Central Alberta got slapped silly with snow over the first couple of days of December and the "feels like" (which is the real thing as far as we're concerned) temperatures are expected to go as low as -35 Celsius according to recent forecasts. So perhaps you are expecting an article about the best ways to stay warm this coming weekend in Red Deer? On the contrary. You see, our city has become a popular moving destination for households from across the country and international borders not only because of the opportunities that exist in Red Deer, but because of the climate's exquisite attention to delivering the four seasons as they should be delivered. There is simply no better place to experience winter than here in Red Deer Alberta. One of the reasons for this (beyond the winter wonderland aesthetic of it all) is the ice skating scene in town. Red Deer is home to some of the best indoor ice skating facilities and outdoor ponds and rinks around. In fact we have a total (indoor and outdoor) of 68 "rinks" combined! For those that love the sensation of gliding atop a frosty sheet of ice or have always wanted to learn there is no better option to reside than within the arms of our Central Alberta hub. This week we provide you with a few destination recommendations for all levels of ice skaters (and soon-to-be) in Red Deer.
Recommended Ice Skating Spots in Red Deer
1. Collicutt Centre Arena - 3031 30 Avenue (indoor)
This popular community indoor ice skating arena is home to an NHL sized rink for those that want to compare their endurance to that of their favorite pro-hockey players, or for young budding talent that may make the NHL Draft one day. However Collicutt Centre is welcoming to all levels of ability (or lack thereof) on the ice so there is no concern for those that spend more time on their bums than on blades. Skating and hockey programs run all year long but feel free to check out their drop-in schedule for something more casual.
2. GH Dawe Arena - 56 Holt Street (indoor)
GH Dawe is another open-armed to the public ice skating arena that is popular with residents of Red Deer. This skating facility serves as a great alternative to Collicutt should your schedule not coincide with the above's drop-in availability. Click here to plan your family skate at GH Dawe Arena.
3. Family Skating Oval - 4620 47 Avenue (outdoor)
This outdoor ice skating option is located in Red Deer Rotary Park near the Red Deer & District Museum. The vast greenspace (during the summer) glows with a powdery coat of white in the winter as residents take turns circling the oval shaped ice track. There's enough room to enjoy a casual pace or to time your laps while envisioning yourself competing one day at the Winter Olympics.
4. Bower Ponds - 4707 Fountain Drive
Bower Ponds recreation area is located within Waskasoo Park and is the official gathering place for many Red Deer residents all year. In the winter Bower Ponds is transformed into a quintessential winter wonderland. The iced over pond is Red Deer's answer to skating at Manhattan's Central Park, with trails and trees surrounding the picturesque scene as couples, families, and friends enjoy to-go cups of hot chocolate and peppermint mochas before and after they strap on skates. The Bower Ponds Pavilion is open from December to March.
If you are joining our Red Deer community during this oh-so-perfect time of the year we encourage you to contact Benedict Devlin for all of your Red Deer real estate needs. Until then, we'll see you out on the ice.