- City Guide - Red Deer
Red Deer is located in Central Alberta - near the midpoint of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor and is surrounded by Red Deer County. It is Alberta's third-most-populous city, reaching over 91,000 people as of 2011. The city is located in aspen parkland, a region of rolling hills that is subject to oil, grain, and cattle production.
The city is a centre for oil and agriculture distribution, and the surrounding region is a major centre for petrochemical production. Red Deer’s diverse industries include their growing manufacturing industry, retail, wholesale service, agriculture, tourism, oil. Prior to European settlement the Red Deer area was inhabited by the Blackfoot, Plains Cree and Stoney tribes, and the European fur traders began passing through the area in the late eighteenth century.
Red Deer was named cultural capital of Canada by Canadian Heritage in 2003, and is home to a wide variety of arts and cultural groups. Come and visit the Central Alberta Theatre, Ignition Theatre, Central Music Festival, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, the Red Deer Royals and other performing arts and fine arts organizations.
After immersing yourself in the cultural richness of Red Deer you can take a break and visit one of the many famous attractions. Some of the most notable include; Waskasoo Park, Fort Normandeau, Canyon Ski Resort, Enimax Centrium, Westerner Exposition Grounds, and Greater Red Deer Visitors Centre. Sports fan will also enjoy an array of sporting activities from parks and trails, to arenas and outdoor sports leagues.
Come see what Red Deer is all about – you’ll be glad you did!