15 Things to Do August Long Weekend

Taking a photo with a bear at the zoo

Looking for something to do August long Weekend, well Red Deer’s backyard is perfect for exploring. Here are some fun ways you can enjoy what we have to offer with family and friends. Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery are celebrating Heritage Day at the Museum with Praire in the City, in which there will be live music, activities, games … Read More

Pups and Patios!

Dog Friendly Patio, two ladies and their dog

We can’t think of anything better for our dog lovers out there than going for a walk, a drive or, better yet, visit your local patio here in Red Deer with your favourite canine companion. Who wants to leave them at home when you can enjoy a cold beverage or two and a bowl full of water for your dog … Read More

What’s Happening this Weekend July 23 to 25 

Not sure what to do this weekend?  Let’s help you find something and connect you to the cool events happening between July 23rd – 25th.  Wagons at Westerner:  The Alberta Professional Chuckwagon & Chariot Association Twist the 8 Tour will be taking place this weekend at The Westerner Park. There will also be local live entertainment, beer gardens, food trucks and a spectacular Fireworks show (weather permitting). There will be … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday – The Jungle Farm

One of the staples of central Alberta is the family farm.  While some raise cattle, produce grain or dairy, others like the Jungle Farm, add fruit, vegetables, flowers and memorable experiences! Let’s introduce you to Leona and Blaine Staples the owners and operators of the Jungle Farm. Leona came back home in 1996 to her family farm, that has been … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday – Cilantro and Chive Red Deer

When it comes to local restaurants, Tourism Red Deer has a strong menu of places to eat and enjoy! One of those places is none other than the “new kid in town”, Cilantro and Chive, well not so new to central Alberta but new to the City of Red Deer! Owner Rieley Kay, has worked in the restaurant industry since … Read More

E-Scooters in Red Deer; the In’s and Out’s

A line of e-scooters of various colours

E-scooters are here in the City of Red Deer for the next two years, and with five companies providing them, we are in for an exhilarating ride. I had the good fortune to be at Capstone for the City of Red Deer’s official launch on Wednesday, July 14, alongside the Mayor, various city delegates, food trucks, music and the wonderfully … Read More

Summer Camp Fun!

ASHFM Family

Are you looking for something for your kids to do? Check out some of these great summer camps happening in Red Deer’s Backyard; however, do not delay as space is limited. Alberta Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting two-week summer camps for ages 6-12, with daily themed programming ranging from Healthy Active Living to All About art and everything … Read More

Tourism Red Deer’s Staycation Summer 2021

Summer Staycation Savings (July 12 – September 7, 2021) Tourism Red Deer is excited to offer central Albertans and their friends and families a Summer Staycation program so they can #getoutofthegrey and #experiencethecolours of Tourism Red Deer. Locals and visitors alike can escape the day to day to enjoy our summer and #explorereddeersbackyard with some help from Tourism Red Deer … Read More

Treasure hunt looks to spark local tourism

Deer Hunt

A local podcast has teamed up with Tourism Red Deer to help get friends and families out and about this summer. The Oh, Deer… podcast, run by Red Deerians Ryan Lund, Kevin Walsh, Dustin Moore, and Ted Emmett, hosts the (Oh) Deer Hunt from July 11-17, a city-wide treasure hunt for Central Albertans of all ages. “Kevin and I came … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Li’l Diner 2/42 Go

Our tourism industry is built by people with passion, a hard work ethic, and a brilliant idea!  There’s no doubt, those same people had to shed some blood, sweat and tears to achieve their goals.  For Jolene Bjarnason, the owner/operator of Li’l Diner 2/42, you can add patience.  Here’s the story of the little red food truck that could. Tell us about … Read More

Things to do this Canada Day!

Looking for ways to celebrate Canada Day? Keep reading for a variety of activities happening in and around Red Deer.  While Canada Day celebrations at Bower Ponds will not happen this year the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will host Heritage Celebration Fireworks at Westerner Park. The gates open at 10:15 pm for you to come into the parking lot, settle and watch the lightshow at 11pm. Since restrictions will be lifted that day, you do not have … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Chillabong’s Bar & Grill

Chillabong's Bar & Grill

Part of the Red Deer community for over 25 years, Chillabong’s Bar & Grill has been serving up feel-good food and drinks in their friendly neighbourhood pub since 1996. If you haven’t come to know this local favourite, then you will want to add them to your dining plans very soon. Chillabong’s Bar & Grill is family owned and operated … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (the MAG), showcases a variety of scheduled art and history-related exhibits. With an artifacts collection consisting of more than 90,000 objects representing donations by over 3,000 individuals from Red Deer and the surrounding area. Located between the Golden Circle and Recreation Centre in downtown Red Deer; this not-for-profit organization was established as the Red … Read More

How to Cool Off This Summer

Kin Kanyon

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 … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Destination HISTORY

“Our goal is to create innovative products that deliver results for our clients” – Mark Collings, President of Destination HISTORY Tell us about your company? “We are a multi-media storytelling company and our core business is storytelling,” says Mark Collings, President of Destination HISTORY. “We believe stories are the most effective way to connect with tourists and attract them to … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Ellis Bird Farm

Ellis Bird Farm is both a non-profit company and a working farm, established in 1982 to carry on the legacy of Lacombe-area conservationists, Charlie and Winnie Ellis. With the eventual sale of the farm to Union Carbide Canada Limited (UCCL) in 1982, the purchasers would make sure the Bluebirds were cared for and thus the non-profit organization of Ellis Bird … Read More

Things To Do for Father’s Day

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Central Alberta is a wonderful place to celebrate Father’s Day and what better way to let dad know how special he is than the gift of time. From brunch at his favourite restaurant like Chillabong’s Bar & Grill to biking along the fabulous Waskasoo Park Trails of Red Deer or play a free game of Disc Golf. With so many … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Trenville Park

Trek east of Red Deer and you will find one of Central Alberta’s best-kept secrets set near the banks of the Red Deer River, Trenville Park. This mature and meticulously cared-for campground is a hidden-away campers paradise with breathtaking views, river access, densely treed sites and numerous amenities onsite and nearby to add to your experience. Operated by Wendy and … Read More

Water Access for Your Canoes, Kayaks and Paddle Boards

Looking for more places to use your kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board? Here in Red Deer’s Backyard you will find wonderful lakes, rivers and ponds all waiting for you to explore. The Red Deer River is a great place to go paddling, with several access locations, from the A-Soo-Wuh-Um Day use area by the Penhold Bridge to Content … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with DNA Gardens

DNA Gardens

Dave and Arden Delidais are the owners and operators of DNA Gardens located in Red Deer County near Elnora, Alberta. When they were married in 1975 Arden’s passion for gardening prompted her to plant the fruit orchards, still producing on their farm today. This determined duo has grown their business into a rather extraordinary rural Alberta experience. Not only are … Read More