Autumn brings change and we reflect on the Market season

Playing a guitar at the market

The leaves have changed, many have fallen, the mornings are becoming frosty and getting dark earlier. With the seasons of change means Red Deer’s two summer markets have finished for the season. We were very fortunate to see these two organizations persevere. Given the current conditions, we still met in the outdoors and enjoyed fantastic food, live music, and local … Read More

Quaint Places – Norwegian Laft Hus

Log built house with grass on the roof

Have you had to chance to check out the Norwegian laft Hus? If not, then now is the time. It is a small quaint cultural museum located in Heritage Square directly south of the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. An authentic replica of a 17th-century log farmhouse from the Numedal district in Norway, it captivates your imagination, with its … Read More

Thankful for Connections

Fall trees with colourful leaves framing a path

With our bellies now full of turkey and pumpkin pie and our souls topped off with moments of connection, we can sigh in relief, loosen our belts and reflect on all we truly have to be thankful for. Holiday time has been cherished over the ages as a time to slow down, gather loved ones, share stories and memories of … Read More

Dog Parks in Red Deer

Small dog and their owner using the agility park

Our dogs are our greatest source of happiness; they provide us unconditional love, constant companionship and make us laugh when we are feeling down. They can also be destructive if they do not get enough exercise, so getting them out is a must. Here in Red Deer, we are very fortunate. Not only do we have an abundance of trails … Read More

Ten things to do this Thanksgiving – October 09 – 12, 2020

Family taking a selfie in front of a corn maze

If you are looking for somewhere to go for Thanksgiving or family is over, and you don’t feel like cooking, then come on down to The Westlake Grill at Heritage Ranch for their Five Course Thanksgiving Dinner featuring fall flavours and local products. They have three seating at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm. October 9-12 reservations are a … Read More

Michael O’Brien Wetlands

Fall leaves reflecting in a large pond with Canada Geese

For those who love to go walking and are looking for a short, easy, and picturesque walk, Michael O’Brien Wetlands in Clearview North would be a perfect choice. It is a 1.4km walking loop surrounded by ponds, paved trails, little bridges, and various plant life. The colours are outstanding in the spring/summer, green with dense willows and cattails dominating the … Read More

Quaint Places – Diners

Customers in booths with black & white checkered floor

When we think of diners, its breakfast all day, Diner-Style French Fries, going back in time and best of all, milkshakes. Diners originally started in Providence, Rhode Island in 1872 with Walter Scott’s horse-drawn lunch Wagon, then slowly morphed into the more prefabricated kind, long and narrow, with a streamlined appearance. Old railway or streetcars became popular as diners with … Read More

Jammin’ it Up at The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Pouring Strawberry Jam

Last week I had the good fortune to try my hand at Jam making hosted by The Jungle Farm and The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Being a farm girl from Saskatchewan, home preserves were commonplace in our house, berry picking was a family event, and the making jam was a necessity that our mom took pride in. Having the … Read More

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins opens at the MAG

Submitted by Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery “When your dress up real nice, your spirit loves that.” – Sharon Baptiste, Women’s Traditional Dancer and Knowledge Keeper. Meaning, respect and love – these are the qualities that a dancer’s regalia carries. The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) invites you to learn about the origins of the powwow and … Read More

What’s Happening in Red Deer This Weekend October 2 to 4, 2020

Bison statue made out of metal at Fort Normandeau

The weekend is upon us, and now is the time to check out some of the great things happening. Starting Friday, October 2-3, Spartan is taking over Heritage Ranch for the Hurricane Heat, a team-based adventure challenge that trades course distance over time. There are still a few spots left; you can register by going to Red Deer Spartan Hurricane … Read More

What’s Happening in October 2020

View over Red Deer of Autumn Colours

Fall is here, and with it comes Autumn colours, cooler evenings, the end of harvest and yes, the last day of daylight savings, October 31. This month allows for time to reconnect with family, pumpkin spice lattes, dressing up for Halloween and being thankful for the abundance of offerings here in Red Deer’s backyard. So grab a light jacket and … Read More

Quaint Places

Ouside view of Solorzano

Red Deer has several beautiful and historic homes from the Allen Bungalow to the Parsons Residence. These homes come with a history and some pretty good stories as well. In August, we had the pleasure of joining some friends at the newly opened Solorzano Café & Wine Bar in the beautiful Solorzano Spa, formerly known as the Historic McIntosh House, … Read More

Insider Info on the Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

Kerry Wood Nature Centre Entrance

Submitted by Kerry Wood Nature Centre There’s something for every interest and every age at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and most of it is free! It really is a hidden gem in the heart of Red Deer. The story of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary as we know it today begins with James and Elizabeth Wishart, … Read More

Cycling The Great Trail From Red Deer To Lacombe

Pointing out the signs to follow

If you are ever looking for a great cycling trip, the Red Deer to Lacombe experience would be one of my favourites. It is part of the Great Trail and perfect for the cyclist who wants to experience our rural and city trails. Let me give you some insight into how our last trip went. We started the cycling journey … Read More

Don’t Miss The Final Weekend of Alberta Culture Days

kids doing art

Here are some fun things to do during our last weekend of September as we celebrate Alberta Culture Days. To kick off our final weekend, we have A Celebration of Red Deer’s Cultural Riches happening at the Festival Hall this Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Central Alberta Refugee Efforts, in partnership with Urban Aboriginal Voices Society … Read More

Pond Dipping With Kat – Kerry Wood Nature Centre

Pond Dipping

Kerry Wood Nature Centre is a priceless asset to the City of Red Deer, from their Green Deer Spring Cleanup to their Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup initiatives and everywhere in between. They also provide educational programs, workshops for young and old, running  Historic Fort Normandeau and its programming.   Tourism Red Deer had the good fortune to be on location … Read More

Quaint Places – Cronquist House

Cronquist House with man and kids on bikes

Have you had a chance to visit the Cronquist House? If not, then make sure you take the time.  It’s a beautiful 8-bedroom Victorian-style farmhouse, with a Queen Anne Tower and a wonderful inviting wrap-around porch. The perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying afternoon tea, a lovely salad or perhaps some old-fashioned yummy apple crisp. Not only is it an … Read More

The Music Scene in Red Deer

summer patios, Live music, Ross Street - Red Deer

With the announcement of indoor singing, limited band practice, and wind instrument concerts allowed again in Alberta; we would like to share with you what’s happening in the music scene this September as we Explore Red Deer’s Backyard. The Ross Street Patio is an amazing venue. On Friday evening, September 18, starting at 7:00 pm, Save Our Stage Music Originals … Read More

Seven Fun Things to do during Culture Days this Weekend

With Alberta Culture days happening all month long, we would like to highlight some of the great things that are happening this weekend as you Explore Red Deer’s Backyard. Music on Ross Street Patio is always fun, and this Friday evening starting at 7:00 pm, Save Our Stage Music Originals Open Mic will be entertaining us with original music from … Read More

Quaint Places in Red Deer’s Backyard

To come to Red Deer and the surrounding communities is to visit an area filled with history, interesting people, memorable experiences, and yes, quaint places. Tea houses like the Cronquist House or maybe a unique store like the Country Cupboard, or buildings like the Old Canadian Pacific Railway Station. Architectural jewels that perhaps you have not thought about for a … Read More