CFR Ready Countdown: #7 Explore the Waskasoo Trails

Join us and discover new and exciting things to do in Red Deer during CFR! Our CFR Ready itineraries highlight the must sees and dos in Red Deer and area.

Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta. With over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, walking, and hiking trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at one of the many picnic tables or shelters along the way, sip a coffee, or just breathe in the sweet clean air and listen to the birds on a peaceful walk.

Bower Ponds

4715 Fountain Drive
Grab a coffee and head out for a quiet morning stroll along the ponds. This area features a playground overlooking the Red Deer River and a serenity garden great for a picnic. While you’re there check out the Historic Cronquist House and take advantage of the trails along the river to extend your walk to Heritage Ranch.

Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

The federal Red Deer Migratory Bird Sanctuary, established in 1924, is the oldest of only four bird sanctuaries in Alberta. Follow the Dr. George path (wheelchair accessible) for a 1 km loop with a stop at the bird blind on the west lake or head out for the 4 km hike along the edge of the sanctuary. Take your time to stop and look at the flowers, birds, and wildlife that make their home in this wild refuge in the middle of the city.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre

Red deer’s year-round home for natural history interpretation and environmental education. Exhibits, demonstrations, events, programs, a nature playground and music park, ensures that there is something for everyone!

McKenzie Trails Recreation Area

Once the site of a gravel pit, a dump, and a sawmill, this riverside park is a reclamation success story now showcases paved paths along a lake where Canada Geese next and through a cool spruce forest. This area features some of the oldest trees in Waskasoo Park and offers a natural oasis in the city.