Every year we eagerly anticipate the spring season in Red Deer. Spring not only brings warmer weather, green grass, and full leafy trees, but also a number of our seasonal attractions open their doors to visitors once again. Red Deer is home to a number of great places to spend the day, or afternoon, with your family. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite seasonal attractions, so whether you want to learn about Alberta’s Scandinavian pioneers or see RCMP K9s in action, it’s here!
Wednesday, May 1
Sunnybrook Farm Museum
A farm like grandma and grandpas! Sunnybrook Farm Museum celebrates the early days of Alberta’s farming history. Travel back in time to find your rural roots and explore Red Deer’s oldest farm.
Cronquist Tea House
Built in 1911 by Emmanuel Cronquist, this eight bedroom Victorian-style farmhouse has been converted into a multi-cultural centre and tearoom. Their delicious menu and tea selection is perfect for spending an afternoon overlooking the beautiful Bower Ponds grounds.
The Jungle Farm Greenhouse
The Jungle Farm Greenhouses are chock full of hanging baskets, bulbs, bedding plants, and more. Their greenhouse is brimming with flowers that would make your dream garden a reality.
Danish Canadian Museum
The Danish Canadian Museum invites you to explore the rich history of Danish settlers in Canada, a saga that began over 1,000 years ago. Constructed in 1933, the Verbena Dormitory served as a boarding house for local high school girls from pioneer farm families in the area. It now boasts over 5,000 artifacts, 13 acres of green space, and traditional Danish delicacies at the Saga Café.
Historic Fort Normandeau grounds
Sitting on the site of the Red Deer Crossing, Fort Normandeau is a historical site marking the birthplace of Red Deer. Brand new exhibits and a reconstruction of the original Fort at Red Deer Crossing sets the stage to bring the early history of Red Deer to life. The buildings of Fort Normandeau will be open for the season on Saturday, May 18.
Discovery Wildlife Park
Walk on the wild side! Discovery Wildlife Park, located in Innisfail, is a place to get up close and personal with nature. Their 90 acre zoo features over 30 different species of rescued and orphaned animals, from wolves and bears to beavers and tigers.
Friday, May 3
Whispering Pines Golf & Country Club
Whispering Pines Golf & Country Club is Central Alberta’s premier golf and lake resort. With an 18 hole championship golf course, delicious restaurant, volleyball court and more you can’t go wrong.
Friday, May 10
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is one of Canada’s fine examples of how the fur trade and Métis people shaped the nation. Dive deep into the past with the stories, exhibits, and archaeological remains of the original four forts.
Saturday, May 11
Discover Alberta’s hidden gem. Markerville was established in 1888 by Icelandic pioneers. The Markerville Creamery opened in 1902 and brought prosperity to the tiny hamlet. Today, the Markerville Creamery Museum offers guided tours of the historic creamery. Experience Icelandic culture and Alberta history while treating yourself to some delicious ice cream.
Wednesday, May 15
Edgar Farms Country Store
If you’re looking for delicious, locally grown food — Edgar Farms has it. Edgar Farms offers farm-direct seasonal farm gate sales of their in season home grown sweet and tender asparagus and many other veggies. They also sell their home raised, hormone and antibiotic free, grass fed Angus beef.
Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site was the homestead of the Poet of the Rocky Mountains, Stephan G. Stephansson. Restored to its 1927 appearance, this interpretive historic site brings Stephansson and his poetry back to life.
Friday, May 17
Food Truck Fridays
Taking place every Friday in downtown Red Deer, Food Truck Fridays brings some of Red Deer’s best food trucks into one place for all things delicious.
Rockyview Educational Services proudly partners with the Carnival Cinema to present the first full seasonal vendor market. Profits will go to support training for teachers and subsidies for families.
Dickson Store Museum
Relive shopping and living in the 1930s. Originally built in 1909 by Danish settlers Carl and Laura Christiansen, this general store now serves as a museum showing off a restored general store, post office, and living quarters of the Christiansen family.
Saturday, May 18
Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
Journey into history on a real, working steam train! Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions offers exciting one day adventures onboard their steam or diesel-powered trains. All excursions include a full course buffet meal and on board entertainment. Just make sure you look out for those train robbers!
Red Deer Market
The Market at Red Deer operates every Saturday from May long weekend until Thanksgiving and is one of Red Deer’s most popular public events. The Market is a commercial venue for fresh produce and a great array of other goods, services and entertainment.
Monday, May 20
Ellis Bird Farm
Established in 1982, Ellis Bird Farm is a non-profit company and a working farm that works to carry on the legacy of Lacombe-area conservationists, Charlie and Winnie Ellis. The Ellis Bird Farm is dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds.
Wednesday, May 22
RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre
The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre offers public demonstrations of their K9 skills every Wednesday afternoon between Victoria Day and Labour Day. Watch the dogs in action and meet the dedicated people responsible for producing top quality police dog teams that keep communities safe from coast to coast to coast.
Wednesday, May 29
Throughout the summer season, the farmers’ market comes to Little Gaetz Avenue in Downtown Red Deer every Wednesday. Purchase farm fresh food from Central Alberta farms, including meat, vegetables, fruit, baked goods and other handmade items.