History and Culture in Central Alberta

Red Deer’s a city that wears its history proudly. Heritage is a running theme that weighs heavily over the city’s arts and culture – that is, the past, present, future and how they all collide in local culture. Today you can see that in the explosion of culture in the city – here’s a list of examples you can find in Red Deer that engage with that in their own ways.

My Trip Itinerary

Norwegian Laft Hus

The Norwegian Laft Hus is a museum but it’s also a look into an alternate timeline. Built for what would have been an international village, the Laft Hus Museum now stands as a cute little log house in the heart of Red Deer, an institution dedicated to the preservation and study of Norwegian-Canadian culture and life.

Historic Markerville

Found alongside the Scandinavian Trail, historic Markerville ranks high as an Albertan cultural landmark. It boasts highlights such as the Markerville Community Campground, the Boy Scout Museum, the Berry

Red Deer Arts Council

The Red Deer Arts Council serves a vital part of the city’s art community, both providing life and support to its artists and artisans and arts organizations. Whether it includes staging exhibits at the Kiwanis Gallery, funding scholarships to local high school or college students or an emerging artist award or providing advocacy, the Arts Council has proven itself dedicated to promoting the performing, literary and visual arts in Red Deer.

Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Stephansson’s home is a snapshot in time: 1927 to be precise. With costumed interpreters helping bring this story to life, you’ll find beautiful original furnishings, wood burning stove, newspaper wallpaper, serene landscape, the smell of baking, and of course, the poetry of Stephansson himself.

Danish Canadian Museum and Saga Cafe

The Danish Canadian Museum is located just south of the hamlet of Dickson, in a building that originally served as a dormitory for students attending high school in Dickson. Explore and experience the stories of Danish immigration to Canada, the Danish immigrant experience, and the contributions Danes have made to Canadian culture from Viking times through to the modern era.

Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery

Make the Red Deer Museum Art Gallery (MAG) your next stop when exploring Red Deer! Whether you create your own masterpiece through one of our art programs, take in a world class touring exhibit, or learn how truly remarkable Red Deer is through our history exhibit, we are not only telling our story, we want to help you write yours!


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