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.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Red Deer
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Red Deer
2.5 out of 5
128 Leva Ave, Red Deer, AB, T4E 1B9
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,492 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Red Deer. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"Excellent breakfast. Front desk staff and cleaning staff very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Red Deer
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
3.5 out of 5
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, V6Z 1R2
The price is ¥11,246 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Red Deer. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 coffee shops/cafes. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (560 reviews)
Comfy room for a night
"Overall a great stay. I was disappointed that there were no newspapers even though the website indicated there were. Bed was very comfy and it was great to have only keycard access to the elevators. The lounge terrace was a lovely place to have a drink on a hot day and the service was excellent. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 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, T4P 1A2
The price is ¥11,540 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3.5-star luxury hotel in Red Deer. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"After a long drive, I was hoping to just dine in or sit at the hotel bar but it was closed."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Radisson 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.
Cozy clean comfortable
Cozy clean comfortable
Red Deer, AB
The price is ¥61,906 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this vacation home in Red Deer. Enjoy 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Peavey Mart Centrium and Cronquist House are located nearby. Discover genuine guest ...
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Safe, Cozy, Pet Friendly Separate Entrance Suite
Safe, Cozy, Pet Friendly Separate Entrance Suite
Red Deer, AB
Stay at this apartment in Red Deer. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Peavey Mart Centrium and Heritage Ranch are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Great Stay!
"It was a great little suite. Very clean. We appreciated the little extras in the fridge. It is super close to all amenities. We had a music conference at Red Deer Polytechnic and loved being super close. We look forward to coming back next year."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Safe, Cozy, Pet Friendly Separate Entrance Suite
Entire luxury basement suite in Liberty Landing.
Entire luxury basement suite in Liberty Landing.
Red deer, AB
Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Peavey Mart Centrium and City Hall Park are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for Entire luxury ...
Entire luxury basement suite in Liberty Landing.
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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