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The Ultimate Sports Destination

Known for our community enthusiasm, volunteerism and support, the Red Deer Region stands behind its athletes and fulfills its commitment to hosting great events. We’ve hosted major national and international events, including world curling championships and national figure skating competitions, and most recently the Canadian Finals Rodeo has found its long term home in Red Deer.

The Perfect Place to Play

Red Deer’s Central Alberta location makes it an ideal place to play and stay. Advantageously situated midway between Edmonton and Calgary, and each city’s international airport, makes Red Deer an ideal host for a variety of sports and cultural events. Red Deer’s convenient location and state-of-the-art facilities make us the perfect place for sporting events of any size. From basketball to curling, hockey to volleyball and everything in between, we’re committed to world-class, family-friendly events.

With one of the youngest populations in the nation, this region is dynamic and filled with many exciting events and attractions. You can test your mettle in Canada’s largest mud obstacle race, ski at the largest non-mountain downhill ski resort in Alberta, Canyon Ski Resort.

Welcome on our Turf  

For sporting events large or small the Red Deer region has an abundance of high quality sports venues including Westerner Park, Central Alberta’s largest convention, trade show, agriculture and sports facility. Not to mention the upgraded Canyon Ski Resort, new Servus Arena, expanded GH Dawe Community Centre, Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Red Deer College and Setters Place at Great Chief Park.

Red Deer is home to (and growing):

  • 77 sports fields
  • 86 ball diamonds
  • 66 outdoor skating rinks
  • 52 tennis courts
  • 20 Pickle Ball courts
  • 125 km of trails within our City
  • Alberta’s largest non-mountain ski resort, boasting 20 runs, 6 lifts and a 164-metre vertical drop

Sport is in our Blood

While over a million visitors come to support local, provincial, national, and international sporting events annually, a handful of professional and Olympic athletes have called Red Deer home: figure skater Jamie Salé, speed skater Jeremy Witherspoon, freestyle skier Deidra Dionne, and WHL Red Deer Rebels alum Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — just another accolade pinned on the lapel of the city known for its sporting passion.

A Small Sample of Events:

  • 2019 Canada Winter Games
  • 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo
  • 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
  • 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup
  • 2014 Skate Canada Western Regional Adult Competition
  • 2013 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games
  • 2013 Allan Cup
  • 2012 & 2004 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • 1994 Labatt Brier (currently known as the Tim Horton’s Brier)
  • MudHeros and Spartan Race - Annually

Building a Legacy

In 2019, Red Deer will host the Canada Winter Games, the largest multisport event in the nation. We’re preparing by upgrading our facilities and mobilizing a host of enthusiastic volunteers to ensure the 3,600 athletes, their coaches, their families and their fans experience the best games ever.

The 2019 Games will be the largest event ever hosted in Red Deer and one of the largest events to be hosted in Alberta in over three decades. Featuring 19 sports, over 150 events and a major cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. The 2019 Canada Winter Games will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities and volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader Central Alberta community for years to come.

Unwind After the Big Game

Every budding sports dynasty needs a place to stay. Whether you’ve arrived in Red Deer to watch a game or play one. When you are done exploring for the day, a diverse choice of accommodations offering a variety of styles and amenities awaits you.

The Restaurant scene in Red Deer has become sophisticated and offers something for every pallet. Whether you prefer sushi or souvlaki, you’ll find it here. You’ll also discover fine dining restaurants serving the best Alberta beef steaks and local produce. With a plethora of locally sourced ingredients available and local craft breweries putting down roots, creative chefs have raised the bar when it comes to food served in our city.

Explore the culture of the city with a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly downtown streets, browse through one of the many art galleries, view one of the largest public collections of life-sized bronze sculptures, and take in a world-class musical performance. Red Deer’s heritage isn’t a distant memory; it’s a vibrant part of the buildings, parks and art throughout the community.

Help with Coordination

Come and experience a destination that offers you access to experience and the know how to support you in creating a great event.

Assistance with:

  • Writing bid proposals 
  • Site visits 
  • Accommodation and venue options 
  • Recommending suppliers 
  • Marketing support

Bring your team to our city, and we’ll cheer you on!   

Contact:

Liz Taylor
Executive Director, Tourism Red Deer
403-346-0180 ext. 5
liz@tourismreddeer.com  
www.visitreddeer.com

 

 

If you would like to be the next member whose profile will be featured on the CSTA website, contact Barb MacDonald, Communications Consultant at bmacdonald@canadiansporttourism.com.