Plenty of options for Family Day

There are places to chill out, get toasty, eat and run around during the Family Day weekend.

There are places to chill out, get toasty, eat and run around during the Family Day weekend.

If you want to see some hardy Central Albertans get really wet and freeze at the same time, check out Polar Bear Dip during Saturday’s Sylvan Lake Winterfest.

The dip has attracted 42 registrants who will jump into the water on the pier’s west side at 1 p.m.

Sleigh rides and other activities will occur on the lake from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Fireworks will cap events off at 7 p.m.

Also in Sylvan Lake is the 24-hour Marathon Relay, which gets underway at 2 p.m. on Sunday. It continues until Monday at 2 p.m.

Organizer Art Goelema said that three groups, for a total of 16 skaters, will be on the track, which he describes as some of the best ice in years. Participants will take turns skating one hour on, two hours off on the five-km track.

The skaters are raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Everyone is invited to watch.

Temperatures shouldn’t be bad on the weekend either.

Red Deer is expecting a high of 4C on Saturday, -4C on Sunday and -8C on Monday.

Here are some other activities taking place around the region.

Red Deer — Ativities at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and a concert by children’s entertainer Peter Puffin.

Admission is free, donations welcome.

The Collicutt Centre and G.H. Dawe Community Centre are open Monday, but the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre are closed.

Bower Ponds will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Heritage Ranch is open from 1 to 4 p.m. with bookings needed for pony and sleigh rides by calling 403-347-4977.

Penhold — Winterfest on Saturday runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln Street Recreation Centre.

It features everything from a family skate to snow painting and a competitive three-person toboggan pull, plus a bigfoot race.

Blackfalds — Family Day activities on Monday will begin at noon and run until dusk.

The fire department barbecue will run from noon to 2 p.m. and includes hot chocolate, hot dogs and chips.

The penguin dip has been cancelled due to lack of registered jumpers.

There’s also the Penguin Kids Zone for children.

At dusk, there are fireworks at All-Star Park. There is limited parking.

For more information, go online at www.blackfalds.com.

Innisfail — Innisfail Kinsmen Club is offering free hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee at the outdoor rink behind the arena starting at noon on Monday.

Sleigh rides and a firepit monitored by the fire department can also be enjoyed, as well as a free family swim at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre.

Olds — Olds Aquatic Centre will have free public swimming from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday.

Ponoka — On Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ponoka Arena, activities range from sleigh rides to a firepit and family learn-to-curl from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is donation to food bank. A free family swim runs at the Aquaplex from 2 to 6 p.m.

Stettler — Stettler Snowfest and Family Day Carnival on Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Recreation Centre, featuring a free family swim from 1 to 3 p.m., plus bouncy houses, carpet bowling and many on-ice activities. Admission is $10 per family or a food bank donation.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Photos: Central Alberta mansion on market for over $15M

The Lacombe County estate features golf course, tennis court, indoor swimming pool

Updated: Safe consumption site proposal draws big crowd to city council

City council expected to make a decision at its Nov. 26 meeting.

Cineplex reports third-quarter profit down from year ago, revenue up

TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. reported its third-quarter profit fell compared with a… Continue reading

Harder urges senators to embrace independent oversight of their expenses

OTTAWA — The government’s representative in the Senate is urging senators to… Continue reading

Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic committees disappointed, but respectful of vote

Gripped by disappointment after Calgary’s 2026 plans were seemingly snuffed after a… Continue reading

Updated: Red Deer RCMP introduce downtown policing unit

A four-member downtown Red Deer RCMP unit hit the beat on Thursday… Continue reading

Predators may have NHL’s best goalie combo on, off ice

NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne is off to an even better start than… Continue reading

Canadian Premier League buys Ontario’s League 1, looks to develop talent there

TORONTO — The Canadian Premier League has bought Ontario’s League 1 and… Continue reading

2015 ‘Bachelor’ star pleads guilty to reduced charge

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — A farmer who appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelor” pleaded… Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ returning in April 2019 for final season

LOS ANGELES — The eighth and last season of “Game of Thrones”… Continue reading

Big question for Amazon’s 2 chosen cities: Will it pay off?

WASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities… Continue reading

Calgarians vote ‘no’ on 2026 Olympic bid in non-binding plebiscite

CALGARY — The results are in, and a majority of Calgarians are… Continue reading

Leon Draisaitl scores and adds two assists to power Oilers past Canadiens 6-2

EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Connor… Continue reading

McGill students vote overwhelmingly for change to Redmen team nickname

MONTREAL — Students at McGill University have voted by a large majority… Continue reading

Most Read