Happy Trails in Red Deer

Central Alberta shines as a trails destination where visitors enjoy more than 110 km of trails inside the City of Red Deer and many more trails in the urban and rural municipalities in the region.      The Red Deer Birding Trail: Red Deer’s Birding Trail includes the best trails for bird lovers to explore. Visitors can join the Red … Read More

Red Deer Trail Stops

Red Deer Trail Stops

Bower Ponds A popular destination within Waskasoo Park, Bower Ponds offers a variety of recreation opportunities.  Stop by the Pavilion that is equipped with a concession, washrooms and equipment rentals – paddleboats and water balls in summer, and ice skates in winter. Other features of this beautiful park include the Cronquist House (a restored Victorian-style farmhouse built in 1911), a … Read More

Hit the Trails

Red Deer Trails

Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions. Biking, hiking, jogging, bird watching, picnics and peaceful walks can all be enjoyed in various parks and facilities within the Waskasoo Park trail system. … Read More

Connect with Nature

Red Deer Nature

The Red Deer region is well known for its remarkable trail system and its commitment to preserving nature and wildlife. It was here in Red Deer in 1924 that Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary was established on almost 118 hectares of protected land within the city limits. Today there are more than 100 kilometres of trails inside the city and almost 3,000 … Read More

Outdoor Fall Fun in Central Alberta

Kerry Wood Nature Centre

The fall season brings changing colours, cooler temperatures and a whole of things to do outside. Why not head out for a nature hike or check out some of the activities going on at the local recreation facility. Parks and Recreation – Not Just a TV Show! The City of Red Deer Recreation, Parks, and Culture department has been providing … Read More

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

Close Encounters It was sometime after midnight and Judy Boyd, an avid birder, was sitting inside the observation tower at Medicine River Wildlife Centre with other local birders listening to a cacophony of sounds coming from the surrounding Boreal Forest. The group was participating in something called “The Big Sit” and the concept was simple – find a good spot for bird watching, sit in that spot for … Read More

Birding in Central Alberta

While Central Alberta cannot rival such places as the Amazon Rainforest or Costa Rice for bird numbers and variety, the region is richly endowed with a wide diversity of bird species. Finding these wild creatures is just a matter of knowing where and when to look. Fall and spring migration is a time when the woods are alive with the … Read More

Park Trail System

Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions. Biking, hiking, jogging, bird watching, picnics and peaceful walks can all be enjoyed in various parks and facilities within the Waskasoo Park trail system. A … Read More

Hit the Trails – Central Alberta Bicycle Club

Red Deer is home to nearly 100,000 people, and in the recent integrated movement study it was found that nearly 80% of those work within 5km of their home. Evan Harbinson, secretary of the Central Alberta Bicyle Club (CABC), said that knowing how close people work to where they live, it’s curious as to why more people aren’t on bicycles. … Read More