Welcome to Red Deer for the IIHF World Junior Championships. While you are here, make sure to take in some great Red Deer experiences.
Red Deer is one of the fastest growing hubs for sports in our region, which makes it a perfect place for fans to stay and play!
Tourism Red Deer welcomes all our guests as they visit our great region during the IIHF World Junior Championships!
We want to help you truly enjoy a "Tourism Red Deer Experience" and so we have come up with some of our hotspots to check off your list!
From some fun things to do outside, to some great places to eat, drink and be merry during the holiday season. We have it all for you right here!
Fun Activities during the Day!
Amaze your crew at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
Looking to kick into the World Junior Hockey mood, hurry down to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, located along Highway 2. Interactive games, sports history at your fingertips, including some great memorabilia and all of the sport-related fun await you at this renowned facility!
Take on your family in a bubble hockey game or experience what it's like in a bobsled race with help from Olympian Linden Rush!
Family admission is only $15! Open Monday to Fridays 9 am to 5 pm, 10 am to 5 pm on weekends, they will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Go for a Skate - Indoors and Out - Various Locations throughout Red Deer
We are very fortunate to have 77 outdoor ice surfaces to use at our leisure, including boarded and snow banked rinks, three skating ponds, and even a 400-metre outdoor natural ice speed skating oval.
Either pack up your skates this holiday season or rent some at Bower Ponds recreation area. The beautiful park scenery is enjoyable during the daylight hours and is transformed into a Christmas dream complete with twinkling lights in the evening. If you are looking for another great experience, try our 400-metre speed skating oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park. If indoor skating is more your jam, then maybe check out our various indoor arenas for their drop-in skating.
Take to the Hills without leaving Red Deer
Looking for a break from the rink, then you need to head to the hills and get the skis on at Canyon Ski Resort. You don't need to head to the mountains for a day of skiing and snowboarding; try Canyon's Ski Resort with 80 acres of skiable terrain, 23 runs and six lifts. They also have a highspeed snow tube park with glow night tubing, rentals, rustic lodge, food court and take-out.
The City of Red Deer maintains our excellent trail system allowing us to experience the great outdoors with a great selection of winter trails for all to enjoy throughout the season. So why not go for a walk and marvel at the beautiful decorations hanging in festive abundance amongst the trees? See how many you can find!
Escape indoors for some waterpark fun
Whether in your hotel or at our recreation facilities, there's a great place to escape the winter temperatures! From the Collicutt Centre or the G.H Dawe Community Centre, you're bound to have some fun.
Take the kids for an afternoon of play at the Collicutt Water park, with their wave pool, lazy river, water slides, and interactive water playground. G.H. Dawe Water Park features two water slides and five pool basins from a lane pool to a spray pool; so much fun and a chance to get in from the outdoors.
Take in the Festive Light Displays
Various Locations, Downtown Red Deer
Visit downtown Red Deer to enjoy the beautiful light display locals have come to love. Lights are turned on from sunset to sunrise and remain in place through mid-January throughout City Hall, Ross Street Patio and the Capstone area. While downtown, you will need to take in the larger-than-life murals, colourful works of art located in the alleyways surrounding our historical Ross Street.
Enjoy a Private Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride through the Winter Lights
Check out Heritage Ranch and book in for a fantastic experience that is sure to get you in the festive spirit. The Heritage Ranch's Winter Night Lights Tour offers you a chance to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through their 40,000+ display of winter lights. Enjoy the clean, crisp winter air, have a hot chocolate as you warm up next to a fire. Afterwards, why not enjoy the fine dining experience at the Westlake Grill.
Check out the Ice Sculptures
Take in the Beauty of Parkland Garden Centres Annual Ice Sculptures and see the magic of Christmas come to life. Head over to Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre to view their spectacular Ice Sculptures, created every year as a "Christmas Card to the Community." The best time for viewing the sculptures is at night when they are lit up with an array of different coloured lights. The sculptures are free to visit, and Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre will be accepting donations to the food bank
Expand your horizons
Make sure to take in the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery. The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery is pleased to welcome visitors attending the World Junior Hockey Championships!! With rotating and permanent exhibits on display for all to enjoy, drop in or pre-book your visit online at reddeermuseum.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Visit the Sylvan Lake Winter Village
Head out 15km west to Sylvan Lake and wander through their Winter Village with its festive lighting and opportunity to skate on the lake, so much fun to be had! You can ring in the New Year with their spectacular fireworks show happening on the night of January 1 (not the 31st, the 1st of January).
Ice Fishing in and around Red Deer
While you're here, why not try something authentic to us, Albertan's? Get out and ice fish on some of our frozen lakes. You can find three great fishing spots right here in Red Deer. If you would rather have a trip outside of the city, Sylvan Lake and Gull Lake are two great options for this winter sport. You can rent everything you need at places like Sun Sport Recreation Ltd.
Kerry Wood Nature Centre is offering a free one-hour Snowshoe rental (snow dependent) for anyone who comes and visits from the World Juniors during the tournament. All they need to do is mention they are here with the World Juniors or show a game ticket stub.
Troubled Monk is offering those attending the World Junior Championships, the opportunity for 10% off on merchandise in the taproom with proof of purchase of tickets for any of the games in Red Deer.
Chillabong's Bar & Grill - will have drink specials during the games and have TVs playing the games. Also will be giving away a Team Canada Jersey.
Parkland Garden Centre - will offer 10% off on any REGULAR priced item (Excludes Padraig Slippers). Valid from Dec 26th to Jan 5th, 2021, during the World Junior Championships.
Eat & Drink
Here at Tourism Red Deer we have some amazing Food Tourism members that offer something for everyone! Here's a list of where you can experience a great meal with family or quick pint with friends.