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Red Deer is a city in Central Alberta, Canada. It is located near the midpoint of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor and is surrounded by Red Deer County. It is Alberta’s third-most-populous city – after Calgary and Edmonton. The city is located in aspen parkland, a region of rolling hills that is subject to oil, grain, and cattle production.

Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by aboriginal tribes including the Blackfoot, Plains Cree and Stoney. European fur traders began passing through the area in the late eighteenth century. Into this ethnic mix, the Métis peoples also emerged.

A native trail ran from Montana in the south across the Bow River near Calgary and on to Fort Edmonton. About halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, the trail crossed the Red Deer River at a wide, stony shallow used by First Nations peoples and bison, commonly known as buffalo, since ancient times. The shallows, now known as the Old Red Deer Crossing, are about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) upstream from the present City of Red Deer.

With the establishment of Fort Calgary by the North-West Mounted Police in 1875, traffic increased along what was by then known as the Calgary and Edmonton Trail.[8] After the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Calgary, traffic along the “C & E” trail increased substantially. A trading postand stopping house were built at the Crossing in 1882 and a permanent settlement began to develop around it.

Named Cultural Capital of Canada by Canadian Heritage in 2003,[44] Red Deer is home to a wide variety of arts and cultural groups. It is the home of Central Alberta Theatre, Ignition Theatre, Central Music Festival, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, the Red Deer Royals and other performing arts and fine arts organizations.

Community Links

Education

Red Deer Public School District http://www.rdpsd.ab.ca/

Greater North Central Francophone Education http://www.centrenord.ab.ca/

Private Schools

Koinonia Christian School Red Deer http://www.koinonia.ca/

Destiny Christian School http://www.destinyschool.ca/

Red Deer Montessori http://reddeermontessori.com/

Gateway Christian School http://gateway.rdpsd.ab.ca/

Colleges & Universities

Red Deer College http://rdc.ab.ca/

Academy of Learning College http://www.academyoflearning.com/

Medical

Finding a Family Physician

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Web: www.cpsa.ab.ca

Health Link
Toll Free: 1-866-408-5465?
Web: https://myhealth.alberta.ca

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

http://www.health.alberta.ca/AHCIP/forms.html

Red Deer Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre (Public Health)

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/facilities.asp?pid=facility&rid=1018251

Hospitals & Medical Clinics

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/facilities.asp?pid=facility&rid=1000342

Saint Mary Clinic http://www.saintmaryclinic.ca/

Parkland Medical Clinic http://parklandmedicalclinic.com/

Horizon Family Medicine http://www.horizonmedicine.ca/

Discovery Walk-In Clinic http://discoverymedicalclinic.com/

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