Summer is here and for those staying home we have some great ways you can enjoy yourself.
Our trails are a great place to start, with more than 110 kilometers of soft and hard surface trails, you will have no problem biking, hiking or simply going for a walk as you discover the beautiful parks that connect.
The sun is shining and there is nothing better than a picnic in the park and in Red Deer we have an abundance of them. Here are a few great places, so do not forget to gather those in your social bubble and make a day of it.
The Red Deer River on a hot summer’s day is the perfect place to go paddling in your canoe, kayak or maybe let the river take you as you float down in a raft or tube. Don’t forget your binoculars as you might catch a glimpse of some American White Pelicans or maybe a moose, so exciting. Bower Ponds Recreation area with their paddle boats, canoes and kayaks for rent is another fun place to go, as you tour around the beautiful waterways. The geese will be there also, so just beware, their droppings are everywhere.
If Bird Watching is your thing then come to central Alberta as its home to a wide diversity of bird species. You might want to pop by The Ellis Bird Farm a great place to enjoy the birds and stroll the trails or maybe check out the Medicine River Wildlife Centre, their 20-minute Nature Trail leads to an observation Tower overlooking 75 acres of wetland. You might even get to meet Otis the Owl as his flight cage is next to the playground. Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary set on 122 hectares of protected land is also great for bird watching with its five kilometers of trail and Bird Blind Viewing Deck. Fun fact is it also Alberta’s oldest federal Migratory bird Sanctuary.
Shopping anyone? The stores are open and Red Deer has a great many locally owned shops and services. Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre not only has a vast array of garden supplies and plants it has a giftware section featuring a selection of local products. If you are unable to get to the outdoor Market at Red Deer happening every Saturday morning or the Downtown Red Deer Market every Wednesday afternoon, then check out the Artisan Food Market on Ross , it carries a lot of the local products you will find at the outdoor markets. Places like Edgar Farms are all about home grown goodness and their country store has everything from grass feed Angus Beef, sweet and tender Asparagus, handmade preserves and much more. Our two malls Bower Place and Parkland Mall great for shopping and on that hot summers day oh so cool.
Red Deer Golfing
Nothing speaks summer quite like camping and Red Deer offers plenty of natural escapes, some within the comfort city limits, while others are deep in the backcountry bush here are some of the campgrounds we love to explore. Make sure you check their rules as some campgrounds only accept fully contained units due to Covid.
Local Attractions + Experiences
Although the festivals are put on hold this year why not try out one of our Museums, educational, fun and oh so cool. Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is family friendly, interactive and a celebration of Alberta’s sporting history. They also have a new look, so come on down to check it out. If you want to learn about our cities history and take in some of talented artists in the area, then come on down to The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, though make sure you checkout their website for reopening information as you must book your visit online. Sunnybrook Farm Museum is another interesting part of our history as you can explore Red Deer’s Oldest farm. They will be opening all the buildings and bringing back the animals for your viewing pleasure starting Saturday July 4.Talking about history being bought back to life Historic Fort Normadeau with its exhibits, heritage garden, and teepees let your imagination soar as you learn about the three founding cultures: the Cree and Blackfoot people, the Metis Buffalo Hunters and the early Europeans who settled in the area.
Food, Drinks + Nightlife
Summer wouldn’t be summer without dining Al Fresco and you can’t go wrong in Red Deer with places like Bo’s Bar and Stage, or maybe head downtown for some great Italian cuisine at La Casa Pergola , with their intimate outdoor patio. Our Ross street Patio downtown is another place to hang out this summer with its live music and yes you can dine Al Fresco at the Tribe or perhaps stop by Occams Razor for one of their signature cocktails.
If you rather be in doors, away from the heat of summer then come on down to Las Palmeras, a little taste of Mexico and amazing fresh food. Though make sure you reserve your table beforehand as they have limited seating and a maximum of 6 guest per table. Did someone say Barbecue , if that’s what your in the mood for Memphis Blues BBQ is the place to go, try their Memphis Feast, if your not sure what to have a great way to sample BBQ plus all the fixins.
Heading out of town, then drop into Discovery Wildlife Park, if you want to get a bit more adventurous try booking one of their up close and personal adventure packages, anyone for a walk with wolves. Afterwards maybe drive over to Historic Markerville for their delicious ice cream and a piece of homemade pie, a delicious treat and a great end to the perfect summer day. Kraay family Farm just west of Lacombe is another family adventure to do this summer. Get lost in the 15 acre corn maze, test your ninja skills on the obstacle course, jump your sillies out on the jumping pillows , shoot the pumpkin cannon, visit with the animals, watch the pig races and MUCH more.
The beach, swimming, fishing or just people watching as you soak up those summer rays, then Sylvan Lake is the place to go, less then 25 minutes from Red Deer, it is a beautiful resort town, with a beautiful boardwalk, great restaurants and a multitude of things to do.
So Red Deer, don’t hesitate, let this summer be the time to stay home, explore our backyard and discover the delights that make this city and surrounding areas so great.
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