Carolyn and Ryan bought their brand-new house in Red Deer in late-2006 as a result of their moving there from Calgary thanks to Ryan getting a very well-paid welding job in the city. Alberta is such a booming spot in Canada, with the world's thirst for oil (not to mention the USA which imports more oil from Canada than anywhere else), that it is very difficult to find affordable housing as workers pour into the province.
The house they eventually found is located in a fast-growing suburb on the eastern outskirts of Red Deer and is one of the nicer ones of the many that we saw in the area. While we were there, construction was on-going nearby in the depths of winter as back-hoes dug basements, concrete was poured and new buildings were going up all in a row!
The house really is beautiful inside too with its four bathrooms and three bedrooms. Carolyn must have Sue's decorating touch because the house really was a pleasure to be in. One thing that I did find strange in this Province, which is the same size as Texas or about twice the size of Norway, is how closely together the houses were packed. This is a result of the booming real estate market causing land to be so expensive that you can only afford to buy enough to accommodate the 'footprint' of your house!
There are many places to stay in the Red Deer area, from full service hotels to B&B.
Grain is a major farm crop in the Red Deer region: barley, wheat, durum, canola, oats, flax, peas
There are two places that I recommend for staying while in the area of Banff. Canmore is a great city to stay in, just minutes from Banff, and it's much cheaper there. I've stayed in the Chateau Canmore, and the Alpine Resort Haven. They both rock!
The Chateau Canmore costs between $100 and $160 a night depending on the season, and that's for a double room loft. The bigger suite is just a little more expensive.
The Alpine Resort Haven costs $750 a week to rent, and it's a large 2 bed, 2 bath cabin.
The Chateau Canmore is very nice, and it has great views out the back of the place. If you saw the panoramic photo of mountains on my page, that's the view!
The alpine resort haven is a timeshare/rental cabin. You can rent a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, with kitchen, fireplace, satellite TV, grill, etc for $750 a week. We easily fit 6 people in one of the units, so it's relatively cheap. The views are awesome!
IN JASPER ALBERTA----- 'ANDREW MOTOR LODGE'
We had a huge suite with 2 bedrooms and a huge lounge area. It was usually reserved for business conferences. It was the only one available as we had not reserved and since we were 5 people ( 4 adults and a child) we took it instead of two rooms that we wanted. It was on the top left corner with a great view and two verandas.
Red Deer, Alberta is situated about mid-way between Edmonton and Calgary.
Red Deer is a western Canadian boom town resplendant with a beautiful staid court house, a casino and the appearance of wealth and prosperity. And the people are nice and friendly and cosmopolitan.
Red Deer is a boom town because of oil and gas. It also has agriculture and more.
Because it is a boom town it's population is growing fast. It has doubled in the past twenty years and now stands at about 80 000 souls.
On the one night I spent there, I rented a nice hotel room at THE BUFFALO HOTEL for 23 dollars, plus key deposit.
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