The Red Deer region is well known for its remarkable trail system and its commitment to preserving nature and wildlife. It was here in Red Deer in 1924 that Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary was established on almost 118 hectares of protected land within the city limits. Today there are more than 100 kilometres of trails inside the city and almost 3,000 kilometres more in the region connecting communities and people with nature.
Lakes, wetlands, rivers, meadows, and forests can all be explored right inside the City of Red Deer and you’ll see many species of birds and mammals along the way. If you’re lucky, you might spot an eagle, an owl, beaver or even a moose in your wanderings.
Pop into the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to learn more about area’s wildlife, take part in an educational program or go on a guided nature walk. The Centre rents snowshoes in the winter, making nature walks a year-round activity. Central Alberta also has a very active group of local naturalists. The Red Deer River Naturalists established a branch in the city in 1906 and operates a bird focus group, a flower focus group, a young naturalists’ club and runs a monthly speaker series from fall to spring.
Exercising outside is easy and enjoyable thanks to an extensive paved trail system that is beloved by joggers, walkers and cyclists, much of which is cleared of snow in the winter. Outdoor gym facilities are located at various places along the trail system along with benches, playgrounds and picnic areas. Those who want to cycle even further can hop on the Trans Canada Trail that connects The City of Red Deer with The Town of Blackfalds and The City of Lacombe.
If paddling is your preferred mode of transportation and you have your own canoe or kayak, you’ll find several places to launch it within the city. If you want to rent a boat, head to Bower Ponds where you’ll find canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals in summer and skate and toboggan rentals in winter.
When you’re in the Red Deer region it’s easy to connect with nature and stay active, because hiking, cycling, boating, jogging, skiing and walking spaces are right in your backyard. You’ll enjoy our trails and appreciate our nature-loving ways.