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Visit Red Deer

Walk, cycle, ski or ride horseback along wooded trails, go tubing at Discovery Canyon, golf at top-notch courses and do more with less in Red Deer. 

Central Alberta is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada and Red Deer is its main hub. With an average age of under 35 years, Alberta’s third-largest city is young and vibrant with plenty of great activities, historical and natural attractions and experiences to enjoy.

Red Deer gets its name from the river that flows through it. First Nations called it “Elk River,” but British fur traders thought the elk were a kind of European red deer and mistranslated the Cree name to “Red Deer River.” The city began as a river crossing for fur traders traveling between Fort Edmonton and Fort Calgary. Visit Fort Normandeau to the west of town to see the site of the original river crossing and learn about life in the days of the fur traders.

More history can be explored at Sunnybrook Farm Museum and the nearby Icelandic hamlet of Markerville where you can visit Stephansson House, a historic creamery and the home of one of Iceland’s greatest poets, Stephan G. Stephansson.

Red Deer has more than 62 miles (100 kilometres) of scenic trails inside its boundaries and more trails that connect it with neighboring communities. You can enjoy the trails by walking, renting a bike in town or participating in a trail ride at Heritage Ranch. Visit the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to learn about local flora and fauna you’ll see along the trails. Birders will want to check out the nature center’s bird blind, visit nearby Ellis Bird Farm and make a stop at the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary, Alberta’s oldest federal migratory bird sanctuary.

There are seven golf courses within an hour’s drive of Red Deer as well as some of Alberta’s nicest swimming and boating lakes. Hotels cost less in Red Deer than many of Alberta’s other cities, so it makes a good hub for exploring all the attractions in Central Alberta.

Reach Red Deer by car, bus or plane with three daily flights into Red Deer Regional Airport from Calgary International Airport.

Top Hotels in Red Deer

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
3.5 out of 5
6500 67 Street, Red Deer, AB
CA $87
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

This family-friendly Red Deer hotel is located near the airport, 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Red Deer City Hall, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Red Deer College and Westerner ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,533 reviews)

"Quiet location and excellent staff and the rooms were clean quiet and relaxing."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
3.5 out of 5
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB
CA $110
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

Situated in Red Deer, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and Red Deer College. Bower Place and Red Deer City Hall are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (96 reviews)

"Didn’t like vent above bed. Update carpet please. Otherwise good."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2019

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer
2.5 out of 5
126 Leva Ave, Red Deer, AB
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $88
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in the heart of Red Deer, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from City Hall Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Westerner Park. Red Deer College and Bower Place ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (731 reviews)

"Staff were without exception pleasant and very helpful. It was a most enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2020

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer

Top activities in Red Deer

Zombie Scavengers Game - Red Deer, AB
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Zombie Scavengers Game - Red Deer, AB

CA $3

Itinerary Recommended starting location to start Zombie Scavengers. This is where you will begin your hunt to survive the zombie apocalypse. (Please start outside) Stop At: • City Hall Park, 49 Avenue Box 5008, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 3T3 Canada

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Red Deer, AB
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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Red Deer, AB

CA $13

Itinerary During Operation City Quest, participants will solve riddles in order to find items throughout the city and complete challenges. For each correct task completed, the players will get points for their team.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Family Admission
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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Family Admission

CA $3

Visit: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1E3 Canada The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta's sporting history.

Reviews of Red Deer

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 60%
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3 - Okay 14.382022471910112%
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5/5 - Excellent

Josie

Dec 27, 2019

Lots of nature trails, dining, and my family is there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

We stayed in Red Deer as grandson in hockey tournament at Delburne so did not spend much time in Red Deer except in the evening.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 27, 2019

Seems like a very easy city to get around in.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 10, 2019

Seems like I would want to explore it more if I had more time.

5/5 - Excellent

Barbara

Nov 4, 2019

Red Deer is my hometown. I am very familiar with the city and where to find things. We live a 1 hour drive away.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

Staff at hotel and with Expedia were very helpful with cancelling and I recieved a full refund

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