Beautiful summer aerial shot of Red Deer's river valley.


Red Deer is an ideal place to live, visit or host your next event. Conveniently located midway between Calgary & Edmonton along the Highway 2 corridor.

Welcome to Red Deer!

If you find yourself in Red Deer for sports, business, or pleasure, you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and friendly hospitality. The Red Deer region is in the centre of it all. Located halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer is young, vibrant, and growing fast with a median age of under 35 years. The Red Deer region is made up of the City of Red Deer and Red Deer County. Residents and visitors enjoy exploring more than 110 km of trails that traverse the Waskasoo Park System, participating or watching sports in top-notch facilities, discovering unique attractions, and attending a variety of cultural events.

Our history is as unique as our name. The name Red Deer was 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 are known for their plentiful sporting facilities, events, and friendly people. With an abundance of passionate volunteers, Red Deerians are here to enhance your active lifestyle experience! We are fiercely proud of our community and the quality of life it affords. So, whether traveling 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!

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