Grab your checkered blanket and get ready summer! Red Deer has an abundance of parks and recreation facilities, so pack up the basket and head out to a park or picnic spot near you.
- Heritage Ranch
Located on 207 acres of municipal land, Heritage Ranch is a great spot for the family to hunker down and enjoy a picnic. With plenty of trails, playgrounds, and a fishing pond you can make a whole day out of it!
Our picnic pairing: Potato salad
- Maskepetoon Park
Named for Cree Chief Maskepetoon, Maskepetoon Park is an ecological gem tucked away in the west end of Red Deer. Take a stroll through the forests and marshlands to observe the diverse wildlife before unpacking your picnic basket for lunch.
Our picnic pairing: Veggies with hummus
- Bower Ponds
Picnicking at Bower Ponds is one of Red Deer’s best kept local secrets. Complete with a playground overlooking the Red Deer River with serenity gardens, natural amphitheatre, and numerous aquatic recreation activities, the whole family is sure to have a day of fun.
Our picnic pairing: Chicken pesto sandwich
- Kiwanis Picnic Park
Aptly named, Kiwanis Park is a fan-favourite of the regular picnickers in Red Deer. This park is connected to the Bower Ponds and Waskasoo Park area by a common recreation trail. Maybe pack a day of snacks and meals for a picnic marathon!
Our picnic pairing: Tomato feta pasta salad
- Fort Normandeau
Looking for a little historic scenery to go along with your picnic? Fort Normandeau is the ingredient you need. You can spend the whole day exploring the interpretive centre and replica of the old fort after your picnic.
Our picnic pairing: Melon and prosciutto skewers
- Rotary Picnic Park
Where better to celebrate International Picnic Day than at Rotary Picnic Park? Enjoy the sun and take in a great view of Red Deer while enjoying a picnic right next to Piper Mountain.
Our picnic pairing: Watermelon and feta salad
- Kin Kanyon
The beautiful, large grass lawns at Kin Kanyon are great for group picnics. Bring along a frisbee to play a game after lunch or some towels to splash in the spray park!
Our picnic pairing: Spinach dip with pita for dipping
These are a few of the areas you can enjoy on International Picnic Day. So pick your park, find a bench or that great shady spot below a tree, and celebrate in Red Deer!