Experience Red Deer
There’s so much to see, do, eat and discover in Red Deer and Central Alberta. Whether you’re looking to get out and explore our expansive outdoor trail system, discover our history and experience our upbeat culture, step back and spend some quiet time in nature, test your limits on a rugged obstacle course, make memories with your family or just spend a relaxing day taking in our beautiful downtown – Red Deer has something for you. We’ve put together some inspiring stories to help you get started. Experience Red Deer, your way.
Connect with Nature
When you’re in the Red Deer region it’s easy to connect with nature and stay active, because hiking, cycling, boating, jogging, skiing and walking spaces are right in your backyard. You’ll enjoy our trails and appreciate our nature-loving ways.Learn More >
Let Us Entertain You
Westerner Park is Central Alberta’s largest convention, trade show, agriculture, entertainment and sports facility and it is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016.Learn More >
Test Your Toughness
Central Alberta is the ideal place to test your mettle and see what you’re really made of. In the process, you’ll find true adventure, have a fun time and feel a sense of accomplishment for stepping outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself.
Discover Downtown Red Deer
Explore the culture of the heart of our city with a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly downtown streets. With outdoor patio dining, murals, festivals, art galleries, boutique shopping and an array of dining options, Red Deer’s downtown area has become a thriving neighbourhood that is a vibrant and dynamic part of the city.
Family Friendly Attractions
Families that play together build memories together. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, an afternoon at a splash park or a visit to a farm, your kids will love discovering the Red Deer region. There are a multitude of activities, events and attractions for young families to enjoy and the best part is that many are completely free of charge.
Links to Adventure
Earn your bragging rights on Canada’s longest golf hole. Red Deer region has a wide variety of golf courses at very reasonable rates and you can book a weekend or weekday golf package with a single call. There are plenty of reasons to make Central Alberta your next great golf adventure.
Arts and Culture
We celebrate music in all its forms. Red Deer has an enthusiastic community band society and there are five adult community concert bands that are active from September through May playing everything from classical to jazz-rock, funk, and Latin music.
Let’s face it, when the mercury plunges and nature wraps itself in a thick, snowy blanket, there is some temptation to stay inside and slip into hibernation mode. Fortunately, there are also plenty of tempting reasons to get outside and embrace the season – snow and all.
All Natural Adventure
It was a warm Saturday afternoon and my son and I buckled up our rented snowshoes and headed out into the woods behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Always a favourite family stop, we have spent many fun hours visiting the small animals and displays in the nature centre and exploring the trails and the woodland of the Waskasoo Parkland in every season.
Birding, Above All
Fall and spring migration is a time when the woods are alive with the twittering of warblers and sparrows, the beaches are dotted with shorebirds, and many wetlands are abundant with geese and ducks. Patrolling these restless flocks are Peregrine Falcons and other majestic birds of prey.
Make a Splash
When days grow long and hot in Central Alberta, Red Deer has two free outdoor water play parks and some fantastic indoor pools that are open year round. Visitors can rent boats at Bower Ponds in Red Deer or bring their own canoe or kayak and enjoy the thrill of a paddle down the Red Deer River.
Celebrate History and Culture
Red Deer began as a river crossing. Before the railway connected Edmonton and Calgary, Red Deer River Crossing was the gateway between Northern and Southern Alberta. From time immemorial, First Nations and later Metis People followed the wildlife over the ford at Red Deer Crossing. You can still visit the historic crossing site and see the recreated Fort Normandeau, which was built using salvaged logs from the original fort.
Hit the Trails
Red Deer’s beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well known throughout Alberta with over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions.
With over 100 km of easily accessible, paved, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails connecting park users to beautiful green areas and park attractions – Red Deer has plenty of places to stop, ponder, relax and enjoy the amazing view. Here’s a few of the most popular ones.