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

City Council voted in support of RCMP...

January 21, 2020

At today’s Special Council Meeting, City Council voted in support of the RCMP to continue to provide policing services for The City of Red Deer.

Plows are ready to roll into...

January 16, 2020

City crews are gearing up to start Snow Zone Plowing and residents are reminded to sign up for Snow Zone Alerts to get text, email, and phone call reminders before they need to move their vehicles off the street.

Red Deer to launch digital archives...

January 14, 2020

Red Deerians are invited to explore our city’s heritage via the digital archives collection that will launch this month on a new web site hosted by Preservica.