Red Deer Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Bwana_Brown
  • Mackenzie (#19) plays the game
    Mackenzie (#19) plays the game
    by Bwana_Brown
  • Kevin's 1500 Dodge Ram 4WD & snowmobile trailer
    Kevin's 1500 Dodge Ram 4WD & snowmobile...
    by Bwana_Brown

Most Recent Things to Do in Red Deer

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    Ice hockey

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 31, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mackenzie (#19) plays the game
    1 more image

    As the timing worked out, the first weekend that my wife and I as well as all our daughters, their husbands and our grandchildren converged on Red Deer coincided with a hockey tournament being played in 'nearby' Caroline, toward the west and not far south of Rocky Mountain House. Consequently, we all went for a pleasant winter's drive where we were able to watch a tournament featuring players in the 7-8 year old age bracket from various parts of the province.

    Our 'entry', Mackenzie, was the only girl playing on the boys team from Cold Lake and acquited herself quite well. It was fun to watch these novices make their 'moves' as our entire clan watched from the elevated seating in the rink (2nd photo). Both my wife and I were very surprised to find that this rink was named the Kurt Browning Arena, for this was the very small home village of one of Canada's major World and Olympic figure skating champions/competitors. Unfortunately, the attached Kurt Browning Museum was closed on this Saturday afternoon, so we did not have a chance to check out its exhibits. However, the hot dogs and chocolate drinks went down quite well as we watched the games take place!

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Red Deer's Great Parks

    by OMGWTFBBQ Written Dec 18, 2009

    Red Deer doesn't have many tourist attractions, but if you love nature, Red Deer is great. With an expansive trail system that spans the entire city, following the river, a person can almost get anywhere without having to walk down busy streets. Along these trails are great parks like Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Kerry Wood Nature Center.
    Bower Ponds is a man-made pond to the north of downtown, just across the Taylor Drive bridge. Paddle boats and canoes can be rented to go out on the pond which serves as a habitat for ducks, canadian geese, fish, muskrats, beavers and birds. There is also nearby Great Chief Park, which is a great area for picnics.
    Heritage ranch is found just off of highway 2 behind the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. There they offer many things, some of which include horseback rides and hayrides around the surrounding terrain.
    The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is a great spot for a picnic. The Gaetz Lakes are two small lakes that serve as a home for many of the same types of animals as Bower Ponds. It is great for picnics.
    Kerry Wood Nature Center is a park located along the river valley in downtown Red Deer. There, you will find an interpretive center that has information about the ecosystem of Red Deer and surrounding areas. Kerry Wood Nature Center also offers outdoor nature tours of their facility.
    Red Deer's paths are paved and treed, making for a lovely walk or bicycle ride.

    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching

    Was this review helpful?

  • Red Deer's Great Parks

    by OMGWTFBBQ Written Dec 18, 2009

    Red Deer doesn't have many tourist attractions, but if you love nature, Red Deer is great. With an expansive trail system that spans the entire city, following the river, a person can almost get anywhere without having to walk down busy streets. Along these trails are great parks like Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Kerry Wood Nature Center.
    Bower Ponds is a man-made pond to the north of downtown, just across the Taylor Drive bridge. Paddle boats and canoes can be rented to go out on the pond which serves as a habitat for ducks, canadian geese, fish, muskrats, beavers and birds. There is also nearby Great Chief Park, which is a great area for picnics.
    Heritage ranch is found just off of highway 2 behind the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. There they offer many things, some of which include horseback rides and hayrides around the surrounding terrain.
    The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is a great spot for a picnic. The Gaetz Lakes are two small lakes that serve as a home for many of the same types of animals as Bower Ponds. It is great for picnics.
    Kerry Wood Nature Center is a park located along the river valley in downtown Red Deer. There, you will find an interpretive center that has information about the ecosystem of Red Deer and surrounding areas. Kerry Wood Nature Center also offers outdoor nature tours of their facility.
    Red Deer's paths are paved and treed, making for a lovely walk or bicycle ride.

    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

  • Red Deer's Great Parks

    by OMGWTFBBQ Written Dec 18, 2009

    Red Deer doesn't have many tourist attractions, but if you love nature, Red Deer is great. With an expansive trail system that spans the entire city, following the river, a person can almost get anywhere without having to walk down busy streets. Along these trails are great parks like Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Kerry Wood Nature Center.
    Bower Ponds is a man-made pond to the north of downtown, just across the Taylor Drive bridge. Paddle boats and canoes can be rented to go out on the pond which serves as a habitat for ducks, canadian geese, fish, muskrats, beavers and birds. There is also nearby Great Chief Park, which is a great area for picnics.
    Heritage ranch is found just off of highway 2 behind the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. There they offer many things, some of which include horseback rides and hayrides around the surrounding terrain.
    The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is a great spot for a picnic. The Gaetz Lakes are two small lakes that serve as a home for many of the same types of animals as Bower Ponds. It is great for picnics.
    Kerry Wood Nature Center is a park located along the river valley in downtown Red Deer. There, you will find an interpretive center that has information about the ecosystem of Red Deer and surrounding areas. Kerry Wood Nature Center also offers outdoor nature tours of their facility.
    Red Deer's paths are paved and treed, making for a lovely walk or bicycle ride.

    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    A walk in the park

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 8, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The view from the parking lot as we start out
    3 more images

    One of my pet-minding duties for the three cats and a dog, Copper, we were looking after was to take Copper on two or three walks each day. After several days of just doing the rounds of the subdivision we were staying in, I decided it was time for Copper to have some real exercise, so we headed off to Red Deer's scenic Rotary Park.

    Located close to the city centre, Copper and I descended Spruce Drive (2nd photo) at just after 9 AM on a crisp -13 C morning as the sun had not yet had a chance to exert its full effects. This is a popular picnic area that serves as an access point to many kilometers of trails that run through this part of Red Deer, but it was just about deserted on this cold February morning!

    As usual, Copper immediately had his nose to the ground savouring the various smells as he took off uphill, dragging me along to the peak of Piper's Mountain (3rd photo). Once we reached the top, we had a nice view over the main downtown core of Red Deer (4th photo). I gave him a good workout on this outing as we descended by a different route, went around through the various wooded sections of Rotary Park and then back up to the summit again by a new path! That must have taught him a lesson because he slept almost the entire remainder of the day. This park has a great system of walking trails through the large trees growing here beside a small creek that eventually enters the Red Deer River.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    Snowmobiling

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 17, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Kevin's 1500 Dodge Ram 4WD & snowmobile trailer
    3 more images

    Carolyn's husband Ryan does a lot of ice-fishing, so my eldest daughter's husband Kevin and their son Caleb accompanied us as we headed out for an early afternoon ice-fishing trip on Pine Lake, located about a half-hour drive south and east of Red Deer. My son-in-law Kevin had brought his 5.7 litre Dodge 1500 4WD pick-up truck from Cold Lake, Alberta so we used that for our transportation. By mid-February the lake had frozen to 2-feet (0.6-m) thick, so it was safe to drive out onto the ice to find a good fishing hole to try our luck.

    However, we also had to try out the Arctic Cat snowmobile we had brought along with us (2nd photo). Because we really had come to do ice-fishing we did not have the proper helmets with facemasks with us for snowmobiling. As you can see in the 3rd photo, my face is red and on the way toward frostbite from the effects of high speed combined with an air temperature of -18 C! We had a great time taking turns as we fooled around on the snowmobile while waiting for the fish to bite! Nothing like a frozen lake if you really want to open the throttle on one of these machines. This one has a high centre of gravity so it is best to learn to lean to the inside when making sharp turns at high speeds!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Adventure Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    Hauling in a big one!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 15, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Caleb & Ryan with their Northern Pike
    2 more images

    It always helps to know the characteristics of the body of water you are fishing in! With Ryan's knowledge of both fishing and the layout of Pine Lake, he and my grandson Caleb were able to land this good-sized Northern Pike toward the end of our afternoon of fishing on Pine Lake. This specimen was by no means a giant, since these freshwater predators can grow to be about 1.5-m (5-ft) in length and weigh up to about 30-kg (67-lb). Amongst their favourite prey are other fish (including smaller ones of its own species), as well as water voles and ducklings. Although they are a good sportfish, their bone-filled bodies can make eating them a cautious experience! We released this one back down the ice-hole after the photo was taken.

    In the second photo, Ryan and Caleb are at one of their earlier holes where a combination of frozen minnows and live maggots succeeded in luring a small Yellow Perch onto the hook. Using this larger live fish, they then moved closer to shore where Ryan punched a new hole through the ice in a shallower area he knew was frequented by Pike. It was not long after they set up their automated fishing-line holder (3rd photo) that they hauled in the Northern Pike that had been attracted to fresh prey.

    Related to:
    • Fishing
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    Ice fishing

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 15, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ryan's ice-auger bores through the 2-ft. thick ice
    2 more images

    Thanks to Ryan we were well-equipped with gear for the wintertime sport of ice-fishing, and he also knew the best spots to dip our hooks below the frozen surface. It was about -18 C but with little wind when we arrived at the lake, very popular in summer for boating and swimming - with many cottages along its shores.

    One handy piece of gear was the motorized ice-auger, which quickly bored through the 2-ft (0.6-m) sheet of ice covering the lake. The 2nd photo shows where some of the lake water has splashed around one of our several holes as we used it to clear out any residual slush in the hole - it only takes a few minutes for things to start re-freezing in those temperatures! Next to the hole is a handy plastic seat and two short fishing rods for dangling our bait 10-20 ft to the lake bottom.

    The final photo shows our overall setup of a black plastic wind-hut, the truck we used to drive out onto the lake and Kevin and Caleb as they roar by on our snowmobile. We finally struck it big (next tip!).

    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Fishing

    Was this review helpful?

  • jojocan's Profile Photo

    A whole day of fun

    by jojocan Written Jun 28, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Bunnies

    Heritage Ranch looks like a great place to spend a day (as long as its not raining, which it was when I was there, so I didn't get to see much).

    They have stables, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, walking trails, the works. It would be such a great place to bring a picnic lunch and explore all day!

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • jojocan's Profile Photo

    Not your average Museum

    by jojocan Written Jun 28, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Wheelchair Races!!!

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Red Deer is amazing. There is so many things to look at, and most are interactive! If I was a kid, I would have had way more fun here.

    You can throw a baseball, shoot hockey pucks, wheelchair race, be a sports announcer, watch video clips of sports games, and so much more. I just couldn't believe the amount of things to actually do, instead of just walk around and read.

    It was so much fun!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • jenniferhen's Profile Photo

    Just like any other city in...

    by jenniferhen Written Sep 8, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Just like any other city in the world, events will change with the seasons and months. I would say that the one major attraction here in Red Deer has to be our trail system for bikes and bladers. It is really one of the best you will find around this area.
    We also have a top ranking hockey team called the Red Deer Rebels. If you are into catching a good hockey game at a fraction of the price, check out one of these games.
    It is local and there is not one bad seat in the building....remember it is small.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Darby2's Profile Photo

    Red Deer is gateway to the...

    by Darby2 Written Feb 25, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Red Deer is gateway to the Rocky Mountains via the scenic David Thompson Highway. This photo shows Cirrus Mountain and the mist-shrouded Weeping Wall, a destination for ice climbers during the winter.

    Related to:
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

  • Rice_Paper's Profile Photo

    If you have the time, drop by...

    by Rice_Paper Written Aug 26, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you have the time, drop by a Red Deer Rebels hockey game. It's junior hockey at its finest...before the big salaries and contract disputes as seen at the NHL level. Just 'kids' (youths??? hahahah) who love playing hockey.
    It's cheap and good fun at just $10-$20 a game with good...if not, great seats.

    Was this review helpful?

  • jenniferhen's Profile Photo

    Aurora Borealis

    by jenniferhen Updated Mar 31, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Look up into the sky and watch the lights dance across the sky magically! It is amazing as it sounds and I hope that on your trip to my country that you get to see this amazing natural wonder!:)

    Was this review helpful?

  • Simonneeddy's Profile Photo

    Rent a camper and travel...

    by Simonneeddy Written Feb 25, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rent a camper and travel through the ROCKY MOUNTAINS
    The most beautiful scenerey possible. Great highways with constant mountain views and wildlife in the Parks.

    Related to:
    • Camping

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Red Deer

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

74 travelers online now

Comments

Red Deer Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Red Deer things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Red Deer sightseeing.

View all Red Deer hotels