Three places to go on a country drive

Blackfalds, Innisfail and Lacombe

Take a scenic country drive from Red Deer to watch a parade, eat food straight from the farm, play championship golf and watch the stars around a roaring campfire.

Blackfalds’ new rec centre

Blackfalds is ten minutes north of Red Deer and home of the brand-spanking new Abbey Centre. This 80,000 sq. ft. rec centre has state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a running track, outdoor pool with splash park and waterslides, indoor playground and huge gym. Or drop your teens to pop ollies all day at the town’s skate deck.

Special days to visit

Come to this friendly community for the holiday light up in Nov, Winterfest on Family Day, the Blackfalds Days and parade in June and Canada Day fireworks. Watch the town’s community calendar for dates.

Farm-fresh food in Innisfail

Innisfail is less than half an hour south of Red Deer on the QEII and hosts lots of special events throughout the year, including the Innisfail Pro Rodeo for 54 years.

Taste farm fresh food at Edgar Farm’s annual Asparagus Festival in June, at the town’s weekly farmers’ market or fresh from the Pearson’s Berry Farm. Hot August means Viking Days at the Danish Canadian Museum and a Show ‘n Shine at Historic Markerville.

Innisfail’s top-rated golf

The Innisfail Golf Club is one of Alberta’s top-rated courses – with 27 holes on three distinct courses with big trees, rolling greens and perilous water. Watch out for the signature hole: Hazelwood 6, which runs along the lake on the middle nine.

Historic Lacombe

Lacombe – just half an hour north of Red Deer – has a charming and historic downtown and 40 murals that decorate its heritage buildings. The region is home to three farmer’s markets in the summer and the Saskatoon Orchard u-pick.

Lots of room to camp

Lacombe has more than 20 campgrounds – so whether you bring your beautiful beast of an RV or cozy modest pup tent, you’ll find the perfect spot to spend the weekend outside.

Watch the stars from a secluded site in Gull Lake’s Brewer’s campground or set up at the full-service Ol’ MacDonalds family resort – they have a sandy beach, petting zoo, train rides and amazingly gooey cinnamon buns.

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