Conveniently located between Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer is a fertile region among rolling hills.
Known for its aboriginal heritage and fur-trader past, Red Deer was once the shallow spot where a native trail crossed Red Deer River. Over time it came to include a trading post and military fort as farms sprung up along the river's banks. Today, Red Deer is one of Alberta's largest cities, with about 90,000 residents.
Along with a diversified economy of manufacturing, oil and agricultural industries, Red Deer features a vibrant arts scene and once held the title of Cultural Capital of Canada. Music lovers can take in the sounds of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Singers, or the Red Deer Royals marching band while theatre enthusiasts take in a show.
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame offers something for sports fanatics too. Celebrating the province's sporting past, it includes a pitching field, wheelchair challenge and a multisport interactive virtual system.
It was in this city that one of the most recognized voices in Canadian sport got his start. CBC sportscaster Ron MacLean began his career doing the weather on local station CKRD.