"Red Deer - One winter week living in Alberta" Top 5 Page for this destination Red Deer by Bwana_Brown

Red Deer Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 99 photos

In February, 2007, my wife and I had a chance to see what it was like living in Alberta for a short period. My youngest daughter was married in the middle of the month with a very enjoyable ceremony held in the Rocky Mountains (see my 'Canmore' page for the details). While the newlyweds were Honeymooning in Mexico, someone was needed to 'hold the fort' for eight days with their pets and new house in Red Deer!

First settled by Europeans with the establishment of a trading post in 1882 and about halfway along the Calgary-to-Edmonton Trail, where it crossed the Red Deer River, the city of Red Deer has grown to be the third largest in the Province with a population of about 83,000. The surrounding countryside is pleasing to the eye with its gently rolling hills and, on a good day, you just might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Rockies off to the west. Although the area originally focused on oil, grain, and cattle production, Red Deer now serves as a centre for oil and agriculture distribution as well as petrochemical production in the areas outside the city. Really, there are no amazingly spectacular sights to see as the layout is sort of like a long strip mall of stores and businesses streching along both sides of the highway between Alberta's two largest cities. To avoid this congestion, a bypass has been built around Red Deer if you just want to 'keep on trucking'.

We had a look around the city and its surrounding areas and were able to sample some outdoor winter activities in the pleasant weather, varying between 3 C in the daytime and -23 C overnight.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice countryside, easy to reach Calgary, Edmonton or the Rockies
  • Cons:Mostly one long street lined with businesses and malls
  • In a nutshell:A small city serving the needs of this part of Alberta
  • Last visit to Red Deer: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Sounds like you had a great day on the ice with fishing and snowmobiling!

  • Dec 18, 2009 at 12:24 AM

    Easily the best buffet in town.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    great holiday with extreme ice fishing and ice bbqing

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2008 at 3:57 AM

    Your 'frosty' pictures and descriptions made me think of past Polish winters with heavy snowfalls and temperatures reaching - 30 C. Luckily, nowadays such 'extremes' happen very rarely.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Thanks to the inventor of feeding the masses with a tasty and balanced meal on a skewer!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 4:06 AM

    This page really fits my image of winters in Canada, Glenn. :)) Very enjoyable, reading it took me back to younger days (in different circumstances)! Hope you're having a great weekend.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Glenn, fabulous page with outstanding wintery photos. It looks like Red Deer still gets loads of snow. Have a lovely weekend. :-)

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Man, I got even colder than I already was looking at your pictures of ice fishing!!! I think I need to go warm up in a Caribbean destination ;-)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2007 at 7:37 AM

    Wow, that's cold!! I think I'm with you in preferring palm trees at this time of year, but the lake and the park do look pretty :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:08 AM

    What an impressive equipment, Dodge + snowmobile! The motorized ice-auger looka clever way to dig a hole ! I have seen that on the TV but never for real ! That must be amazing !


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