History of Red Deer

Red Deer's history goes back over 100 years. What began as a collection of small homesteads and a few trading posts has grown into a thriving and modern city. Explore the city's built history through the Heritage section. Visit the Archives to browse through the written, photographic and audio history of Red Deer. Read about the city and surrounding community and learn about the people who make Red Deer special on our History of Red Deer page.

Check out the history exhibits created by the Archives including photographs and old documents or learn some new facts and trivia about Red Deer.

Centennials and Anniversaries

The Archives has developed history exhibits for various anniversary and centennial events.

People of Red Deer

The Archives has information and records on many of the well known, and not so well known, people who have called Red Deer home. 

Places of Red Deer

Presented here are Archival exhibits showcasing the history and development of various sites and buildings around Red Deer.

Time Machine

Step back in time and learn more about Red Deer through these Archives exhibits.

Emblems and Symbols

Learn about the City's coat of arms, official flag, tartan and flower.

Facts and Trivia

Fun facts about your city!

News & Notices

Three Mile Bend being tested for...

August 16, 2019

Due to the potential for blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in one of the ponds at Three Mile Bend, The City of Red Deer is asking the public to use caution when in that area.

Temporary trail closure

August 14, 2019

A portion of trail between the BMX park to the CPR Bridge in the Great West Adventure Park area will close at 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 15.