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.

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
The price is $71 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in the heart of Red Deer, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from City Hall Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Peavey Mart Centrium. Red Deer College and Bower ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
3.5 out of 5
3310 - 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB
The price is $86 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in the heart of Red Deer, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Red Deer College and Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Bower Place and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (284 reviews)
"Awesome Hotel"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 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 $76 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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! (964 reviews)
"Rey affordable. Clean and pleasant property. Walkable distance to a coffeehouse (Starbucks). Quiet floor. Will stay again"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

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.
★The Rebel House | Games Room| Close 2 Bower Mall★
★The Rebel House | Games Room| Close 2 Bower Mall★
Red Deer, AB
The price is $80 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Red Deer, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Collicutt Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kin Kanyon Park and Bower Place. Peavey Mart Centrium ...
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★
Relaxing Red Deer Suite - Private & Comfortable
Relaxing Red Deer Suite - Private & Comfortable
Red Deer, AB
Located in the heart of Red Deer, this romantic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Red Deer City Hall, Collicutt Centre, and Kerry Wood Nature Centre. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great hidden gem
"Absolutely loved this unit it was spacious and well furnished and close to everything you could possibly need! The hosts were so kind and made sure I was comfortable and felt at home. Thanks so much for a great week in Red Deer"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2021

Relaxing Red Deer Suite - Private & Comfortable
Cozy Clean Comfortable
Cozy Clean Comfortable
Red Deer, AB
The price is $485 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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 Regional Hospital Centre and ...
Cozy Clean Comfortable
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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