Our history is as unique as our name. The name Red Deer was really a misunderstanding, but it kind of stuck. The city was named for the river that flows through it. Cree people called the river that passes through the present-day city “Waskasoo Seepee,” which translates to “Elk River.” Unfortunately, the first Europeans in this area were traders and not naturalists. The British traders thought the local elk were European red deer and translated the Cree name as “Red Deer River” instead of “Elk River” and that is why our city is called Red Deer.
Enjoy the warm hospitality of the area’s many hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and resorts. The Red Deer region has the finest accommodations that offer stunning views, and easy access to downtown, shopping, recreational facilities, and public places. Whether you choose to relax at a hotel or experience the outdoors at a campsite or cabin, we can accommodate you!
Red Deer and central Alberta is known for its plentiful sporting facilities, events, and friendly people. With an abundance of passionate volunteers, Red Deerians are here to enhance your active lifestyle experience while you’re here! We are fiercely proud of our community and the quality of life it affords. So, whether travelling with a team, your family, or on your own, you’ll find an inviting, active city ready to entertain and be of service to you.
We invite you to discover and experience all the amenities and hospitality that our community has to offer. Plan your next holiday, weekend getaway, convention, or family reunion in Red Deer, where every day is a new discovery!