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.

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
3.5 out of 5
6500 67 Street, Red Deer, AB, T4P 1A2
The price is $61 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
$61
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21
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 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Staff was very friendliy and helpful."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Holiday Inn Express Red Deer, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Red Deer, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2803 50 Ave, Red Deer, AB, T4R1H1
The price is $77 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$77
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this family-friendly hotel in Red Deer. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (715 reviews)
"Everyone is friendly with a smile on their face especially our check in host (sorry forgot her name)"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Red Deer, an IHG Hotel
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 $84 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
$84
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
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 Very Good! (635 reviews)
"Great location, reasonable rate, clean, roomy accommodations"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference
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
Stay at this vacation home in Red Deer. Enjoy 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Cronquist House and Bower Ponds are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
Cozy clean comfortable
Cozy whole house 4BD/2BTH.WIFI.Kitchen & kitchenette
Cozy whole house 4BD/2BTH.WIFI.Kitchen & kitchenette
Red Deer, AB
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Red Deer. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an arcade/game room. Popular attractions Red Deer City Hall and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Casino Volunteers
"We enjoyed our stay. Place was clean and well kept."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Cozy whole house 4BD/2BTH.WIFI.Kitchen & kitchenette
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 Heritage Ranch and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum are ...
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
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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