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Red Deer
Travel Guide

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

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
3.5 out of 5
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB
Free cancellation
The price is CA $93 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in the heart of Red Deer, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and Red Deer College. Bower Place and Red ...

4.2/5Very Good! (182 reviews)

"Very nice warm pool and hot tub. Staff were very courteous and my dog felt so welcome. Lovely stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2021

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
3.5 out of 5
6500 67 Street, Red Deer, AB
The price is CA $89 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Good stay for one night. Big TV in room. Clean and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Sandman Hotel Red Deer
Sandman Hotel Red Deer
3 out of 5
2818 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer, AB
The price is CA $80 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in Red Deer, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Bower Place and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Red Deer College. Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre ...

3.6/5Good! (484 reviews)

"Broke my ankle and the staff was very helpful. Great rates also"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 26, 2021

Sandman Hotel Red Deer
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Red Deer

Staybridge Suites Red Deer North
Staybridge Suites Red Deer North
3 out of 5
6329 Orr Drive, Red Deer, AB
The price is CA $114 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated in a rural location, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cronquist House, Red Deer City Hall, and Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)

"Clean. Good value. Free drink daily."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2021

Staybridge Suites Red Deer North
Cozy A-frame Cabin 1/2 Block From the Gorgeous Sylvan Lake Beach, Parks & Pubs
Cozy A-frame Cabin 1/2 Block From the Gorgeous Sylvan Lake Beach, Parks & Pubs
4418 50a Ave, Sylvan Lake, AB

Located in the heart of Sylvan Lake, this cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Sylvan Lake Provincial Park and Sylvan Lake. Lakeside Go Karts and Mini-Golf and ...

5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Absolutely fantastic!

"Our cabin stay was just fantastic! The cabin is extremely clean and the attention to detail is outstanding. We loved it and cannot wait to go back!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Cozy A-frame Cabin 1/2 Block From the Gorgeous Sylvan Lake Beach, Parks & Pubs
Half block from beach, quiet cottage district
Half block from beach, quiet cottage district
Sylvan Lake, AB

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Sylvan Lake and Sylvan Lake Provincial Park. Top O' The Hill Golf Course and Lakewood ...

5/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Sylvan Lake House

"House and Location was perfect. Could have not asked for a better weekend!!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Half block from beach, quiet cottage district
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Red Deer

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 25, 2020

Nice place for a weekend. Lots of parks for walking, and some good shopping for a smaller place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 26, 2020

Clean

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

Visited Troubled Monk microbrewery. Amazing selection of tasty beers and nibbles. Well worth a visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

So fast and easy to get from one side of the city to the other end. Great shopping!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

Didn't see a lot, but from what we did, it see seems like a nice small city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

We were here for a funeral. We enjoyed the hotel. The food was good. We felt comfortable moving the tables to eat as a family.

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