At the heart of Alberta there’s a unique mix of small towns and ranches for miles. And in between parks, prairie and waterways ripe for exploring. From vast golden plains, to the monolithic Rocky Mountains and abundant coniferous trees, Central Alberta is picturesque in every way. The region pays homage to its roots with a selection of rodeos, festivals, and jamborees that celebrate its western heritage. In Red Deer, head to the pretty river valley for an afternoon of paddle boating or a round of golf at one of the many golf courses. In winter, snowshoe, skate, cross-country ski. Or, head out with a guide to learn the art of ice fishing. Red Deer, the region’s largest city, is home to over 9,000 farms. Agriculture plays a large part in the economy of the region, which is the most densely populated rural area in the province. Stop by some of the many farms or markets to meet a farmer and buy fresh eggs or cheese right from the source.