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.
Grab a coffee and head out for a quiet morning stroll along the ponds or head out with the kids later in the day and combine your walk with a stop at the playground. Take advantage of the trails along the river to expend your walk to Heritage Ranch.
If you’re planning to explore the trail system throughout the river valley then Heritage Ranch is a great starting point. Heritage Ranch is located along the river and has over 20 km of official and informal trails. The area was once used as a quarry and has now been fully reclaimed into an amazing green space with a fishing pond.
- Maskepetoon Park
Explore over 3 km of interpretive trails in an area nested along the Red Deer River. Maskepetoon Park includes many unique features, including one of the most easterly located tamarack fens in the province of Alberta.
The Devonian Trail connects a smaller series of parks along Piper and Waskasoo Creeks, from the southern edge of the city, to the Red Deer River. Follow the entire trail from Bower Woods to Gaetz Park or bring the family to Rotary Picnic Park and explore the trails leading to the nearby Kin Kanyon where another playground awaits!
- Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
Established in 1924, the Red Deer Migratory Bird Sanctuary is one of only four bird sanctuaries in Alberta. Follow the Dr. George path and choose your own adventure between the options of a 1 km loop with a stop at the bird blind on the west lake or a 4 km hike along the edge of the sanctuary. Take your time to stop and look at flowers, birds, and wildlife that make their home in this wild refuge in the middle of the city.
McKenzie Trail Recreation Area
Once the site of a gravel pit, a dump, and a sawmill, this riverside park is a reclamation success story now showcasing a paved path along a lake where Canada geese nest and winds through a cool spruce forest. Some of the oldest trees in Waskasoo Park live here.
- Three Miles Bend
This recreation area is 55 hectares of natural area that cater to a variety of outdoor activities. Head out on the 3 km loop along the river and the area’s many ponds, take in one of the side trails or extend your adventures along the paths leading to the River Bend Golf Course, or back into the city. Bring along your furry friend for some fun in the off leash area!
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