It is supposed to be a hot dry summer this year in Central Alberta, although it might sound lovely to some, not everyone has (or wants) air conditioning to stay cool. Don’t worry we have got you covered! Here is a list of ideas that will help make this a cool one, summer that is.
One of the best ways to shake off the summer heat is to visit a spray park or pool, and Central Alberta has many options to keep you cool as a cucumber. In Red Deer, you will find Kin Kanyon Spray Fountain, Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray and Play and the outdoor pool at the Red Deer Recreation Centre. Red Deer is also home to a handful of indoor pools, a fun activity suited for all ages and offers that much-needed break from the summer sun.
Not far from Red Deer, in the town of Blackfalds, is the McKay Ranch Outdoor Aquatics Centre located at the Abbey Centre, or cool down at Tayles Water Spray Park. A little farther north you can splash the heat away at the Lacombe Spray Park, so much fun for the kids (or kids at heart). Back to the south, you will find another great spot at the Penhold Splash Park.
Discovery Canyon located within the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area is the quintessential hot-weather-hangout here in Red Deer. Cool down on a hot summer’s day in this unique outdoor water play area. It features natural river-fed water pools, tube run, beach-like wading area, playground, picnic tables, concession, washrooms and showers. Admission is free, however, this facility is to be used at your own risk, as no lifeguards are on duty. Typically, open from June to September, however this year they have plans of reopening on July 1st, watch for their announcement!
Paddleboats, canoes and kayaks are available to rent at Bower Ponds Recreation, a great activity and a lot of fun cruising the ponds. Swimming is not permitted here, but locals will tell you the fountains offer a refreshing spray if you paddle close enough.