Alberta’s heartland is a multitude of landscapes, from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies in the west to an endless expanse of golden plains and aspen parkland stretching east to our border with the province of Saskatchewan. The land is sprinkled with lakes and ponds left by retreating glaciers. The winding Red Deer River plays a leading role in the region’s agricultural bounty, not to mention one of the best places for a paddle on a lazy afternoon. Long summer days are filled with walking, biking, riding, fishing, boating and beaches. Winters are prime time for pond hockey, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.