Red Deer is the big city hub for a remarkably diverse area that encompasses four of the seven natural regions that are found in Alberta. Early explorers like David Thompson and Anthony Henday passed through this part of Alberta and recognized its importance. Take a driving tour of the Red Deer region and explore local attractions along the way. The possible experiences are as diverse as the area itself and all are just a short drive away.
Located on plenty of parkland acreage and offering newfound opportunities for animals unable to return to the wild, Discovery Wildlife Park looks to provide experiences for the general public looking to understand more about the world of animal conservation.See Their Hours >
There’s no shortage of fun activities in Sylvan Lake, 24 km west of Red Deer. Walk along the boardwalk and beach, explore the lighthouse and enjoy some great food at restaurants around the city. There are a ton of great mobile food vendors in town for Food Truck Thursdays and buskers at various spots around town. Rent a paddleboard or boat, race go-karts, play mini-golf or try out the new Aqua Splash water obstacle course right on the lake.
The vibrant and lively Town of Blackfalds is only 12 kilometres north of Red Deer. Be sure to visit the recently constructed Abbey Centre with an outdoor aquatic centre, running track, fitness area, field house, and arena. It also includes a massive 2,600 square foot indoor play space for children. There’s also various trails, parks, and an off-leash dog park available, all perfect options to keep active while in Blackfalds.
North of Red Deer on AB 2A is Lacombe, the Mural Capital of Alberta. Visit Ellis Bird Farm and learn about the birds in your own backyard. Get lost in a corn maze and enjoy the animals and adventures at Kraay Family Farm. Go for a hike through JJ Collett natural area. Visit the arboretum, wander the lovely grounds and see Alberta’s only weed garden at the Lacombe Agricultural Research Centre. Spend a day building sandcastles at Aspen Beach Provincial Park.
The town of Innisfail is just 15 minutes south of Red Deer on Highway 2. There’s no shortage of family-friendly things to see including a visit to Discovery Wildlife Park, the RCMP Dog Service Training Centre, the Double Tree Village Museum and the Historical Village. Innisfail has several local galleries, events and many golf courses in and around town.
35 km southwest of Red Deer sits Markerville. It may be a small hamlet, but it packs a lot of history and is a big draw for visitors. Markerville’s most famous resident was Stephan G. Stephansson, whose home is now a Provincial Historical Site located just north of town. Markerville is also home to the Historic Markerville Creamery Museum and the annual Taste Of Markerville event held each summer. Markerville is not far from the Danish Canadian Museum and the Dickson Store Museum in Spruce View.
40 km east of Red Deer, Delburne is located in the scenic Parkland region providing a peaceful rural retreat with plenty of country charm. Explore Delburne’s pioneer past while touring a coal mine exhibit, one room school, and a CN train station. Or head over to Fawn Meadows Golf and Country Club for a round of golf or delicious meal in their fully licensed restaurant.
From Red Deer, the gateway west into the Rocky Mountains is along Highway 11, better known as the David Thompson Highway. This area has numerous hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and photo opportunities. About 85 kilometres west of Red Deer is the town of Rocky Mountain House. The town itself is home to scenic walking trails, the Rocky Museum, and an upbeat downtown area. The Rocky Mountain House Historical Site is just southwest of town, along the North Saskatchewan River. The museum outlines the history of early Métis culture with interpreters and interactive adventures.
The Town of Stettler can be found on Highway 12 about 90 kilometres straight east of Red Deer. Stettler prides itself on being a small town with city style amenities and great attractions. One of the most popular is the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, which take visitors on a steam train experience that departs and returns back to Stettler. Other attractions include a historical downtown walking tour, the Stettler Recreation Centre, the P&H Elevator, and the Town and Country Museum.
Located in Lacombe County. Settled in the heart of Alberta, with over 40 amenities and attractions, is the Kraay Family Farm: your destination for world famous adventure and FARMtastic fun all season long! Get lost in the 15 acre corn maze, test your ninja skills on the obstacle course, jump your sillies out on the jumping pillows and pumpkin pad, battle with family and friends at the OK Corral, shoot the pumpkin cannon, visit with the animals, watch the pig races and MUCH more. Make your way to
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Located in Innisfail. Discovery Wildlife Park is a refuge for orphaned and unwanted wildlife. We provide “forever” homes for animals who are not able to be returned to the wild. Located on 90 acres of parkland and offering educational opportunities for schools and the general public about wildlife, conservation and our role as animal caretakers. Daily animal presentations are included with your admission, so everyone can take part and learn more about these issues. Many amenities are
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Located in Rocky Mountain House. Nine Aboriginal Cultures, Five Forts, Two Companies…One Great Site! Rocky Mountain House…the forts are gone but the name remains. This is a story of trade, exploration and competition, but above all it is a story of people! Hike interpretive trails, take photos of the bison herd or try on period costumes in the exhibit gallery. Learn to make bannock or dream catchers; or play traditional games and picnic near the play fort. Bring the school to experience age
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Located in Lacombe County, Ellis Bird Farm is both a working farm as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm during the summer months, when we are open to the public. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, see the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest boxes, take a tour out to our bluebird trail, visit the Visitor Centre and lin
When it's hot out - Sylvan Lake is the perfect place to head! From delicious ice cream to a variety of amazing water sports, the opportunities to beat the heat are endless. Here are the top tips for keeping cool in #SylvanLake: 1. Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash is the first open-water park in Alberta. This new tourist attraction represents the evolution of water play! The large open water obstacle course includes a 15-foot tower, oversized trampoline, wiggle bridge, sli
For many Canadians, road tripping is the ultimate holiday and Red Deer region has a lot to offer to those who want to get behind the wheel and explore. We admit it. Red Deer’s Gasoline Alley is a great stop for road trippers. But if that’s all visitors see of this vibrant part of Alberta, they are really missing out. Those who venture into Alberta’s third largest city discover a municipality surrounded by green spaces and wonderful attractions, festivals and fairs... and did we mention
Open Farm Days is a two-day agricultural celebration where farms and businesses across Alberta open their doors to the public. In 2016, many Central Alberta locations took part in the festivities. Here’s a look at one particular experience... Walking into the century-old Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum is like stepping into a time-capsule to 1902 Central Alberta. The Museum - which is located on the original shop site, is full of antique equipment, operational tools, trade artifacts and year