Summer is here! With longer days and warmer weather comes the urge to explore, be outside and make summertime memories. Although social distancing is a priority, there are still many ways to get in some fun and here are some great ways to get you started this month.
Canada Day – July 1
Canada Day, the day to celebrate and show our Canadian pride. In Red Deer, we can do this by going online to explore Canada’s different facets in the online company of our fellow Canadians from across the country.
The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will be hosting a Virtual Canada Day Celebration. Although we will miss the great food and activities, some incredible entertainment will be showcased online instead of the outdoor stage. They will be showing video clips highlighting our different organizations and wishing all of us a Happy Canada Day.
Along with that, Red Deer is proud to be part of the 2020 Canada Day Drumming Virtual Celebration , promoting diversity, multicultural harmony, peace and love. This event is taking place virtually in cities across Canada as we join simultaneous drumming at your local time.
The Downtown Red Deer Market will be happening Wednesday, July 1st make sure you come downtown to purchase all the fixings for that wonderful Canada Day barbecue in your backyard. If you don’t want to cook Heritage Ranch & Westlake Grill will be hosting the AB Craft U-Pick Beer & Brisket Fest to celebrate this Canada Day. There will be 35 beer from 25 Breweries, 50 guests per hour (Covid compliant) advanced tickets only, so book early.
If you are itching for some great music then make sure you go online and get tickets for the Drive in for Mental Health Concert with Gord Bamford, at the Westerner Park. There will be two shows with fireworks after the final show, get your tickets early!
Visit our events page for details and for the many other events happening on Canada Day.
Check out virtual celebrations Across the Country or tune into the Canada Day Daytime Show happening at 11:00 am MST or the Canada Day Evening Show 6 – 8:00 pm MST. The night builds up to a montage of the best Canada day fireworks from past years.
There are also Canada Day Celebration Kits with creative and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy. Get creative with The Maple Leaf Pack, or if you are an aspiring master chef, why not try out the O Canada Activity Pack. How about testing your knowledge about Canada with the Peace Tower Pack, or get active in your backyard with the Explore the Beaver Pack.
Share your Canadian Pride Online, join in the conversation and download free Canada Day visuals and enhance your presence on social media and digital platforms.
Happy Canada Day to our fellow Canadians and to our local communities, things are a little different this year, but we will always find ways to celebrate our beautiful country!
Hop a Park Day – July 4
Red Deer is known for its abundance of park and recreation areas, in fact some refer to us as “Park City.” It would be fitting to celebrate this day by visiting and learning about the different parks that lie within Red Deer and the trails that connect the community. If bird watching is something that sends you aflutter, try checking out Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, or head down to Maskepetoon Park known for its diverse native wildlife, trail network and scenic views. Mackenzie Trail Recreation Area is another beautiful place to have a picnic, launch your canoe/raft and relax, you may even have a Canada Goose or two join you along the way. If you’re into mountain biking Red Deer Mountain Bike Park is unique and challenging. So invite a friend, family member or those in your social bubble, and let this day be an opportunity to go Park Hopping.
Junk Food Day – July 21
Who doesn’t secretly love junk food? Quick, tasty, highly addictive? Some might call it comfort food, others convenience, and for some a guilty pleasure. In Red Deer, you can satisfy those cravings by popping down to The Donut Mill for the Maple Rolo or the Donut of the month, a tasty treat that everyone can enjoy. Cannoli anyone?! Sweet Capone’s can help crush your sweet tooth with their many varieties like mango, salted caramel, or a simple vanilla. I can guarantee you will be coming back for more, cannoli that is. If it is a cold and creamy treat you crave, then Historic Markerville Creamery is the place to check out, it may be a little outside the city, but we promise it will be worth the drive. Whatever you are craving, salty, sweet or something in between, take this day to indulge.
International Day of Friendship – July 30
If there was ever a day to be celebrated, International Friendship Day would be at the top of the list. A time to find connection, to inspire each other and build bridges between communities. In this world of social distancing, it has never been more important to connect. Head out with a friend for a round or two of golf at The Nursery Golf & Country Club in Lacombe and did you know they have the longest hole in Canada? Par 6, 782 yards!
Whispering Pines Golf & Country Club is another excellent place to bond; their patio which overlooks Pine Lake is an excellent place to grab a beer or two, all while swapping stories about that elusive hole in one. In the mood for Chinese? Dragon City Buffet will feed your appetite while your friendship feeds your soul. Salt & Pepper Prawns or some Chicken Chow Mein will make great meal to share with friends. Discovery Wildlife Park is another great place to cement those bonds of friendship. Take in the park with their drive thru experience. Get a photo taken with their bear Berkley or spend the night at their campground, they also rent cabins. We encourage you to make this day all about friendship.
July is a wonderful time to spend at the various farmers markets here in Central Alberta. It is the place where local farmers, food producers and other vendors come together providing us with everything from fresh vegetables, farm raised meat, homestyle baking, food trucks, and much more. Gather up your family or go on your own, it’s a great way to support local markets and help those in your community.
- The Market at Red Deer
- Downtown Red Deer Market
- Sylvan Lake Farmers Market
- Lacombe Farmers Market
- Delburne Farmers Market
A warm summer breeze, an ice cold beverage and dining outdoors are some simple joys of summer. This July we invite you to explore our best outdoor patios in Red Deer. Enjoy being surrounded by nature on Earls patio, with beautiful plants and lovely water feature you’ll be sure to enjoy this outdoor space.
Drop by Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch, their patio overlooks picturesque Waskasoo Park, take in the fresh air and maybe see a deer or two wandering past.
Whether people watching or looking to embrace the warm summer sun, then check out The Tribe’s south facing patio part of the Ross street patio and great entertainment. Also downtown you will find Tacoloft’s rooftop patio, a great place to sip on a Margarita while enjoying one of their gourmet Tacos; like the Blackened Pescado or the Al Pastor, both delicious.
If you’re out and about on the trails and in need of a cold drink, then stop in at Troubled Monk Brewery. Their patio is quiet, relaxing and the perfect stop to refresh and recharge.
See more great patios to enjoy this summer below, and don’t forget to checkout their Happy hours.