The recent news that the Tour of Alberta was not only returning to the province for its second year (after launching in 2013) but that it once again was including Red Deer as one of its host communities sparked this week’s blog entry. With Red Deer being added as Stage 2 (including Innisfail as the starting point) of this world class event in 2014 our growing city is further solidifying its place on the global map as being a premier destination for sports recreation.
Many households considering a move to the Central Alberta area greatly factor athletics into their lifestyle. They seek a community that can accommodate their taste for sports, be it for health, leisure, or even amateur to professional level aspirations (for those with budding athletes in the family). While major provincial metropolises such as Calgary and Edmonton receive much of the notoriety for such a thing it’s the city of Red Deer that heralds per capita accolades when it comes to access to sports that accommodate a wide variety of tastes – located right at one’s doorstep. Here we identify a few in particular that make living in Red Deer all the more…perfect.
Information about Sports in Red Deer Alberta for Homeowners
Biking – It only makes sense to take the lead in this list by addressing the very thing that sparked this thesis. The cycling and mountain biking scene in Red Deer is one of the best in the entire province in the warmer spring and summer months. The access to safe yet challenging roads, paths, and trails that vary in levels of difficulty make biking in Red Deer a truly enjoyable experience. For those of you that prefer to go a bit more feral, departing from concrete directions, the Red Deer Mountain Bike Park is one of the best of its kind in the country in our not-so-humble (we’re proud of our county) opinion.
Hockey – You can’t step either in or outside in the winter months without stepping on one of the many ice rinks in Red Deer so you may as well strap on some skates and pick up as tick. Yes ice hockey is a BIG deal as far as sports in Red Deer go, so much in fact that it is home to the province’s official hockey organization. Instead of us spending an entire page describing Red Deer’s unparalleled access to this Canadian Sport of Kings we encourage you to visit Hockey Alberta in person (located on College BLVD) or online to learn about how you and your household can get involved.
Baseball – The boys, and girls, of summer come out in full force in the spring here in Red Deer Alberta. We swear that with each passing year this city is becoming more and more of a baseball town as teams and leagues pop up to accommodate both fans of the hard and soft ball. Parents drop their kids off and hit the stands to proudly cheer them on in the minors. The entire town comes out to cheer on the 2013 Provincial Champions, the wild and talented Red Deer Riggers. For those that wish to participate themselves (the point of this article) then all you need to do is ask your neighbor or local coffee shop barista because one of the two (if not both) is likely signed-up for a fast or slow-pitch league at this very moment.
Hiking – Hiking is another inevitable addition to this sports activities summary. Red Deer County is lined with trails that range from casual to extreme, making more than a sport out of it. The famed Trans Canada Trail is marked at Red Deer’s Bower Ponds for which enthusiasts can take their pick of the direction they want to go, and how much of a muscle burn they’re prepared to take on. Visit the official Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) website for access to maps and other local hiking resources.
The above is just the beginning of your athletic “career” in Red Deer. As stated there is absolutely something for everyone (curling anyone?) within minutes of your current, or prospective, Red Deer home. We look forward to seeing you out there on one of our many roads, rinks, trails, and/or diamonds. Thanks for being a good sport and reading this week’s blog entry – stay tuned for next month when we dig into more resources for our residents of Red Deer.