Red Deer Travel Tips: Where to Go and What to See in 48 Hours

Red Deer Travel Tips

So you’re headed to Red Deer, Alberta for a couple of days. You’re going to need a few things to do while you’re in the area.

Red Deer is a vibrant and young community in Central Alberta with a lot to get up to during the weekend. The rich agricultural history of Red Deer has brought with it great local cuisine to indulge in and a sense of pride in the food we serve. Red Deer also loves the outdoors. With such an expansive and magnificent landscape, Red Deer is a great spot to get a little fresh air and to take in some nature. We’re also an urban centre, situated right smack dab in the middle of both Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer serves as Central Alberta’s commercial, cultural, and economic hub.

Whether you’re spending the next 48 hours in the Red Deer and looking for a few things to get up to, or are planning a weekend getaway, there’s tons to do in Red Deer so let’s get started:

Friday Night in Red Deer

It’s more than likely been a pretty long week at work and you’ve finally just arrived in Red Deer. There’s a couple of things you’ll need right away: some dinner and a place to rest your head. Red Deer offers a number of accommodations to choose from.

Accommodations in Red Deer

Red Deer Sandman Hotel

First things first, you’re going to need a place to stay while in town. Like many other cities, Red Deer has a number of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast to choose from. Check out the Sandman Hotel Red Deer as they have a great selection of comfortable rooms to choose from. The Sandman Hotel Red Deer has suites available with kitchenettes, there’s also executive suites, and one bedroom suites as well.

The Sandman Hotel can also accommodate meetings and banquets of up to 40 guests, there’s a business centre for all your business needs as well as a fitness centre to keep up your fitness regimen which includes a pool and whirlpool. There’s in room high speed internet and complimentary coffee and tea for all guests as well.

Red Deer Accommodations

There’s also the Microtel Inn & Suites, which is located just of Highway 2, if you’re looking for something a little different. Microtel Inn & Suites has over 100 accomodating rooms to choose from. If you’re looking for a quick stop over or to spend a little more time in Red Deer suites with kitchenettes are available, the wheelchair accessible rooms, and complimentary parking for all guests.

On the Bed & Breakfast side of things, why not give Dutchess Manor Retreat a look. Spend your 48 hours in Red Deer in a 100 year old house with beautiful hardwood flooring and a little taste of Holland in the Canadian Prairies. Dutchess Manor Retreat has many spa packages to treat yourself with and offers a complimentary breakfast to all guests who spend the night.

Friday Night Food in Red Deer


It’s Friday night and you need some grub. Red Deer has a number of a great spots to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down and dine like the finest, or a little something in between.

Eat, gather, and just simply have a great experience at one of Red Deer’s trendiest spots State & Main. If you’re looking for a great restaurant that has a little something for anyone on the menu, this might be your place of choice. With two locations serving Red Deer, one in the East Hill area and the other in the Golden West, State & Main has become one of Red Deer’s go to spots. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and Twitter to see the latest special events and deals.

If you’re looking for something a little simpler but just as delicious, why not order in a pizza. Red Deer’s Western Pizza is a local favourite that has been around for years serving the Red Deer community quite well. You can pick up your pizza or have it delivered and enjoy your Friday night hassle free.

Friday Night Fun in Red Deer

Friday night is a time to let loose and decompress from the hard work week. You work hard and deserve a little bit of a break every once in awhile. Red Deer knows what it means to work hard and play harder. There’s a lot to do on a Friday night in Red Deer.

Red Deer Fratters Speak Easy

Unleash your wild side and check out The Crossing. The bar has been designed around a centre stage where everything from stand up comedy to blues and rock n’ roll acts perform. Make sure to check out their events page as well as Facebook and Twitter to see what’s on the stage when you’re in the area for a couple of days.

Red Deer Bull Skit Comedy

The bar scene isn’t for everyone, that’s understandable, sometimes it gets too loud and chaotic for you to enjoy yourself and let the stress of the week go. So on your Friday night in Red Deer why not find a few laughs and check out Bull Skit Comedy. This improv troupe has really made a name for themselves in Central Alberta and have been providing gut busting laughs since 2008. These funny guys usually have a show on Friday’s in the Central Alberta area so be sure to check out their events calendar to find the laughs.

Saturday in Red Deer

The most glorious day of the week, Saturday, and you’re in Red Deer. Saturday is the day that you get to do the things that make you happy. Whether that’s getting outside and getting active, enjoying some time and catching up with friends over some greasy spoon breakfast, or just waking up slow and relaxing – Saturday is the day.

Saturday Morning in Red Deer

First things first, we need to get some breakfast in us and if you’re like me you like a good breakfast. There’s a number of places in the Red Deer area to grab some bacon and eggs but check out Albert’s Family Restaurant for classic pancakes, eggs, bacon and toast. Phil’s Restaurant is another great place to grab your bacon and eggs and comes as a local recommendation. They have one they largest breakfast menus in the area and we definitely recommend the pancakes.

Red Deer West Lake Grill

If you’d like to get a little fancier there’s always the West Lake Grill at Heritage Ranch. Make your Saturday’s early lunch in Red Deer an experience to remember with West Lake Grill. This restaurant strives to use as many local, sustainable, organic and non GMO ingredients as possible and tries to source their food, beer and wine from the province of Alberta. If this sounds too fancy for breakfast on a Saturday morning, they also do lunch and a fantastic dinner.

red deer Maskepetoon Park

Once the coffee has kicked in and you’re ready to go there’s a lot to see and do in Red Deer. Why not stroll along the Red Deer River and see what the area has in terms of natural landscape. Tucked away in the west end of Red Deer, Maskepetoon Park offers visitors a chance to stroll along the paths and trails that wind through the forest and marshland of the Red Deer River. Remember to enjoy all wildlife from a safe distance and to not feed any animals you may come across.

Red Deer Farmers Market

Alberta loves their farmer’s market and Red Deer is definitely no exception. So if hiking and taking a saturday morning to stroll along the Red Deer river isn’t necessarily for you, check out the The Market at Red Deer. Open from 8:00 AM – 12:30PM Saturday mornings from May long weekend to Thanksgiving, there’s always something interesting to be browsed. From food vendors to the handicraft artisans, Red Deer’s market is a great place to stop in and peek around for a few hours. Happy shopping!

Saturday Afternoon in Red Deer

You’ve probably worked up quite an appetite after that leisurely stroll through Maskepetoon Park and it’s now time for lunch. Red Deer’s diverse culinary scene lends itself to all sorts of tastes and preferences. You name it and there’s probably a restaurant in the area that serves the dish. But if you’re looking for a restaurant recommendation for Red Deer, you’ll want to check out Las Palmeras Restaurant.

Red Deer Las Palmeras

Serving some of the most authentic Mexican food in Central Alberta, Las Palmeras Restaurant has been in the community since 1992. Their lunch menu covers everything from burritos to enchiladas to flautas and everything you might expect in between. If a little taste of Mexico doesn’t suite your fancy, there’s a laundry list of other restaurants to check out.

Saturday Afternoon Fun in Red Deer

Red Deer offers a great selection of shopping centres and retailers. Whether you’re into a little window shopping or are on the hunt for something specific, the Red Deer area is filled with great shopping malls to help you find what you’re looking. Check out the Bower Place Mall, it’s Central Alberta’s largest shopping venue and an awesome place for some window shopping. The mall holds over 100 different retailers and services including Hudson’s Bay, H&M and Shopper’s Drug Mart. There’s always a promotional giveaways so be sure to check in with guest services or their Facebook page.

Red Deer Bower Place Shopping Centre Entrance

If you’re still in the shopping mood there’s also Parkland Mall, the city’s first regional shopping centre. Parkland Mall is a family focused shopping centre and has over 100 different retailers and services to keep you entertained. You’ll expect to find such retailers like Wal-Mart, Sports Check and Staples. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and Twitter for any special event info, giveaways and other promotional events.

Saturday Night in Red Deer

With all the shopping, hiking and sightseeing you’ve been doing in Red Deer you probably haven’t even thought about dinner. Just like with lunch, Red Deer offers a number of different establishments to satisfy you and your party’s taste buds. Treat yourself to the Dragon City Cafe,

Red Deer Dragon City Interior

Red Deer’s number one Chinese food restaurant. There’s nothing quite like the variety you get at a chinese food buffet and Dragon City Cafe isn’t going to be that exception. Dive into the Dim Sum buffet or indulge to your heart’s content at the Western and Chinese buffet.

Red Deer Tandoor Flame Lamb Curry

If you’re downtown, try Tandoor ‘n’ Flame Restaurant and Sweets. This family owned and operated business offers a delightful range of refined fine food which remains faithful to the best culinary traditions of India. This award-winning restaurant is a local favourite and offers dine-in, take away and catering services. Check out their menu as well as their Facebook and Twitter for any offers and updates that might make your experience more pleasurable.

Saturday Night Fun in Red Deer

It’s Saturday night and time to have some fun! if you’re in the mood for a fun and inviting atmosphere and ready to indulge in some locally brewed beer, Troubled Monk Brewery is Red Deer’s newest microbrewery and it’s creating quite the stir. Located in the heart of Red Deer, Troubled Monk Brewery offers a rather unique experience for Central Alberta. Pop into the brewery for a quick tour and see how some of Alberta’s finest grains transform into some of Red Deer’s finest suds. Stay for a while and enjoy a few pints of their 4 flagship brews or see what’s been brewed special on tap.

Red Deer Troubled Monk Brewery

If the beer scene isn’t up your alley or you’d like to do something a little more active you could always bowl the night away. Check out Red Deer’s Heritage Lanes for some Saturday night fun.

Red Deer is also rich with art and culture. Use Saturday night as a chance to step into sophistication and check out the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. The MAG, as it is referred to, has a permanent exhibit to celebrate the rich culture history of Red Deer.

Red Deer Museum Art Gallery

The exhibit showcases Red Deer’s diverse heritage and highlights many of the ‘first’ in the Red Deer area. The exhibit is a creative mix of historic artifacts, archival materials and modern technology. Learn the stories of the lives of ordinary people, their vision, sacrifice, hardship and success. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the rich multimedia experience. Check out their Facebook page and Instagram feed to get a taste of what to expect when visiting the MAG and what exhibits are on during your 48 hours in Red Deer.

Sunday in Red Deer

With a jammed pack Saturday, your Sunday in Red Deer is about relaxation and rejuvenation. Take the day and check up on all the things you might have missed on Saturday or just simply enjoy your day and pamper yourself.

Sunday Morning in Red Deer

There’s lots of breakfast options in Red Deer, as mentioned above, so find the one that best suites your needs and fill up for what’s sure to be another jam packed day. After breakfast, why not take the short drive out to Sylvan Lake. Just 25 KM west of Red Deer, Sylvan Lake is a short drive to what is sure to be an active and picturesque morning.

Red Deer Sylvan Lake Relax

Take a stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy one of Central Alberta’s best lakefront towns. Enjoy the shopping and scenery as you wander through the town’s streets and shops. Grab a coffee, and sit by the lake for a slow and relaxing morning in the Red Deer area.

If golf is your game, well Red Deer came to play. Take the time you’ve set aside strolling around Sylvan Lake and book a tee time at one of Red Deer’s many golf course. Roll a round into your morning or save the activity for later in the afternoon. There are a number of course and ranges to check out like Gleniffer Lake Resort and Country Club, which is a professionally designed 9-hole, par 36 course, that is a challenge for any or all abilities. Check out their website for tee time availability, to make a reservations, or to simply check out what the course looks like.

Red Deer Golf

If 9 holes isn’t enough to satisfy your golf craving, The Nursery Golf & Country Club offers a full 18 hole experience, par 73, layout. If you just need to practice your swing or just want to hit a bucket or two, check out Summerland Leisure Park Driving Range they offer a driving range that spans 375 yards. There’s also an 18 hole mini golf course that’s sure to be a challenge to both kids and kids at heart.

Sunday Afternoon in Red Deer

Our 48 hours in Red Deer Alberta are coming to a close and hopefully you’ve seen all the rich and diversity culture, activities, and life the area has to offer. There’s a few more ideas we can offer up to fill your last few hours in the great city of Red Deer.

An afternoon spent on the river is an afternoon well spent. Red Deer has a number of boat launches that are rather convenient to get to. You can rent canoes or kayaks from Bower Ponds for rather reasonable rates and spend the day floating down river at your leisure.

Red Deer Bower Ponds boat canoe rental
Alberta is known for its big skies. For the adventurous type this might be the perfect opportunity to get out and experience them first hand. If skydiving is on your bucket list of things to do – well Red Deer might be able to help you cross it off. Skydive Big Sky is a full service skydiving training facility that caters to both expert jumpers and newbies. Located at the scenic Innisfail airport, experience the thrill of skydiving the way it was meant to be experienced, safe, professional, and exhilarating! There are many different packages to choose from, so check out what they have to offer and take the leap.

Have you caught your breath yet?

If you haven’t been able to tell, there’s so much to do in the Red Deer that it might actually be pretty hard to pack it all into one weekend. That’s the beauty of Central Alberta’s largest city, there’s so much to do, see, and experience that you’ll need more than 48 hours in Red Deer to experience it all. Use some of these travel ideas or pair them up with a short stop over to experience the greatness of Red Deer, Alberta.

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