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

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

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