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5 Summer Date Ideas Around Red Deer

Summer is the perfect time to get out and have some fun, whether you’re dating someone new, or just looking for something new to try with your significant other. We’re not limited to indoor activities because it’s too cold and can embrace being outdoors until long into the night. Since my last date night idea post is still one of the top hits from Google, I thought I’d bring some fresh ideas for summer. Fellas, pay attention here.

  • Sunset paddle with Mountain Surf Co. Get out of the city and spend the evening in Sylvan Lake. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Bamboo Hut and then trade your date night outfit for your bathing suit or shorts for a sunset paddle on the lake.
  • Enjoy a run along the river and rehydrate with a pint on the Troubled Monk patio. They say the couple that sweats together stays together, or something, so what better way to connect than a run or bike ride along our beautiful river trail system. You can plan your route to conveniently end just steps away from the local brewery to enjoy a post-run pint of craft beer or soda.
  • Get classy with dinner at Tribe and a tour of the Red Deer art scene. If you plan accordingly, you can catch First Fridays, which gives you a chance to meet the artists of and visit various exhibits around town. You’ll be surprised to learn what a vibrant art community exists here!
  • Try your hand at long boarding at Bower Ponds, followed by a picnic in the park (make sure you bring a blanket to avoid sitting in goose poop!). You can rent everything you need for long boarding right at the ponds. If that’s not quite up your alley, there’s tons of other fun activities to try at the Ponds and plenty of grassy space to enjoy a bite to eat in the sunshine.
  • Enjoy Hight Tea at Stella Bean Sweets. It’s such a cute, trendy cafe to visit and who doesn’t love trays of tiny sandwiches, scones and cream (oh the clotted cream!), and macarons. Step the game up and wear your British best to make it even more fun.

Still on the hunt for some ideas? Check out my previous post, 5 Date Night Ideas in Red Deer

I want to hear from you! What is the best date you’ve ever been on? Or the worst? Do you have a favourite date night spot? 

*no I’m not dating anyone currently

5 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer

5 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer

Can you believe the first day of summer is here on Tuesday!? It feels like it’s taken forever to get here and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been filling my wish list with tons of things to do while the days are long and the weather is warm and wanted to share some things that you could add to your summer bucket list with your family.

5 Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer

  • Spend the day at Bower Ponds. This is a favourite hangout spot for us in any season, but the summer months boast tons to do. They rent paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, water balls, surrey bikes and long boards, phew! Have a picnic or indulge in their café offerings which feature Chedda Heads sandwiches and Wild Brewing Kombucha on tap. There’s also a huge playground for the kiddos to spend hours upon hours. Check it out in the evening for a walk around the ponds or pop into the games room. I told you they had tons to do there!
    5 Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer
  • Visit the newly updated Discovery Canyon. This summer feature was missed last year but is set to open mid-June. The free family play area at Riverbend Golf Course features natural, river-fed water features for tube floating and wading. They’re also opening a new nature playground set to open this fall. Pack a picnic and spend the day in the sunshine.
  • Yoga in the Park is always a summer favourite. Join The Breathing Room Yoga Studio every Monday and Wednesday for free yoga at Kin Canyon. Bring the kiddos along for their own free yoga class on Mondays. The nearby playground, water park, and picnic areas mean you can plan a full evening to tire those kiddos out while filling up on all the delicious sunshine filled yoga vibes.
  • Discover nature at Ellis Bird Farm. Located just outside of Lacombe, it’s a beautiful spot to walk the bluebird trail, check out gardens and pond, and see the largest collection of bluebird boxes. We really enjoyed our visit out to the farm last year with friends. While you’re in the area, stop in for a treat at Sweet Capone’s or indulge in some fun kid-friendly drinks on the Cilantro and Chive patio for lunch or dinner.
    5 Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Red Deer
  • Spend a rainy day at the Alley Cat Café. If you have a cat lover in your life, this is the perfect place for you. Enjoy latte before heading into the cat room to play with and cuddle all the little cuties up for adoption. I’m not to blame for any spontaneous cat adoptions. 😉

What’s one of your favourite summer activities in Red Deer?
What’s on your summer bucket list this year? 

Related: 5 Things To Do This Spring


Channel Your Inner Lumberjack at The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

I remember growing up in a small time where the only entertainment came from the local movie theatre where I worked or cruising up and down Main street. There wasn’t anywhere to go or anything to do and I longed to live in a city full of new experiences. Fast forward a few years, I found myself in a small city with the same feeling of having nothing to do.

I can’t say that now, though. Perhaps because I’ve grown, matured, and found hobbies to fill my time, or perhaps because there are so many new businesses popping up to give people a place to go have fun. Enter The Wood Shed, a new axe throwing facility in Sylvan Lake, which was opened specifically because there was a lack of entertainment in the town outside of summertime lake fun.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed allows for the perfect setting to blow off some steam with your friends on a Friday night, try something new on your next date night, host a birthday party, stag/stagette or corporate team building event.

You’ll want to leave your egos at the door, though.

There’s more to axe throwing than just, well, throwing the axe. There’s a certain technique to get that blade to stick into the wooden target. The way you hold the axe, the distance from the target, the angle of your wrist, keeping your elbow tight to your body, it all makes a difference. I went in thinking, no big deal, we’re strong, fit chicks and this will be a breeze. Jessica, on the other hand, was convinced she wouldn’t even stick the axe.

Turns out, Jess was a natural, sticking the axe on her first throw. Me on the other hand, I struggled. There’s a reason I don’t play sports because I have a hard time remembering to do all the little details needed to get the right throw. It was a humbling experience, to say the least.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

Our instructor was awesome, patiently giving us all the tips and trick needed to make the perfect hit. We learned to throw one-handed, two-handed, overhead, underhand, and even some trick throws. They even filmed us in slow motion to analyse our movements to help us even further. Once we got the hang of things, we played some games, which really got me fired up. Jessica took the win on this one, she really killed it.

Did I mention that we worked up a bit of a sweat? We heated right up with the Jack and Jill saw at the beginning of the night, and kept the momentum as we continued swinging axes.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

What’s great, aside from feeling like a total badass when you hit that bullseye, is that you’re free to bring in outside food and beverages (alcoholic beverages are not allowed for obvious reasons), giving you the freedom to create the perfect party for whatever occasion brings you in to channel your inner lumberjack.

Should you happen to love the sport of axe throwing enough, there’s a competitive axe throwing league to take it to the next level.

With The Wood Shed being Central Alberta’s only axe throwing facility, it should definitely be added to the list of places to check out the next time you think there’s nothing to do.

What to Wear

Closed-toe shoes are a must. Loose comfortable clothing is best, but hoodies are not recommended. A plaid shirt is optional, but let’s be real, can you call yourself a lumberjack without one?

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing


Scheduled Drop-In Times

Friday  6:00-9:00pm
Saturday 2:00-9:00pm
Sunday Closed

Group Events

Wednesday 6:00-10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00-10:00 pm
Friday 6:00-10:00 pm
Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm

Open all holiday Mondays from 2:00-6:00 pm

Available during the day for group bookings of 6 or more people.


Buy a box of wood from the old targets for your summer fires.

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