Red Deer

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Red Deer featuring a bay or harbor, a lighthouse and boating

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.

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
3.5 out of 5
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB
The price is ¥9,940 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Located in the heart of Red Deer, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Red Deer College and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Peavey Mart Centrium. Red Deer Regional ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (358 reviews)
"Wicked place"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

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 ¥10,395 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
This family-friendly Red Deer hotel is located near the airport, 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Red Deer City Hall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Deer College and Peavey ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (987 reviews)
"I stay here at least once a year and they never disappoint. They will continue to be my first choice when staying in Red Deer."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Days Inn by Wyndham Red Deer
Days Inn by Wyndham Red Deer
2 out of 5
1000-5001 19th Street, At South end of Red Deer on 19th, Red Deer, AB
The price is ¥9,963 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Red Deer College and Peavey Mart Centrium. City Hall Park and Bower Place are also within 1 mi ...
4/5 Very Good! (911 reviews)
"It was ok!"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Days Inn by Wyndham 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.
★The Rebel House | Games Room| Close 2 Bower Mall★
★The Rebel House | Games Room| Close 2 Bower Mall★
Red Deer, AB
The price is ¥10,696 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated in Red Deer, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Collicutt Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Peavey Mart Centrium and Red Deer College. Kin Kanyon ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
Fun stay
"It was great to have the big tv and all the games for our family to enjoy when we were winding down after a busy day out!"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

★The Rebel House | Games Room| Close 2 Bower Mall★
Cozy Clean Comfortable
Cozy Clean Comfortable
Red Deer, AB
The price is ¥54,716 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Situated in Red Deer, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bower Ponds, Cronquist House, and Red Deer City Hall. Red Deer College and Red Deer Regional ...
Cozy Clean Comfortable
Safe, Cozy, Pet Friendly Separate Entrance Suite
Safe, Cozy, Pet Friendly Separate Entrance Suite
Red Deer, AB
Situated in Red Deer, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Red Deer College and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Peavey Mart Centrium. Heritage Ranch and Alberta ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Great place for family!
"We were so incredibly grateful to our lovely hostess Leah! Very appreciative she hosted my family and pets as we did a major across Country relocate move. The neighbourhood so great! Enjoyed local boardwalk and walking trails. All amenities easy to find and within 10 minutes. Convenient location ..."

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2021

Safe, Cozy, Pet Friendly Separate Entrance Suite
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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