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Guide to the Canadian Finals Rodeo 2023

Explore Red Deer and Central Alberta during the Canadian Finals Rodeo!

Guide to the Canadian Finals Rodeo | November 1-5, 2023

This year the CFR takes place November 1-5 at Westerner Park in Red Deer. The Canadian Finals Rodeo is a world-class rodeo event that brings together the very best rodeo contestants and fans in the country. Explore our Central Alberta region with our curated list of must-visit spots, ranging from exciting activities to delightful dining and drinking options.

Things to do during CFR 2023!

Outdoor Recreation

Delight in the opportunity to traverse the city either by foot or on a bike, utilizing the extensive 110 km trail network that winds through the heart of the city and meanders alongside the picturesque Red Deer River. Revel in the stunning natural beauty and panoramic vistas that offer moments of serenity and the chance to breathe in the crisp, invigorating air. Whether it's a leisurely stroll or an adventurous bike ride, immerse yourself in the tranquility and scenic splendor that Red Deer has to offer.

Red Deer Trail Map

Red Deer Visitor Guide

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch sits on 217 acres of beautiful and wild municipal land just outside the city of Red Deer; surrounded by beautiful natural backdrops and landscapes running along the scenic and tranquil Red Deer River. Experience adventure with our many available ranch experiences, including horse and carriage rides, ranch tracker games, and romantic custom chef-inspired dinners at the Westlake Grill.

Eat and Drink

Discover a delightful array of charming restaurants, breweries, lounges, and cafes in Red Deer, where every craving finds its perfect match. Dive into the authentic local flavors that reflect the essence of the region and take a culinary adventure through Red Deer's vibrant food scene. Enjoy everything from family-friendly restaurants that cater to all tastes to romantic fine dining destinations showcasing the best of Alberta's beef steaks and locally sourced produce. Click here for the full list:

Breweries and Lounges

Experience the taste of craft. Visit a taproom and experience the flavor while relaxing by a fire with a flavorful beverage. Central Alberta has plenty of options for a unique experience. You can find many of our local crafts in bars and restaurants throughout the city as they feature local brews on their menus. Cheer on your favorite team or enjoy some great music at one of Red Deer’s bars and lounges. Take in the great food, beverages, big-screen TVs, and a lively atmosphere. Explore our list of must-visit spots:


Red Deer serves as the ultimate shopping destination in central Alberta, offering the convenience of a major city within a compact layout, along with easily accessible locations and abundant parking spaces. Whether you enjoy browsing through distinctive downtown boutiques or exploring expansive shopping malls, our diverse retail scene accommodates every taste. Moreover, numerous inviting spots provide the perfect opportunity to take a refreshing coffee break or enjoy a delightful lunch during your shopping spree. To explore a comprehensive list of shopping locations, please visit our website:

Red Deer Resort and Casino

Discover the recently renovated casino within the Red Deer Resort and Casino, situated on the south side of the city. Offering an array of gaming tables, slot machines, and VLTs, this newly renovated casino promises an exhilarating experience. Extend your visit to relish a delectable lunch or dinner at the Jackpot Kitchen.

Gasoline Alley Farmers Market

Check out the Gasoline Alley Farmers Market, an indoor and year-round approved farmers’ market and family-friendly destination located in Gasoline Alley, Red Deer County. As an Alberta-approved farmer’s market, 80% of the vendors are Albertans who make, bake, grow, and sew the products they sell. They are open every Friday and Saturday from 9-5 and every Sunday from 10-4.

Downtown Red Deer

Discover the vibrant art scene at the heart of our city by taking a leisurely walk through the pedestrian-friendly downtown streets. Immerse yourself in the captivating storytelling of our local murals, complemented by captivating sculptures, art galleries, and charming boutique shops. Enhance your experience with a delightful array of dining options, making your exploration of downtown Red Deer a feast for the senses.

Downtown Red Deer Mural Map

Downtown Walking Tours

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Make sure to check out the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, located along Highway 2. Engage in interactive games and delve into the rich history of sports with a remarkable collection of memorabilia. Additionally, you can rent e-bikes at the facility, allowing you to explore the area conveniently. Prepare yourself for an immersive experience, filled with all the excitement and fun that the world of sports has to offer at this esteemed venue!

Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery is pleased to welcome visitors attending the CFR, with rotating and permanent exhibits on display for all to enjoy, for the current exhibits and hours visit

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