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Red Deer, Alberta (City)

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Red Deer is a city in central Alberta in Canada which is located almost midway between Calgary and Edmonton within the Calgary Edmonton corridor. The total area is 70.58 square kilometers and the population is 82,971 according to 2006 census. It is Alberta's third largest city by population after Calgary and Edmonton. The city is located in the Parkland, a region of rolling hills focused on oil, grain and cattle production. The name Red Deer is a translation of waskasoo which means elk river in the Cree aboriginal language. Waskasoo is also a neighborhood in Red Deer which overlooks the Red Deer river.

Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by aboriginal tribes and later by Metis and fur traders. The city was named for the Red Deer river which runs through it. The first major road from Fort Calgary to Fort Edmonton was called the Calgary and Edmonton Trail. In 1882, a trading post was established at Red Deer crossing. The city has become a centre of industry, education, administration and culture. Recently the city has undergone some improvements like it is a centre for oil and agriculture distribution and the surrounding region is a major centre for petrochemical production. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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