I ♥ RED DEER
Having lived all over Canada, (born in Sask. raised in BC, and 5 years in Ontario), has really given me a perspective on what is important in the community we call home. From the day we arrived in 2006, there has never been a moment of regret for moving here, nor ever the desire to move away. Without a question, the community offered everything that mattered most in our world. It is a warm welcoming, friendly community, where people genuinely care about one another.
Central Alberta has an abundance of activities for outdoors, including walking, cross country skiing, biking, horseback riding, skating and so much more. Every park has a playground, there are ample picnic shelters and tennis courts and in the winter, well lit and maintained outdoor ice rinks every few blocks. My favorites include the amazing off leash dog park “Three Mile Bend”, the miles of paved walking trails from one side of the city to the other, and most fun, River Rafting! Parks and Recreation also have great facilities with indoor swimming pools, gyms, tracks, field houses and things that keep you busy active and fit on those cold prairie winter days.
It could not go without saying how much we appreciate the unconditional support of this community, our colleagues and our great friends who stand beside us, and embrace the philosophy, “it takes a village to raise a child”! We have found the services for our daughter, (who has some complex developmental challenges), to be outstanding. The funding and provincial support have been more than we would have expected. We have been lucky with local Pediatricians and Doctors. We have found exemplary qualified therapists and services. And, we have made many lifelong friends with parent support groups. The Red Deer Public School system has taken “inclusion” to new limits, and been helpful and accommodating to ensure our little girl is given every opportunity to gain independence and become a contributing member in society
Friends ask if we miss the big city? Equivalently we say no, we have everything we need here. There is shortage of amenities from medical facilities, great restaurants, to all of the big box stores. Also, an array of day spas and specialized boutiques, with clothes, arts, alcohol and gourmet foods and the best, the Farmers Market (one of the finest I have seen in Canada). The economy always seems to be booming in Central Alberta, even when the rest of Canada is reporting recession. And best of all, we don’t have rush hour!
What about that Alberta weather?! I smile, yes, we often have to buddle up. It can be cold in the winter (unlike BC), and never gets to be humid and scorching hot in the summer (like Ontario). But we have one thing like no other province I have lived, an abundance of sunshine! Bright sunny days, weather glistening in snow, or with a mild prairie wind has a way of making the day great. There is nothing like the prairie sky, the beauty of the rolling hills and the colors of the fields in the distance. But summer, spring, winter, or fall you can count on the sun shining and the people of Red Deer giving you a smile, a wave, saying hello, asking how you are and genuinely caring.
If you live here you know, if you don’t, you should! I happen to know a good REALTOR® that could help you make Red Deer your home. It would be my pleasure!
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