The bison and the Aboriginals have always known the shallow crossing in the Red Deer River was the passage between Alberta’s north and south. A trading post was built on this strategic spot and a permanent settlement mushroomed around it. The old river crossing grew to become Red Deer, Alberta’s third largest city.
Smack in the middle between Edmonton and Calgary, Red Deer is teeming with nature, culture and outdoor adventure. Rolling hills of aspen parkland are carved into deep canyons by the timeless forces of the Red Deer River. Wander along its banks on 100 km (62 mi) of trails, or uphold the local summer tradition of floating down the river on a tube.
Check out Red Deer’s vibrant arts scene of galleries, theatres and live music. Savour the local delicacies of farm raised bison or elk. Get ready to revel - there’s always a party in Red Deer, celebrating local history, heritage or asparagus.
Rebels. Rodeos. Rivers. Revel. Here’s your insider Red Deer checklist!
Bulls, broncs and burgers
Red Deer’s biggest shindig, hands down. Dust off your cowboy hat and join 100,000 Albertans for the festivities of
Westerner Days, a week of rodeo, livestock shows, parades, food, exhibits, rides and concerts. Woohoo!
Call the plays from the press box or accept the challenge of a wheelchair race. The
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
is an interactive tribute to Alberta’s phenomenal contribution to the world of sports.
Explore nature and history in
along 85 km (53 mi) of hiking trails. Wander around historic
and rent a paddle boat at Bower Ponds.
Rebels with a cause
Share the passion for hockey and cheer on the local boys at a
Red Deer Rebels
WHL hockey game.
Home on the range
Milk the cow, feed the chickens, bake bread and discover life on the farm in 1905 at the
Sunnybrook Farm Museum.
Ski and board day and night at
Canyon Ski Resort, Alberta’s biggest ski hill outside the Rockies.
Get outta town!
Just 25 km (15 mi) west of town,
is a beach-goer's haven in summer and a classic Canadian adventure in winter.
More curious than ever about the region’s people, parties, landscapes and adventures? Discover the nearby towns of
Lacombe, Innisfail, Olds
Stettler. You’ve only scratched the surface of Central Alberta.