In the Red Deer region, we embrace the fluffy stuff with fun outdoor adventures that welcome Old Man Winter. We invite visitors to come experience our winter-loving ways, because every hardy Central Albertan knows this one simple secret – cold can be cool.
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside and experience the outdoors during the winter. Head out for an afternoon on the Waskasoo Park Trails with the family!
Red Deer has more than 30 km of regularly groomed and maintained cross country skiing trails within the city. No need for expensive lift passes or planning a whole day on the mountain, just grab your skis and go!
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing are low-impact winter recreational activities suitable for individuals of all ages. As a bonus, equipment is relatively inexpensive and access to most facilities is free. Head to Kerry Wood Nature Centre and snowshoe through Waskasoo Park. You can rent snowshoes at Kerry Wood Nature Centre and head out on your own or join a guided tour at the nature centre. Even in winter, the sanctuary is remarkably alive and naturalist guides will help you discover animal tracks and other interesting signs of activity.
There are more than 30 km of groomed cross country ski trails right in the City of Red Deer. The majority of the city’s ski trails are centered in the Heritage Ranch/Great Chief Park area and the Riverbend Golf and Recreation Area, the premier cross country ski venue in Red Deer and Central Alberta.
Shorter trail loops are also provided at Barrett Park, the Red Deer College and a few school playgrounds. Other track set trails can be found around Central Alberta with the two most notable areas being the JJ Collett Natural Area near Lacombe and Jarvis Bay Provincial Park near Sylvan Lake. Red Deer’s Nordic ski community is very active and has events throughout the year.
We are a family friendly recreation centre serving the public park of Bower Ponds. From paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking and water balls, to ice skating, board games and hot chocolate, we offer a wide selection of family fun! For more details visit our website.
4715 Fountain Drive
The River Bend Golf and Recreation Area is a park node within the forested parkland and nestled next to the winding Red Deer River. In the winter, trails within the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area are groomed for both classic and skate skiing, and other multi-use activities including winter biking, snowshoeing and walking. In 2017 trails were widened, a stadium area and media/timing cabin were constructed, and the biathlon range was renovated. The golf course features an 18 hole championship
6700 RiverBend Drive
Heritage Ranch is a locally owned and operated business. Our fully licensed restaurant, the Westlake Grill, combined with the central location (easily accessible from both the QE2 and the city of Red Deer) makes us the ideal meeting place. PACKAGES Try some romance at the Ranch. We’ve created intimate Date Packages designed to help you reconnect with that someone special. Our Chef’s Table Package offers the ultimate dining experience for you and your special someone, complete with wine
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Red Lodge Provincial Park, about 120 km (75 mi) north of Calgary, offers riverside camping in a mature spruce forest. Set up camp and swim, paddle or fish for trout, burbot and white fish in the Little Red Deer River. On this site on the shore of Little Red Deer River an English settler named Mr. Crichley had a craftsman build him a large log home. The logs were painted red, thus Red Lodge became the name of his ranch and later, the name of this park. 67 unserviced campsites and 39 powered (15/3
Red Lodge Provincial Park
Let’s face it, when the mercury plunges and nature wraps itself in a thick, snowy blanket, there is some temptation to stay inside and slip into hibernation mode. Fortunately, there are also plenty of tempting reasons to get outside and embrace the season – snow and all. Grab your toque and try some of these cool ways to make friends with Old Man Winter. Downhill Skiing. Just 10 minutes east of the city, Canyon Ski Resort is the largest non-mountain downhill ski resort in Alberta. The 28
Don’t let the snow keep you inside this month. There’s lots of events and activities around Red Deer to help cure the winter blues. Ski, Board and Tube Canyon Ski Resort is home to a whole host of winter fun. Their latest addition is the Snow Tubing Park. Open 5-9PM Fridays and 1-5PM on weekends, the park gives riders the fun of tubing without the whole “walking back up the hill” thing. The park features two groomed lanes, banked corners and a dedicated tubing lift to take you bac
Love the winter weather? Want to get out more this winter? Here are some things we recommend: 1) Get out and stretch your legs by exploring Red Deer's beautiful Trail System! 2) Plan an awesome date. Enjoy a wonderful winter night sleigh ride and romantic dinner at Heritage Ranch. 3) Hit the slopes at Albert's largest non-mountain resort - Canyon Ski Resort. They also have a tube park, which is great for families! 4) Gather your friends, go skating and have a wintertime campfire at