Summer hiking is a wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy nature.
Here in Red Deer, there’s over 100 kms of nature trails perfect for a long summer hike or exploring on a bike. Whether you’re new to the area or just looking for some different trails to explore, we’ve got some suggestions for you.
Starting right outside our Red Deer apartments, is the Alberta Central Railway Trail. This paved trail is open for walking, jogging, and cycling. Dogs are also permitted when leashed and owners clean up after them. The Alberta Central Railway trail meanders along the Waskasoo Creek, providing a gorgeous backdrop for any exploration. Our residents can access the trail right next to our Westbrook Manor apartments.
Head to Rotary Picnic Park for a trail that flows up Piper Mountain. At the top of the hill, you can rest on the benches and look out over the vast treed area and the city beyond. Here you’ll also find trails that snake in through the forest and along Piper Creek. Rotary Picnic Park also provides access to the Trans Canada Trail system.
For cycling enthusiasts, the Red Deer Mountain Bike Park, just 15 minutes from Westview Manor, caters to mountain bikers with dirt jumps, boardwalks, and gaps. The ample trails are rated from easiest (green circle) to challenging (black diamond), making this park perfect for all skill levels. Before visiting, riders are required to review the rules of the trails and always ride safely.
At Great Chief Park, you’ll find an extensive paved trail that loops around Bower Ponds. There’s even a wooden bridge that stretches across the pond for beautiful views. This looped trail is 10kms and can be the perfect spot for birdwatching. Notable species include the Waterfowl, Osprey, gulls, and Gray Catbird. Residents of our Westview Manor apartments are just 6 minutes away.
The vast trails throughout Red Deer usually have picnic areas or benches nearby. Pack a lunch or snacks and enjoy your time in nature. But remember, these nature trails are home to wildlife; so, always use garbage receptacles and never litter on the trails.