Red Deer - Alberta

Red Deer is located in central Alberta, halfway between Calgary and Edmonton on Highway 2. Established as a crossing place on the Red Deer River and a fortification against the Riel Rebellion, Red Deer has grown from a small collection of buildings to a dynamic and well-established city, with hotels, restaurants, cultural events, and activities for everyone. Dinner theatre productions, movie nights, and festivals help to make the city special, but the city is also distinctive in itself.

The frontier history of Red Deer has contributed to its current character, and visitors can explore that history in the displays and information of Fort Normandeau, a replica of the original stronghold that stood where the city is now. With an interpretive centre, canoe launch, and special programs for children and youth, the fort has something for everyone. Red Deer’s museum, heritage square, and special churches further help to fill out the history of the region.

No visitor to Red Deer will want to miss the outdoor activities in and around the city. Wakasoo Park and the surrounding lakes are only a few of the beautiful places to wander and to ski or swim, and the city has many green spaces. Some guests might also want to drive several hours along the highway connecting Red Deer with the Icefields Parkway running between Lake Louise and Jasper, but others may find more than enough to do in Red Deer. For history and natural beauty, Red Deer an excellent stopover in any trip to Alberta.

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