Antiquing

Consummate collectors, dedicated decorators, and hunters of history have numerous options in central Alberta when embarking on a day of antiques shopping. Visitors can attend farm, household or estate auctions, run by a number of local auction houses.  Farm sales especially, can be a lot of fun; mingling with the locals, enjoying the countryside, eating homemade pie, excavating pioneer keepsakes … Read More

Golf in the Red Deer Region

After a leisurely warm-up on Wolf Creek’s driving range and putting green, you tee off on your first of 36 legendary and tough links style holes. The wind is warm and gusty, the big blue sky is perfectly clear and the bright sun flickers on the long wet grass that frames the fairway. Now tell me, does it get any better than … Read More

Have a Drink on Us – What is Red Deer’s Signature Drink?

Troubled Monk Open Road Ale

Calgary invented the Caesar and the province’s only fruit winery is in Strathcona County, so we’ve been thinking: What is Red Deer’s signature drink? Here are four contenders for this prestigious, and totally made up by us, title. Open Road American Brown Ale Winner of the silver award at the 2016 World Beer Cup, this smooth and malty brown ale … 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

Rockin’ in Red Deer – Three of Red Deer’s best live music venues

You’ve practiced your stand-up air drums long enough now – it’s time to show off your impeccable technique at a real live show this weekend. Here are three great places to rock your socks off in Red Deer. Funky beats at The Vat Consistently voted Red Deer’s #1 live music venue (for like 13 years now), The Vat Pub has … Read More

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

Much like Nanaimo bars and butter tarts, puffed wheat squares are Canadian treasure, but did you know that they are thought to be invented in Red Deer? In 1913, Maritimer Alfred James Russell settled in Red Deer and opened a candy store. The store was located on Red Deer’s Ross St., not far from where The Hub now sits. A.J. … 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

We celebrate Central Alberta golf: Three signature holes

In celebration of the many amazing golf courses in and around Red Deer, we bring you three of Central Alberta’s signature holes. Wind, sand and knee-high grasses Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka is one of Alberta’s best and most unique courses. It’s an old world Scottish-style links course with the challenges of sandy dunes, knee-high grasses and a wild … Read More

Earn your bragging rights on Canada’s longest golf hole

Remember that time you got that hole in one and you talked about it for months? You know what, even if it was glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, it was pretty awesome. Well, we’ve got a new way to earn your bragging rights – conquer Canada’s longest golf hole at The Nursery Golf & Country Club in Central Alberta. 41,000 trees is a … Read More

Hit the Trails – Central Alberta Bicycle Club

Red Deer is home to nearly 100,000 people, and in the recent integrated movement study it was found that nearly 80% of those work within 5km of their home. Evan Harbinson, secretary of the Central Alberta Bicyle Club (CABC), said that knowing how close people work to where they live, it’s curious as to why more people aren’t on bicycles. … Read More

Three Places For Busy Kids: Where to run your kids in Red Deer

When your little ones are bouncing off the walls at home, you have your go-to parks and favourite playgrounds. But where do you go when you’re on the road and the monkeys start running in circles yelling “Blast off!” at the top of their lungs? Here are three great places for kids to burn off steam when you’re in Red … Read More

A Camping Getaway in Central Alberta

Let me paint you a picture. After a long day building sandcastles on the beach and burying dad in the sand, you return to your campsite in the trees, watch mom light a monster campfire (she was a girl guide), roast wienies, toast marshmallows and swap spooky stories under the sparkling stars. Since there are a whopping 35 campgrounds in … 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

Your Call – Best Dining in Red Deer

In a city of almost 100,000 people, Red Deer has a multitude of restaurants to choose from for any given day or meal. After asking Tourism Red Deer’s Facebook fans where they prefer to eat, there were a few clear top choices. Original Joe’s got top votes and comments ranging from “best atmosphere” to “best food and service”. People mentioned … Read More

Central Alberta Golfing Destinations

Golf courses are abundant in the Red Deer Region. With over two dozen courses within a hour drive, golfers of all skill levels are sure to find a place to play. Some of Alberta’s finest golf courses are located within a short drive of Red Deer. Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka has played host to a number of high … Read More

Top Ten Red Deer Experiences

If you were on a flight back home and a tourist seated beside you asked what the Top 10 Experiences are while visiting Red Deer, what would you say? Here is our first go at ten amazing attractions in Red Deer – we’d love to hear yours!  Hear a loon, at dusk, on McKenzie Trail “McKenzie Trails Recreation Area is a … 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