Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions.
Biking, hiking, jogging, bird watching, picnics and peaceful walks can all be enjoyed in various parks and facilities within the Waskasoo Park trail system.
Ranch Loop – 7.5 km
Starting at Heritage Ranch and back via Bower Ponds and Taylor Bridge, the riverside setting provides a beautiful introduction to Waskasoo Park and a variety of leisure opportunities.
Chief Loop – 10 km
Starting at Great Chief Park and back via Gaetz Ave Bridge and Heritage Ranch the Chief Loop appeals to sports teams, families and groups with its range of activities, trails and connecting ponds.
Lions Loop – 5.5 km
Lions Campground and back via Bower Ponds, Taylor Bridge and 48 Ave Bridge is located next to the river and trail system and near downtown.
North Bank Trail – 9 km
From Heritage Ranch to the end of the trail north of Three Mile Bend provides trails along the river that offer abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Devonian Trail – 5 km
From Gaetz Park (confluence Waskasoo Creek and Red Deer River) to the top of Kin Kanyon, hiking and biking trails meander thru Rotary Park and Kin Canyon along the beautiful creek valley, all the way to the Westerner grounds via the 3 km of paved Bower Woods Trail
River Bend Golf & Recreation Area – 4 km
This championship course is surrounded by wooded hiking trails and offers scenic canoeing and fishing in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary – 5 km
The Gaetz Lake Sanctuary is set aside as a refuge for native plants, animals and birds. Trails, viewing decks and a bird-blind introduce you to a variety of habitats..
McKenzie Trails Recreation Area – 2.3 km
Terrain from meadow to spruce forest, paved hiking trails and a canoe launch complete this oasis. The main pond near the picnic shelter and playground area is home to dozens of Canada geese that raise their families on the islands and stay all summer.
Maskepetoon Park – 3 km
Maskepetoon Park is a 30 hectare parcel of land within the Waskasoo Park system located along the city’s western boundary.