A Time To Honour
Red Deer’s heritage isn’t a distant memory; it’s a vibrant part of the buildings, parks and art throughout the community. You can see it, touch it and read about it as you make your way through Red Deer. And, if you happen to see a ghost that you want your picture taken with, that’s just fine, too.
“The ghost collection is a celebration of Red Deer’s history,” said Kristina Öberg, acting recreation, parks and culture manager with The City of Red Deer. “It’s one of the largest public collections of life-sized bronze sculptures in Canada, and it’s a great opportunity for people to interact with our story.”
Downtown has many heritage buildings and art – not to mention the Museum and Art Gallery – and is a great starting place to learn about Red Deer’s history, but it’s only the beginning. Cronquist House, Sunnybrook Farm & Museum and Historic Fort Normandeau are all great additions to your journey.
Historic Fort Normandeau
A reconstruction of the original Fort at Red Deer Crossing comes to life through programs, exhibits and artifacts that illustrate the beginnings and early history of Red Deer. A large garden, poultry yard and teepees are set up for public enjoyment. The grounds include a beautifully treed picnic area and canoe launch.
Norwegian Laft Hus Museum
Housed in a sod-roofed log building in downtown’s Heritage Square, the Norwegian Laft Hus Museum celebrates the contribution of Norwegian immigrants to central Alberta. Visitors can learn how to make Norwegian arts and crafts and enjoy authentic food, and during the summer, kids can spend the afternoon playing games and listening to stories. Heritage Square is also home to several historic buildings including a church steeple, Red Deer’s oldest surviving building and a log schoolhouse from 1887.www.norwegianlafthussociety.ca
Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery
The collections at the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery reflects Red Deer’s history with special emphasis on First Nations Peoples, immigrant settlers, rural life and the birth of a city. Permanent and visiting exhibits explore the extent of human experience through art, history, and science displays. Artwork displays include local, national, and international artists. www.reddeermuseum.com
Sunnybrook Farm Museum
In the heart of the city, Sunnybrook Farm Museum gives its visitors a chance to celebrate the early days of mixed farming and possibly find their rural roots as they explore Red Deer’s oldest farm. www.sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca