Tourism Week – Outdoor Recreation

Red Deer and its neighbouring communities have an amazing number of outdoor recreational activities for everyone to experience, from the beginner to the elite.  

In the winter, we love to play on the white stuff!

Here in central Alberta we’re lucky to have great locations for downhill skiing, tubing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. 

If it’s the ice you prefer, finding a place to skate, play hockey, or try some ice fishing is not that difficult, as we have a number of outdoor rinks, ponds and lakes to chose from. 

We also have some amazing winter experiences you will never forget.  Whether it’s a horse drawn sleigh ride on a moonlit night, or a rip on a snowmobile on the frozen pond or fat bike ride through our numerous trailsit’ll leave you wanting to come back. 

When the snow melts, watchout, central Alberta starts to heat up.  In the spring, summer, and fall we know how to keep locals and visitors busy.  If it’s sports you like, we have tennis, pickleball, soccer, football, rugby, quidditch, lacrosse, baseball, softball and beach volleyball to name a few.

Oh and did we mention Golf?  Central Alberta is also known for its bounty of golf courses over 80 and we even have one with Canada’s longest hole, 782 yards. 

For something different and fun for the family, there is always mini-golf or Disc Golfwe have numerous courses throughout Red Deer.  If you can pack up your bike for your visit here, then do so!  Biking and Mountain Biking are very popular and with our extensive trail system, over 110 Kms there’s always somewhere to go. 

If it’s the water you like, our lakes, ponds and rivers provide many opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, standup paddle-boarding, waterskiing and much more. If you love fishing Sylvan Lake, Gleniffer Lake, Pine Lake and Gull Lake are the hotspots, or you can cast off in the Red Deer River as they have a wide variety of distinct species including burbot, lake sturgeon, whitefish, walleye, pike, and trout. 

We have so many unique outdoor experiences, from a wildlife park to outdoor rodeos, from bird sanctuaries to horseback trail rides it’s here at Tourism Red Deer.  Whether it’s on horseback, or horse-powered,  on 2 wheels or on 2 feet you’re bound to find something you like. 

These are just a few of the things to do outdoors here in Red Deer and our surrounding communities Red Deer CountyLacombeSylvan Lake, InnisfailStettler, or in our West Country. This week Tourism Red Deer would like to celebrate outdoor recreation and pay tribute to our members that provide us with these opportunities. So let’s get going, it’s time to explore our surroundings, experience new activities and create an adventure of your own, it’s all here in Central Alberta.  

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 

Bower Pond Recreation 

Canyon Ski Resort & Recreation Area 

Discovery Wildlife Park 

Ellis Bird farm 

Heritage Ranch 

JKL Trail Rides 

Mountain Surf Co 

Nursery Golf and Country Club 

Ram River Tours-Ram Rides  

Sun Sport Recreation Ltd 

Waskasoo Environmental Education Society 

Whispering Pines Golf & Country Club Resort 



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