Red Deer is the third-most-populous city in Alberta.

With a population of 100,418 (2016 estimate), Red Deer is the third city in Alberta with a population over 100,000 people. Its surrounding region is a major centre for petrochemical production, and Red Deer itself is known for its oil, grain, and cattle production. The city is also home to a variety of cultural groups, including the Central Alberta Theatre and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.

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Red Deer History

Until the arrival of European fur traders, the Red Deer region was inhabited by Blackfoot, Plains Cree, and Stoney tribes. The Calgary and Edmonton Trail was established, and traffic along the trail increased after the North-West Mounted Police built Fort Calgary in 1875. In 1882, after the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived, a trading post and stopping house were built and a permanent settlement developed around them. Red Deer was incorporated as a city on March 25, 1913.

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The Canadian Encyclopedia: Red Deer

Red Deer Weather

Red Deer has four distinct seasons, with very cold winters and mild summers. Its low temperature in winter averages to -19 °C, and its high temperature in summer reaches around 23 °C. In the winter, daylight can last as little as 7.5 hours, with sunset at around 4:15 p.m. on the shortest day of the year. In the summer, daylight lasts up to 17 hours, with sunset around 10 p.m. on the longest day.

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Cost of Living in Red Deer

The cost of living in Red Deer is significantly lower than larger cities like Calgary. Consumer goods cost about 3.6% less in Red Deer than in Calgary, and Red Deer residents pay over 22% less for rent. Salaries in Red Deer are only about 11.7% lower than average salaries paid in Calgary.

Cost of Living Comparison: Red Deer vs. Calgary
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Red Deer Real Estate

Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Red Deer is around $960. The median home price is $349,900, making homes in Red Deer significantly more affordable than they are in larger Canadian cities, where home prices average in the millions of dollars.

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Red Deer Hospitals

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, constructed in 1904, is part of the Alberta Health Services hospital system. It was once the only hospital between Calgary and Edmonton. The facility provides 24/7 emergency services as well as the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre
Red Deer Hospitals and Health Facilities

Red Deer Transportation

Red Deer Transit provides daily bus transportation to Gasoline Alley and Springbrook. Service is available in Balmoral Heights, Broderson, McKenzie, Les’s Trailer Mark, Springbrook, Oakwood Estates, Waskasoo Estates, Waskasoo Meadows, and Woodland Hills. The Red Deer Regional Airport offers passenger service three times a day to Calgary.

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Red Deer Airport

Red Deer Schools

The city is served by the Red Deer Public School district, which consists of nearly 30 elementary, K-8, middle, high, and alternative schools. The district includes five French immersion and two Spanish bilingual schools. Red Deer College offers affordable tuition, small class sizes, and over 100 program options.

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Red Deer College

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Red Deer Hotels

There is a wide variety of comfortable and affordable lodging options in Red Deer. One of the best values is the Radisson Hotel Red Deer, which includes a fitness centre with personal trainers, a free hot breakfast buffet, an indoor pool with a waterfall, and free parking and Wi-Fi.

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Best Hotels in Red Deer

Red Deer Restaurants

Unsurprisingly, a city with a strong cattle production industry like Red Deer has great barbecue. The Red Boar Smokery is well known for its delicious brisket and candied pork belly, and in 2016 the restaurant won first place for its pork in Canada’s Oldest BBQ Competition.

Red Boar Smokery
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Things To Do in Red Deer

Red Deer is surrounded by natural beauty, and it’s easy to access and appreciate at Waskasoo Park’s Kerry Wood Nature Center. People of all ages can enjoy learning about the region’s natural history and exploring the park’s exhibits, playgrounds, trails, and music garden.

Waskasoo Park
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