Father’s Day in Red Deer, running from zombies or soaking up the sun

For those eschewing the typical Father’s Day activities, running around downtown Red Deer to avoid zombies was just the cure.

But, the more traditional outing to the newly re-opened Discovery Canyon was also a popular choice on Sunday.

The two events were just a small sampling of how Red Deerians and Central Albertans spent the day.

For Tim Rysavy, golf wasn’t his idea of a fun way to spend the day. Instead, he and his family and one of his kid’s friend took in the Zombie Apocalypse Tag.

“It’s a fun way to spend a Father’s Day, getting eaten by zombies,” he said. “We’re not into golfing so, what else do you do on Father’s Day?”

His daughters Kali and Kendra and friend Heidi Krohm are all fans of zombies and decided it would be a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Similarly, James Ermineskin took part in the event with his three daughters. He said the event was suggested by them and it seemed like a fun idea.

“They’re the ones that mentioned it,” he said. “They wanted me to come and run around with them. I’ve never heard of this before, it’s my first time ever doing this.”

The zombie apocalypse tag started from the Scott Block Theatre on Little Gaetz Avenue and ended at Bower Ponds. Participants had waypoints they had to go to while being chased by zombies.

Taking a much more relaxed way to Father’s Day, families flooded to the newly re-opened Discovery Canyon for a day of water, sun, sand and fun.

Jordan White, who works for Scott Builders, was involved in the Discover Canyon upgrades. He said he has been looking forward to the re-opening.

“It’s a great improvement,” he said. “The beach, the stairs. It turned out really well.”

He was spending part of his Father’s Day with his son Luke going down the river.

Kurt Von Hollen and his daughter Kessley were also enjoying the sun and water at the newly re-opened facility.”

“It’s open again, we thought we’d come check it out ,” he said. “They did a great job down here. What else do you want to do.”


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