4 awesome reasons to attend Westerner Days this July 19th-23rd, 2017

Westerner Days 2017 Red Deer

Central Alberta is getting set to come together in celebration July 19th-23rd at the 2017 Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. We want to see you there too! From a great Early Bird Special to amazing Canadian performances, we’ve put together a list of reasons why you should join the fun…

Farm Fresh and Fun

Farm Fresh It’s a balmy spring morning and Elna and Doug Edgar are up early getting ready for visitors to arrive at their Central Alberta farm for the annual Asparagus Festival. It’s no small undertaking to host 2,000 visitors over three Sundays at a 6-generation family farm, but the Edgars believe it is important for people to see where their food comes from. “The annual Asparagus Festival … Read More

Every Day is an Adventure

Adventure for Everyone! Nature is unpredictable, but that’s what makes it interesting. “My job is never boring,” says Kathryn Huedepohl, Public Programmer at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. “I may be leading a raft tour down the Red Deer River, guiding a nature walk through the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, star gazing at an evening star party, running a preschool nature program, doing paperwork or any number of other things. … Read More

Discover Ponoka this summer

Visit Ponoka

Howdy, partner!  If you’re looking for somewhere to “Cowboy Up”, Ponoka is the place to visit!  This town may be home to the Ponoka Stampede and the World’s Largest Bucking Saddle Bronc Horse and Rider, but there are many other things to see and do here. Ponoka, which means “elk” in Blackfoot, is located at the junction of Highway 2A … Read More

23rd Annual Zed Haunted House – It’s a Scream

Come face to fang with your living nightmares at the Zed Haunted House (Oct 18– 31) in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Red Deer. You’re never alone in the dark As you snuggle into your fluffy bed in your coziest jimjams, horrors gather just a few blocks away. Mobs of brain-chomping zombies stumble out of the damp … Read More

Going on a ghost hunt in Red Deer

It’s a perfectly gloomy afternoon to explore this quiet park crowded with old bones. The cemetery’s eerie silence is broken by the sudden caw of a shadowy crow watching you from the gnarled branches of the ancient tree. The branches remind you of knotted witch’s fingers as you hurry by to catch up with group, who has paused up the … Read More

The original Puffed Wheat Square: A 100-year-old Red Deer treat

In 1913, candy-maker AJ Russell opened a store on Red Deer’s Ross St. and for the next 30 years, created treats like all-day suckers, coconut “Ping Pong” brittle and the puffed wheat square. Yes, that’s right – your favourite lunch-box treat was made by another remarkable Red Deerian. Thanks to the Red Deer & District archives, we have tracked down … Read More

Four things to do twice in Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake is a fun little beach town, just 25 minutes west of Red Deer. The lake is warm and shallow for a long way out with a big soft sandy beach, a marina and big waterslides. Let’s just say it’s the kind of place where you can have two ice cream cones a day and it’s totally ok. Here … Read More

Celebrate Red Deer’s founding cultures at Fort Normandeau

First a sparkling ancient glacier blazed a wide trail through thick forests and rolling hills. Then Cree and Blackfoot travellers crossed the river here at the naturally shallow ford. Soon traders, settlers and Metis buffalo hunters rested here, weary from their long journeys carrying furs, whiskey and other goods from north to south and back again. Today you too can … Read More

A night with the Red Deer Belladonnas

My sister and I grab a brew and a dog and snag seats in the riser behind the plexiglass. The very brave have set their lawn chairs in the primo spots down by the track, but Mish and I (being newbies) are not so fearless. The whistle blows one, two, three times and girls in fishnets, short shorts and elbow … Read More

Top 10 – Things to do at Waskasoo

Get on your bikes and ride! Or rollerblade, jog, canoe or take a carriage through Red Deer’s massive Waskasoo Park. Stop by the nature centre, visit an old fort, let puppy run off some energy at the off-leash dog park and much, much more. Here are our top 10 picks for what to do at Waskasoo. 1. If you are … Read More