Expedia thinks we're nice, why don't we?

April 22, 2017 - 4:43pm

It was to be expected.

This week a blogger for Expedia.ca listed Red Deer among the “34 Most Breathtaking Places in North America.”

It’s pretty cool to see our fair city catch someone’s attention that way, don’t you think?

However, as soon as someone said nice things about Red Deer, the cynical naysayers just had to weigh in.

“If you add the crime... the place isn't all that great”

“This place is not great”

“Whoever compiled that list is a total hack who needs to get out more”

With all due respect to my fellow Red Deerians, because I consider myself proud to be one, keep your snarky remarks to yourself on this one.

I’m the first to admit there are things that need to be addressed to improve quality of life in Red Deer (crime rates, north end neglect, no Olive Garden). But that’s not what this “Most Breathtaking” is about.

By including Red Deer, Expedia reminds us just how beautiful our city is.

Seriously, it’s pretty darn nice.

Expedia highlights Maskepetoon Park (great), the river area (gorgeous), and Bower Ponds (iconic). What else is there?

We have Heritage Ranch, Discovery Canyon, Sunnybrook Farm Museum, and Kerry Wood Nature Centre, to name a few (not to mention a bevy of other attractions just outside city limits).

Simply put, there are a lot of nice places in Red Deer that makes it a great city to live in. If you haven’t experienced them, you really should. It might soften your “Red Deer Sucks” stance, if only for a moment.

Nag all you want on the negative. But when someone says nice things about Red Deer, let’s take pride in that, shall we?

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