Red Deer: gay-friendly destination for LGBTQ travel

Who would have thought that a little city in the middle of Central Alberta would be considered gay-friendly? Not me honestly if you had asked me while I was growing up there. But that was a very different time and now going back to Red Deer as a tourist, with my same-sex partner, it’s actually been a great experience where we felt comfortable being an LGBT couple. We found a rainbow crosswalk downtown, a variety of Pride accessories in a store, and restaurants run by their openly-gay owners. There’s even a Pride festival there during the summer that lasts for an entire week!

During our visit, as you can see in the video above, we went for a bike ride with Pursuit Adventures, walked around Downtown Red Deer, including the Downtown Market, had lunch at Tribe, explored the Museum & Art Gallery, sampled the craft beer and soft drinks at Troubled Monk Brewery, and, had dinner at To The Lost.

Special thanks to the Visit Red Deer for helping to plan our itinerary and here are some of the photos that I shared from our trip on Instagram:

I also did a Hotel Hangout video from my parent’s basement (since we stayed there instead of at a hotel) which was a conversation with my ex-girlfriend. I finally sat down with her after many years and discussed what she thought about me coming out after we broke up. She was my girlfriend throughout my final year of high school and even a bit while I was in college.

Check it out too to see how it went and feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you’re looking for more fun videos from the different destinations we visit that are especially good for LGBT travelers!

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