European fur traders began passing in the late eighteenth century through the area. The 1885 Riel Rebellion constructed Fort Normandeau at the Crossing. The fort was taken later over by the North-West Mounted Police. The fertile lands were attractive to ranchers and farmers. Leonard Gaetz acted for the Saskatchewan Colonization Company as the local land agent. The Gaetz family owned vast land holdings around the mouth of the Waskasoo Creek along the south bank of the Red Deer River. The Great Depression of the 1930s was a major setback for the city.
Growth returned with the outbreak of World War II to the city. The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan built at Bowden and Penhold two air bases to the south of the city. The City of Red Deer amalgamated on the north bank of the Red Deer River with the Village of North Red Deer. The most prominent landmark of the railway remaining is the CPR bridge, the Red Deer River. A large commercial district park called Gasoline Alley. The 2016 Census of Population conducted by the City of Red Deer by Statistics Canada. The 2011 Census had a population of 90564 living in 36346. Nearly ninety percent of residents spoke English while 1.7 percent as a first language, identified at the time of the 2006 census as Aboriginal, are identified over twenty-six percent as Christian. The most next common languages were Tagalog at 1.0 percent at 1.1 percent. Sixteen percent of these immigrants came while about 14 % from the Philippines. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is adjacent to the Greater Red Deer Visitor Centre and the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.
The G.H. Dawe Community Centre is shared by the G.H. Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library by G.H. Dawe Community School. The Greater Red Deer Visitor Centre is adjacent to the Alberta Sports Hall and the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The Red Deer Museum has a permanent exhibit, the history of the region is the also venue of multiple educational programs for children and both adults. Olympic bronze medallist Deidra Dionne grew up in Red Deer. Red Deer Transit provides local bus service throughout the city. Health care is provided at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. One distinct feature of the water distribution system is the Horton Water Spheroid. The Red Deer Public School District serves 10000 students in thirty schools. Hunting Hills High School and Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School provide a large number of program options for students of high school age. Red Deer College was founded as Red Deer Junior College in 1964. This table shows also the percentage change in the population.
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