Central Alberta shines as a destination for trail lovers. Urban municipalities and local user groups have been working together through an organization called the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society to plan and build trails throughout Central Alberta. In Red Deer alone, there are more than 110 km or trails within the city. It was here in 1924 that Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary was established on almost 118 hectares of protected land within the city limits. Peaceful, scenic and easily accessible – visitors and locals alike enjoy our excellent hiking and walking trails.
Whether you walk, ski, or snowshoe Red Deer is full of trails that are maintained year round. Grab your scarf and mitts and go!Download The Red Deer Winter Trails Map >
Get out and enjoy Red Deer’s extensive network of trails during the sunny summertime!Download The Red Deer Summer Trails Map >
Get to know Red Deer by bike! Our vast multi-purpose trail system make touring the city by bike a breeze.Download The Red Deer Bike Map >
The City of Red Deer offers comprehensive information detailing hiking trails within the park system.
The trails behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre lead through the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Canada’s oldest migratory bird sanctuary. Visitors can join a naturalist for a guided walk along the trails and slip behind a bird blind and get a closer look at the birds in the sanctuary.
Central Alberta is home to a young and active population. There are two hiking clubs that meet regularly for group hikes in Central Alberta and beyond. If you don’t like to hike alone, you can join the Red Deer Ramblers or the Central Alberta Mountain Club on a scheduled hike, presentation or training session.
Red Deer’s newest tour operator, Pursuit Adventures, can show visitors around the trails in Red Deer and delivers guided expeditions around Central Alberta and into Alberta’s West Country.
Red Deer’s year-round home for natural history and environmental education. Exhibits, demonstrations, events, programs and Alberta’s first nature playground, the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove ensures something for everyone. Since 1924, the Sanctuary has been protected as a federal migratory bird sanctuary. 5 km of trails, a bird blind and viewing decks leads you to a variety of habitats.
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Information Since 2010 we’ve been offering small group adventures in Central Alberta. Keeping our group smalls makes for a more personal experience and let’s you enjoy the comfort that comes with a professional guide who knows the area well so that you can focus on your adventure while we take care of the rest. Join a small group tour on Saturdays and select dates or book a private tour any day of the week. Summer Adventures Guided day hikes in David Thompson Country (available from Red Dee
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Red Deer's beautiful parks and natural areas are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of amazing trails connecting users to green spaces and park attractions. Pack a few snacks or a picnic lunch and stop at one of the many day use areas along the way, sip a coffee while the kids play on one of the playground, or just breathe in the sweet clean air and listen to nature on a peaceful walk. [x_icon_list] [x_icon_list_item type="arrow-right"]Bower Ponds Grab a coffee and head out fo
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 newly renovated outdoor stage that attracts many events each year including Canada Day celebrations, an
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. Trail Loops Ranch Loop – 7.5 km Starting at Heritage Ranch and back via Bower Pon