Welcome to Red Deer & Red Deer County
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 Alberta’s third largest city is called Red Deer.
Whatever you call it, this part of Canada is special. It was here in Red Deer in 1924 that Alberta’s first federal migratory bird sanctuary was established on 118 hectares of protected land within the city limits. Today the region is still committed to preserving green spaces, nature and wildlife. Step out your door and onto a nature trail. There are more than 100 km of trails inside the city limits and almost 3,000 km in the surrounding region.
With one of the youngest populations in the nation, this region is dynamic and filled with many exciting events and attractions. You can test your mettle in Canada’s largest mud obstacle race, ski at the largest non-mountain downhill ski resort in Alberta and enjoy a romantic carriage ride on a 207-acre ranch right inside the city.
Situated in the heart of Alberta’s Parkland/Prairie region, Red Deer is surrounded with vibrant communities, flowing wheat fields, more than 9,100 area farms, pristine lakes and winding rivers.
A country drive leads to a discovery of agri-tourism attractions in the countryside and events and attractions in area communities. You can explore unique cultural sites, pick your own fruits and veggies, relax on the beach at Sylvan Lake, cowboy up at the Innisfail Pro Rodeo, wander through a corn maze or get up close to a real grizzly bear at Innisfail’s Discovery Wildlife Park.
Along the way, we hope you get to meet some of the friendly people who call this part of Canada home.
Halfway between Alberta’s two largest cities, people come to the Red Deer region for work, for recreation and for many other reasons. Whatever brings you, we want you to know we’re glad you’re here.
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 everyday is a new discovery!
Enjoy the warm hospitality of the area’s many hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and resorts. From elegant jacuzzi suites in executive hotels to family-oriented lodgings with water slides and pools, our selection offer visitors a wide range in choices and price. Red Deer has the finest accommodations offer stunning views, easy access to downtown, shopping, recreational facilities and public places. Whether you choose to relax at a hotel, experience the outdoors at a campsite or cabin, we can accommodate you!
If you find yourself in Red Deer for sports, business or pleasure, you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and friendly hospitality.
Red Deer is known for its plentiful sporting facilities, events and its 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.