What To Do in Red Deer During the Canada Winter Games

The Canada Winter Games
February 15 – March 3

The Canadian Winter Games are finally here! With 19 different sporting events, free entertainment, food trucks, vendors, various games themed events, and much more we know Red Deer is going to be booming with excitement.

Whether you’re visiting for the Games, live in Red Deer, or are just stopping by we want you to experience Red Deer and all it has to offer! We’ve put together a list of some of the fun things you can do as you create some wonderful memories with friends and family.

Downtown Red Deer

Downtown Red Deer will be at the centre of the action with a two week cultural and music festival, as well numerous events throughout the downtown.

You can experience some of Canada’s best arts and entertainment at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza as part of The 52 Degree North Music & Cultural Festival from February 16 to March 1. This free outdoor festival includes more than 80 performing acts, such as Canadian indie-pop band Walk Off the Earth to Canadian country singer Brett Kissel. There will also be an Artisan Avenue Market, games of crokicurl, skating, a snow maze, ice slide, community stages, nightly fireworks, and so much more fun.

52 Degrees North Music & Cultural Festival Lineup

Frannie Klein, Brett Kissel — Saturday, February 16
Busty & The Bass, Walk Off The Earth — Sunday, February 17
Bobs & Lolo, Family Dance, Movie Night — Monday, February 18
Wide Mouth Mason, Headstones — Thursday, February 21
Jamie Woodfin, The Reklaws, Gord Bamford – Friday, February 22
Ashley MacIsaac, Alan Doyle — Saturday, February 23
Orontes Guitar Quartet, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra — Sunday, February 24
K-OS, BIF Naked — Wednesday, February 27
Kim Mitchell, Trooper — Thursday, February 28
Paul Cournoyer, Scott Helman, The Strumbellas — Friday, March 1

Little Gaetz Avenue will be hopping with activity, from chainsaw carving every evening at 5:00 pm to craft beverage sampling, where you can taste local Central Alberta craft beverages at the Scott Block. Join Eco-Tree every afternoon from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm for a wood milling demonstration and workshops with sawing for schools. There will also be live musical performances on Little Gaetz Avenue from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. They have also set up picnic tables, fire pits, and heat lamps for you to enjoy the festivities in comfort. Take a look at the downtown event guide for a list of all the different performers, times and locations.

Family Fun

Explore some of the rich history of the Métis Nation by visiting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. This travelling exhibition is on display at The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery until March 10. This exhibition explores the portrayal of the Métis people — some of whom are “hiding in plain sight” — in reproductions of artworks and photographic collections, and in the accompanying archival descriptions.
The exhibition aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation.The exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of the Government of Canada.
The Hiding in Plain Sight exhibit is one of many things happening at the Museum during the Winter Games so make sure to check out their website for more fun exhibits. To celebrate the Games, the Museum has even bought out their oldest winter sport artifacts to show you just how far skates and snowshoes have come.

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is also a great place to visit while you enjoy the festivities during the Winter Games. With hands-on-natural history interpretation, interactive exhibits, and unique books and gifts, this is a great place to visit. They also rent snowshoes so you can explore The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary located behind the interpretive centre with five kilometres of trails, a bird blind, and viewing decks for your enjoyment.
Mini Break Day Camps at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre – Join an interpreter for hands-on nature exploration, games, crafts, and more; a different theme each day. Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Ages 6 to 12. $30/day/child. Pre-registration required a minimum of three days prior to camp. Before and after care available for a small additional fee.The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum have also gotten into the spirit of the Games with their interactive games, exhibits, and yes — they opened up the famed 1995 Winter Games Grande Prairie Time Capsule which will be on display, so come and check it out.[/x_icon_list_item]

The Corridor Community Gallery on the lower level of the Recreation Centre features CAPS photography exhibit of Alberta’s Winter Sports. It features our emerging and local established artists and is on until March 3.

The Hub on Ross Art Gallery features a collaborative exhibit of the medals, stories, and photos of our local athletes, Celebrating Our Local Special Olympians.

Heritage Ranch Winter Night Light Tours

Experience a real winter wonderland at Heritage Ranch! Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through a 40,000 + holiday light display! Complete with hot chocolate and blankets for every guest. Private ride options also available. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Waskasoo Park Trail System

Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, walking trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at one of the many picnic tables or shelters along the way, sip a coffee while the kids play on one of the playgrounds, or just breathe in the sweet, clean air and listen to the birds on a peaceful walk.

Go for a Skate

What’s winter in Canada without a little skating? Bower Ponds has long been one of the most popular and scenic skating locations in the area. Add in a toboggan hill and a series of walking trails, and you’ve got a one stop winter destination. No skates? No problem. Rentals and sharpening are available in the Bower Ponds Pavilion.

Downhill Ski & Tubing

Canyon Ski Resort offers families and individuals of all ages an alpine recreational facility that is only eight minutes east of Red Deer. It’s the largest non-mountain downhill ski resort in Alberta with a variety of packages and programs throughout the season. The 28.6 hectare ski area has 20 runs, six lifts, lights for night skiing three days a week, a large ski school, equipment rentals, cafeteria and day lodge. With a 164-metre vertical drop, there is terrain for advanced, intermediate and novice skiers. With a dedicated tubing lift, two groomed lanes down with banked corners, and special tubes, you’ll quickly find out why the snow tube is one of the most popular attractions. Check the website for hours, admission rates and access to the on-hill weather cam.

Go On an Adventure

Explore Central Alberta on a small group or private tour with Pursuit Adventures. Head out with a professional guide on a day hike, sightseeing tour or snowshoe adventure. No experience necessary, tours are available for all experience levels.

Canada Winter Games Sporting Events

We can’t forget to add a list of all the sporting events taking place during the Games! Check out the official Canada Winter Games website for more information, tickets, and fun events!

Hockey – February 16 – 22, February 24 – March 2
Ringette – February 16 – 22
Speed Skating – February 16 – 22
Table Tennis – February 16 – 21
Artistic Swimming – February 17 – 21
Biathlon – February 17, 19 – 21
Boxing – February 17 – 20
Freestyle Skiing – February 17 – 18, 20 – 22
Gymnastics – February 17 – 21, 25 – 26, 28
Wheelchair Basketball – February 17 – 21
Curling – February 24 – March 2
Squash – February 24 – March 2
Alpine Skiing – February 25 – 27, March 2
Badminton February 25 – March 2
Cross Country Skiing – February 25 – 26, 28, March 2
Figure Skating – February 25 – 28
Snowboard – February 25, 27 – March 1
Judo – February 26 – 27, March 1
Archery – February 26 – March 1

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