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Introducing Waskasoo

Meet the 2019 Canada Winter Games Mascot

Today marks 500 days until the 2019 Canada Winter Games in our city, a key event in the development of young athletes across the country.

Tonight our city came together in the cold for a community event and mascot party. We indulged in free BBQ, played games, bounced in the bouncy castles and high-fived all of the community mascots (who knew Red Deer had so many!). The highlight of the night was the unveiling of the new 2019 Winter Games mascot.

The story of how this new mascot came to life is actually really cool. Kids between the ages of 5-12 across Alberta were enlisted to help find the right mascot. Choosing between four animals commonly found across Central Alberta, a moose, a snowshoe hare, an owl and a deer, they were to submit a drawing, a name, and the mascot’s story. Over 300 youngsters submit their entries. Yesterday, 12-year-old Mackenzie Van Damme from Lacombe found she had the winning entry and her mascot idea had become a reality. Just think about how cool it would be to have a picture you’ve drawn become the face of something so big. I get tears just thinking about it, but I’m kind of a softie like that.

Mackenzie designed a little deer named Waskasoo, a young deer that grew up just outside of Red Deer, but now calls the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary home. Waskasoo’s antlers form a ‘W’ and he has 13 spots representing the 13 provinces and territories across Canada. Deer usually lose their spots as they get older, but Waskasoo’s have remained as a gift from Mother Nature for his kindness towards others. Waskasoo is enthusiastic, encouraging and curious. His name comes from the Cree name “Waskasoo Seepee” which means “Elk River”, the original name for the river running through the community. The settlers had mistaken elk for the European red deer in the area, and the river was then changed to the Red Deer River.

And so little Waskasoo came to life.

It was basically love at first glimpse.

Liam was pretty excited to be one of the first to get to meet Waskasoo, although he was a bit timid compared to the other mascots we’d interacted with earlier in the evening. I’m sure I’ll be hearing about how he wants to go back to give Waskasoo a hug and a high five for a while now. Luckily, Waskasoo will be sharing the magic of the Winter Games over the next few months at various community events. And yes, he could be available for your event and can be booked at canadagames.ca/2019.

We’ll definitely be checking out the next Canada Games event when we celebrate one year out! Hopefully, Liam will get his fill of Waskasoo hugs there.




See Yourself Here – Capstone at Riverlands

I’ve lived in Red Deer for 13 years now and it’s no question that I love this community. I’ve become well connected through my support of local business and the online social scene and I usually know of new business openings and upcoming events. I love that I’ve become the one my friends and colleagues come to when they want to know what’s happening in the city.

Capstone at Riverlands

See Yourself Here

For the past month, a mysterious hashtag, #seeyourselfhere, showed up on the sidewalks and pathways of some of Red Deer’s most popular spots. There was even a street team out and about, handing out sunglasses evening the public to a community event in the Riverlands district. Twitter was buzzing with what it was all about.

Capstone at Riverlands

Capstone at Riverlands

Capstone at Riverlands

Today, it all came together as the City made a huge announcement, a visionary community is coming to Red Deer. Capstone at Riverlands has been discussed for years and is finally coming to fruition. Located on the banks of the Red Deer River, the new community will include condos and townhomes, hotels, offices, retail, shopping, dining, arts, and culture. It will also feature a civic plaza, river walk, and tons of green space.

This area is already home to some of my favourites in the city, including Troubled Monk Brewery, Wild Brewing Kombucha, The Float Shack, Dose Coffee, Pure Earth Organics, My Revolution Cycle and Yoga, and more. I’m excited for the potential for more amazing businesses like this to pop up in this new development. There will be plenty of opportunity for outdoor events, public markets, artist studios and more. It’s going to be an amazing expansion of our vibrant downtown.

Capstone at Riverlands Capstone at Riverlands

As someone who loves living as close to downtown as possible, this area would be a dream to live in, close to the river, the beautiful trail system and the amazing businesses in the area. If I was still single in my twenties, I would be lining up to get in on the new condo or townhome developments. Unfortunately for me, I’m at the point in my life where I need to start looking for a home with some backyard space for my son to run around in. But I digress. If you’re looking for a new home away from the suburbs in the next year or two, I know just the place.

While some people may think the hype leading up to this event wasn’t worth it, I think it’s an exciting time for our growing city and the City provided a fun street festival for the community to enjoy the celebration. With local businesses set up for you to get to know, local food trucks providing free lunch, street performers, music and more, there were a lot of smiling faces enjoying the fun on a beautiful day. I look forward to seeing this community come to life and the opportunities that lie ahead.

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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