Red Deer region is a great place for families to stay and play. With an average age of less than 35, Red Deer has one of the youngest populations in Canada and there are plenty of great activities and attractions for young families to enjoy. The best part is that most of our family-friendly attractions are low cost or even free of charge.
There are 35 campgrounds in and around Red Deer. Whether visitors choose a lakefront campsite at Jarvis Bay Provincial Park in Sylvan Lake, a cabin or campsite at Ol’ Macdonald’s Resort by Buffalo Lake or a city escape near Red Deer’s Waskasoo Park, they’re sure to discover that camping is a big deal in Central Alberta and it’s one of the most inexpensive and fun forms of accommodation for families.
Life’s a Beach
The Red Deer area has plenty of beach action going on. On a hot summer’s day, visitors and locals escape to one of our many sandy beaches and enjoy a swim in a cool lake. Whether they are basking on the beach at Jarvis Bay Provincial Park in Sylvan Lake, watching the kids at the beachfront playground at Aspen Beach Provincial Park, or are enjoying some boating at Buffalo Lake Recreation Area, visitors will discover what locals already know – Central Alberta has the best beaches in the province.
We’re All Wet
Alberta’s largest outdoor waterslide park and a ton of free outdoor splash parks help to keep our young populace cool and happy on a hot summer’s day. Names like Tube Blaster, Sneaky Snake, Hell’s Gate and Cinnamon Twist give a small indication of the thrills in store for visitors to Wild Rapids Waterslide Park in Sylvan Lake. There’s a wading pool and kiddie’s play area and plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun. There are also a ton of free seasonal outdoor water play areas in the Red Deer area, but Discovery Canyon is one of Alberta’s most unique free outdoor water play areas and it’s located right in the city. The park is built around a natural river-fed water pool and kids can rent tubes and ride them down a small river into bubbling pools of water. There’s a concession, a playground and washrooms onsite.
Pets are family too. There’s no need to leave Fido at home when you make a visit to Red Deer area. Dogs can run off leash at Three Mile Bend or at or at the Oxbows, a new 30-acre site especially designed for dog lovers with an agility park, winding trails and diverse terrain. Visitors can also experience Alberta’s RCMP dog training facility without their pets and learn how police dogs are trained.
Bring this Story to Life
Bring your family and stay and play as our guest. Contact Liz Taylor for more information.