16 Ways You Know Summer Has Arrived in Red Deer

Technically speaking, the first official day of summer is June 21st, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your summer a bit early this year. Here are 16 different ways you can start Summer 2018 off right.

For the History Buff

  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
    Located along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, follow the footsteps of the Indigenous peoples of Alberta, early fur traders, and the legendary explorer David Thompson.
    Opens May 10th
  • Danish Canadian Museum
    Step back in history and enjoy the rich history of Danish settlers in Canada with guided tours and authentic cuisine.
    Opens May 11th
  • Historic Markerville
    Explore the hidden gem of Central Alberta by experiencing the unique culture and history in this traditional Icelandic hamlet. Take a tour of the historic Creamery Museum or enjoy some authentic pylsur.
    Opens May 12th
  • Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site
    Stephen G Stephansson was known as the “Poet of the Rocky Mountains” for his lyrical poems about Alberta’s vast prairies. His 1920s homestead has been transformed into a snapshot in time. Take a tour of the house and learn about Alberta’s link to Iceland.
    Opens May 15th
  • Historic Fort Normandeau
    Located on the banks of the Red Deer River, Historic Fort Normandeau is the original Red Deer Crossing community. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, bring a picnic, or participate in seasonal hands-on activities. Learn about the birth of Red Deer and its vibrant history.
    Opens May 19th

For the Family

  • Discovery Wildlife Park
    Take a walk on the wild side with over 40 different species of animals. New this year, Discovery Wildlife Park wants you to spend a night in their new camp ground!
    Opens May 1st
  • Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
    Board a genuine steam or diesel-powered train for an unforgettable adventure! With different themes and characters enacted throughout the season, there is something for everyone aboard the train.
    Opens May 19th

  • Ellis Bird Farm
    Spend a magical day at this unique working farm that also doubles as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native birds. Complete with a butterfly garden and a network of trails, enjoy a day outdoors with your favourite bird watchers.
    Opens May 21st
  • RCMP Police Dog Service Training 
    Watch RCMP K9 officers in action! Enjoy public training demonstrations every Wednesday between Victoria Day and Labour Day.
    Begins May 21st
  • Sunnybrook Farm Museum
    A farm just like Grandma and Grandpas, this museum celebrates the early days of 19th-century Alberta pioneers and farming. Bring along the family for a day full of fun!
    Opens May 1st
  • Parkland Nursery & Garden Centre
    Although open year round, now is the best time to visit! With a reputation built around hardy, premium plants, seeds, and bulbs, only the best and largest plant species can be found at Parkland!
    Open year round

For the Foodie

  • The Market
    Enjoy this outdoor market every Saturday morning from spring until autumn. The Market is a commercial venue for fresh produce, entertainment, and local vendors.
    Beings May 19th
  • Edgar Farms
    Come explore a working farm and buy delicious, locally grown produce such as asparagus, peas, beans, and other traditional crops and beef. This is produce at its freshest. The Asparagus Festival will also be taking place May 27th, June 3rd, and June 10th.
    Opens mid-May

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

  • Skydive Big Sky
    Looking to do something new this summer—why not try skydiving? Take to the skies and enjoy that rush of adrenaline as you plummet 13,000 ft!
    Opens April 7th
  • Red Deer Lions Campground
    Camping season is on its way and the Lions Campground is open for reservations. A great stay in the heart of Red Deer with the convenience of the city and the beauty of the park.
    Opens May 1st
  • Trenville Park Campground
    Camp right the banks of the Red Deer River surrounded by beautiful river valley scenery and sounds in Central Alberta.
    Opens May 1st