Camping in and around Red Deer

Discovery Wildlife Park Campground

It is never too soon to start thinking about camping and with spring just around the corner now is the time to begin planning. Starting March 4th, Alberta will be opening their Provincial Park Camping Reservations to the public. Camping has become a very popular activity, even more so as a result of COVID-19 social restrictions, you may need to … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesdays with the Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market

Fresh, local and now in Red Deer’s Backyard, the Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market opened its doors to the public just this past November. They are the first indoor, year-round farmers’ market in the Red Deer area and are a family-friendly destination located just to the south of the city, in Gasoline Alley. With approximately 50 small Central Alberta businesses (and … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesdays with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Get Interactive at the AB Sports Hall of Fame

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is interactive and fun, exhibits are always changing with fresh history insight and there are plenty of activities and space for kids of all ages to play. “People often admit that they have forgotten about us,” says Tracey Kinsella, Executive Director. “Many people haven’t been here in so long, some as long as their … Read More

Farm to Table – Canada’s Agriculture Day

DNA Gardens - Delidais Estate Winery

Tuesday, February 23 is Canada’s Agriculture Day it is a day to celebrate more than ever the food we love and the people who produce it. Today we reflect on how important supporting local producers is and thank them for their hard work and dedication to feeding our communities, country and the world – Join us as we raise a … Read More

Love Your Pet Day

Bower Ponds playing in the snow

Pets can be a great source of happiness; they provide unconditional love, constant companionship and make us laugh when we are feeling down. On Love Your Pet Day we would like to take a moment to acknowledge all pets great and small and the good they provide to our mental health and wellbeing. Let’s take a specific look at the … Read More

Family Day – Family Fun

Sledding at Bower Ponds

Family Day weekend is upon us, February 13 – 15 and it is time for us to get out of the house and have a little fun. Here are 10 ways to enjoy Family Day together, as we explore Red Deer’s backyard. 1. Go for a drive, there are so many beautiful communities around Red Deer, from the Town of … Read More

Winter Walk Day – Feb 3, 2021

Winter Trail Walk

It’s Winter Walk Day here in Alberta, a day solely dedicated to getting outdoors and going for a walk, whether it be on your own or with your family. There is something about going for a brisk winter walk that lightens the soul, clears the head, and generally improves your mood. Not to mention that a daily 20-minute walk also … Read More

10 Great Places for Take-out and Delivery

Date Night at Home Package

10 Great Places for Take-out and Delivery Red Deer is home to a multitude of incredible restaurants, lounges, bars, and breweries. With the holiday season behind us, it is more important now than ever to support these local establishments by ordering in and enjoying what specialties they have to offer. Here are a few places to call or order online … Read More

Experience Alberta while supporting STARS

Friends of Starts 50 Amazing Prizes

You could win an exciting Experience Alberta Package while supporting STARS. Many local small businesses and the Alberta tourism industry have stepped up to create some fantastic experience packages. Including local Red Deer & area business; Heritage Ranch, Canyon Ski Hill, Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suites, Earl’s Red Deer, Alberta Sports Hall, Discovery Wildlife Park, Alberta Prairie Railway, Sawback Brewing … Read More

Ice Fishing in and Around Red Deer

Ice Fishing on Sylvan Lake

In our world of social distancing, what could be better than getting outdoors for a little ice-fishing? Just you, the great outdoors, a frozen lake, or pond and plenty of fish, hopefully. In Central Alberta, we have plenty of areas for you to get out and about; we ask that you follow the rules, check local COVID-19 restrictions, and yes, … Read More

On-Line Local Music Scene

Screen capture of Save Our Stage YouTube Video

We are still social distancing, and live music isn’t happening right now, but here is an excellent list of local musical artists put together by Carl Stretton and posted on Red Deer Scene’s Facebook Page. Carl’s done all the leg work; now you can sit back and enjoy. SAVE OUR STAGES ROSS ST. PATIO – SEPT 2020 – Almost 5 … Read More

Enjoying the Outdoors: Part 4 – Snowshoeing in Red Deer

There was a time when snow-shoeing skills were a necessity for many people in Canada. This was particularly true for trappers, fur traders and anyone whose livelihood depended upon the ability to get around in deep snow. Today it is less of a necessity and more of a recreational endeavour for most people. Walker, runners and many outdoor enthusiasts turn … Read More

Enjoying the Outdoors: Part 3 – Cross-country Skiing in Red Deer

Our 3rd outdoor feature takes us out onto our beautiful trails for a little cross-country skiing. Here in Red Deer, we are fortunate to have several spacious areas perfect for your skiing experience. The River Bend Golf and Recreation Area offers access to 19 km of groomed cross-country ski trails surrounded by the beautiful Red Deer River valley. This world-class … Read More

Enjoying the Outdoors: Part 2 – Winter Walking in Red Deer

Take some time for yourself, let those boots do what they were made for and go walkin’. There is something about going for a brisk winter walk that lightens the soul, clears the head, and generally helps to improve your mood. Not to mention, that a daily 20-minute walk also brings a lot of physical health benefits. In Red Deer, … Read More

Enjoying the Outdoors: Part 1 – Ice Skating in Red Deer

Who doesn’t remember their first time on skates or at least the first time staying up on them? The thrill of gliding around a newly shovelled outdoor rink, fingers freezing inside our mittens, frost coated eyelashes sticking to our faces and huge grins because we managed to make it around the rink, without falling. A sport for all ages, from … Read More

10 Things to Keep You Busy Over Christmas

Christmas holidays are upon us and with all of this extra time on your hands, you will likely be looking for things to do! Here are a few ways to keep the spirit of Christmas alive as you Explore Red Deer’s Backyard. The Christmas light displays are prevalent throughout the city of Red Deer, locals have outdone themselves to bring … Read More

Winter Nights & Festive Lights

With long winter nights, come the beautiful festive lights that grace the outside of our homes throughout the Christmas season. This custom was borrowed from Pagan Yule rituals that celebrated the return of light from the sun as the days grew longer after the winter solstice. In Red Deer, you can partake in this season of light by heading outdoors … Read More

Six Festive Things to do This Weekend ~ December 18-20

The Christmas season is upon us and with it comes the hustle and bustle of last-minute shopping, meal preparation and decorating. Amidst all the chaos, it is important now more than ever to slow down, enjoy the outdoors or just relax indoors by a cozy fire with a good book. Until then, here are six suggestions to fill your weekend … Read More

Team Canada trades in sticks for paint brushes while quarantining in Red Deer

TEAM CANADA SELECTION CAMP PLAYERS AND STAFF TRADE IN THEIR STICKS FOR PAINT BRUSHES TO HELP SCORE BIG FOR CHARITY! Tourism Red Deer and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce wish Hockey Canada good luck at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton! We are so proud of our community having been able to support Team Canada … Read More

How to Virtually Enjoy the Holidays

From virtual fitness classes to online market shopping, the new restrictions don’t need to feel, so restricting. Read ahead for some creative offerings by local businesses to make this holiday season enjoyable and virtually safe. The Market at Red Deer has put together a Virtual Winter Market with local vendors from Alberta. This is a great way to support those … Read More