Vibrant Red Deer is conveniently located halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, in the beautiful Red Deer River valley. Red Deer has one of the youngest populations in the country, meaning there’s a distinct and exciting vibe to Central Alberta’s largest city. Soak in that energy downtown, grab a coffee from a local cafe, and enjoy the Ross Street Patio, where you’ll find free live music all summer long. Take in more arts and culture at the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, and the nearby Stephansson House, a historic site that was once the homestead of a famed Icelandic poet. Another downtown attraction is the ghost collection, a celebrated bronze collection of public art that helps tell the city’s story.
Red Deer also teems with recreation opportunities. Start inside at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, then head outside and meander through the massive Waskasoo Park system, where attractions include the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Heritage Ranch, and Historic Fort Normandeau. An increasing number of winter experiences are also available in Red Deer. Explore trails – right in the city – on cross-country skis or snowshoes, or skate on one of three outdoor ponds. For a truly memorable experience, try a guided moonlit snowshoe tour.