Happy Trails in Red Deer
Central Alberta is a destination for trail lovers. There are more than 110 km of trails inside the City of Red Deer and many more in the surrounding region. This region is also home to the only indoor section of TransCanada Trail in the nation.
Teaming Up for Trails: Central Alberta’s rural and urban municipalities and local user groups have been working together through an organization called the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) to plan and build trails in this region. Red Deer County, Lacombe County and Ponoka County have each completed sections of the Trans Canada Trail and continue to work to connect the Trans Canada Trail. Central Alberta’s urban municipalities are also expanding their trail networks.
Canada’s First: The Blackfalds Abbey Centre has the honour of being the only place in Canada where the Trans Canada Trail travels indoors. The Trans Canada Trail goes right through the centre of the fieldhouse and walkers can head up to the second level to enjoy all the features of this unique section of the Trans Canada Trail.
Great Rides: You don’t have to leave the city to get out into nature. Take a ride along the Red Deer River through beautiful Waskasoo Park and Heritage Ranch. Red Deer’s trails are uncrowded and scenic. Besides this, visitors can cycle or walk between Red Deer and Lacombe along the Trans Canada Trail or enjoy other great trails in and around Central Alberta.
Kerry Wood Nature Centre Naturalist Walks: The trails behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre lead through the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Canada’s oldest migratory bird sanctuary. Visitors can join a naturalist for a guided walk along the trails and slip behind a bird blind and get a closer look at the birds in the sanctuary.
You’ll Never Walk Alone: Central Alberta is home to a young and active population. There are two hiking clubs that meet regularly for group hikes in Central Alberta and beyond. If you don’t like to hike alone, you can join the Red Deer Ramblers or the Central Alberta Mountain Club on a scheduled hike, presentation or training session.
The Red Deer Birding Trail: Red Deer’s Birding Trail includes the best trails for bird lovers to explore. Visitors can join the Red Deer River Naturalists on Sunday afternoons from September to May for their free weekly bird focus group walks. Wildflower lovers will enjoy the free flower focus group walks, which take place every third Wednesday from September to November and January to April.
Pursuit Adventures: Red Deer’s newest tour operator, Pursuit Adventures, can show visitors around the trails in Red Deer and delivers guided expeditions around Central Alberta and into Alberta’s West Country.
BRING THIS STORY ALIVE: Come to Red Deer and ride our trails, go on a Sunday morning bird walk, and enjoy a tour with Pursuit Adventures. Qualified media can contact Liz Taylor for more information.