Small-Town Hospitality, Capital Attractions

Halfway between Calgary and Edmonton lies the city of Red Deer, Alberta, which has proven itself time and time again to be the perfect base for exploring the very best of the province. A former Cultural Capital of Canada, Red Deer is seemingly modest, but more than holds its own against Canada’s metropolises. Locally focused museums, exciting events and award-winning restaurants make up the backbone of Red Deer’s cultural offering, while the city’s third wave coffee roasters and eclectic shops are among the best in the country. All in all, the activities here are incredibly diverse: you can indulge in prize-winning BBQ and home-made artisan ice cream cones then go shopping for designer clothing or compete on muddy obstacle courses. Red Deer has it all and then some.

The local climate is another draw of the city. Distinctly continental, the warm summers invite visitors to relax on the beach and waterski at serene Sylvan Lake, or indulge their inner child in a giant inflatable inner tube at Discovery Canyon water park. The brisk Canadian winters transform Red Deer into a celebrated meeting spot for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and tobogganers. Located just outside of town, the family-friendly slopes of the Canyon Ski Resort provide a perfect arena for skiers of all levels, and will even play host to the 2019 Canada Winter Games!

Take it from us: Whether you’re outdoorsy, a foodie or a fashion guru, Red Deer is sure to impress.

Cover photo by Tourism Red Deer

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