3 Ways to Get Excited for CFR 45

Kraay Family Farm from above

The Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is coming to Red Deer from Oct 30th to Nov 4th, 2018. For six days, Westerner Park will play host as the best Canadian rodeo competitors square up for one final showdown: the chance to be crowned national champions. The CFR turns 45 this year and 2018 marks the first time that the rodeo extravaganza touches … Read More

10 Places to Celebrate Alberta Open Farm Days in Red Deer

Alberta Open Farm Days is a province-wide event that invites anyone and everyone to learn about rural life and experience local foods. This year’s sixth annual event will take place on August 18th – 19th, 2018. Here are some highlights in the Red Deer region: Urban Farm Long Table Dinner August 18th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4847A 19 St, … Read More

12 Places in Central Alberta for Farms, Food, and Fun

If you have a question about growing asparagus in Alberta, Elna Edgar probably has the answer. With all the questions she gets from visitors to her Central Alberta farm, she could start her own Ask Elna column. Elna and Doug Edgar have the largest asparagus operation in Alberta and every year, thousands of people visit their farm to purchase great … Read More

What’s On Your Plate

Red Deer is one of Alberta`s most important agricultural regions and getting back to the farm is a big part of the fun for visitors. With more than 9,100 farms in the region, Central Alberta has agriculture at its backbone. Visitors to Red Deer area find friendly western hospitality, farm fresh food, and remarkable rural activities to enjoy. Fun on … Read More

An Open Farm Days Tour of The Jungle Farm

Open Farm Days is a two-day agricultural celebration in August where farms and businesses across Alberta open their doors to the public. A commonality throughout Open Farm Days host locations is passion, and this farm did not disappoint. The Jungle Farm is filled with authentic family fun that has old and new farm favorites waiting around each corner. We were amazed … Read More

The Kraay Family Farm gets ready for Summer!

Kraay Family Farm 2016

The Kraay family is busy preparing the farm for lots of guests. They’re painting, building new play-structures, tuning up the hard-working grain train, setting a few thousand pumpkin plants – some to carve, some to eat, some to shoot out of a cannon. They’re settling all the animals in their summer homes and making a place where everyone can play. … Read More

Farm Fresh and Fun

Farm Fresh It’s a balmy spring morning and Elna and Doug Edgar are up early getting ready for visitors to arrive at their Central Alberta farm for the annual Asparagus Festival. It’s no small undertaking to host 2,000 visitors over three Sundays at a 6-generation family farm, but the Edgars believe it is important for people to see where their food comes from. “The annual Asparagus Festival … Read More

Equestrian Experiences

Western Heritage Have you ever seen the beauty of a horse dancing in a dressage class? What about the thrill of pony chuckwagons in a championship race? Or the view of the Red Deer River from a classic carriage? Red Deer is in the heart of Central Alberta, and it’s rich in western heritage. What you might not realize, though, … Read More

Nine ways to play on the farm

Kids love the Kraay Family Farm – just half an hour north of Red Deer. They can meet animals, jump, climb and run around in the sunshine. Here are nine ways to play starting in July when the family-run farm opens for the season.   1.Run the corn maze The farm is home to the Lacombe Corn Maze that covers 15 … Read More

Top Ten Red Deer Experiences

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 … Read More