MENUMENU
  • The Explorer Series
        • The Explorer Series

          Pick an upcoming tour, come on your own or bring a few friends along. It’s that easy! Tours are offered on Saturdays and select dates throughout the year. Find out more >

        • Upcoming Departures

          Sat 23

          Icefalls + Ice Bubbles

          Saturday, February 23
          Confirmed Departure? Yes - Book Now!
          Mar 02

          Icefalls + Ice Bubbles

          Saturday, March 2
          Mar 09

          Icefalls + Ice Bubbles

          Saturday, March 9
        • The Explorer Pass

          Make the most of your winter in Central Alberta with the Explorer Pass. Get out on guided adventures snowshoeing under the stars, hiking to frozen waterfalls and ice walking on ice bubbles. Enjoy some free marshmallows, savings on private tours and activities, local food at the cafe and more. Don’t wait, get your pass now and start exploring. Find out more >

  • Summer Tours
  • Winter Tours
  • Red Deer's Ski Bus
        • Red Deer’s Ski Bus

          There’s no easier way to get to the mountains! Kick back and relax as we drive from Red Deer to your favourite resort. Head out for a great day on the slopes. Enjoy a hot chocolate at the bus before letting us take care of the drive home. Find out more >

        • Upcoming Departures

          Thu 21

          SKI BUS: LAKE LOUISE + SUNSHINE VILLAGE

          Thursday, February 21
          Confirmed Departure? Not Yet - 2 More Guests Needed
          Fri 22

          SKI BUS: LAKE LOUISE + SUNSHINE VILLAGE

          Friday, February 22
          Confirmed Departure? Yes - Sold Out!
          Sat 23

          SKI BUS: CASTLE MOUNTAIN RESORT

          Saturday, February 23
          Confirmed Departure? Yes - Book Now!
        • The Ski Pass

          Make the most of your winter with the Ski Pass. Get out on Red Deer’s Ski Bus with 2 free rides, $10 off all winter long and some great deals on guided adventures snowshoeing under the stars, hiking to frozen waterfalls and ice walking on ice bubbles. Don’t wait, get your pass now and start exploring. Find out more >

  • Outdoor Gear Rentals
  • Basecamp + Cafe
  • Gift Cards
  • Explore Central Alberta
  • Stories
  • Photos

Showcase Red Deer: Waskasoo Park Bike Tour

by | Published on June 3, 2018 | Last updated on December 19, 2018 | Showcase Red Deer, Trip Reports

Looking for information on the Showcase Red Deer Tours? Head over this way >

Showcase Red Deer

We’ve partnered with Tourism Red Deer again this year to bring a series of hands-on experiences for tourism industry staff in Central Alberta. The Waskasoo Park Bike Tour kicked off the 2018 tour series and National Tourism Week. Despite a rainy start of the day, we had a great time learning about coffee, exploring the trails and enjoying lunch on top of the bird blind at the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary.

Rolland from DOSE Coffee Co introduced us to coffee cupping and the world of premium coffee. We learned about the impact of the terroir, the roasting process, grading and how to taste coffee. This new experience is available for groups with advance booking.

Riding through Heritage Ranch, one of the nodes of Waskasoo Park. The day started wet but luckily for us the skies cleared a few minutes later as we made our way to Mitchell Pond for a snack break featuring treats from Mondo Fine Foods and Sylvan Star Cheese.
Our bike ride took us along the river to Bower Ponds, another node of Waskasoo Park with a long history of industrial use before it was reclaimed to create an urban park throughout the city. The park is home to the Cronquist House, a restored Victorian-style farmhouse where the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society now operates a tea house and offers tours of the house.
After a quick stop on the CPR Pedestrian Bridge to take in the views of the Red Deer River and a short detour into the Waskasoo neighbourhood to check out some of the historic properties featured on the new Waskasoo Self Guided Walking Tour  we made our way to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.
The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is Alberta’s oldest federal migratory bird sanctuary, providing a quiet backdrop for a picnic lunch served on top of the bird blind. We catered lunch for this tour, including local products from Wild Brewing Kombucha, Pik-n-Pak Produce and Big Bend Market. Nothing says outdoor comfort food better than handcrafted s’mores in the park…
Curious about the itinerary for this tour? Here’s the trip info.
Wishing you were there? Check out these upcoming Showcase Red Deer tours.  The details are right here >

Guest Feedback

I always learn new and exciting things on these tours. – Mikayla

Love the bike tour. Unexpected with so many bikes paths to explore in Red Deer. – Lisa

Full Gallery