Red Deer Travel Guide

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Red Deer Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nice countryside, easy to reach Calgary, Edmonton or the Rockies 

  • Con
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     Mostly one long street lined with businesses and malls 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nicer than Edmonton and nicer than Calgary 

Red Deer Things to Do

  • Ice hockey

    As the timing worked out, the first weekend that my wife and I as well as all our daughters, their husbands and our grandchildren converged on Red Deer coincided with a hockey tournament being played in 'nearby' Caroline, toward the west and not far south of Rocky Mountain House. Consequently, we all went for a pleasant winter's drive where we were...

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  • Red Deer's Great Parks

    Red Deer doesn't have many tourist attractions, but if you love nature, Red Deer is great. With an expansive trail system that spans the entire city, following the river, a person can almost get anywhere without having to walk down busy streets. Along these trails are great parks like Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Kerry...

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  • Red Deer's Great Parks

    Red Deer doesn't have many tourist attractions, but if you love nature, Red Deer is great. With an expansive trail system that spans the entire city, following the river, a person can almost get anywhere without having to walk down busy streets. Along these trails are great parks like Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Kerry...

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  • Red Deer's Great Parks

    Red Deer doesn't have many tourist attractions, but if you love nature, Red Deer is great. With an expansive trail system that spans the entire city, following the river, a person can almost get anywhere without having to walk down busy streets. Along these trails are great parks like Bower Ponds, Heritage Ranch, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary and Kerry...

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  • A walk in the park

    One of my pet-minding duties for the three cats and a dog, Copper, we were looking after was to take Copper on two or three walks each day. After several days of just doing the rounds of the subdivision we were staying in, I decided it was time for Copper to have some real exercise, so we headed off to Red Deer's scenic Rotary Park.Located close to...

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  • Snowmobiling

    Carolyn's husband Ryan does a lot of ice-fishing, so my eldest daughter's husband Kevin and their son Caleb accompanied us as we headed out for an early afternoon ice-fishing trip on Pine Lake, located about a half-hour drive south and east of Red Deer. My son-in-law Kevin had brought his 5.7 litre Dodge 1500 4WD pick-up truck from Cold Lake,...

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Red Deer Restaurants

  • worst cleanliness and chinese food i...

    the place is filthy food stains and food on the table cloths ,widows ,blinds and carpet.no work edicate among the staff when bussiness is slow they don't clean up.not only the staff but the patrons seem oblivious to the filth.staff have poor hygene no uniforms .blue jeans,dirty running shoes seem to be the norm.dirt piled up corners kitchen a mess...

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  • BBQ kebabs

    Following the completion of the wedding in Canmore, my wife and I spent the weekend back in Red Deer with our eldest daughter, her husband and their two children. As well, another couple we had not seen for a few years arrived from Drayton Valley, Alberta on Saturday to spend the night and catch up on all the news. As a result, we did some shopping...

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  • Chinese kept us going for a couple of...

    I had already done a bit of cooking while everyone was gathered in Red Deer before the official wedding activities took place in Canmore (as well as the weekend afterward), so I decided to treat Sue and I to a simple and easy Chinese take-out meal once we were on our own. After checking on the internet and local Yellow Pages in the phone book, the...

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Red Deer Nightlife

  • Great Live Music

    A local bar that often features live music, including local talent like Ian Stewart. Friendly staff and great atmosphere (check out the cool rock-legend murals all around the bar, they really take the music part seriously) make this bar a favorite among locals. Also, as it is within walking distance of Red Deer College, the crowd tends to be a...

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  • Do not enter!

    Inacceptable. We spent the day here, for St. Patrick's Day. Started out a ball! Our waitress was amazing! Than another patron with a chip on his shoulder punched one of our friends in the face! Awful I know! Then, to make matters more ridiculous, their waitress who had just witnessed this happening. Proceeded to kick us out! She wouldn't listen to...

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  • I am a pub girl...

    These are as the name would suggest, an Irish pub. They used to be my absolute favorite spot to hang out and have a pint and wings at. BUT NOW....they raised the price of a pint from $5.50 to $7.60 (this is for import) The local draft is still resonable. As a tourist, you will enjoy this place, it has pool tables, dart boards, live entertainment on...

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Red Deer Transportation

  • Loan of a 4WD

    Since we were going to be in Alberta for three weeks, even a small rental car would have cost us C$900 (US$770), not to mention the fuel costs. As a result, Carolyn and Ryan picked us up in Calgary on our arrival and let us have the use of their 4WD Chevrolet Blazer ZR2 for the duration of our visit (with them being on Honeymoon for 9 days, they...

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  • (No.1 in the Family Roadtrip...

    (No.1 in the Family Roadtrip Category)Footloose and Shutter HappyBy Jennifer Henry Red Deer, Alta.This story takes place not too long ago in a time when I still possessed so many innocent, child-like qualities, especially the endearing trait of always being right.You'll soon see what I mean.There we were, driving through the rolling hills of...

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  • You'll want to take a car if...

    You'll want to take a car if you are heading into the Banff area. It's a few hour drive from Calgary, and the views along the way are very nice. Once you get into Banff, you can walk the streets and easily see the area on foot. When in downtown, take a stroll up towards the north end of town (direction away from the highway) and go past the shops...

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Red Deer Shopping

  • Shops everywhere you look

    We are members of a customer-owned Cooperative store at home and we found that the 'save-on-foods' store located very close to our daughter's housing subdivision was very similar in its operation and food selection. Being located on the edge of the city, there never seemed to be a long wait at the check-out lines and they had a really good...

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  • Actual Real Local Crafts

    You know how most places you go to, and you pick up a little souveniour, and it says "made in china" when you aren't in China? At the gift shop in the Capri Centre Hotel, they actually carry local crafts, and chocolate, made right in Red Deer. What a concept! They also have books on Canadian Heros and such, and only carry Canadian magazines. The...

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  • Really unique gifts...

    Once you step in the door, you will relize why it is so special. They have very beautiful crafts and my favorite, wind chimes!! It is just a lovely store to browse in and you can find really unique gifts for all of those people that you left back at home. Wind chimes would be what I would buy, they are such an excellent quality!! And they pack up...

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Red Deer Local Customs

  • Bumpy snow-covered streets

    Having lived in eastern Canada whenever I was actually in the country, this was my first extended winter trip to western Canada (normally I go for Palm trees at that time of the year!). I had heard from people living in Winnipeg, Manitoba that often their subdivision streets are not plowed following a snowstorm but this was the first time that I...

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  • Francis the pig...the legend

    Yes..,  it's true there really was a Francis the PigThis statue dedicated to her memory is located in the business district of Red Deer Alberta across form the Wei's Western Wear downtown.The inscription reads: The legend of Francis began in July 1990 when this pig escaped from a local abattoir. For nearly five months the fugitive roamed throughout...

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  • Take em off!!

    I never really thought of this one until another VTer wrote to ask me if it was true...."Should you remove footwear when entering a house in Canda?" YES!! You do unless the host says not to. In winter time or if it has rained out, do not even ask, just automatically take them off. Even in summertime some people will be offended if you were to wear...

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Red Deer Warnings and Dangers

  • Lock up that rental car!!

    Like many other countries in the world, people steal... Make sure that your car is locked at night and nothing is left in the car that somone might want, like a cell phone or cd's. If you must leave it in the car, lock it in the trunk out of view.

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  • Some bars in Red Deer are more...

    Some bars in Red Deer are more violent than others. Generally stay away from the older hotels within 2 blocks of the junction of Ross Street and Gaetz. Unless of course you are a member of the Harley Davidson crowd or are looking to buy some illicit drugs.

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  • WARNING- WHEN IN THE BANFF...

    WARNING- WHEN IN THE BANFF AREA BE PREPARED TO DODGE WANDERING ELK!! They are all over the place, walking around downtown, around the Banff Springs Hotel, and then of course is the woods.

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Red Deer Tourist Traps

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    by Venturingnow Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I don't know if there are many tourist traps in the area. But the Banff Springs Hotel can be a bit pricey. There are restaurants, shops, and entertainment both in and around the place, just don't spend too much, it's not hard to.

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Red Deer What to Pack

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    by Venturingnow Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring some heavy duty luggage. An extra backpack to carry a day's worth or gear or food is great for dogsledding or wandering through the towns.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you're prepared for sudden snow if visiting in the winter. One day is was sunny, then we got 8 inches of snow in only a few hours. BE CAREFUL, and watch for weather reports.

    Photo Equipment: Definately bring a polarizing lens, as in the spring, the snow is on the ground and the sun is out, and the glare is immense. The water is also thawing out, so it's lit up as well.

    Miscellaneous: See the snow here at the Alpine Resort Haven!

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Red Deer Off The Beaten Path

  • The one thing that I...

    The one thing that I personally really enjoy here in Red Deer is the Highland Games. They are Scottish games that happen once a year and showcase things like highland dancing, sheepdog competitions, and those strong man events(yawwwnn) and of course bagpiping. I am telling you though, the thing to see is the trail system in this city, it is very...

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  • It's not really off the beatan...

    It's not really off the beatan path, but a definate trip to take is to Lake Louise. From there you can tour the grand Chateau Lake Louise, and take a horse drawn carriage ride around the lake. In the winter, along with the previous activities, you can ice skate and build snow castles out in the backyard of the Chateau. If you're in the area and...

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  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum of...

    The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta is quite possibly the most impressive museum of its type in the world. The surrounding eroded landscapes that you see in this photo are known as the badlands. Many dinosaur fossils have been found here, and palaeontologists continue to discover ancient fossils in these regions to this...

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Red Deer Favorites

  • Lots to Do

    Holiday inn express is located off Interstate 2 North in Alberta there is alot to do with the Mall directly across the Street. Grand priare had a " Starbucks and my wife was very happy with a Grande caramal frap.. Red Deer was a very nice town and the people were very friendly, we needed to change currency and a kind gentleman made us follow his...

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  • The best place to stop...

    On the road, you are always looking for a place to stop and fill up, buy junk food, and go to the bathroom. When travelling through Red Deer, stop in at the Husky Gas Station - teh best coffee, and cleanest bathrooms around!The Husky is located along Gasoline Alley (on the side of the highway - can't miss it).

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  • City of parks

    Red Deer is full of parks. The city's council has done an excellent job of preserving the green space and open areas for its community to enjoy. I appreciate the cleanliness too. Red Deer's been my home for a long time. When I am away, I generally miss the miles and miles of trails and green spaces.

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