The Regions

Abandoned farm buildings

Discover the regions’ unique flavours, sights and experiences

Together they make up Central Alberta, from the Badlands to the Rockies…

Central Alberta is a place where different landscapes meet, creating a unique collection of experiences.

The rugged mountains and foothills to the west make for the ideal hiking, backpacking or whitewater rafting adventure. Less developed than the nearby mountain parks of Banff and Jasper, the Sundre Region and David Thompson Country are the perfect option for those who enjoy life off the beaten path.

Allstones Cove

River float on the Red Deer River

Camping on the Kootenay Plains

Coffee cupping experience at DOSE Coffee

The Red Deer Region combines family farms, food producers and craft beverages that are well known throughout the province with a growing food scene in the cities of Red Deer and Lacombe. The aspen parkland gives a countryside feel to your next adventure, whether paddling on the Red Deer River or relaxing on Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake or Pine Lake.

Further east, the northern end of the Badlands will let you get lost in the moment as you take in the sights of the Red Deer River valley and surrounding fields going as far as the eye can see.

Each part of the region offers something different for your next adventure.

Explore the Regions

Hiking in Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park

The Badlands

The views along the Red Deer River alone are worth the trip. Paddle down the river, hike through Dry Island Buffalo Jump or enjoy a picnic overlooking the valley.

The aspen parkland meets the prairies in this region, with fields as far as the eye can see and the magic of the prairie skies.

The Red Deer Region

Slow down and discover regional food as you spend some time on the farm, head out on a brewery tour or taste local products at one of the farmers’ markets.

Even better, pickup all you need for a picnic and head out for an afternoon on the river, lake or trail.

The Jungle Farm in Red Deer County

Elliott’s Peak and Sentinel Mountain along the David Thompson Highway

David Thompson Country

Head out to the mountains and explore off the beaten path in the Nordegg and Abraham Lake area. Head out for a hike to the summit of Coliseum Mountain or check out waterfalls like Crescent Falls or Siffleur Falls.

The Sundre Region

The foothills of the Rockies are filled with trails and some of the best whitewater in the province. 

Rafting the upper Red Deer River. Photo Credit: Mukwah Rafting