Couple ice skating on a sunny winter day at Bower Ponds in Red Deer, Alberta
Oct 20

Romantic Winter Getaway

Heat things up with a romantic getaway in Red Deer.

Your next romantic winter getaway is in Red Deer, Alberta.

Nestled half-way between Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer’s central Alberta location makes for a perfect getaway spot during the winter months. We’ve created an itinerary designed for couples looking to escape the winter blues and experience Red Deer like never before.

Rediscover the city and let Red Deer’s charm warm your heart and re-fill your cup at the same time.

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Couple drinking champagne in the hotel pool
Two horses pulling sleigh through winter trail that is lit up with holiday lights
Couple drinking champagne in the hotel pool

Check-in to a suite at Radisson Red Deer

When you arrive in Red Deer, check-in to a beautiful hotel suite and let the staff at Radisson Red Deer take care of you. Their facilities include complimentary wi-fi, games room, heated indoor pool, steam room and so much more.  

If you want to up the ante and make your stay extra luxe, be sure to book a treatment at the on-site spa and salon before your departure! Once you tuck your bags in your room, you’re going to want to head into the heart of the city to enjoy the rich arts and culture scene that awaits.

Explore the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery

Sneak in a quick visit to the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery and check out their fascinating exhibits to kick off your overnight stay.  

With a consistent rotation of amazing exhibitions and events, the Red Deer MAG is a worth-while stop on your Red Deer adventure. Keep in mind that they are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 4:30 pm, and staff recommends booking ahead of time online to ensure your visit is successful.  

Dine out in Downtown Red Deer

Head downtown and experience the enticing atmosphere that spills out of our famous Ross Street and into the surrounding blocks. Downtown Red Deer is chalk full of beautiful cafes, restaurants and eateries that are certain to satisfy your tastebuds.  

Maybe this would be a good time to make a pact with your partner to return in the morning for a coffee & pastry from a downtown Café.

Experience the Winter Night Lights Sleigh Ride at Heritage Ranch*

This one is B.Y.O.B (bring your own blanket)! Every year, Heritage Ranch decorates their trails with over 40,000 glowing lights for their Winter Sleigh Rides. Conveniently located along Highway 2, it only takes about 12 minutes to get there from Downtown.  

Book ahead to secure your spot and they will take care of the rest, with hot chocolate included!  

A private sleigh ride for you and your sweetheart – trust us when we say that it is just as romantic as it sounds.  

Afterwards, head back to the hotel for a dip in the pool or maybe a night cap at the lounge, located on the main floor.

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Couple ice skating on a bright winter day at Bower Ponds in Red Deer
Famoso Pizzeria overhead storefront sign with a blue sky in background and Edison bulb lights draping over the enclosed patio

Go Ice Skating at Bower Ponds

Lace up those skates. It’s time to show off those on-ice skills down at the beautiful Bower Ponds ice rinks. This popular recreation area is easy to access and provides equipment rentals from 11 am – 7 pm, daily. Get there early for the best chance of having the rink all to yourself!  

Not much of a skater? If you packed your snow pants, head out to Canyon Ski Resort and experience their brand-new tube park*! No skill required. Tons of fun to be had.

Grab Lunch at Famoso Pizzeria & Bar

Before you hit the road, set aside some time to stop for an amazing lunch. Specializing in authentic Neapolitan pizza, Famoso Pizzeria & Bar is the perfect spot to fuel up after twirling around on the ice.  

We highly recommend ending the meal with an Affogato dessert. The gelato will satisfy your sweet tooth, with the espresso giving you that extra boost of energy to make the drive home.  


There you have it! A simple, sweet and authentic way to experience winter with your special someone in Red Deer, Alberta. We hope you fall in love with our beautiful city!

If you capture these moments, share them using #VisitRedDeer for a chance to be featured on our social media.  

Cheers, lovebirds!  

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