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.
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 Winter Trails Map >
Exercising outside is easy and enjoyable thanks to an extensive paved trail system that is beloved by joggers and walkers, much of which is cleared of snow in the winter. Outdoor gym facilities are located at various places along the trail system along with benches, playgrounds and picnic areas.
Most trails are accessible 24 hours a day. River Bend hours are 9:00 am – 9:00 pm in the winter.
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
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
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
6300 Cronquist Drive
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.
6330 45 Ave
When the temperature drops, there’s lots of temptation to stay in and plan your events around whether or not you’ll be close to a major heat source. Fortunately, there’s plenty of great reasons to do the polar opposite and opt to spend a weekend in Red Deer putting the ‘physical’ in ‘outdoor physical activity.’ For accommodations, you won’t find better than the combo Motel 6/Days Inn located right off the QEII. They’re conveniently located close to a myriad of shopping, dining
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