Red Deer, Alberta

Red Deer, AlbertaRed Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. It is located near the midpoint of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor and is surrounded by Red Deer County. It is Alberta's third-most-populous city – after Calgary and Edmonton. The city is located in aspen parkland, a region of rolling hills that is subject to oil, grain, and cattle production. It is a centre for oil and agriculture distribution, and the surrounding region is a major centre for petrochemical production. According to its 2013 municipal census, the City of Red Deer's population is now 97,109, with an immediate regional population of 152,546 as of 2011.


Red Deer is divided into the following neighbourhoods.

  • Anders Park
  • Anders Park East
  • Anders South
  • Aspen Ridge
  • Bower
  • Bower Ponds Recreation Area
  • Central Park
  • Chiles Industrial Park
  • Clearview Extension
  • Clearview Meadows
  • Clearview Ridge
  • College Park
  • Davenport
  • Deer Park Estates
  • Deer Park Village
  • Devonshire
  • Downtown
  • East Burnt Lake
  • Eastview
  • Eastview Estates
  • Edgar Industrial Park
  • Fairview
  • Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
  • Garden Heights
  • Glendale
  • Glendale Park Estates
  • Golden West
  • Grandview
  • Heritage Ranch
  • Highland Green
  • Highland Green Estates
  • Inglewood
  • Ironstone
  • Johnstone Crossing
  • Johnstone Park
  • Kentwood East
  • Kentwood West
  • Kingsgate
  • Lancaster Green
  • Lancaster Meadows
  • Laredo
  • Lonsdale
  • Maskepetoon Park
  • McKenzie Trail Recreation Area
  • Michener Hill
  • Morrisroe
  • Morrisroe Extension
  • Mountview
  • Normandeau
  • Northlands Industrial Park
  • Oriole Park
  • Oriole Park West
  • Parkvale
  • Pines
  • Queens Business Park
  • Red Deer College
  • Red Deer Golf and Country Club
  • Riverlands
  • Riverside Heavy Industrial Park
  • Riverside Light Industrial Park
  • Riverside Meadows
  • Rosedale Estates
  • Rosedale Meadows
  • South Hill
  • Southbrook
  • Southpointe Junction
  • Sunnybrook
  • Sunnybrook Extension
  • Three Mile Bend Recreation Area
  • Timber Ridge
  • Timberlands
  • Timberstone
  • Vanier East
  • Vanier Woods
  • Waskasoo
  • Waste Management Facility
  • West Burnt Lake
  • West Park
  • West QE2
  • Westerner Park
  • Westlake
  • Woodlea

Arts and culture

Named Cultural Capital of Canada by Canadian Heritage in 2003, Red Deer is home to a wide variety of arts and cultural groups. It is the home of 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.


Waskasoo Park

The park runs right from the outskirts in the south west to the north east and through the heart of the city. It gives the city its alternate name of "Park City". Over 80 kilometres (50 miles) of multi-use trails permit biking, rollerblading, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and walking. Home to many birds and wild life, this unspoiled river valley park is well-loved, well used and undoubtedly a place of peace and beauty.

The park has a number of attractions including:

  • Bower Ponds and Cronquist Heritage Centre
  • Coronation Park
  • Discovery Canyon
  • Edgar Athletic Park
  • Fort Normandeau
  • Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
  • Great Chief Athletic Park
  • Great Chief (Maskepetoon) Park
  • Great West Adventure Park and BMX track
  • Heritage Ranch
  • Kerry Wood Nature Centre
  • Kin Kanyon
  • Kiwanis Picnic Park
  • Lions Campground
  • McKenzie Trail Recreation Area
  • Rotary Skateboard Park
  • River Bend Golf & Recreation Area
  • Three Mile Bend

Recreation Centre

This older facility has been upgraded to modern standards and has indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, hot tubs, etc.

Canyon Ski Resort

Located 7.5 km (4.7 mi) east of Red Deer, Canyon has 164 m (538 ft) vertical, five lifts and thirteen runs with an extensive lighting system for evening skiing.

Enmax Centrium

The Centrium was completed in 1991 and hosts concerts, hockey, basketball, motor sports, ice shows, major curling events, circuses, boxing, rodeos, wrestling, trade shows and conventions. Seating configurations range from 2,000 to 6,828.

  • Hockey – 5,858 full house
  • Concerts – 7,210 full house (including floor seating)
  • Up to 3,357 half house
  • 6,714 full house (excluding floor seating)

The most up-to-date lighting, communications and acoustical systems are incorporated into the design enabling concert sound quality sound, rather than that normally associated with arenas. Area

  • Arena – 200' x 85', 17,000 sq ft (1,759 sq m)
  • Arena Level, seating removed – 50,000 sq ft (7,626 sq m)
  • Concourse Level – 30,000 sq ft (2,790 sq m)


  • Arena – 100 (10' x 10')
  • Arena Level, seating removed – 250 (10' x 10')
  • Concourse Level –100 (10' x 10')

Ceiling Height

  • 52 ft (17m) to roof truss

Westerner Exposition Grounds

This major complex encompasses:

  • The Agricentre
  • The Altaplex
  • The Centrium
  • The Chalet
  • The Harvest Centre

Events range from Westerner Days (rodeo, pony chuck-wagon racing, fair, exhibitions, etc.) in early July to Agricon.

G.H. Dawe Community Centre

This 12,000 square metre complex is shared by a number of partner organizations including:

  • St. Patrick's School
  • G.H. Dawe Community School
  • Red Deer Public Library, G.H. Dawe Branch
  • G.H. Dawe Centre recreation facility

Greater Red Deer Visitor Centre

Adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2) the well-appointed visitor centre is fully staffed and is adjacent to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

On the west edge of Red Deer, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta's sporting history. Over 7,000 square feet (650 m2) of exhibit space includes a multisport interactive virtual system with hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and football, a baseball pitching field, a 200 meter wheelchair challenge; a press box where visitors can "become" the sportscaster; a 40 seat theatre and the Honoured Members Gallery. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum also has over 7,000 artifacts of Alberta Sports history in its collection, showcasing many of these items in a number of displays.


Red Deer is the hometown of several well-known sporting personalities, including former NHLer Ron Anderson, ex-NHLer Glen Wesley, Trent Hunter, Chris Mason, Randy Moller, Brandon Sutter, Paul Postma and Mark Tinordi, and Olympic gold medallist Jamie Salé. Ron MacLean is also from Red Deer. Olympic medallist speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon also spent most of his childhood in Red Deer after being born in Saskatchewan. Olympic bronze medallist Deidra Dionne grew up in Red Deer.

  • Red Deer Rebels
  • Red Deer Magpies



Three school authorities operate schools in Red Deer.

Founded in 1887, the Red Deer Public School District serves 10,000 students in thirty schools. Offering a wide range of programming, the district not only meets the needs of children and youth from the City of Red Deer and welcomes international students from around the world. Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School provide a large number of program options for students of high school age.

Founded in 1909, when the Daughters of Wisdom, a religious order from France, accepted the challenge of the Tinchebray Fathers, also from France, to offer Catholic schooling in Red Deer, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools welcomes almost 7,000 students in five Central Alberta communities, including Red Deer. They operate École Secondaire Notre Dame High School, the only Catholic high school in central Alberta, which serves 1,500 students from the City of Red Deer and surrounding communities.

Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2's school École La Prairie is a French school located near downtown Red Deer that offers pre-kindergarten through grade 9 programs. It offers all courses in French to a population of 119 students whose first language is French.


Red Deer College was founded in 1964 as Red Deer Junior College. Today, it offers some degrees, adult upgrading, certificate programs, diploma programs, university transfer courses, applied degree programs, and apprenticeship and trades training.

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