Outdoor Fall Fun in Central Alberta

Kerry Wood Nature Centre

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 a wide variety of facilities and programs to both residents and visitors of Red Deer for years.  These programs and facilities help to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the city and communities surrounding it.  The department is dedicated to providing various recreational opportunities for everyone in the area, are proud to create and maintain the green spaces that make the city so special, and strive to provide community development and programs to support arts and heritage within Red Deer. View the City of Red Deer’s great trail map system!

For Anyone Looking to Perfect Their S’mores Making Skills

If you’re looking to get out of the city for a couple days or even a week, and you love camping, you should definitely check out Elnora Campground.  Located just outside of the Village of Elnora, not far from Red Deer, this campground offers lots of options.  From fully-serviced sites to a large area of un-serviced sites, you can choose if you will camp in style or rough it like your ancestors did.  The park also offers two baseball diamonds, playgrounds, bike trails, a day use area, group camping, free showers, and access to tap water.

Take a Hike and Immerse Yourself in Nature

If you’re looking to get out and become one with nature, be sure to head on over to Waskasoo.  Home to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, the Allen Bungalow, and Historic Fort Normandeau, you can immerse yourself in nature, culture, and history.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre:  At this centre you can experience an extensive program of natural and human history interpretation, take in a special event, or just simply enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer. Open year round, except for Christmas Day of course, Kerry Wood Nature Centre is the perfect outdoor fall activity.

Gaetz Lakes Bird Sanctuary:  Alberta’s oldest federal migratory bird sanctuary, the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is set on almost 122 hectares of protected land and acts as a refuge for native plants and animals.  Explore the five kilometer trail by yourself, with a group, or with one of the centre’s naturalists – they’ll even let you borrow a pair of binoculars.

Allen Bungalow:  The Allen Bungalow is one of the few remaining pre-World War One “grand” houses in Red Deer.  This building is used as residence for the Waskasoo Park naturalists as well as a public meeting facility.

No matter what type of activities you are looking for, the City of Red Deer and surrounding areas have something for everyone.

Photo courtesy of Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Instagram.