If you were on a flight back home and a tourist seated beside you asked what the Top 10 Experiences are while visiting Red Deer, what would you say?
Here is our first go at ten amazing attractions in Red Deer – we’d love to hear yours!
Hear a loon, at dusk, on McKenzie Trail
“McKenzie Trails Recreation Area is a natural oasis in Red Deer. The area, which features some of the oldest trees in Waskasoo Park, offers a picnic shelter, playground, paved walking trails, and year‐round washroom facilities.
Opportunities to connect with nature abound at McKenzie Trails Recreation Area. From the picnic shelter and playground, you can see Canada geese as they spend the summer raising their young on McKenzie Pond. The walking trails also provide the best location in Red Deer to see the succession of plants from meadow to spruce forest. Plus, visitors are welcome to use the canoe launch, which provides access to the Red Deer River.
McKenzie Trails Recreation Area provides free outdoor opportunities from dawn until dusk, when the gates close. If you are holding an event, such as a family reunion or wedding, you can also book the McKenzie Trails Picnic Shelter to ensure that it is reserved for your needs.
Access to McKenzie Trails Recreation Area is from 55 Street; travel north on 45 Avenue until the road ends.”
Check out the city view from Piper Mountain in Rotary Park
“Rotary Park, one of the most popular parks in Red Deer, has something for everyone. In the wooded area near the main parking lot, you can enjoy a BBQ at one of the many picnic tables and fire pits. You can also book the Rotary Park Picnic Shelter so that it is reserved for your event or function.
On the grassy area to the south of the picnic area, the large Rotary Park playground has activities for children of all ages. This area has more than 50 play activities, including swings, slides, and climbers. The surface under the playground is a Pour in Place rubber covering, which provides an extra element of safety for children as they play.
Rotary Park is surrounded by beautiful scenery. And, for the slightly more adventurous in your group, a short climb up Piper ‘Mountain’ offers a great view of the entire city. Rotary Park is also a part of the Waskasoo Park system and, from the paved trails branching off from the park, you can explore many of the beautiful areas throughout Red Deer.
Rotary Park is located on the corner of 43 Street and 48 Avenue in Red Deer.”
Drink some Huckleberry Lemonade at Cool Beans
Enjoy the delicious Huckleberry Lemonade or grab a cup of joe in what is probably one of the most unique places to sit and socialize – a double decker bus! According to their website, it looks like they will be located at Collicutt Centre until mid‐June.
Cool Beans a family owned and operated local business!
Try a Brown Sugar Mama cupcake from Babycakes Cupcakery
“New York’s got ‘em, London’s got ‘em, Hollywood’s got ‘em, Vancouver’s got ‘em, Calgary and Edmonton’s got ‘em, and now Red Deer has its very own, independently owned cupcakery!
Babycakes Cupcakery is Red Deer’s premiere specialty bakeshop featuring an assortment of delicious gourmet cupcakes. Whether you require one cupcake or one hundred, come on in and sit down in our fun, retro‐modern diner atmosphere while you place your order!”
The Brown Sugar Mama cupcake features a dark brownie with brown sugar frosting, Mmm!
Devour the Mac and Cheese at the Holiday Inn South
Every family has a traditional, home cooked Mac and Cheese recipe that everyone loves to go back for seconds for. Try a delicious Mac and Cheese while you’re on holiday at the Boulevard
Restaurant and Lounge at Holiday Inn South in Red Deer, where their award winning chef will make Grandma’s recipe proud!
Dip into Westerner Park’s famous soft serve ice cream
When you watch food shows on television, they always seem to find the best ice cream in a place that you wouldn’t necessarily expect it – enter our very own Westerner Park! The next time you check out a local event here, be sure to try their soft ice cream!
Relax on Discovery Canyon’s mini river float
“Discovery Canyon Park is a seasonal water park located beside RiverBend Golf and Recreation Area. It features a natural river‐fed water pool, playground area, concession and washrooms.
On a hot summer day, enjoy bubbling pools of water, trickling rivulets and a spray pool at the bottom of the canyon. Rent an inflatable tube or bring your own!”
Climb Mount Everest in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
“The museum has a number of interactive games including a multi‐sport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football hockey and soccer. The participant uses real equipment and kicks, shoots or throws at a virtual screen. We also have a Treadwall Climbing Wall and Golf Putting area to challenge you!”
Take an evening carriage ride through Heritage Ranch
“Our carriage/sleigh rides offer the unique experience of riding behind a team of powerful horses combined with beautiful woodland scenery. Combine your carriage ride with a lunch or dinner from our great ranch style restaurant and you have the perfect day or evening out!”
Spot a Blue Herron from the bird blinds at Kerry Wood Nature Centre
“The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is an approximately 1,036 sq. metre (11,154 sq. ft.) nature centre adjacent to the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, a municipally‐owned 118 hectare park and federal migratory bird sanctuary. The Nature Centre is open year‐round.”
Source: http://www.waskasoopark.ca/Kerry-Wood-Nature-Center.html (Note: There is audio on this page. Check your speaker volume!)