Autumn in Alberta’s Heartland
Bring This Story Alive:
Make homemade preserves with an area farmer, enjoy a combine ride-along, experience a Country Drive, ride horseback through the stunning fall landscape, be part of a harvest event or visit an area attraction.
With more than 9,100 area farms and numerous area attractions, Central Alberta is the ideal place to experience the wonders of an Alberta harvest.
On the Canadian Prairies, autumn harvest has always been something to celebrate – a time to get back to the farm and enjoy the bounty of a successful growing season. Urbanites who yearn for the opportunity to connect with farmers and truly celebrate an old fashioned harvest will enjoy a visit to Central Alberta in the fall. With pleasant weather, great area attractions and events, Red Deer is an ideal hub for experiencing and celebrating the wonders of harvest time on the Canadian prairies.
Take a Country Drive
The allure of the family farm has always been a powerful part of the Alberta experience and Central Alberta’s Country Drive showcases 5 Central Alberta farms on the Harvest Drive on September 13 and 14. For adventurous travelers who want to capture the authenticity of Alberta in a food-centric vacation, the Country Drive provides an opportunity to have a genuine learning experience and to make meaningful connections with the people who produce the food they eat.
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
Just off the QE2, Heritage Ranch is a spectacular autumn destination. Visitors to the ranch can enjoy trail rides, kayak or canoe down the Red Deer River, have a wagon ride, go on a flashlight pumpkin hunt, or enjoy a lovely dinner.
Get Lost on a Farm
Agri-tourism and authentic on-farm experiences are plentiful in Central Alberta. A world famous 15-acre corn maze and 40 other on-farm attractions are enough to keep you busy on the Kraay Family Farm for a full day or more. At Eagle Creek Farm visitors will find a full range of agricultural mazes and activities and a U-pick vegetable and flower farm. Take a wagon to a pumpkin patch and pick your own massive pumpkin at the Innisfail Jungle Farm or visit the farm on the last weekend in October to experience Extreme Power Tool Pumpkin Carving.
Bigger Really can be Better
You’ll find the largest farming and agriculture trade show in Canada at the annual Agri-Trade fair at Red Deer’s Westerner Grounds November 5-8, 2014. For 30 years, it has been the gathering place for the farming community with the latest equipment and innovations and much more.
Bring Home the Bounty from a Farmer’s Market
The happiest place to be on a Saturday morning is the Red Deer Market, a farmer`s market that has been going strong for more than 40 years. Central Alberta`s farming community is incredibly diverse and the market does over $2 million in business in the 100 hours they are open annually. And every town and village in the region also has a market, so you canfind a farmer`s market almost any day of the week.