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Cronquist House Waskasoo Park

Red Deer City Hall Park

Sylvan Lake dusk

Springbrook park

Waskasoo Creek
Ram River Falls




Parks, Natural Areas, Sanctuaries, Wildlife Rehabilitation activities for local residents and visitors

 Waskasoo Park Red Deer                                                 
Historical, recreational and natural features. 85 km. of trails along the Red Deer River, Piper Creek & Waskasoo Creek running through the center of Red Deer, portions are part of the Trans Canada Trail system and include many localized features:
Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
Natural history interpretive centre, multi-media presentation, youth programs, bookstore. The Sanctuary is 300 acres with 2 oxbow lakes, 5 km of trails, bird blinds, viewing decks and was Alberta's first migratory bird preserve since 1924. Beaver, muskrat, white-tailied and mule deer, red foxes, coyotes frequently seen.
Bower Ponds and Cronquist House
Manmade lake close to the Red Deer River stocked with trout. Paddle boats, kayaks, skating in winter, concession, outdoor stage. The Cronquist House is a  restored 1911 Victorian-style farmhouse that was moved across the river.
Heritage Ranch
Equestrian trail rides, pony rides, hayrides, viewing tower, coffee shop, playground, stocked trout pond nearby. Close to Highway 2 and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Great Chief Park and Kiwanis Picnic Park
3 fastball diamonds, baseball diamond, soccer/football field, lighting for night games, changing rooms. The Picnic Park has a playground, horseshoes, boat launch and is close to the Red Deer River and a golf course.
Rotary Park and Piper Mountain
New playground with 50 play activities, picnic shelter, fire pits, close to Piper Creek and downtown area. Climb Piper Mountain for a great view of city.
Kin Kanyon

Picnic & playground area and ParticiPark along Piper Creek.
Great West Adventure Park
BMX track, boat launch, along Red Deer River
Discovery Canyon and Riverbend Golf Course
Childrens waterplay area, picnic area, small lake and beach. (See Golf courses)
McKenzie Trails
Pond, picnic shelter, playground, watch Canada geese
Other areas include Coronation Park, Three Mile Bend, Alberta Central Trail, CPR Bridge, Fort Normandeau (see Heritage Sites).
 Natural Areas                                                                
Slack Slough Red Deer County
This extensive bulrush marsh is an exceptional area for viewing waterfowl—including a variety of diving and dabbling ducks and a diversity of marsh birds. Good viewing opportunities with binoculars or a spotting scope are available at the raised viewing platform on the north side of the slough. Near Highway 2 at McKenzie Road south of Red Deer.
A-Soo-Wuh-Um Day Use Park
Red Deer County
Meaning 'Bridge over the Water' in Cree. west of Penhold on Red Deer River. Playground, horseshoes, boat launch, fishing, camp kitchen, picnicking
Napoleon Lake Natural Area
Hiking trails, wildlife viewing platform for bird viewers, day use recreational area.
Burnstick Lake Natural Area Clearwater County
Good variety of birds, fish, mammals. Canoeing, hiking, picnicking popular. Southwest of Caroline, northwest of Sundre, accessible by gravel road.
Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Kneehill County
More than 150 bird species and a large variety of other small wildlife
. In late July and early August the Red Deer River becomes the setting for a dramatic natural spectacle, when goldeye come to the surface in great numbers to feed on clouds of newly hatched white mayflies. East of Trochu.
Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve Clearwater County
North-south prevailing winds give this natural area a moderate climate and grasslands unlike most high mountain regions. It has camping and picnic facilities, and hiking trails to Siffleur Canyon and Falls. 70 km (42 mi) southwest of Nordegg
Ram River Falls and Provincial Recreation Area Clearwater County
The well known and scenic Ram Falls are located adjacent to the campground. A viewing platform provides breathtaking views of the falls and the Ram River valley. 64 km south of Nordegg on Forestry Trunk Road (SH 734); 96 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House

 Wildlife Preservation and Rehabilitation                     
Ellis Bird Farm
both a working farm as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm. We invite you to stroll the trails, enjoy the beautiful gardens, see the world's largest outdoor collection of bluebird nestboxes, visit the Visitor Centre and linger in the Tea House.
Medicine River Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Cares for injured or orphaned wild animals with the aim of returning them to the wild. A reception area, education room and outdoor area offer visitors a chance to learn about the centre and gain an appreciation for wildlife. Presentations include activities, slides, live video monitors and video tapes. Open year round. Admission by donation.
West of Dickson on Hwy 54, 4 km south of Raven and 1.5 km east. Tel: 1 403 728-3467



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When in Red Deer, visit
Waskasoo Park

Bower Ponds Waskasoo Park
Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
Fort Normandeau
Heritage Ranch
Bower Ponds
Cronquist House
Great Chief Park
Kiwanis Picnic Park
Discovery Canyon
Riverbend Golf Course
Lions Campground
Three Mile Bend
McKenzie Trails
Great West Adventure Park


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