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01 Trails And Nature 07 Churches of Red Deer 08 Family Activites 10 Splash Parks and Pools 11 Historical Attractions 12 Campgrounds 13 Farmerâ€™s Markets 14 Test your Toughness 16 Entertainment 18 Downtown & Nightlife 20 Golfing in Central Alberta 22 Central Alberta Communities 29 Music and Art 30 Sport Facilities
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CONNECT WITH NATURE 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.
Trail Loops Ranch Loop – 7.5 km
Lions Loop – 5.5 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.
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.
Chief Loop – 10 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.
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.
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Museum SSunnybrook Farm Museum ccelebrates the early days of Alberta farming. Find your A rrural ru u roots as you explore Red d Deer’s oldest ld farm. f Imagine the lives of pioneer farm families working in the field, milking the family cow in the dairy barn, repairing a plow in the blacksmith shop, or baking bread in the summer kitchen. Enjoy a selfguided interpretive tour of our 10-acre site just North of Bower Mall and a visit with the farm animals that spend the summer with us. 4701 - 30 Street, Red Deer Open daily 9am-5pm and weekends in summer Admission by donation Phone (403) 340-3511 www.sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca
North Bank Trail – 9 km
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. Since 1924, the sanctuary has been protected as a federal migratory bird sanctuary. Trails, viewing decks and a bird-blind introduce you to a variety of habitats. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre provides activities, exhibits.
McKenzie Trail Recreation Area – 2.3 km Terrain from meadow to spruce forest, paved hiking trails and a canoe launch complete this oasis. McKenzie Trails, once the site of gravel pits is now a wonderful oasis within the park system. 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. Maskepetoon is an ecologically significant and valuable area containing many unique natural features including one of the most easterly-located tamarack fens in the province.
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Bower Ponds A popular destination within Waskasoo Park, Bower Ponds offers a variety of recreation opportunities. Stop by the Pavilion that is equipped with a concession, washrooms and equipment rentals - paddleboats and water balls in summer, and ice skates in winter. Other features of this beautiful park include the Cronquist House (a restored Victorian-style farmhouse built in 1911), a newly renovated outdoor stage that attracts many events each year including Canada Day celebrations, and a large playground with a view of the river.
Glendale Skate Park
Boasts hiking and biking trails that wind along the creek valley. Enjoy a picnic or hot dog roast, cool your feet in the wading pool or enjoy the playground area.
Kiwanis Picnic Park and Playground A popular spot. Nearby you can play nine holes at the par 3 pitch and putt golf course or enjoy a game of horseshoes. There is a boat launch area, which is also used in winter for snowmobilers to access the river.
Mountain Bike Park
Red Deerâ€™s newest skate park, designed by New Line Skateparks, is located at the Glendale School site, corner of 77 Street and Taylor Drive. The park offers 1,600 sq metres of freestyle, street and vert skating for all skill levels.
Created and maintained by mountain bike users, these trails provide climbs, drops and various features for beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain bikers looking for a challenge! An environmentally sensitive wetlands area featuring special waterfowl, this natural parkland area is attractive to pedestrians.
Great West Adventure BMX Park
The site of an 335 metre technical track for BMX biking, complete with many obstacles including triple and double jumps, step-ups and more. Local, regional and national championships have been held here and it is the home of the Red Deer BMX Club.
Recently upgraded with a state-of-the-art playground, with more than 50 play activities for children aged 18 months to 12 years. Picnic shelter, fire-pits, washrooms are also available on site. Climb to the top of Piper Mountain for a spectacular view of the city.
Directions: Take Exit 422 on QE2 - 4.8km (3miles) West of Lacombe. Go 1.6km (1 mile) West of the Hwy 2 overpass on Hwy 12, then 0.8km (1/2 mile) South on Range Road 27-3. Watch for the signs!
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KERRY WOOD NATURE CENTRE
Adventures for All Ages In Every Season Whether you participate in a naturalist-led river rafting trip in the summer, join a guided snowshoe tour in winter or just explore on your own, Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary are a treat to tour in every season. Whatever your age, discover the power of nature to soothe your soul.
All Natural Adventures It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and my son and I buckled up our rented snowshoes and headed out into the woods behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Always a favourite family stop, we have spent many fun hours visiting the small animals and displays in the nature centre and exploring the trails and the woodland of Waskasoo Park in every season. In winter we liked pretending we were trappers searching for animal tracks. In spring or summer we’d hide in the bird blind and be naturalists counting the different kinds of birds we saw in the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. Regardless of the season, it never feels like you are in the middle of a city when you visit this place.
Nature Playgrounds Children love walking along the trails in the sanctuary, participating in the naturalist programs at the nature centre and just being outdoors, but two new all-season outdoor nature playgrounds have made Kerry Wood Nature Centre even more fun. At the Nova Chemicals Imagination Grove, kids can climb on a giant spider web, slip inside a bear cave made from stone, walk on logs and learn about nature in an outdoor classroom. The Kiwanis Harmony Garden is an accessible interactive outdoor music park with wood and metal percussion instruments that allow children to share the joy of making musical sounds outside in nature.
Alberta’s First Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary Red Deer region has a very active group of local naturalists that first became organized in 1906. Through their efforts, the generosity of the J.J. Gaetz family who originally owned the land, 118 hectares of land was protected and in 1924 this land became Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary. Despite its protected designation, there were many threats to the survival of the bird sanctuary over the years and Kerry Wood, a noted naturalist and writer, was its greatest champion, constantly working with other local naturalists to maintain and enhance the sanctuary. When the City built a nature centre at the edge the sanctuary, it was fitting that it be named Kerry Wood Nature Centre.
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CHURCHES OF RED DEER St. Luke’s Anglican Church
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FAMILY ACTIVITES Families that play together build memories together. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, an afternoon at a splash park or a visit to a farm, your kids will love discovering the Red Deer region. There are a multitude of activities, events and attractions for young families to enjoy and the best part is that many are completely free of charge.
City Attractions Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Ignite your imagination and turn your visit into an adventure! The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a year round family friendly, interactive experience. Have fun, laugh, play together, and discover famous Alberta sports celebrities. Plan your birthday party, special events, or corporate reception in a unique environment. ashfm.ca
Bower Ponds Recreation Bower Ponds Recreation is a favorite for many guests and locals alike. From Water Balls to Ice Skating, Bower Ponds offers an experience for the whole family. Enjoy a variety of activities, both in summer and winter months. bowerponds.ca
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Heritage Ranch Visitors to Heritage Ranch can enjoy carriage rides, trail rides, walking trails, fishing pond, kayak rentals and a fully licensed restaurant with lunch and dinner menus and packages. heritageranch.ca
Sunnybrook Farm Museum In the heart of the city, Sunnybrook Farm Museum gives its visitors a chance to celebrate the early days of mixed farming and possibly find their rural roots as they explore Red Deer’s oldest farm and visit with miniature horses, baby calves, goats, sheep, chickens, and other animals. sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca
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Kerry Wood Nature Centre / Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
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Red Deer’s year-round home for natural history interpretation and environmental education. Exhibits, demonstrations, events, programs, a nature playground and music park, ensures that there is something for everyone. Since 1924, the Sanctuary has been protected as a federal migratory bird sanctuary. Five km of trails, a bird blind and viewing decks in the Sanctuary, and connections to hundreds of kilometres more throughout the city, lead you to a variety of habitats and experiences. waskasoopark.ca
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Close By Attractions Discovery Wildlife Park (Innisfail)
Kraay Family Farm (Lacombe)
Discovery Wildlife Park provides “forever” homes for orphaned and unwanted animals. Bears, wolves, raccoons and many other native and exotic species call DWP their home. Daily presentations by our professional trainers utilizing the skills of our animals, offers visitors an up close, personal opportunity to meet these animals and learn about the pressures they are facing in the wild. Tigers, jaguars, lions, wolves and bears all provide an animal experience you will not soon forget! discoverywildlifepark.com
The Kraay Family Farm, Home of the Lacombe Corn Maze is an agritainment venue you don’t want to miss! Featuring the world famous 15-acre Lacombe Corn Maze and over 40 different activities and services on the farmyard the farm is SIMPLY FARMTASTIC! Located 4.8 km west of Lacombe on Hwy. 12. Open from the end of July until the middle of October. kraayfamilyfarm.com
Ellis Bird Farm (Lacombe)
Located just 35 minutes northeast of Red Deer, Ellis Bird Farm is an excellent spot for bird watching. The farm has extensive wetlands and hosts a large purple martin colony, a large collection of nestboxes and demonstration wildlife gardens, all connected with wheelchair-accessible paths. Nature-based events and workshops are held throughout the summer season (May 23 to September 5) ellisbirdfarm.ca
Come and play in our 3500 square foot indoor playcentre. Combining the best interactive equipment the industry has to offer with a passionate dedication to safety, cleanliness, and customer service. Birthday Parties at Moonwalkers are exciting for all ages with our Party Room. Moonwalkers has something for everyone. moonwalkers.ca
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Dinner for Four 4 Eggs Rolls; Dry Garlic Spareribs; Deep Fried Shrimp; Beef with Broccoli; Chicken Fried Rice; Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls; Sweet & Sour Pork; Fortune Cookies
APPETIZERS Dim Sum Spring Roll 1. Egg Roll 2. Spring Roll 3. Crispy Wonton (12) 4. Dry Garlic Spareribs 5. Fried Wonton Szechuan Style 6. Pork Dumplings (12) 7. Deep Fried Chicken Wings 8. BBQ Pork SOUP 9. Wor Wonton Soup (for 2) 10. Wonton Soup 11. Wor Mein Soup (for 2) 12. Chicken Noodle Soup 13. Hot & Sour Soup (for 2) CHICKEN 14. Chicken with Black Bean Sauce 15. Lemon Chicken 16. Chicken Hot Pot (boneless) 17. Szechuan Chicken 18. Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls 19. Curry Chicken 20. Almond Guy Ding (stir fried) 21. Almond Soo Guy (deep fried) 22. Chicken with Cashew Nuts 23. Moo Goo Guy Pan 24. Palace Style Chicken 25. Ginger Chicken BEEF 26. Beef Tenderloin with Black Bean Sauce 27. Special Beef Tenderloin 28. Beef with Broccoli 29. Beef with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce 30. Beef with Fresh Tomatoes 31. Beef with Snow Peas 32. Ginger Beef 33. Curry Beef 34. Beef with Satay Sauce 35. Szechuan Beef 36. Mushrooms with Beef Hot Pot 37. Beef Ginger Hot Pot PORK 38. Salt & Pepper Pork 39. Sweet & Sour Spareribs 40. Sweet & Sour Pork 41. Honey Garlic Spareribs 42. Diced Pork with Cashew Nuts 43. Palace Style Pork 44. Peking Sweet & Sour Spareribs SEAFOOD 45. Deep Fried Shrimp 46. Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce 47. Shrimp with Cashew Nuts 48. Pan Fried Prawn 49. Palace Style Shrimp 50. Scallops in Black Bean Sauce 51. Salt & Pepper Squid 52. Shrimp with Snow Peas 53. Shrimp with Fresh Tomatoes 54. Curry Shrimp 55. Scallops with Snow Peas
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Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray & Play Located in the heart of downtown (47A Avenue and 48 Street), Red Deer’s outdoor water park features spray, splash and play equipment with zones designed for different ages. From toddlers enjoying their first splash to rough and rumble 10 year olds, the 35 different interactive components promise to deliver cool refreshing family fun on hot summer days.
Centennial Park Plaza When the temperature rises, this free spray fountain/wading pool at the west end of Alexander Way (48 St and 52 Ave) is a popular place to cool off and play in Red Deer’s vibrant downtown district.
Discovery Canyon (Closed for reconstruction summer 2016.) On a hot summer day enjoy pools of water, a trickling stream and a spray pool at the bottom of the canyon. Water is pumped up, and splashes and bubbles its way down. Children can follow the water on inflatable tubes. Bring your own, or rent one from the clubhouse. Amenities include picnic tables and washrooms.
Collicutt Centre If you’re a kid (or an overgrown kid at heart) you’ll want to experience the Water Park at 3031 - 30 Avenue. This gigantic water park has a wave pool, lazy river, water playground, tots pool and a twisty curvy slide!
GH Dawe Community Centre Amazing water features at the Dawe (located at 56 Holt Street) include a hot tub, lane pool, leisure pool with two waterslides and a splash pool. You can also enjoy working out in the fitness centre, skating or playing broom ball in the arena or enjoy a fitness class in the studio. For caregivers with young children, they will have a blast in the child minding area while you enjoy your workout time.
Michener Aquatic Centre Water and fun are the abundant at the Michener Aquatic Centre (51A Street & 38 Ave). The facility boasts a six-lane, 25 metre indoor pool, a therapy/play pool, a separate dive tank with one and three metre diving boards. There is a small fitness area along with a great sauna to complete your workouts. Individuals and groups can rent the gymnasium for events, practices and parties.
Recreation Centre The downtown Recreation Centre is a great place to go for a swim and workout. The facility boasts an indoor 25 m pool with whirlpool, sauna and steam room.
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Close By Attractions
City Attractions Norwegian Laft Hus Museum
Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions (Stettler)
Housed in a sod-roofed log building in downtown’s Heritage Square, the Norwegian Laft Hus Museum celebrates the contribution of Norwegian immigrants to Central Alberta. norwegianlafthussociety.ca
Discover an exciting adventure on board a real steam or dieselpowered train. Different themes are enacted throughout the season, including murder mysteries, family, stage shows, train robberies, seniors and teddy bear specials. absteamtrain.com
Historic Markerville (Markerville)
Come and enjoy the unique ambiance of this beautifully restored 1912 Heritage Home in its’ picturesque setting overlooking Bower Ponds in Waskasoo Park. rdchs.com
Experience culture & history in this traditionally Icelandic hamlet. The Creamery Museum is housed in the original historic building, built in 1902, and offers guided tours of commercial butter production set in 1932. historicmarkerville.com
Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site (Spruce View)
Historic Fort Normandeau New exhibits and a reconstruction of the original Fort at Red Deer Crossing sets the stage to bring the early history of Red Deer to life. waskasoopark.ca
Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery The MAG showcases the remarkable stories of local people. Using exhibits, storytellers, artefacts and activities as our tools, we immerse explorers of all ages in the stories of success and sacrifice, ingenuity and leadership and community spirit of Red Deer and area. reddeermuseum.com
Restored to its 1927 appearance, Stephansson House offers a look at Alberta Icelandic heritage and the life of pioneer poet, Stephan G. Stephansson and his family. history.alberta.ca/stephansson
Scandinavian Trail Spend the day or the weekend off the beaten track in Central Alberta with the Scandinavian Trail. Enjoy authentic cultural experiences, learn about Alberta’s history, and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. scandinaviantrail.ca
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CAMPGROUNDS RED DEER Lions Campground 4759 Riverside Drive 403-342-8183
reddeerlionscampground.com Westerner Campground 4847D 19 Street 403-352-8801
westernercampground.com RED DEER COUNTY RV There Yet Campground #20, 39156 Range Rd 275 403-314-9577 rvthereyetcamping.com Anthony Henday Campground 5639 - 53 Avenue, Innisfail 403-318-3508 innisfail.ca
Elnora Municipal Campground 407 2 Avenue, Elnora 403-773-3922 villageofelnora.com Fawn Meadows RV Park 2201 18 Avenue, Delburne 403-749-2099 fawnmeadowslodge.com
Gleniffer Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area Hwy 54, Innisfail 403-340-7691 albertaparks.ca/gleniffer-reservoir Jarvis Bay Provincial Park Hwy 20, Sylvan Lake 403-887-5522 albertaparks.ca/jarvis-bay Red Lodge Provincial Park Hwy 587, Bowden 403-224-2547 albertaparks.ca/red-lodge
Trenville Park 21563 Twp Rd 361A 403-773-2273 villageofelnora.com
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Agriculture Country: With more than 9,100 farms in the Central region, fresh food is something we know a thing or two about. Whether you explore a farmers market, visit a greenhouse, shop at a local fresh food market or go directly to the farm gate, you will find plenty of ways to experience the agricultural bounty of this region and discover that finding farm fresh food is fun.
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(no market June 30 & July 14)
Olds Cow Palace 5116 – 54 Street Olds, AB
Or Give us a Call 403-227-4231
May 26 – October 6
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Sylvan Lake Farmers’ Market
Ponoka Farmer’s Market
FARMERS MARKET FAIL May 19 - Sept. 22, INDO S I OR INN S 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Indoors at the Innisfail Arena, 5802 - 42 st.
Fridays, May 20 - October 7
Info: Crystal 403-887-3461 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sylvanlakefarmersmarket.ca
Open May 21-Oct 8 New Address–4214-58 St. in front of the Memorial Centre
8 am - 12:30 pm
403.346.6443 or 403.350.5670 www.reddeermarket.com
SPRUCE VIEW COUNTRY MARKET
MARKETPLACE ON MAIN
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE Every Thursday Night June 30th to September 1st 5:30PM – 8:30PM 403-847-5260
Every Friday from 9 am-1 pm May to October at Lacombe Arena
Phone Dennis Moffat
Call Chris 403-896-5451 for info. CHRISTMAS MARKET NOV.18 & 19 AT THE INNISFAIL LEGION
Lacombe We Make It Farmers’ Bake It or Grow It Market Just for You! May 20-Oct. 7 M
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Wednesday 9 am- 1pm Curling Rink From May to Sept. For more information call 403.783.6776
4 - 7:30 pm North Lot Railway Park Promenade - Corner of 50 St. & 50 Ave.
Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 am Buy Locally,May 7-Oct. 8 at Pas-ka-poo Park Info 403-704-4001 email@example.com
every Monday–May 23 - Sept. 5 Spruce View Hall, Highway 54 4 - 7 PM 403-391-2573
Come along and shop till you drop, visit with friends and have a bite to eat at our favourite food truck!!!
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Test your Toughness How Tough Are You? Central Alberta is the ideal place to test your mettle and see what you’re really made of. In the process, you’ll find true adventure, have a fun time and feel a sense of accomplishment for stepping outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself. There’s something for nearly every age and fitness level.
RUNNING & CHALLENGE COURSE EVENTS
Running & Challenge Course Events May 22 June 25 Aug 5-7 Sept 3-4
Woody’s RV World Marathon
Woody’s RV World Marathon
The Woody’s RV World Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k takes place through Red Deer’s famous park and trail system. Experience scenic winding paths following along the majestic Red Deer River. With small race charm and big race benefits, our event has repeatedly been ranked among Alberta’s best races. reddeermarathon.ca
Foam Fest 5kfoamfest.ca Mud Hero Mudhero.com
Explore Central Alberta and Western Canada with small group adventures. Discover the human and natural history of the David Thompson Corridor on our guided hikes and tours. Experience a day of skiing or snowshoeing in the majestic Rockies. Stop by our Adventure Centre in downtown Red Deer to plan your next adventure. pursuitadventure.ca
Skydive Big Sky (Innisfail) A complete skydive experience for both newcomers and expert jumpers alike. Focus is on skydiving safety and providing the ultimate parachuting experience to anyone visiting their facility. Discover the ultimate thrill of skydiving. skydivebigsky.ca
Mud Hero Alberta
Thick. Meaty. Juicy. Nothing satisfies hunger like a freshly made burger that’s been grilled to perfection. Made fresh to order every time, our award-winning burgers will appease even the heartiest of appetit appetites.
Super Spartan Race (Red Deer)
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Canada’s largest mud obstacle race. Held annually at Canyon Ski Resort, the 6 km course features more than 16 obstacles, mud, water and challenging terrain. Let your kids play in the mud in the children’s division of the race. http://www.mudhero.com/en/events/alberta/
6005 54 Ave, Red Deer 403-342-5121 www.burgerboy.ca
Red Deer is home to Alberta’s only Super Spartan race featuring an 8 mile course with more than 24 obstacles and rugged terrain. If that sounds too intimidating, we also have a Sprint level Spartan race that is ideal for beginners at just over 3 miles in length and 20 obstacles. If you fail an obstacle, you have to complete 30 burpees before you can move on. Spartan races are held in the USA and other countries around the world and the competition is fierce in Canada. The 2015 Ultra Beast male and female World Champions are both Canadians.
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Steam-power passenger train day excursions Live Stage Shows - Murder Mysteries - Country Dinners Teddy Bear Specials - Steak Barbecue Specials Train Robberies - And A Lot More - Something for Everyone
ALBERTA PRAIRIE RAILWAY Ph 1-800-282-3994
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Entertainment Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest convention, trade show, agriculture, entertainment and sports facility and it is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016. Since 1891, this facility has been at the heart of our community. Westerner Park is a non profit organization supported by 50 full time staff and 150 volunteers who host over 1,500 events and 1.5 million visitors each year. “We strive to make Westerner Park inclusive, engaging and available to our community, by bringing them together in celebration,” says Meghan Gustum, Marketing Manager, Westerner Park. “Our anniversary year celebrates the important role the community plays in our success.” Conveniently located between Edmonton and Calgary, the 320-acre site features 4,200 parking stalls, large park and green areas, totally integrated exhibit, meeting room, entertainment and convention Central AB Children’s Festival centralalbertachildrensfestival.ca
Central AB Quilters Guild centralalbertaquilters.org
Red Deer District Kennel Club Spring Show rddkc.com
Catalina Freeze or Fry firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberta Food & Beverage Expo westernerpark.ca
1913 Days Sylvan Lake visitsylvanlake.ca
Taboo Naughty But Nice Show canwesrproductions.com
Comic Entertainment Expo reddeerexpo.com
Mane Event maneeventexpo.com
Alberta Pork Congress albertaporkcongress.com
Red Deer Gun Show reddeersportsmanshow.com
Innisfail Pro Rodeo innisfailprorodeo.com
Mayor’s Garden Party reddeer.ca
Marching Show Band Classic reddeerroyals.com
5K Foam Fest 5kfoamfest.ca
Woody’s Marathon reddeermarathon.ca
Red Deer Highland Games reddeerhighlandgames.ca
Royal Canadian Circus westernerpark.ca
Jazz at The Lake Swing Into Spring jazzatthelake.com
Central AB Vintage Auto mystarcollectorcar.com
Spring Classic Reining Show reiningalberta.net
Ponoka Stampede ponokastampede.com
ASHFM Induction Banquet ashfm.ca
Ponoka Stampede ponokastampede.com Canada Day reddeer.ca Gospel Quartet gospelmusic.ca
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Summer Classic Horse Show reiningalberta.net
Bard on Bower primestocktheatre.com
Alberta Culture Days culture.alberta.ca
Westerner Days Parade westernerdays.ca
FCA Rodeo fcarodeo.com
Westerner Days westernerdays.ca
Mud Heros mudhero.com
Our Best to You Art & Craft Sale ourbesttoyou.ca
Christmas Market historicmarkerville.com
Red Deer Ribfest reddeerribfest.ca
Jazz at the Lake Sounds of Summer jazzatthelake.com
Festival of Trees reddeerfestivaloftrees.com
Pioneer Days sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca
Western CA Reptile Expo wcre.ca
Parkland Ice Sculptures parklandgarden.com
SEPTEMBER Spartan Race spartan.com
Fall Classic Horse show reiningalberta.net
Latin Fiestaval fiestaval.ca
Jazz at the Lake - Autumn Leaves jazzatthelake.com
With this Ring Bridal Gala bridalgala.ca
Nuit Blanche Red Deer nuitblanchereddeer.com
Fall Finale -Collector Car Auction theelectricgarage.com
Canadian Supreme Horse Show canadiansupreme.com
Alberta Culture Days culture.alberta.ca
DODGEBALL • DUNK ZONE BIRTHDAYS • BATTLE BEAM FOAM PIT • 22,000 ft2 of FUN!
JUMP 360° JUMP 360°
13535 156 ST NW 6833 66 ST 780-482-JUMP 403-986-JUMP
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It’s Happening Downtown Cocktail Culture If you’re looking for a place to sip a premium whisky or enjoy a sophisticated cocktail and a conversation, To The Lost on Ross Street is the place to go. The broad menu features new and classic drinks complimented by unique appetizers and small plates. Three of the city’s most experienced bartenders run the place and make their own syrups and tinctures using fresh ingredients. You can taste the difference.
Live Entertainment During the summer, you can enjoy live music right on the downtown streets. Year-round, great venues like Fratters Speakeasy and The Vat host a wide variety of live entertainment. This marks the fifth year that Ross Street will be hosting the biggest and best patio parties in the city. Come out and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and great music happening on the city’s largest patio right in the heart of downtown Red Deer. Ross Street Patio runs from June 3 through September featuring Patio Parties on special Fridays of each month with live music from a variety of local artists.
Explore the culture of the heart of our city with a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly downtown streets. With outdoor patio dining, murals, festivals, art galleries, boutique shopping and an array of dining options, Red Deer’s downtown area has become a thriving neighbourhood that is a vibrant and dynamic part of the city.
Food Truck Fridays Lunchtime is special on Fridays when the food truck vendors converge between 11 am and 2 pm on 50th Street. Try a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from Chedda Heads Grilled Cheese Truck, sample some homemade ice cream from Peppermint Andy’s Ice Cream Wagon, sip gourmet coffee from the Cool Beans Coffee Bus and much more.
First Friday Red Deer
3310 50 Ave - Red Deer
(Located in the Sheraton Hotel)
Red Deer is a vibrant community that celebrates the arts and the first Friday of every month is a chance to see local art, enjoy live music and refreshments at our downtown galleries. First Friday Red Deer is an ongoing partnership with the art galleries of Red Deer and the downtown businesses.
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Enjoy the summer with coolness and beauty
Art Alleyis a collaborative project transforming the walls of Downtown Red Deer into a vibrant, positive space for the community with eight original murals already completed and three more to the alleys of our city by the end of the summer season. In each location, original, hand-painted murals by local artists on are display
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Local Favourites Boulevard Restaurant & Lounge Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
State & Main
House-made Chocolate and Caramel Turtle Cheesecake boulevardrestaurant.ca
Dragon Boat Lettuce Wraps
JB’s Lounge - Black Knight Inn
7oz Steak Sandwich over a million sold and counting! blackknightinn.ca
Deep Fried Ice Cream aspalmeras.ca
Stuffed Pepper Meatloaf
Dragon City Buffet
Quality Inn – Wild Bill’s
Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Restaurant & Sweets
Dim Sum dragoncityreddeer.com
Marinated 8 oz. Cowboy Steak Sandwich
Butter Chicken & Garlic Nan
West Lake Grill - Heritage Ranch
R & R Grill – Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
Troubled Monk Brewery
Jack Daniels & Rickards infused Ribeye
Beef Short Rib Tacos
Golden Gaetz Golden Ale and Pesky Pig Pale Ale. troubledmonk.com
Remington’s Grill - Black Knight Inn Prime Rib Sundays 10 oz, sautéed vegetables and potatoes blackknightinn.ca
A 60 seat lounge with i a full Chinese C i and Western cuisine i i menu. With Wiiith thh 10 10 VLT's VLT VL VLT' T s and a d draft d ft on tap. t Senior’s Special *Offering 2 Special Meals Must be 55+ Dine-In Only From 11am to 7pm $
Evening Specials From 5pm to Closing Prime Rib Dinner $
Steak Sandwich Special From 4pm to Closing $
COMBO DINNERS DINNER for ONE ....................... $14.50 DINNER for TWO ...................... $27.00 DINNER for FOUR ..................... $54.00 DINNER for SIX ........................ $81.00
4950 47 Avenue Red Deer, AB T4N 6P8 403-348-8488 (takeout and delivery) www.luckyslounge.ca for full menu
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Golfing in Central Alberta PUBLIC WELCOME Check out our weekday specials
Phone: 403-728-3010 firstname.lastname@example.org
at www.glenifferlakegolf.com From Red Deer: Travel south on Highway #2, towards Innisfail. -Take Highway #54 West, Drive to Range Road #23, turn left (South) -Drive to Township Road #360, turn right (West), Drive to Range Road #30, turn left (South) to the Resort Gates
FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE Drive north on Highway 22 toward Drayton Valley. Turn east (right) on Highway 12, toward Lacombe. Drive 7.5 km. You will see the clubhouse on the right side of the road.
RESERVATIONS: 403.845.5001 VISIT: WWW.CANYONCREEKGOLFE.CA
DAILY GOLF SPECIALS: Corner of Highway 11 & 781 EARLYBIRD SUNRISE TO 9 AM for $28 (403) 887-5100 QUICK 9 HOLES: Sunrise to hour and a www.golfsylvanlake.com half after $20
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MONDAY SPECIAL: All day Monday $28 TWILIGHT GOLF: 3pm to sundown $28 MOONLIGHT GOLF: 6:30-sundown $20 **carts not included**
GOLF FOR PROS & NOVICES WITH A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
...Located 6 miles N. and 1/2 mile west from Highway 27 (Westward Ho Corner). We are offering 2 for 1 golf every Mondays and Tuesdays. There will be League Night specials, please call the Clubhouse at 403-556-4010 for details.
League Nights are Mens - Wednesdays Ladies - Thursdays Couples - Fridays Kids 14 & under golf for free when accompanied by an adult.
Tee Times – 403.782.1200, Website – golflacombe.com Monday – Thursday $42 Green fee, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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LACOMBE GOLF and COUNTRY CLUB 6000, 50TH AVENUE, LACOMBE ALBERTA
PONOKA GOLF CLUB
WE USED TO BE “ALBERTA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET”
But the word got out!
VIEW OUR WEBSITE FOR SPECIALS
PRO SHOP: 403-783-4626 CLUBHOUSE: 403-783-2255
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WEDNESDAY ALL DAY
– Senior’s Day • Reduced Green Fees for anyone 50+ Dean McBride, Director of Golf proshop@coyotecreekresort (403) 638-2450 ext. 204 NW20-32-5W5 32351 Range Road 55 Sundre, AB
Box 553, 1750 - 20 St. Delburne, Alberta T0M 0V0
“Check out our reduced green fees” 9 Holes Weekday $15.00 9 Holes Weekend $25.00 18 Holes Weekday $27.00 18 Holes Weekend $37.00 www.pheasantbackgolfclub.com
Fawn Meadows is a beautiful 9 hole course located just 30 minutes east of Red Deer, Alberta along the historic Highway 21 and the “Boomtown Trail”.
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Central Alberta Communities
Red Deer County Central Alberta has agriculture at its backbone and many of the over 9,100 farms surrounding the city of Red Deer are found in Red County. Visitors are welcomed at many area farms where you can get eggs, honey, vegetables, fruits, meat, preserves, and cheese right from the farm gate or at a farmers’ market. Great agritourism attractions like U-Pick farms, corn mazes, sunflower mazes, greenhouses, antique shops and museums dot the peaceful countryside. On a country drive you’ll discover rural attractions, historical sites, enjoy festivals and special events, and visit local farms to meet the producers and purchase food right from the farm gate. The list of participating producers and attractions is big, so you’ll want to download a map before you head out. countrydrive.ca Did you know that the “Shakespeare of Iceland” was an Alberta homesteader? Unable to sleep at nights, Stephan G. Stephansson wrote poetry in his native tongue and became famous in his homeland. Today you can visit his original homestead along the Scandinavian Trail. Other wonderful attractions include the Danish Canadian National Museum, the Dickson Store Museum, Historic Markerville and the Markerville Creamery. scandinaviantrail.ca Whether you enjoy boating, fishing, watersports or swimming, there’s a lake in Red Deer County that perfectly suits your purpose. The three major recreational lakes in Red Deer County are Pine Lake, Sylvan Lake and Gleniffer Reservoir.
Alberta’s largest non-mountain downhill ski resort is ten minutes east of The City of Red Deer in Red Deer County. There’s a snow tubing park, a terrain park and plenty of great runs to explore.
There is a diverse range of accommodation options within Red Deer County. Relax at a lakeside resort, explore the outdoors at a campsite or cabin, or unwind at a lovely country B&B.
5022 Gaetz Ave 403-347-7596 countr ycupboard.ca
LOCAL 403 224 3995 | TOLL FREE 877 224 3939
The Farm is 30 Min South of Red Deer & only 5 min off hwy QE2 at Bowden. Tr i adi DIRECTIONS From Bowden travel west on hwy 587 on a l Fa r m for 5 km. Turn Right on RR#14 and we are 2.4km North of
Canadian Artisan Pottery Locally Crafted Jewelry Hand-crafted Leather Accessories Year-round selection of Christmas Items Gourmet Seasonings That’s only a few of the unique items we carry.
A Upick Strawberry, Vegetable & Flower Gardens open during the summer for families to enjoy along side Alberta’s only ta’s 4 Gen lber e Sunflower Maze. lA
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Sylvan Lake Presents,
Town of Sylvan Lake Adventure awaits in this lakeside town that has become one of Alberta’s most popular beach and boating destinations. With a beautiful lakefront park, water sports rentals, golf courses, restaurants and many other amenities, Sylvan Lake has long been one of the top summer destinations in the province. But visitors shouldn’t restrict themselves to summer when it comes to this beachfront town. Sylvan Lake offers four full seasons of fun.
Fun in the Sun Explore the 42.8 square km lake by renting a paddleboard, kayak, canoe or a motorboat. You can also try the new sport of flyboarding by renting a jet pack and personal watercraft that propels you up to 15 metres in the air. Nearby you’ll find surrey bike rentals, bumper cars and mini-golf.
Festivals and Events
Every Thursday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
on 50 A Avenue,
between 50 Street & 50 A Street
May 19 through September 29 2016
SU UMMER IN Sylvan Lake, ALBERTA
There’s always something going on in Sylvan Lake and visitors can enjoy a host of wonderful festivals and events in every season. Enjoy outstanding live Jazz music from February through September with Jazz at the Lake. Hit up a small town parade, midway and festival at 1913 Days in June or bundle up and enjoy the Santa Claus Parade and Yuletide Festival in late November. Participate in the End of Summer Regatta or Slide the City on a 1,000 foot outdoor slip and slide. The list goes on and on.
Winter Fun Sylvan Lake is a natural wonder in every season. In winter, the lake has one of the longest outdoor skating tracks in North America and regularly hosts the winter speed skating marathon. Ice fishing is also popular and anglers vie for Northern Pike, Whitefish, Yellow Perch and Walleye.
Two Provincial Parks There are two provincial parks near the town. Sylvan Lake Provincial Park covers 85 hectares and includes picnic tables and shelters, change houses, playgrounds and a pier. Jarvis Bay Provincial Park is located 7 km north of the town and has fully serviced campsites, hiking trails and track set trails for cross country skiing in winter.
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Town of Blackfalds One of Canada’s youngest and fastest growing communities, the Town of Blackfalds has small town charm and big city facilities and amenities. This vibrant and lively community has wonderful festivals and events throughout the year and makes an ideal stop for families.
Summer Fun at Tayles Water Spray Park There’s no better place to be on a hot summer day that this interactive spray park designed for ages 2 through 12. There are a variety of water spray features, a gazebo, picnic tables and attached playground.
Play Some Sports With baseball diamonds, soccer fields, indoor and outdoor hockey arenas and skating rinks, there are plenty of places to be active in Blackfalds.
Totally Connected Hop on your bike and ride the TransCanada Trail (TCT) from Blackfalds to Red Deer or Lacombe. Along the way, you’ll pass right through the Abbey Centre and the only indoor section of TCT in Canada.
Sk8 Park Designed by community youth, this street style skateboard and rollerblade park has ramps, rails, tables and a grind platform.
Fun Family Festivals Whether you are enjoying the Canada Day fireworks, watching the Blackfalds Days Parade, listening to live music or participating in the cool outdoor events at Winterfest, you’ll love the family-friendly events and celebrations in Blackfalds.
City of Lacombe With its lovely flatiron building and Edwardian-style heritage brick buildings, it’s easy to see why this charming community was once named one of the prettiest towns in Canada. Lakes, trails and green spaces are plentiful in and around Lacombe and they’re fun to explore. Lacombe is surrounded by unique attractions that beg to be explored. Visit Ellis Bird Farm and learn about the birds in your own backyard. Get lost in a corn maze and enjoy the animals and adventures at Kraay Family Farm. Buy farm fresh food and shop for antiques at Brown Eggs and Lamb. Go for a hike or cross country ski through JJ Collett natural area. Spend a day building sandcastles at Aspen Beach Provincial Park. There’s no shortage of sites to see in and around Lacombe.
Danish Canadian Museum
2079 50 Ave, Red Deer
2016 Special Events Dates
May 8th: Mother’s Day Brunch M JJune u 19th: Father’s Day Pit Roast JJuly u 1st: Canada Day JJuly u 3rd: Danish Church Service & OldFashioned Picnic JJuly u 10th: AEbleskiver ‘n Jam August 20th & 21st: Viking Days A August 20th: Feast with the Vikings A August 26th: Progressive Supper A
September 5th: Closing Day November 5th: Julestue
Dickson, Alberta • 403.728.0019 • www.thedanishcanadianmuseum.com
The Pelican has brought great Seafood for you and some great pricing.
10 for 10
Choose one of TEN luncheon features for
OPEN DAILY May 6th to September 5th 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Fish Monday Tacos $7 --------------------$ Tuesday Draft Pint $5 Sleeves 3 --------------------Buck a Wednesday Shuck Oysters ---------------------
House wines --------------------Bottled wines $5off Friday --------------------
Saturday Kids Meals -------------------Alaskan $150
Snow Crab legs
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Town of Innisfail A vibrant town surrounded by farms, lakes and lovely countryside, Innisfail has remarkable attractions you won’t find anywhere else. The friendly residents warmly welcome visitors and celebrate many special events throughout the year. Whether you’re picking your own produce from an area farm, enjoying the thrilling small town rodeo or watching the annual parade, you’re sure to enjoy spending time here.
A great way to cool down on a hot day
Interactive water features
Discovery Wildlife Park See monkeys, bears, tigers, jaguars, wolves, raccoons, squirrels and more up close at this unique family-owned and operated wildlife park, which provides a permanent home for animals that cannot be returned to the wild. Learn about the animals and develop a passion for conservation with daily presentations.
Daines Ranch Rodeo The annual Innisfail Professional Rodeo (June 17-19) at the Daines Ranch is a three-day event that showcases the talents of some of rodeo’s toughest competitors. You’ll see the best bucking stock in Canada and the top cowboys and cowgirls in four professional rodeo performances. There are also beer gardens and live music.
Innisfail Golf Club Tight fairways winding through rolling hills and wooded areas make up this challenging 27-hole par 72 championship golf course. There’s a pro shop, practice facilities and a fully licensed clubhouse on site.
Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray and Play
Pack a lunch, lay a blanket, or bring your favourite lawn chair and relax as your kids spray and play!
Recreation Centre Outdoor Pool
Beat the heat with family and friends at this 50m pool with zero depth leisure pool complete with children’s slide and three spray features!
Kin Kanyon Spray Fountain
Get ready to make a splash at this Red Deer favourite located right in Kin Kanyon Park, which also features a picnic area and children’s playground. All outdoor water features typically operate up to and including Labour Day. Other great options for water recreation include Bower Ponds, G.H. Dawe water park, Recreation Centre indoor pool, Michener Aquatic Centre, and Collicutt Centre water park (open until Labour Day weekend when it closes for three months for a refresh).
Gleniffer Reservoir About 20 minutes west of Innisfail, this provincial recreation area has a campground next to a reservoir that’s excellent for power boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and wind surfing. Anglers enjoy excellent fishing for northern pike, walleye, whitefish and some brown trout. Star gazing is excellent here.
Jungle Farm Pick your own produce, enjoy a fall festival and purchase some locally grown plants and flowers at this site. There’s a general store and in the fall there are plenty of other attractions, including a corn maze, bale maze, pumpkin slingshot, farm animals, 60-foot slide and wagon rides.
Discovery Canyon for major enhancement work on the beach, streambed, picnic area and playground – reopening in 2017. Rotary Recreation Park wading pool, permanently closed due to ongoing maintenance issues. Centennial Plaza Park spray fountain/wading pool, closed pending redesign starting 2017.
Learn more at www.reddeer.ca/waterfeatures
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Village of Alix
One of Alberta’s hidden gems is the tiny Village of Alix, which has a beautiful lake at the end of Main Street and many recreational facilities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. With a population of about 850, it has small town charm and all the services you could want including attractions, shops, restaurants and accommodations.
A Day at the Lake
With a sandy beach and swimming area, a playground in the shape of a pirate ship, a boat launch, day use facilities and a serviced RV campground with showers and flush toilets, Alix Lake is a great place to spend an afternoon or even a few days. Boating enthusiast can enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding on the lake.
There’s a hockey arena, a curling rink, ball diamonds, agricultural grounds, a Gymkhana Arena, and an English riding circuit and show jumping course. There are also three playgrounds in the residential areas of the village.
Wagon Wheel Museum
Start at Lake Street and see how many birds you can see as you walk along the Alix Nature Trail that follows the lake’s edge. Waterfowl and wildlife are abundant on the 6.5 km trail and there are signs and sightseeing stops to enjoy along the way.
Golf Getaway Just outside the village, the Haunted Lakes Golf Club offers a beautiful 9-hole course, driving net and a fully licensed clubhouse. The onsite campground has 26 serviced sites, a playground, a picnic shelter and a day use area. You can bring your canoe and paddle Haunted Lakes.
Moonwalkers This interactive 3,500 square foot indoor play centre is equipped with several slides, a zip line and many tunnels and is suitable for kids of all ages. Bring a picnic basket and make a day of it.
The Hottest Summer Patio on the Lake!
This museum has exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of pioneer life in and around Alix including artifacts that belonged to Irene Parlby, one of Canada’s “Famous Five” who was originally from Alix.
Bull-A-Rama and More Special events are great fun for locals and visitors alike and include such highlights as Bull-A-Rama (May 6) where bull riders test their mettle against some of the toughest bulls on the circuit. A parade, fun community events and a great small town rodeo are highlights of Alix Days (Aug 6). There’s also a winter festival, Canada Day celebrations and more throughout the year.
CELEBRATING 125 YEARS of WESTERNER DAYS!
The Place to be and be Seen
4613 Lakeshore Drive, Sylvan Lake
1891 - 2016
JULY 20 - 24
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Ponoka Stampede Parade If you want to experience friendly small town charm at its finest, visit Ponoka on parade day (June 30). With marching bands, more than 150 colourful floats, dancers, clowns, antique cars, carriages and beautiful horses, it is one of the best small town parades in Canada.
Legends of Canadian Rodeo
Town of Ponoka
Cowboy up and explore a real western town. Surrounded by some of Alberta’s richest ranch land in the heart of the Battle River Valley, Ponoka combines country charm and warm western hospitality with superior urban amenities. The annual Ponoka Stampede is a celebration of cowboy culture that stretches back to 1936 and is one of the best rodeos you’ll find anywhere, so it’s no surprise that the town is also home to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame and the World’s Largest Bucking Saddle Bronc Horse and Rider.
80th Annual Ponoka Stampede In Alberta, rural rodeo is king and the annual Ponoka Stampede (June 27- July 3) is one of the best of the best. With one of the richest purses in Canada, this pro rodeo attracts top contenders in bareback, bull riding, barrel racing, roping and wrestling. There’s chuckwagon racing in the evenings and country music performances on select nights. Community events like a midway, a soap box derby and a vintage motorcycle rally are also part of the fun.
Discover the history of rodeo and meet some of the legends of the sport at this venue on the upper floor of the Ponoka Ag Centre.
World’s Largest Take a picture next to the world’s largest Bucking Saddle Bronc Horse & Rider monument that was erected in 2004 to celebrate Ponoka’s 100th Anniversary.
Ponoka Farmers Market You’ll find 85 tables of agricultural produce, home-baked and homemade goods, food and entertainment at this farmers’ market that runs on Wednesday mornings from May through October at the Ponoka Arena.
Hit the Trails Enjoy real nature as you cycle the paved River Valley Trail system and see beautiful views of the Battle River Valley or hop on the TransCanada Trail and ride towards Lacombe.
www.reddeermuseum.com (403)309-8405 4525 - 47A Ave., Red Deer, AB — Right beside the Recreation Centre
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Village of Delburne Located just 40-km east of Red Deer in Alberta’s beautiful Parkland region, Delburne is a peaceful rural retreat with plenty of country charm. The village has a remarkably good variety of amenities, but it’s the friendly people who keep visitors coming back.
Anthony Henday Museum Located on Main Street, this museum is housed in Delburnes original CN Train Station and focuses on local history beginning in about 1754 when Anthony Henday, one of the first Europeans to explore this region of Canada, passed through the area. Explore Delburne’s pioneer past while touring a replica homesteader’s cabin, a one room school, a coal mine exhibit, a CN train station and caboose, extensive displays of local businesses and a variety of farming implements in a machine shed.
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Fawn Meadows Golf and Country Club A group of hardworking volunteers came together to form the Delburne and District Golf and Recreation Society in 1993 and in 1994 construction began on this beautiful 9-hole course. With lovely tree-lined fairways and plenty of sand traps, the course is challenging for experienced golfers and great for beginners and families. There’s a fully licensed restaurant, a practice facility, a tournament tent and a campground next door.
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Fawn Meadows Lodge and RV Park
Next to Fawn Meadows Golf Course, this wheelchair accessible lodge is open year-round and has four guest bedrooms, each with a private ensuite. There are also two private cabins and an RV park with 32 fully serviced sites, washrooms, showers and laundry facilities.
Play in the Park Located on Main Street is a spray park for children of all ages. There is also a playground adjacent to the golf course with new playground equipment. Older kids will love the Skateboard Park. There are also Gymkhana grounds, ball diamonds, a curling rink and a tennis court. In the summer, the village runs a youth program.
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REMAINING 2016 CONCERT LINE-UP!
Sounds of Summer EVENT: Concert, Tommy Banks in Concert TIME: Saturday, Aug 20 @ 8:00pm VENUE: Alliance Community Church, Sylvan Lake ADMISSION: $35 Autumn Leaves EVENT: Concert, The Brothers Landreth in Concert TIME: Friday, Sept 23 @ 8:00pm VENUE: Alliance Community Church, Sylvan Lake ADMISSION: $35
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MUSIC AND ART Music soothes the human soul and ignites our passions and creativity. It is a vehicle of expression and at its very best, it is an art form. Plato wrote, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” We celebrate music in all its forms. Red Deer has an enthusiastic community band society and there are five adult community concert bands that are active from September through May playing everything from classical to jazz-rock, funk, and Latin music.
Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Nationally recognized quality symphonic music has been at the core of a vibrant arts and culture scene in Central Alberta thanks to the talents and efforts of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra (RDSO). Regular performances team the professional orchestra with featured guest performers and choirs for a thrilling and diverse season of professional concert music. rdso.ca
Red Deer Royals In the summer months, the Red Deer Royals perform traditional and contemporary music in concert, parade and field show settings. This award-winning marching band is made up of young band members representing more than 20 schools throughout the region and an adult band that have delighted crowds locally and internationally. reddeerroyals.com
Fratters Speakeasy Venue & Restrobar Designed around a spectacular stage where we host everything from Stand-Up Comedy, Blues, Jazz, Roots, Folk, Indie & Rock, Specialized & Private Functions, and Charity Events. We offer delicious homestyle food made fresh in house with top quality ingredients. Our bar specializes in crafted & premium cocktails with fresh juices and syrups made in house. We also offer a variety of martinis, local & craft beer, liquor, and wine. fratters.com
Red Deer Legion Pipe Band Formed in 1948, the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band has been active on the national and international competition circuit since 1983. Their wonderful piping and drumming performances have been enjoyed locally and by audiences around the world where they have represented our city. reddeerlegionpipeband.com
Art Galleries Corridor Gallery: Recreation Centre, 4501 47 A Avenue Kiwanis Gallery: Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49 Street Marjorie Wood Gallery: Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Avenue Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery: 4525 47 A Avenue Sunworks: 4924 Ross Street Harris-Warke Gallery the white gallery Coconut Room The Hub on Ross: 4936 Ross Street Viewpoint Gallery: 3827 39 Street Wall2Wall: 4711 49 Avenue
Venues with Live Entertainment Bo’s Bar & Grill: 2310 50 Avenue Blarney Stone Pub: 6320 50 Avenue Cheers Riverside Meadows: 6017 54 Avenue East 40th Pub: 3811 40 Avenue Fratters Speakeasy: 5114 48 Street Fionn Maccools: 1935 Gaetz Avenue Hideout Eats & Beats: Gasoline Alley International Beer Haus & Stage: 5008 48 Street LBG’s: 6315 Horn Street Murph’s Pub & Grill: 5020 47 A Avenue One Eleven Grill: 5301 43 Street Quality Inn North Hill: 7150 50 Avenue The Hub On Ross: 4936 Ross Street The Lux: 4928 Ross Street The Vat Pub: 5301 43 Street
Performing Arts Against the Wall Theatre – Bull Skit – bullskitcomedy.com Bard on Bower - primestocktheatre.com Cornerstone Youth Theatre - cornerstoneyouththeatre.org Central Alberta Theatre – centralalbertatheatre.net Ignition Theatre – ignitiontheatre.ca Red Deer Players - reddeerplayers.com Tree House Youth Theatre - treehouseyouththeatre.ca
Red Deer Scene Rely on Red Deer’s Art & Entertainment Magazine for the up to date information about what’s happening in Red Deer. reddeerscene.com
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Sport Facilities OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Edgar Soccer Fields 6905 Edgar Industrial Drive
• 4 Soccer Fields
• Club House
• 4 Slo Pitch Diamonds
• 2 Baseball Diamonds
• 2 Fastball Diamonds • 2 Baseball Diamonds • Soccer/Football Field
• Field House • Food Services
403-346-4259 Edgar Athletic Park 6905 Edgar Industrial Drive 403-346-4259 Great Chief Park 4707 Fountain Drive 403-309-8411 INDOOR FACILITIES
Kinex Arena A 4725 43 Street
• NHL sized Arena
• Meeting Room • Food Services
• NHL sized Arena (200’ x 85’) • Arena (185’ x 85’)
• Meeting Room • Food Services
• 12 Sheets
• Meeting Room
Westerner Park 4847A 19 Street 403-343-7800 westernerpark.ca
• Enmax Centrium Arena • Banquet Facilites
• Agricultural Facilities
MULTI PURPOSE FACILITIES
Collicutt Centre 3031 – 30 Avenue
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Wave/Leisure Pool & Waterslide Fitness & Wellness Studio Indoor Running Track Gymnastics Centre Field House
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NHL Arena Climbing & Bouldering Area Meeting Rooms Food and Retail Centre 2 Indoor Soccer Pitches
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Indoor Pool Waterslides Leisure Spray & Tot Pool Hot Tub/Steam/Sauna Arena
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Fitness Centre Gymnasium Meeting rooms Food Services
403-342-8257 Kinsmen Community Arena #5 McIntosh Avenue 403-342-8256 Pidherney Curling Centre 4725 43 Street 403-346-3777
403-358-7529 reddeer.ca/collicuttcentre G.H. Dawe Community Centre 56 Holt Street 403-406-8600 reddeer.ca/dawe Michener Recreation Centre 51A Street & 38A Street 403-342-2853 reddeer.ca/michener Red Deer Recreation Centre 4501 47A Avenue 403-309-8428 reddeer.ca/recreationcentre
• Lane Pool • Dive Tank • Warm Pool
• Sauna • Fitness Area • Meeting Room
• Outdoor Pool, Wading & Spray • Steam Room, Sauna & Hot Tub
• Indoor Pool • Fitness Centre & Exercise Room • Meeting rooms
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Red Deer & Red Deer County A hub for tourism, culture, entertainment, heritage and business. We invite you to discover and experience all the amenities and hospitality that our community has to offer. Plan your next holiday, weekend getaway, convention or family reunion in Red Deer. Contact Tourism Red Deer 403.346.0180
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