities to build these trails in Central Alberta.
Cross Country Skiing: Old man winter won’t get in the way of enjoying the trails year round. In the winter season, some portions of these trails are converted into cross country skiing routes. This gives residents a perfect skiing option without ever leaving the city, and gives visitors a less crowded experience while still near urban amenities. The city of Red Deer maintains 3 different ski loops in the city at Heritage Ranch, the River Bend Recreation Area, and at Great Chief Park.
Pursuit Adventures: 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.