Ten things to do this Thanksgiving – October 09 – 12, 2020

Family taking a selfie in front of a corn maze
  1. If you are looking for somewhere to go for Thanksgiving or family is over, and you don’t feel like cooking, then come on down to The Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch for their Five Course Thanksgiving Dinner featuring fall flavours and local products. They have three seating at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm. October 9-12 reservations are a must, so call ahead at 403-347-4977, email
    Hot Chocolate at Heritage Ranch

    Hot Chocolate & Alix Chips

    info@heritageranch.ca or book online.

  2. Heritage Ranch also has space available for their Friends and Family Fall Carriage Ride & Dining Experience,  Friday through Sunday, a one hour private Horse Carriage Ride through the beautiful Fall Trails of Heritage Ranch. Dinner included so much fun!
  3. t’s Pumpkins days at Kraays Family Farm, so gather the family together, get lost in the corn maze, ride the Grain Train through the corn and pumpkin patch or try your hand at the Pumpkin Blaster, so much fun. Just remember you must book ahead for a timed slot as the weekends get busy. Reminder, they are closed on Sunday but open on Thanksgiving Day.
  4. The family has arrived, and you still have some shopping left to do, make sure you head down to The Market at Red Deer this Saturday, opened 8 am to 12 pm. Final Market of the season, and a great time to visit the local vendors for some fresh farm produce or maybe a pumpkin pie or two for Thanksgiving dinner.
  5. Did you know the Pitch ‘N Putt a nine golf course in Great Chief Park is open this Thanksgiving Weekend, a great time to get a little golf practice in while you wait for Turkey to cook and its only $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids! Wow!
  6. You are cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and you need to get the kids out of the house. Why not bring them down
    Fresh flowers and melons at the Public Market

    Fresh Flowers at the Public Market

    to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, they are opened all weekend, including the holiday, and with all the fun interactives, they will never be bored. Did you know there is even an area for the five and under, so much fun!

  7. The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery have two new Exhibitions, Powwow! Ohciwin The Origins and back by popular demand Anne Frank: A History for Today. They are open for bookings this Friday and Saturday, so please go to their website Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, to pre-book for a specific time to ensure numbers and social distancing.
  8. If you still need your pumpkins for Halloween, then head down to The Jungle Farm for U- Pick pumpkins or check out their store; they are also open holiday Monday from 11 am – 5 pm, don’t miss out.
  9. Fort Normandeau is closing for the season, so here is your last chance to wander around the grounds this weekend and maybe have a picnic if the weather is nice. You can check out the interpretive centre. Their theatre features an excellent 12-minute film on the Red Deer Crossing story, or wander through the exhibits indoors and out while marvelling at the artifacts reminiscent of the days past. Hours this weekend will be 12 pm -5 pm, October 10 – 12, admission is by donation.
    Gates of Fort Normandeau

    Fort Normandeau

  10. Have you ever tried axe throwing? If not, we have two places in Red Deer’s Backyard that can accommodate you, The Wood Shed – Axe Throwing in Sylvan Lake features digital lanes and projector based targets that offer interactive games and scoring. True North Axe Throwing, located in Downtown Red Deer, is a short drive for a stress-relieving break. Both require reservations, so make sure you call or text True North, or if it’s The Wood Shed, they offer online bookings. It’s a fun activity for anyone ten or older.

For more information and things to do as you Explore Red Deer’s Backyard, check out our Events Calendar at visitreddeer.com.

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