Calgary Nearby: Red Deer Attractions

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Red Deer has a number of attractions, including:

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
4920 - 51 St
(403) 341-8614
This museum was founded in 1957 and features over 370 Alberta sports heroes. it also showcases several major sporting events held in Alberta. Open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
P.O. Bag 800, Stettler, AB TOC 2LO
(403) 742-2811
<-- --> Starting in Stettler (70 kilometres east of Red Deer) these steam train tours offer entertainment and delicious meals, with stops at historic central Alberta towns. Tours on this authentic steam train can take from 4 1/2 to about 10 hours (depending on the tour), and operate from May 18 to Oct. 26. Admission Fee.

Bower Ponds
just off Kerry Wood Dr, beside Great Chief Park
Enjoy outdoor recreation including canoeing, fishing, picnicking, paddle-boating and cycling. In the winter, the ponds are popular for ice skating. The Cronquist House, a 1911 three-story Victorian farmhouse, sells arts & crafts and serves afternoon tea.

Fort Normandeau
on 32 St, 5 km east of highway 2
(403) 347-7550
This replica of the 1885 fort is built at The Crossing, the site of the original Red Deer settlement. This ford in the Red Deer River was an important stopover for travelers between Calgary and Edmonton. The fortified structures were built during the Northwest (Riel) Rebellion. Open during the summer from noon to 8 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. the rest of the year

Heritage Square
This collection of heritage buildings includes Red Deer's oldest surviving structure, the 1890 Stevenson-Hall Block. The Aspelund Laft Hus is a replica of a 17th century Norwegian farm house.

Heritage Ranch
43 Street, close to Highway 2
(403) 346-0180
This ranch offers a playground, picnic area, fishing ponds, and of course horseback rides.

Kerry Wood Nature Center
6300-45 Ave
(403) 346-2010
The Kerry Wood Nature Center combines a children's discovery room, a theatre, and a gallery. From mid-May to Labour Day, the centre is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The rest of the year, it is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old Court House
Downtown, corner of Ross St & 49 Ave
(403) 342-1565
The Old Court House now houses the David Thompson Country Tourist Council and the community arts centre, with working artists studios.

Red Deer & District Museum
4525 - 47A Ave
(403) 343-6844
The museum's exhibits depict local history and geography. The art gallery hosts a variety of art shows. Walking tours of Red Deer begins at the museum. The museum hours are Monday to Thursday noon to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays noon to 5 p.m., and weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sylvan Lake
This town, 19 km west of Red Deer on Highway 11
Sylvan Lake is a beach resort town, popular since 1901. Jarvis Bay Provincial Park has camping and picnic facilities. Children can have fun at the Wild Rapids Waterslide . (Open summers daily. Admission fee. (403) 887-3636.)

Waskasoo Park
This park stretches along the Red Deer River, from the Heritage Ranch to the River Bend Recreation Area in the city's northeast. The park includes 50 kilometres of river-valley bike trails, several picnic sites, and an 18 hole golf course.

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