International Trails Day – (Part 2)

Mitchell Pond - Heritage Ranch Trails

DID YOU KNOW? The largest and best-known trail system in central Alberta, at a total of 133 km (excluding mountain bike and equestrian trails) is in the City of Red Deer, much of which is part of Waskasoo Park. There are 85 km paved and the remainder 45 km is natural (mulch or shale). This does not include the trails … Read More

International Trails Day – (Part 1)

The Great Trail between Blackfalds and Lacombe

International Trails Day (June 5, 2021) is a day annually dedicated to celebrating trails, their development, uses and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. We can celebrate Trails Day in Red Deer by taking the time to explore the over 130 km of trails (excluding Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trails) that meander throughout the city and neighbouring communities. Here is a … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Edgar Farms 

Known best for being Alberta’s largest asparagus operation, Edgar Farms also grows acres of sweet fresh garden peas, sugar snap and snow peas, broad beans, yellow beans, green beans, pea tendrils and rhubarb. If these farm-fresh veggies aren’t enough, some are also transformed into decadent preserves, pies and soups to heat and serve from your own kitchen. Available at various … Read More

Tourism Week – Your Accommodation

Planning a visit in the Red Deer region, why rush? Make it an overnighter. You won’t be disappointed!  There are so many types of accommodations to choose from as you plan your stay in central Alberta. Depending on your preference, you can select from quaint B&Bs, cozy inns, hotel chains with reward programs, comfy cabins or a variety of campgrounds. … Read More

Tourism Week – Tourism Red Deer’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Experience

Central Alberta has been instrumental in showcasing and hosting the works from artists, talented musicians, performers, dancers and actors alike! Rich in arts, culture and heritage, this region has so much to offer locals and visitors. From the sweet sounds of jazz at a restaurant, to the rock steady beats heard on stage, to the story-telling sounds of an orchestra … Read More

Tourism Week – Tourism Red Deer’s Food & Beverage Scene

Whether it’s a fresh cup of coffee, some sweet baked treats, a delicious family meal, a fine glass of wine, or a perfectly poured pint of craft beer, you’ll find it here at Tourism Red Deer. This local food and beverage industry has emerged over past several years into a must experience when you visit this amazing region.  The reason … Read More

Tourism Week – Outdoor Recreation

Red Deer and its neighbouring communities have an amazing number of outdoor recreational activities for everyone to experience, from the beginner to the elite.   In the winter, we love to play on the white stuff! Here in central Alberta we’re lucky to have great locations for downhill skiing, tubing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  If it’s the ice you prefer, finding a place to skate, play hockey, or try some ice fishing … Read More

Get out of the grey, experience the colours

As we celebrate Tourism Week, we take the time to reflect on how much we appreciate the local faces and places that make Tourism Red Deer what it is today.  These people are our community ambassadors, they are passionate, creative and resilient individuals. Looking forward to making the most of our central Alberta summer, we at Tourism Red Deer are … Read More

Tourism Week – A message from Tourism Red Deer’s Board Chair

Dear Members and Community, The board of Tourism Red Deer would like to welcome you to celebrate Tourism Week 2021! This year, we aim to recognize the resilience of the industry through this unprecedented time. During May 23rd to May 30th, we nationally recognize the contributions that Central Alberta’s tourism sector makes to the economy and local community. We salute … Read More

Tourism Week – P.S. We miss you

In the midst of Tourism Week, we continue our features on Tourism Red Deer.  This time something a little different. For the past 14 months, the world has been put through the ringer. One of the hardest hit during the pandemic, has been the tourism industry. It’s hard to explain what some of those people have had to experience, and … Read More

Ten Things To Do this Victoria Day Long Weekend

Ellis Bird Farm

It’s May long weekend and time for us to explore the fun things we can do here in #RedDeersBackyard. For you bird lovers, Ellis Bird Farm is opening Victoria Day Monday, May 24, stroll the trails, take in the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird boxes or take a tour out to their bluebird trail. Camping is always top of … Read More

Bike to Work Day – May 21st

May 21st is Bike to Work Day, and we would like to encourage fellow Albertans, to leave the car at home, grab a helmet and cycle their way. Biking not only improves your health, but it also reduces carbon emissions, reduces traffic congestion, and elevates your mood. With the popularity of biking increasing, bikes have also become more valuable and … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Ram River Tours – Ram Rides

Ram River Tours - Ram Rides

Experience Alberta high country with true Alberta ranchers and outfitters, Ram River Tours – Ram Rides. Sharmane Hindbo, husband Lorne and daughter Amy along with their dedicated extended family of staff and animals, have been offering a taste of true Western living since 1988. Those that are passionate about or curious about the ways of ranch life, horses and breathtaking … Read More

Bike Safety

With “Bike to Work Day” coming up on May 21st, it is time to get those bikes out of storage, tuned up and ready to hit the trails. Many of our trails are multi-purpose, so there are times they can be rather busy with a mix of walkers, runners, hikers, skateboarders, and bikers. Please be courteous of others and slow … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Bower Ponds Recreation

Bower Ponds Recreation

The Bower Ponds area just off the Red Deer River boasts an expansive and mature park setting with ample wildlife. It features a series of interconnecting ponds with gushing fountains and is bordered by nearly 2 km of paved trails. You will also find a fishing dock, playground, pollinator park, patio, outdoor washrooms, and a natural amphitheatre with a covered … Read More

Mother’s Day Weekend

Gasoline Alley Farmers' Market

Mother’s Day is this weekend, have you made plans? Not to worry, we are here to help! Here is a list of things to do in and around Red Deer to help make this Mother’s Day weekend extra special for these extraordinary ladies. Here are some of the wonderful things we can do to give mom a break and help … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesday with Sweet Market Esso

Sweet Market Esso

Just south of the City in Gasoline Alley, you will find the Sweet Market Esso, nestled along the westside of bustling Leva Avenue. A drive along this roadway will take locals and visitors into the popular shopping area, dotted with endless dining and service options to suit anyone’s needs. So, what is this Sweet Market Esso all about, you ask? … Read More

Things to Do This Weekend

The Nursery Golf & Country Club

Bring on the weekend and bring on the month of May! Plans for a warmer weekend may have been put on pause according to the forecast, but wait 5 minutes, it is Alberta… things could change, and we would want you prepared. Whether this weekend or next there are plenty of activities to keep you and the family entertained while enjoying … Read More

Tourism Talk Tuesdays with Sun Sport Recreation

Sun Sport Recreation

Sun Sport Recreation has been offering high-quality outdoor product rentals and experiences in Central Alberta (Sylvan Lake) since 1998. This locally owned and operated business is on a mission to get people outside and enjoying unique outdoor experiences no matter the season. Sitting on the banks of one of Alberta’s most sought-after lakes is Sun Sport Recreation, conveniently located off … Read More

Volunteer Week April 18 – 24

Westerner Park Volunteers

Help us to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 18 – 24 by recognizing these wonderful volunteers and their contributions to communities at large. Many nonprofit businesses rely on volunteers to assist in operations and keep things running smoothly and there are plenty of ways your time can help. Volunteer Canada’s motto for National Volunteer Week 2021is “The Value of One, … Read More