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What A Difference A Day Makes!

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WELCOME to Southwest Alberta! Gillian Nish President

This is a place of unique landscapes, big skies, amazing experiences and lifelong memories. There is intriguing history to discover and endless activities to enjoy, but where to start? Look no further! We want you to have the visit of a lifetime and our Southwest Alberta Travel Planner is a great place to begin!

Travelling and working in tourism, I have heard from many people who have visited Southwest Alberta just how much they loved and treasured the experience. It is amazing to see your home through the eyes of others.

Kimberly Lyall

In the trenches at trade shows, or at our visitor information centres, that insight keeps me inspired. The comments we hear most are how beautiful and clean our area is, how friendly we are, and how our sense of community makes visitors feel so welcome. Chief Executive Officer

Lethbridge is ideally situated to be your jumping-off point for many days of adventure in Chinook Country. Check out “What A Difference A Day Makes” on Page 6 and 7 for an overview of do-able one-day drives and choose the best routes for you. Then learn more about each attraction in our “Town Pages” filled with fascinating facts and features about each destination. You may decide that one day is just not enough, in which case you will find more information about accommodations and services in the region, in our directory sections.

I first donned my flag vest when I started travelling at the age of 18 years. It took a seven-week experience as an exchange student abroad for me to really understand how incredible Canada is. Today our entire team wears the flag. I am proud of this area, and proud to be Canadian.

If you like to plan your days around major events, you’ll find local favourites in our Event Listings on Page 30 and 31. Our centre-spread map will help to pinpoint your destinations so you make the most of your day.

Each year as we create this publication we strive to present to you, the reader, the many outstanding experiences we have to offer. We hope you will come, stay awhile, and see for yourself. You will never regret it!

When your visit is through, we hope you’ll tell us what you enjoyed the most. It’s our sincere wish that you will return again. But for now, let the fun begin. The planning is where it starts!

Kimberly Lyall, Chief Executive Officer Chinook Country Tourist Association

Gillian Nish, President Chinook Country Tourist Association

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For further information, please visit our website www.chinookcountry.com or call toll free (in North America) 1-800-661-1222 or (403) 320-1222.


Table of

contents 2011 – 2012

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Welcome to Southwest Alberta!

Table of Contents

Southwest Alberta-Something Special!

What A Difference A Day Makes!

One-Day Itineraries

Travel Information

Claresholm

Coaldale

Fort Macleod

High River

Lethbridge

Windspiration

Mossleigh

Nanton

Okotoks

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Picture Butte Event Listings & Distance Chart MAP Southern Alberta Taber Western Heritage Vauxhall Vulcan Blackfoot Culture Warner Waterton Our Neighbours Featured Accommodations – Directory Service Directory Alberta Facts Southern Alberta Fun Facts

The Southwest Alberta Travel Planner is an annual publication of Chinook Country Tourist Association. For visitor information call toll free 1-800-661-1222, email us at info@chinookcountry.com or visit our website at www.chinookcountry.com. This guide is printed in Canada for free distribution. • Please recycle this guide by passing it on to a friend. Editing & Project Management: 2R Inc., Lethbridge living Magazine Layout & Design: Just Call Marketing and Graphics

Cover Credits: Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance Chris Yauck Photography for Exhibition Park Photo Credits: Travel Alberta LethbridgeLink.com Chinook Country Tourist Association Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance

Printing & Bindery: Print West

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A Little History presence was intended to solidify Canada’s claim to the west, to improve relations with First Nations peoples, and to eliminate the illegal whisky trade that was running rampant.

The sweeping landscapes of Southwest Alberta are the result of millions of years of geological action. Retreating glaciers, shallow subtropical seas and colliding tectonic plates have reworked the landscape over time, creating the iconic panoramas that welcome you today. You’ll feel a sense of Alberta’s geological past when you stand and marvel at any of the unique land formations found in Southwest Alberta, including the site of Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass, the Okotoks Erratic, Devil’s Coulee near Warner or the hoodoos at Writing-On-Stone Park.

The first recruits came from various parts of the country, forming six divisions totaling nearly 300 officers and men. The force departed Dufferin, Manitoba on July 18th, 1874 on what become known as the “Great March West”. During the three month long 1,500 kilometre trek, the men and horses faced a great deal of hardship. They finally arrived at their destination in Southern Alberta in October 1874 and began to build a permanent post by the Oldman River before winter set in. This post, named in honour of Col. James Macleod for his strong leadership during the march, served as the headquarters for the entire police force until 1878 and remained in use for almost ten years.

History of human habitation in this part of the world dates back 11,000 years. For centuries, aboriginal peoples followed vast herds of buffalo across the prairies and left evidence of their cultural traditions in places we now know as Blackfoot Crossing, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Writing-OnStone Provincial Park. The prairies were a naturally wild and untamed frontier until French and British fur-traders came to the west, followed by the discovery of natural resources, the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, irrigation and sustainable agriculture.

A new fort was built above the river valley in 1884, affording uninterrupted views of all the surrounding area, and moved the fort out of danger of flooding from the Oldman River. In 1920, the North West Mounted Police became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Today, a replica of the fort can be found near historic downtown Fort Macleod where artifacts, dioramas, photographs and other displays continue to tell the story of all that is important to Southern Alberta’s history. One tradition of the Mounties has been actively preserved at the Fort Museum by featuring daily reenactments of the world famous Musical Ride. On horseback, uniformed riders perform the many intricate maneuvers used by the mounted patrol over 100 years ago. To learn more about the North West Mounted Police, plan to also visit Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge. This fort is a replica of what was once the largest and most notorious of the whiskey trading posts in prairie history, and you can experience more about this colourful period of Alberta’s history through its interpretive programs and special events all year long.

RCMP Beginnings Today, an enduring icon of the Canadian West is the Mountie. The North West Mounted Police were formed in May of 1873, when Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, declared that the Canadian prairies needed a strong police force. The creation of this police

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Take To the Road In Southwest Alberta, all roads lead to Lethbridge, the Province’s fourth largest city. The city was settled after 1870 when coal deposits were discovered in the river valley and the first coal mine was established by Sir Alexander Galt. Today, Lethbridge is a vibrant young city and commercial centre. With a multitude of attractions for visitors it’s the ideal jumping off point for all your adventures in Southwest Alberta. After you’ve experienced the warm hospitality for which the city is known, you’ll want to venture out and explore our friendly communities and their diverse landscapes of prairies, badlands, foothills, river valleys and of course some spectacular mountain scenery. Looking for dramatic photo opportunities? You’ll find plenty, especially watching the arrival of a prairie thunderstorm on the horizon or a spectacular evening sunset. How about an opportunity to show the kids what pioneer life was like? Southwest Alberta communities love to share their history, and you’ll find museums with hands on activities, knowledgeable guides and storytellers throughout the region. Looking to spot an unusual critter? Hundreds of bird and wildlife species make their homes in Chinook Country. If a more rugged adventure is what you seek, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, water sports and mountain bike trails are waiting for you! Southwest Alberta is filled with so many “must see” places and “one of a kind” attractions, you’ll wonder how you can fit it all in. No matter what direction you travel, you’re sure to enjoy unforgettable experiences, and take away memories that remind you of what you’ve discovered; that Southwest Alberta truly is something special!

Canoeing down the Milk River.

Carriage rides at the Remington Carriage Museum.

Fishing at the base of Lundbreck Falls.

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What A Difference A One Day Itineraries

Lethbridge is a great home base from which to discover adventures in Chinook Country! Start with these ideas for one day itineraries and delight in your own highlights along the way. Remember to take your camera to capture the fun so you can enjoy your memories all year long!

DAY Three – For A Good Time! Visit Lethbridge

DAY ONE – A-MAZE-ing Heritage Go North! Highway 25

• Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum, Picture Butte • Nobleford Area Museum • Park Lake Provincial Park • Picture Butte Golf Course • Lethbridge Corn Maze

DAY TWO – Birds of A Feather! Go East! On Highway 3

• Alberta Birds of Prey Centre • Gem of The West Museum • Land-O-Lakes Golf Course • Taber Aqua-Fun Centre • Taber Skateboard Park • Enchant Park & Campground • Vauxhall’s Sammy & Samantha Spud

• Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden • Henderson Lake • Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site • Helen Schuler Nature Centre • Galt Museum & Archives • Southern Alberta Art Gallery • Shopping and Dining • New West Theatre • Farmer’s Market, Exhibition Park

DAY four – Badlands & More Go South! On Highway 4

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• Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park • Picnic and tubing along the Milk River • North West Mounted Police Outpost • Warner Grain Elevator Row • Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum


Day Makes! DAY FIVE – The Mormon Trail Go South! On Highway 5

• Michelsen Farmstead, Stirling • Galt Historic Railway Park • Remington Carriage Museum & “So Long Charlie” • Cardston Alberta Temple • Fay Wray Fountain • Rangeview Ranch Vacations • Carriage House Theatre

DAY SIX – Crown of The Continent Go South! on Highway 5

Waterton Lakes National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site • Picturesque Prince of Wales Hotel • Unique village shopping • Wildlife! • Waterton Shoreline Cruise • Red Rock Canyon • Golfing, hiking, trail rides! • Cameron Lake • Great Canadian Barn Dance, Hillspring

DAY SEVEN – Mountain Splendor Go West! On Highway 3

• Sweeping vistas, wind farms! • Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area • Heritage Acres Historical Park, Pincher Creek • Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village • Cowley Ridge Windpower Site • Three Rivers Rock & Fossil Museum • Lundbreck Falls • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre • Leitch Colleries Provincial Historic Site • Bellevue Mine

DAY EIGHT Mounties, Museums & Antiques! Go West! On Highway 2

• Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police and it’s own Musical Ride • 1884 Barracks Site • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump UNESCO World Heritage Site • Nanton Bomber Command Museum • Nanton Antiques and Art Walk • Lunch at The Bridges Golf Course • Claresholm Museum • Claresholm Spray Park • Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod • Windy Rafters Barn Dance

DAY NINE – Out of This World! Go North! Highway 2 to Highway 23

• Carmangay Tipi Rings • Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station, Galaxy Gift Shop & dress up opportunities • Star Trek Walking Tour & USS Enterprise • Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park • Dine in a restored 1887 CPR dining car at Aspen Crossing, Mossleigh

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Travel Information

Ports of Entry

Aden, Alberta Whitlash, Montana (Hwy 880) Open year round, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily Carway, Alberta Peigan, Montana (Hwy 2) Open year round, 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM daily Chief Mountain, Alberta Chief Mountain, Montana (Hwy 6) Seasonal: May 15 – May 31 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily June 1 – Labour Day – 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily Labour Day – Sept. 30, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily October 1 – May 14, closed Coutts, Alberta Sweetgrass, Montana (Hwy 4) Open year round, 24 hour service daily Del Bonita, Alberta Del Bonita, Montana (Hwy 62) Open year round, June 1 – September 15 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily September 16 – May 31 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily Wildhorse, Alberta November 1 – Feb. 28 – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily March 1 – October 31 – 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily

Customs & Immigration

U.S. Visitors All U.S. citizens visiting Canada must have a valid U.S. passport. All ‘naturalized’ citizens must travel with their naturalization certificate. All U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. Any alien permanent residents of the U.S. must present their Alien Registration Card, or “Green Card”. Dual Citizens must always present themselves as a Canadian citizen when entering Canada, and as a U.S. citizen when entering the United States. Visitors with criminal records may be refused entry into Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Further information can be accessed regarding waivers through the Canadian Consulate.

passport or visa for entry into Canada as visitors. Citizens from a number of foreign countries including Somalia, Republic of South Africa and Czech Republic, require a visa to enter the country, obtained prior to arrival to Canada. Please ensure all travel documents are complete and available when entering Canada. For more information please visit www.cic.gc.ca.

Importing a Firearm or Weapon into Canada

All firearms brought to the border must be declared to the Canada Border Services Agency office. Documents must be on hand to prove you are entitled to possess a firearm in Canada. Certain firearms and weapons are prohibited with no exceptions. For a complete list of prohibited, restricted and permissible firearms and to access forms for crossing the border please visit Travelling with Children www.absa-asfc.gc.ca or call the Canada Firearms Children under the age of 18 should have valid identification with them. If you are travelling with a Centre at 1-800-731-4000. child and you are not the child’s parent or guardian, Duty-Free & you should have a letter from the child’s parent or guardian authorizing entry into Canada. If you Customs Allowances are the child’s only guardian, you should have Duty-free shops are available at select border documents to show there is no other guardian. crossings and airports and have tax free items for Children’s passports are available, and preferred. sale for visitors. For information on restrictions, For additional information see: licenses and controls regarding this service please www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. contact the Canada Border Service Agency or a customs official.

Personal Baggage, Recreation Equipment

Alcohol and Tobacco The legal age for alcohol consumption and tobacco possession in Alberta is 18 years old. Individuals Visitors can bring personal baggage and nonwho meet the minimum age requirements of restricted sporting equipment (e.g. camping gear) into Canada duty and tax-free by declaring them on the province or territory of entry may bring into Canada: arrival to customs officials. To ensure ownership • 1.25 litres of liquor or wine (40 ounces) OR 24 and prevent loss, serial numbers on all equipment containers of 355 millilitres (12 ounces) each of including bicycles, skis, snowboards, cameras, and beer, ale or equivalent. other sporting equipment should be registered. • Up to 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 200 grams Business travellers may be asked to declare and (7 ounces) of loose tobacco. place a deposit for the items they bring across the Any alcohol or tobacco in excess of these amounts border. is subject to duty and provincial fees and taxes.

Restricted & Prohibited Goods

Numerous items are requested not to be brought into Canada for the protection of our citizens and agricultural trade. These items include such goods as endangered species, pepper and bear sprays, firearms, fireworks, certain meat and dairy products, drugs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and various types of plant and wood products.

Please contact the Canada Border Service Agency Visitors from Abroad if you are unsure whether a particular item is All citizens from abroad are required to have a valid permissible at 1-888-732-6222.

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Pets

Pets – specifically dogs and cats – must have certificates from a reputable veterinarian verifying that they have been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years. All certificates must clearly identify the animal. Animals younger than three months should be in good health when they arrive, but do not require the rabies certificate. All pets must be accompanied by their owners. Special purpose dogs such as seeing-eye dogs are exempt from all import conditions when the dog is accompanying its owner.


Travel Information

Fishing & Hunting Licenses

Alberta is world renowned for hunting and fishing, but you MUST have a valid license to experience these sports. Catch limits are set to preserve fish and wildlife populations. Licenses for fishing in National Parks of Canada can be purchased at park information centres, administration, campgrounds, warden offices and select fishing shops. Fishing licenses to be used outside of a National Park can be purchased at Fish and Wildlife offices, hardware, convenience and department stores as well as at select gas stations. Hunting regulations and special licenses vary depending on what type of hunting you are doing. No hunting is permitted in any National Park of Canada. For complete information contact the Alberta Environment Information Centre by phone at 780-944-0313 or online at www.gov.ab.ca/srd.

Insurance

Travel and Health Visitors to Canada should ensure they have proper health and travel coverage during their travels. Travel insurance offered by travel agents and credit card companies may be able to provide additional coverage for loss/damage of baggage, cancellation and medical incidents. Visitors taking prescription medications should bring a copy of the prescription should it need renewal in Canada. Motor Vehicle It is mandatory to carry valid documentation establishing proof of insurance and ownership for all vehicles you bring into Canada. Minimum liability coverage required in Alberta is $200,000.

Currency & Banking Canadian dollars and cents form the monetary system. While many operators of retail outlets, restaurants and other venues accept American money, visitors should exchange their travellers cheques or cash for Canadian currency. The use of credit cards is also recommended.

Taxes

Alberta is the only province in Canada with no Provincial Sales Tax, or PST. The Canadian Government charges a five per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on most purchases. GST rebates on some accommodations and purchases taken out of the country can be claimed by nonresidents of Canada. Please call 1-800-66-visit (8-4748) for more information or visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax.

Tipping

Tips are given for good service to food and beverage servers in bars and restaurants, taxi drivers, tour guides and hotel bellmen. The average tip in Canada is 15 percent, but can range from 10 to 20 percent depending on quality service. Tipping is also customary for other services such as hairdressers and aestheticians. In these cases the percentage of tip is up to the individual, but 10% minimum is a common guideline.

Time Zone

Public Holidays 2011 January 1 – New Year’s Day February 21 – Family Day (AB) April 22 – Good Friday April 24 – Easter Sunday May 23 – Victoria Day July 1 – Canada Day August 1 – Heritage Day September 5 – Labour Day October 10 – Thanksgiving November 11 – Remembrance Day December 25 – Christmas Day December 26 – Boxing Day

Metric Conversions

Canada uses the metric system for distances, weights and measures. Distance: 1 kilometre (km) = .625 miles Kilometres per hour or miles per hour: 100 km/hr = 60 mph Weight: 1 kilogram (kg) = 2.2 lbs 500 grams = 1.1 lbs

Alberta is on Mountain Standard Time. Daylight savings time is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

Liquid volume (used for gasoline): 4.5 litres (L) = 1 imperial gallon 3.8 litres (L) = 1 U.S. gallon

Motorcycles

Vehicle Leasing & Renting

Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets and to drive with headlights on. Riding two abreast is prohibited.

Seat Belts

Seat belt use is mandatory for all drivers and passengers in Canada.

Travel Websites

Road Conditions http://www.ama.ab.ca/road_reports Border Crossing Wait Times http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times OR Twitter: http://twitter.com/CBSA_BWT

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To rent a car you must be 21 years old and hold a valid driver’s license and major credit card. A small surcharge applies for drivers under 25 years of age. There are numerous car rental companies available in Chinook Country. Renting a motor home is a convenient way to explore Alberta and its wilderness. Insurance may be purchased at the time of rental. For lower rates, it is recommended that bookings be made 3 to 4 months in advance.

RV SaniDump Sites

RV SaniDump sites are available at most campgrounds. To select a campground with a SaniDump, please refer to the Alberta Campground Guide. A site is also available at the Visitor Information Centre at 2805 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge.


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403-625-3131 (Victoria Day in May to Canadian Thanksgiving in October) www.townofclaresholm.com

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View two historic murals that depict the farming and ranching history of Claresholm.

Facts & Features Population: 3,700 Location: Hwy 2

The Bridges of Claresholm is one of the best laid out courses in Southern Alberta.

The Centennial Campground is home to the Claresholm Water Spray Park, as well as the Harvard Memorial, commemorating the contributions of all who trained as pilot, mechanic and aircrew at the Claresholm Flying Training School.

Latitude: 50 Deg. 2 Min. N Longitude: 113 Deg. 35 Min. W 131 km (81.3 miles) South of Calgary 89 km (55 miles) Northwest of Lethbridge Elevation: 1,035 metres (3,396 ft) Number of Schools: 3 Library Services: Claresholm Public Library Health Services: Claresholm Centre for Mental Health and Addictions Claresholm General Hospital Claresholm Medical Clinic Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre David Landers Treatment Centre (AADAC) Recreational Facilities: Arena Claresholm Agriplex Millenium Ball Complex Claresholm Aquatic Centre Curling Rink Skateboard Park Claresholm Water Spray Park Tennis Courts The Bridges at Claresholm Golf Club

Famous People

Louise McKinney: one of the “Famous Five” legendary women instrumental in the Persons Case of 1929, which declared females persons, and therefore eligible to vote in Alberta. Louise McKinney was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the area of Claresholm in the 1917 Provincial Election.

Did you know?

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Claresholm attractions, accommodations and other services.

History

Used as a water stop for the Canadian Pacific Railway trains on Macleod Trail heading west, the area of Claresholm developed into a town in under 2 years after the first settlers were seen in the area. Primarily an agricultural economy, two murals located downtown attest to the history of farming and ranching in the area. In 1941 during the WWII the No. 15 Service Flying Training School operated until 1945. It reopened in 1951 to train Korean War pilots as the No. 3 Service Flying Training School. It also trained NATO pilots. In 1958 it closed completely and the hangars are now used for industrial purposes. The Harvard Memorial, located at the Centennial Campground and Spray Park, is a testament to all who trained at the No. 15 and No. 3 Flying School, and those who perished in the wars.

Major Attractions

Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada Museum & Archives: a unique museum dedicated to the history and development of the Appaloosa breed of horse. A must see for all horse lovers! Claresholm & District Museum: the history of Claresholm and the area in part of the old Calgary Railway Station from 9th Avenue CPR depot 1886. Claresholm Museum just added a new 8,000 square foot building in 2009 to increase the museum displays. Centennial Campground and Spray Park: Family camping and water fun all summer long. Historic Main Street: Original buildings put to new use down the original Main Street in the heyday of Fort Macleod. Historic Murals: Located downtown, depicting the history of farming and ranching in the Claresholm Area.

By the time the Flying Training School closed in 1945, over 1800 pilots had “received their wings.”

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Coaldale is home to many murals depicting its past.

Facts & Features Population: 6,943 Location: Hwy 3, 13 km east of Lethbridge Latitude: 49 Degrees 43 Minutes

The Gem of the West Museum exhibits the history, culture and local art talent of Coaldale. It also serves as the Visitor Information Centre!

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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is home of many species of eagles, hawks and owls, and is the largest centre of its kind in Canada.

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Longitude: 112 Degree 37 Minutes Elevation: 831 metres (2,725.68 ft) Number of Schools: 6 Library Services: Coaldale Public Library

History Homesteaders settled in the Coaldale area because of the rich loam soil and tall nutritional grasses in the area. The railway played a key role in bringing settlers to the area, and the community became a major

Coaldale Settler Days and Candy Parade: Set for July 8th & 9th in 2011, the Candy Parade thrills adults and children with brightly colored floats and activities for the whole family.

Famous People Theo Tams: 2008 Canadian Idol Winner.

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service centre for the nearby farmers and settlers. As a central shipping point for grains and feed, it was the perfect place for businesses to develop thus creating the quality driven town seen today.

Major Attractions Alberta Birds of Prey Centre: Visitors gain hands-on knowledge about owls, eagles, hawks and falcons through wildlife exhibits and active participation. Enjoy free flying demonstrations hourly.

Kyle McLaren: NHL hockey player.

Recreational Facilities: Ball Diamond Complex (Quads) Coaldale Sportsplex: Skating Rink, Curling Rink, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Meeting Rooms, Community Center Millennium Park Soccer Pitches Tot Lot and Wading Pool Kin Picnic Shelter Kinsmen Skate Park Numerous Neighborhood Parks and Playgrounds

Gem of the West Museum: Come and learn about local archaeological sites dating back 12,000 years that tell stories about Canada’s First Nations. Also see what life was like for the early pioneers.

Land O`Lakes Golf Club: One of the best public courses in Southern Alberta, this 6,459 yard, par 71 course offers rolling greens, white sand, trees and lots of water. A licensed restaurant in the clubhouse is available to relax in after a challenging game. A driving range, practice green and fully stocked pro shop are also available. Indian Hills Golf Course: This 9-hole course features mature trees, dogleg fairways and compact greens. Golfers can use the course’s driving range, practice green and clubhouse which includes a licensed restaurant. Camping is available at nearby McQuillan Lake.

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Coaldale attractions, accommodations and other services.

 he Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is surrounded by 30 acres of wetlands and a visitor favourite is T feeding the ducks. Make sure to bring your camera for some memorable moments.

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403-553-4955 Open May-September Long Weekend www.fortmacleod.com

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Home of the Empress Theatre, the oldest continuously-operating theatre in Western Canada.

The Biggest Santa Claus Parade west of Toronto is held here in November every year.

Burial place of Jerry Potts, a Métis plainsman and later scout for the North West Mounted Police.

Famous People

Joni Mitchell: (1943 – present), famous folk musician.

Henrietta Muir Edwards: (1849 – 1931), one of the Famous Five, women who fought for womens’ right to vote in the Persons Case of 1929. Sir Frederick Haultain: (1857 – 1942), former premier of the North-West Territories.

Did you know?

Population: 3,072

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Location: Junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 3 Latitude: 49 Deg. 43 Min. N Longitude: 113 Deg. 25 Min. W 172 km (106 miles) South of Calgary 49 km (30 miles) West of Lethbridge Elevation: 949 metres (3,100 ft) Number of Schools: 4 Health Services: Fort Macleod Health Centre

History

In 1874 the first fort of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) was established a mile east of present-day Fort Macleod. Due to repeated flooding, it was moved ten years later to the 1884 Barracks location. Fort Macleod became the mother fort for all NWMP in the area, and the NWMP quickly became famous for upholding the laws of Canada and “always getting their man”. When the railways came through the west, Fort Macleod became a division point between east-west and north-south, and the economy was largely supported by the railway. Unfortunately, most of the town’s ambitious dreams didn’t come to pass, and when the depression hit, it hit hard. Ironically, bankruptcy was the saving grace for beautiful Main Street, where the original buildings from the railway boom still stand and haven’t been altered drastically since there wasn’t the funds to replace them before their historic value was recognized. The Empress Theatre, completed in 1912 and located on Main Street, has been in continuous use ever since it was built. It is currently a movie and live music theatre, with performances from guests from across Canada and around the world.

Recreational Facilities: Swimming Pool (summer months) River Valley Wilderness Park Multi-use Park Arena Westwinds Baseball Stadium Fort Macleod Curling Club Midnight Stadium Rodeo Grounds Tennis Courts Skate Park Bike Park Fort Macleod & District Community Hall

Major Attractions

North West Mounted Police Museum: A replica of the 1874 fort, which was the first outpost for the North West Mounted Police. Self and guided tours available. www.nwmpmuseum.com 1884 Barracks: Reconstruction of some of the most important buildings from the time of the North West Mounted Police: the saddlery, stables, prison, gallows, as well as the firearm and medicine rooms. Empress Theatre: Oldest continuously-used theatre in Western Canada, with its resident spirit Ed the Ghost. www.empresstheatre.ab.ca Historic Main Street: Original building storefronts juxtaposed with modern stores and cafes – one of two provincial historic districts in Alberta. Fort Macleod Golf Course and Country Club: Oldest green west of Winnipeg! Founded in 1890, accommodates the experienced and novice player. 403-553-4664

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Fort Macleod attractions, accommodations and other services.

 ort Macleod is the home of John Wort Hannam who won the “2010 Canadian Folk Music Award F for Contemporary Album of the Year” with his album “Queen’s Hotel”, the namesake of which is located in Fort Macleod.

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CBC’s “Heartland” films in High River, in fact “Maggie’s Diner” is right downtown! (Check www. highrivertourism.ca for filming dates when they are released).

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High River was selected as the coolest and culturally vibrant community in CBC’s Alberta Cultureville Contest 2010 for their extensive Arts Days Celebrations.

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Downtown High River provides a unique shopping experience with fashions for men and women, day spas and one-of-akind giftware stores. Art Galleries and architecture provide a stimulating visual experience.

Famous People

Prime Minister Joe Clark W.O. Mitchell – lived there for a time.

“Mantracker” Terry Grant – calls High River home.

Did you know?

403-603-3101 or 1-877-603-3101 Email: tourism@highriver.ca

Facts & Features

Population: (2010) 11,783

7 Ball Diamonds Happy Trails Pathway system – Location: Highway 2, 17 kms of paved walkways through town 35 minutes south of Calgary High River Memorial Centre High River Centennial Library Elevation: 1,035 metres (3,396 ft) Sheppard Family Park Health Services: High River Hospital George Lane Park Charles Clark Medical Centre Culture Centre (opening 2011) 10 playgrounds High River Public Health Centre 5 soccer fields 2 outdoor basketball courts Facilities: Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex 2 football fields 1 outdoor skating rink (consists of a 25 metre swimming 1 skateboard park pool, two ice arenas and the “Off leash” dog park Highwood Curling Club.)

History High River’s Medicine Tree has been an integral part of the area since before the first European settlers chose this site as home. It was created through a natural grafting that occurred between two cottonwood trees when the branch of one grew into the trunk of the other. The First Nations peoples of this area, specifically the Stony and Blackfoot, considered this to be a sign from the Spirits that the location was favoured. The First Nations people set up their camps under the benevolent shade of this unusual tree, asking for good medicine and blessings of the land. Indeed, the High River area has always been considered a fertile area for farming and cattle. The image of the Medicine Tree continues to be an icon and is the central image of the Town’s logo.

Major Attractions

Highwood Golf & Country Club: A stunning 27 hole championship course with practice facilities, driving range, full service restaurant and pro shop. You will experience giant cottonwood trees, lovely ponds with fountains, the beautiful Highwood River and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Brand new clubhouse and restaurant! www.highwoodgolf.com Sheppard Family Park: A historical park containing the MacDougall House, the Munroe Barn and lots of family fun! www.sheppardfamilypark.org George Lane Park and Campground: 55 camping spots, serviced available. Washrooms and showers available.

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about High River attractions, accommodations and other services.

Visitor Information Centre: Open May long weekend to September long weekend, found at historic Sheppard Family Park in the lower level of the Munro Barn. 1201 – 5 Street SE.

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403-320-1222 • 1-877-396-6777 www.visitlethbridge.com • www.chinookcountry.com

Fascinating!

Lethbridge is home to the longest and tallest train trestle bridge of its type in the world, known as the High Level Bridge. It is over 100 years old and still in use.

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The rare and unique gemstone Ammolite is mined near Lethbridge, one of two locations in the world where this distinctive rainbow coloured gem is found!

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The University of Lethbridge is built into the side of a West Lethbridge coulee. The building looks like a ship at sea over the river on a cold night.

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Famous People

Tara-Jean Popowich: winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2009.

Kris Versteeg: Stanley Cup Winner 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks, now playing for Toronto Maple Leafs.

Facts & Features Population: 86,659 Location: Hwy 3 Latitude: 49 Deg. 38 Min. Longitude: 112 Deg. 48 Min. 215 km (133 miles) South East of Calgary Elevation: 910 metres (2,986 ft) Number of Schools: 34 schools, L  ethbridge College, University of Lethbridge, several technical and vocational schools. Health Services: Chinook Regional Hospital St. Michael’s Health Centre Library Services: Lethbridge Public Library: Main Branch The Crossings Branch Recreational Facilities: Adams Park Ice Centre Civic Ice Centre ENMAX Centre Fritz Sick Pool Gyro Spray Park Henderson Ice Centre Henderson Lake Pool Labour Club Ice Centre Lethbridge Curling Club Max Bell Aquatic Centre Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre Pool Stan Siwik Family Pool Westminster Pool YMCA Pool

History The people of the Blackfoot Confederacy have called southern Alberta home for centuries. Fort Whoop-Up was established in 1869 by two traders from Montana. By 1874, the North West Mounted Police came to the region to stamp out the whiskey trade and assert Canadian authority. Nicholas Sheran, an entrepreneur, opened the first commercial coal mine that same year, beginning an interest with other entrepreneurs, such as the Galt family, who came in 1882 to open their own mines. In 1885 a narrow gauge railway was completed between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat by the Galts. The railway brought on a sudden population boom which caused the river valley village to become a prairie town called Lethbridge. Large scale irrigation began changing Lethbridge from a coal mining town to an agricultural service centre. Several economic booms in 1907-1913 and 1945-1985 helped create the modern city with education, social and economic benefits we enjoy today.

1-877-396-6777 and ask for Operator 7

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about the City of Lethbridge attractions, accommodations and other services.

Did you know?

 he Brewery Gardens is named after Sick’s Brewery, which T operated in Lethbridge from 1901 to 1990, and was the original producer of Pilsner Beer. At the time of its closure the brewery was owned by Molson Brewery.

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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre

Alberta Birds of Prey Centre 10 minutes east of Lethbridge in Coaldale on Hwy 3 403-345-4262 www.burrowingowl.com

Major Attractions

The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is Canada’s largest birds of prey facility. Situated on a 80-acre wetland area site, the centre is a celebration of nature featuring the hawks, falcons, eagles and owls of Alberta. The Birds of Prey Centre has been called a “must-see” attraction, delighting many visitors from around the world. All visitors have the opportunity to have a live owl or falcon perch on their arm for a once-in-alifetime photograph. Daily flight shows available (weather permitting). Bowman Arts Centre 811 – 5 Avenue South 403-327-2813 www.communityartscentre.org As a promoter for local art, the Bowman Arts Centre’s three galleries offer over twenty yearly exhibitions from our vibrant artistic community. Located in a heritage building, the Bowman Arts Centre has been the home of Lethbridge’s community art centre since 1965. The centre provides classes in visual art, speech and dance. Five active resident guilds and numerous arts groups use the facility.

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site Drive down 3rd Ave S. into the river valley. 403-329-0444 www.fortwhoopup.com

Before there was an Alberta; before there were red-coated Mounties; there was a Whoop-Up! Fort Whoop-Up was founded by American fur traders in 1869, and used whiskey to encourage an immensely profitable trade. The repeating rifles Whoop-Up traded to the local plains tribes helped ensure their victory over an invading Cree force during the “Belly River Battle” in 1870. Hundreds of Cree were reported killed in the river valley in what is now Indian Battle Park. The violence, and the presence of American traders on Canadian soil, prompted the government to form the North West Mounted Police, who came west in July 1874. Today, the fort recreates history through interpretive displays, an impressive Blackfoot Gallery, and period demonstrations. On-site gift shop and concession. Free parking.

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Galt Museum & Archives

Galt Museum & Archives West end 5th Ave S. & Scenic Drive 1-866-320-3898 www.galtmuseum.com Stories unfold at this vibrant community gathering place. Step into the Discovery Hall to meet the Kainai people and the rich story of southwestern Alberta. Marvel at the view from the comfort of the expansive Viewing Gallery – or brave the famous Chinook winds from the outdoor patio – you can see the historic High Level Bridge and spot pelicans over a cup of locally roasted coffee. The Galt overlooks the coulee landscape of the Oldman River valley and historic Indian Battle Park, site of the last great battle between the Blackfoot and Cree. The grounds, with native prairie garden and contemplative Nurses Garden, are connected to the parks and walking paths of the valley – a red shale trail takes you to Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre below. Be sure to ask about backpack and treasure hunt programs, downtown audio and Galt Hospital tours, and check out the Museum Store stocked with one-of-a-kind gifts and mementos of the area; the original 1910 Galt Hospital wing houses the education centre with programs for all ages.


403-320-1222 • 1-877-396-6777 www.visitlethbridge.com • www.chinookcountry.com

New West Theatre

Stop in before your visit – our website features an up-to-date schedule of upcoming programs and events, photo galleries and archives online. Southern Alberta Art Gallery 601 – 3 Avenue South 403-327-8770 www.saag.ca Located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a dynamic variety of contemporary art programs and has won international recognition for the quality of its exhibitions. The gallery’s park setting and proximity to local cafés and shopping make it an excellent place to drop in during a day’s outing. Its many programs include weekly noon-hour films, family events, courses in art appreciation, and much more! Guided tours of the changing exhibitions are available for groups. The gallery also houses a resource library with information on the visual arts from around the world, while posters, postcards, SAAG’s own award-winning publications, Canadian art magazines and unique, affordable gifts are available in the Gallery Shop.

Major Attractions Helen Schuler Nature Centre Indian Battle Park 403-320-3064 www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc

Open year-round, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre offers a unique urban escape within minutes of downtown Lethbridge. The Centre’s naturally engaging, seasonal exhibits are a popular attraction for young families. Watch a train cross the longest and highest railway bridge in North America. Stroll along one of the many self-guided trails as you meander through riparian forests, coulees and wetland habitats. Visit us and discover the true nature of Lethbridge! Admission is free.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Mayor Magrath Drive and 9th Avenue South 403-328-3511 www.nikkayuko.com

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be celebrating its 44th birthday in July. The garden was rated this year as number 22 out of a list of 130 gardens in North America by Sukiya Living. Built during Canada’s Centennial, the garden has achieved world-class reputation through its design, enthusiastic community involvement and complete authenticity. It is a well known symbol of Lethbridge and southern Alberta, enjoyed by residents and international visitors alike. Designed in Japan, the garden depicts the mountains, the ocean and the prairies in New West Theatre Canada. Displays and demonstrations Yates Theatre from Mother’s Day until Thanksgiving 403-329-SEAT (7328) are designed to provide visitors an inwww.newwesttheatre.com depth look at Japanese culture. Come New West Theatre is Lethbridge’s proand experience the total tranquility and fessional theatre company! Productions serenity that is Nikka Yuko. Group tours range each year from contemporary are available by advance booking. Canadian theatre to Theatre for Young AMMOLITE Audiences to very popular musiccomedy revue shows. Throughout July Lethbridge’s Official Gemstone “Rare and beautiful with iridescent colours and August, New West Theatre fills the ranging from the brightest red to radiant blue.” Yates Centre with high energy shows bursting with hilarious comedy and The supply of this gemstone is extremely amazing music! limited and, with only this one area for mining,

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Lethbridge is home to one of nature’s rarest gems, Ammolite.


Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Exhibition Park 3401 Parkside Drive South 403-328-4491 www.exhibitionpark.ca Exhibition Park is southern Alberta’s premiere meeting place for events, meetings and conferences. Located off of 43rd Street South and Crowsnest Trail, Exhibition Park hosts large-scale special events and festivals such as • Ag Expo • Home and Garden Show • Whoop Up Days • Children’s Festival • Farmer’s Markets • The Big Christmas Trade Show • Family Fest • And more! For more information, or to learn about facility rentals, production rentals and commercial sign shop, please visit www.exhibitionpark.ca. Entertainment/Events Whether you wish to take in a theatrical performance, or see the concert of a major touring group, Lethbridge is proud of the variety of opportunities available for your enjoyment. In downtown Lethbridge the Yates Theatre and the Sterndale-Bennet Theatre (in the same complex) provide a showcase for a variety of local, regional and national arts groups to show their talent. As

Major Attractions well, Lethbridge hosts many special events, including festivals like Canada Day celebrations, St. Jean Baptiste Day, aboriginal festivals, and participant events like the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, Street Wheelers Weekend, and many more. For a list of events, performance dates and times visit the Calendar of Events at www. lethbridge.ca. Tickets can be purchased for most events at the Ticket Centre, www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or 403-329-SEAT (7328). Sports Lethbridge has a variety of sports entertainment as well as numerous venues for participation. The Lethbridge Hurricanes are part of the Western Hockey League and play at the Enmax Centre, with home games from September until March. For game schedules and tickets go to www.enmax.ca. Lethbridge Bulls Baseball play home games at Henderson Spitz Stadium on North Parkside Drive South. Games run from late May through to the Western Major Baseball League playoffs in August. For a game schedule visit www.bullsbaseball.com.

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Whoop-Up Days Midway/Fireworks

Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch 810- 5th Avenue South 403-380-7310 The Crossings Branch 255 Britannia Boulevard West 403-320-4037 www.lethlib.ca The Library connects you to ideas through access to eResources, books, magazines, databases, public use computers, free Wi-Fi, and so much more. At the Main Branch, visit the Millennium Rock Garden and the Lois Hole Memorial Garden, both designed in Japanese landscape style. As a downtown gathering place, we invite you to delve into a history collection initiated by Senator Buchanan, view art exhibits, visit our café and shop at the Booktique.  At The Crossings Branch in West Lethbridge Centre, you can access the same services offered at the Main Branch. This amazing glass and steel building is new but its seamless design ensures a perfect blend into the prairie landscape. Visit www.lethlib.ca for event listings for both branches. Join us for ‘The Word on the Street’, a national book & magazine festival, on September 25th – an outdoor event celebrating literacy and the written word.


Bowman Arts Centre

Downtown Lethbridge

“Heart of Our City” People are drawn to the lively and character rich atmosphere in Downtown Lethbridge. They come to shop at the local boutiques, have lunch at an outdoor patio or to be part of the stimulating “coffee culture.” From sculptures and murals to the new Rotary Plaza water feature, there is a lot to see and do. The City Centre has traditionally been a place where Lethbridge has played and celebrated. It was – and is again – a place where commerce, conversation and community easily mingle along treed avenues, bustling sidewalks or the sanctuary of Galt Gardens. Downtown Shopping: The Place to Be! An eclectic mix of shops and boutiques pepper the centre core, adding spice to the variety found in more conventional shopping locales. Men’s and women’s designer clothing and accessories, home furnishings, fine jewellery, bridal attire, crafts and dozens of specialty retail stores abound, all amid the history of this intriguing commercial district. Our business owners take great pride in providing customers with exceptional product knowledge and outstanding personalized customer service. Many of the businesses that make up the downtown are family-owned and

operated and have served generations of customers. In most instances, the owner is the person serving customers, taking time to give solid advice on their wares or just share a story with a new client. Parking is generous and many spots allow for a two-hour time block that gives shoppers time to make it around the block or better, conduct business, make a purchase or two, and still have time for a coffee. Park Place Shopping Centre, located just north of tranquil Galt Gardens, is a regional mall with more than 100 retail shops and services. The centre extends along four city blocks, anchored by Sears on one end and a popular selection of large-format stores on the other. Within walking distance of Park Place Mall, just east of Scenic Drive, is Lethbridge Centre. Anchored by The Bay, this mall has reinvented itself as a unique blend of professional services, conference room facilities and retail shopping. The Taste of Downtown Downtown Lethbridge has an abundance of restaurants with many menus offering a wide choice of cuisine. Much of the globe’s cuisine is represented here, from sushi to steaks, pasta and

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unique African dishes. Through all the city’s seasons, coffeehouses have become part of the pace of downtown life, little getaways for caffeine and camaraderie that make being downtown just that much more attractive. What’s Happening? There is always something happening downtown from buskers on downtown street corners to the Farmer’s Market in July and August in Festival Square on 6th Street. Several community festivals, performances, events and activities are hosted in Downtown Lethbridge and Galt Gardens. In September, take in Lethbridge’s Alberta Arts Days, a community celebration of the arts that has something of interest for everybody, including ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of arts venues in Lethbridge. In November, the Annual Bright Lights Festival kicks off the holiday shopping season, with entertainment, ceremonial lighting of Galt Gardens and the arrival of Santa. For further information and events check out What’s Happening at www.downtownlethbridge.com or www.ourdowntown.blogspot.com


Photography: David Thomas

If you are new to Southern Alberta, or if you are returning after a number of years absence, you may be surprised to see that something curious has popped up on the landscape. Hundreds of wind turbines are now harnessing the energy of the chinook winds for which this region is known.

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“Chinook” is a Blackfoot word that means “Snow Eater” and depending upon the time of year, a chinook may be thought of as either a welcome friend, or one that has Strong Wind overstayed its welcome! Warm winds originating -12°C Heat in the South Pacific crash 3 added against the stiff spine of 2 Moisture Warm lost the Rocky Mountains that 1 define southern Alberta’s 10°C 18°C 0 jagged western boundary. Pressurized by their passage over high ridgelines and through deep river valleys, the suddenly wild westerlies have been known to force pine trees into permanent leans and greet semi-trailers with invisible broadsides, The most extreme temperature shift ever recorded in Canada occurred in January 1962 when a chinook wind elevated the official temperature in Pincher Creek from – 19 degrees Celsius to + 22 degrees in just one hour! Canada’s first commercial wind farm was erected in 1993 along the Cowley Ridge northwest of Cowley after a local farmer was successful in selling the excess electricity he generated to the provincial power grid, unleashing a whole new industry in Canada. The original turbines still generate power and you can get up close to this pioneering wind farm by driving along the ridgeline south of the Village of Cowley, and you should before it is replaced by a sleek new generation of tubular towers. To experience the imposing dimensions of the current crop of towers and turbines, drive south from Fort Macleod along Highway 810. Watch for impossibly tall red cranes delicately cradling the 45 metre long blades into place 80 metres above grazing cattle. Binoculars help in spotting the courageous humans waiting inside the nacelles to bolt the massive blades to the turbine hubs. Wind farms provide a compelling attraction for visitors curious about the sight and sound of alternative energy in action. However, curiousity aside, the farms are helping to secure a sustainable green energy industry in Southern Alberta for generations to come. Now that’s windspiration! – Article provided by Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance

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Visitor Information: 1-866-440-3500 • www.aspencrossing.com

Fascinating!

Facts & Features

Population: 65 The 1887 Pullman Dining Car at Aspen Location: Hwy 24 Crossing was past Prime Minister John Longitude: 113 Deg. 19 Min. W Diefenbaker’s business car on his tour 73 km (45 miles) south of Calgary through Western Canada. It is now a delicious 125 km (77 miles) north Lethbridge restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, and high teas and hosts Dinner Theatres.

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In 1880, farmer and CPR claims adjuster David Hysop mentioned in a letter that the quality of soil in the prairies could be shown by planting gardens at train stations. CPR station masters looked after the gardens between trains coming in, and water was kept in barrels along the track. Many garden centres and green houses were developed at major train centres as a result of this idea, and over 1500 gardens could be found at stations from Manitoba to the Rocky Mountains.

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The original Mossleigh train station has been donated by a local to showcase Mossleigh & Alberta history at Aspen Crossing.

Did you know?

Latitude: 50 Deg. 43 Min. N Elevation: 935.74 metres (3,070 ft) Recreational Facilities: Lions Park

Major Attractions

Aspen Crossing A Historical Railway Destination: Dining, shopping, camping & caboose cabins.

Heritage House Museum: A variety of historical facts of farm life and a unique coffee house. Opening soon!

Gift Shop: Bored of socks and books? Get something unique at the Aspen Crossing Gift Shop & Garden Centre. One of a kind!

Campground: Hot showers, laundry, and game facility. Treed stalls. Pull through sites available. Tenting and RV sites available. Group camping available. Perfect for a family reunion!

Dining Car: 1887 Pullman turned dining car, private car of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

Caboose Cabins: 3 beautifully renovated cabooses into a one of a kind getaway!

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Mossleigh attractions, accommodations and other services.

Aspen Crossing holds special events all year including the famous Train Days on Father’s Day Weekend and an entire season of Dinner Theatres.

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403-646-2029 www.nantonchamber.com

Fascinating! Discover Nanton, Alberta now! Spend the day strolling through historic downtown Nanton, conveniently located on Hwy 2 between Calgary and Lethbridge. Experience the world class Bomber Command Museum of Canada, historic grain elevators and the Antique and Art Walk.

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Round out your visit with rodeo events, specialty shops, entertainment, culinary delights, camping, golfing and more! Start planning your escape today.

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For a schedule of events please visit www.nantonchamber.com

Facts & Features Population: 2,124 Location: Hwy 2, 50 min. south of Calgary and 75 min. north of Lethbridge. Elevation: 1,008 m (3,306 ft) Facilities: 2 Schools from K to grade 12 Baseball Diamonds Campground Centennial Park Playground Nanton Ag Society Rodeo Grounds Nanton Golf Club Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre

Bomber Command Museum of Canada: A Memorial Wall lists the 10,659 Canadians killed serving with Bomber Command. The museum features bombers, training aircraft, jets, and vehicles. During special events the Lancaster is rolled outside and its engines are started. Lancaster tours available. www.bombercommandmuseum.ca

Antique and Art Walk of Alberta: Experience a great selection of antique stores, gift and specialty shops, and unique eateries in a rural setting. Open daily www.antiquewalk.com Big Sky Garden Railway: A great family outing! Visit our miniature train world open daily May through September. www.ultimatetrains.com

Nanton was known as “Tap Town” from the gigantic tap in the middle of town with a sign saying “Help yourself to Canada’s finest drinking water”.

Nanton’s “Great Train Robbery” occurred February 5, 1907. Citizens and farmers residing in and near Nanton robbed a CPR coal train that was heading out of town without having delivered any of its load to the waiting crowd. The determined locals managed to unload three cars of coal. In true Nanton spirit, each taker signed a note agreeing to pay $6.00 per ton for the coal and “further agree to stand by each other should any law suit or expense arise.”

Major Attractions

Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre: History stands tall in the form of three wooden grain elevators preserved to serve as a tribute to the area’s past and available to tour June to September. www.nantonelevators.com

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History

MacEwan School House: Serves as the Nanton Visitor Information Centre.

Museum of Miniatures: Enter a world of 1/12 scale miniatures and take yourself back in time. Visit pioneers in covered wagons, tour native villages and take refuge in a cavalry post before heading into an old western town. www.museumofminiatures.ca Nanton Agricultural Society Rodeo Grounds: Kick up your heels and enjoy the thrills and spills of Nanton’s home grown rodeo events and semi-pros. Watch the rising stars of tomorrow. For schedule of events go to www.nantonagsociety.com Nanton Campground: East of Mosquito Creek and west of the golf course, you’ll find 65 camp sites in a treed area, showers, fire pits, and picnic area, all within walking distance of town amenities. To reserve call: 403-646-5673 Nanton Golf Course: Enjoy a relaxing country outing on Nanton’s picturesque 18-hole championship golf course. Quiet, relaxed and affordable, you will love the course and the clubhouse menu. www.nantongolfclub.com

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Visitor Information: 403-938-3204 • www.okotoks.ca/tourism.aspx

Fascinating! Okotoks Erratic (The Big Rock), 7km west of Okotoks, is the largest glacial erratic in the world, and was left behind after the Ice Age.

Facts & Features

Population: 23,201

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Location: N  orthridge Drive via Hwy 2A or Hwy 7

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Health Services: O  kotoks Health and Wellness Centre and Urgent Care

Okotoks Art Gallery at the Station, located in the historic Canadian Pacific Railway station, boasts 2 art galleries and a huge selection of tourist-related information.

Olde Towne Okotoks is a fantastic place with unique boutiques, tasty eateries and relaxing atmosphere.

Did you know?

Distance: 20 km (12 miles) South of Calgary 1  71 km (106 miles) North West of Lethbridge Number of Schools: 9

Skateboard Park Outdoor Spray Park BMX Bike Track Rotary Performing Arts Centre Okotoks Museum and Archives Okotoks Public Library Pathway System (50+ km) Foothills Centennial Centre Seaman Stadium & Fieldhouse Off Leash Dog Park

Recreation and Facilities: R  ecreation Centre (2 pools, hot tub, curling rink, gymnasium, 2 arenas) C  entennial Arena

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Okotoks attractions, accommodations and other services.

Okotoks offers an amazing selection of restaurants. Indulge in fine dining or more casual fare at the diverse and wonderful eating establishments waiting for you in Okotoks!

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Photograph: Lorelei Hoffarth

Visitor Information: Town Office: 403-732-4555 • www.picturebutte.ca

Fascinating! Our Town will amaze you! We’ve got it all! Bakery, antique shop, privately owned art gallery, flower shop, grocery store, restaurants and lounges. Ball diamonds, family parks, camping areas, walking trails.

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Facts & Features Population: 1,658

Fishing derby

Location: Hwy 519 and Hwy 25

Piyami Cruisers Car’n Shine Car Show

Latitude: 49 Deg. W. Longitude: 112 Deg. N. 196 km south of Calgary 30 km north of Lethbridge Elevation: 900 metres (2953 ft.) Number of Schools: 3

Picture Butte has a sense of community. Active organizations include Volunteer Emergency Services, Archery Club, Happy Old Timers, Picture Butte Fish and Game, Butte Players, Elks and Lions clubs and more.

Annual Events

Health Services: Piyami Health Centre Library Services: Picture Butte Municipal Library Recreational Facilities: North County Recreation Complex – includes skating rink, curling rink, and outdoor swimming pool.

Jamboree Days: includes pancake breakfast, parade, ball tournaments, street dance, threshing shows, horse pulls … and spectacular fireworks! Numerous Clubs & Church Suppers

Nearby

Renowned Picture Butte Golf Course – 27 holes

Prairie Tractor and Engine Society Museum

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Picture Butte attractions, accommodations and other services.

Did you know?

The Picture Butte Lake Reservoir is a major migratory stop for birds such as the White Pelicans, Canada Geese and American Coots.

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Southwest Alberta Events

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Carriage Country Fair Ag Expo (2012 Feb 29-Mar 2) Vulcan Concert Series: Magnolia Buckskin Circus Train: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Lethbridge Home and Garden Show (2012 Mar 14-17) Carlos de Junco in Concert Heritage Day Festival Earth Hour 2011 Vulcan Concert Series: Musaeus Easter Eggstravaganza Spring Breakout Classic Car Show and Swap Meet (2012 Apr 21) Museum Community Day & New Exhibit! Northwest Mounted Police Museum Opens Historic Lethbridge Festival Taste of Downtown Nikka Yuko Opening Day (2012 May 5) Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Opening Day Lil’ Britches Parade and Rodeo Victoria Day – Visitor centres now open Grand Old Opry Country Music Entertainment Mosquito Creek Firefighters Slo-Pitch Tournament Spock Days/Galaxyfest 2011 Prairie ‘n Peaks Quilt Festival Opening Barn Dance and Roast Beef Dinner Cowboy Poetry 24th Gathering Historic 100 Year Old Barn Tour & Quilt Show Train Days Waterton Wildflower Festival Best of the Best-Summer Wine & Beer Tasting Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo & Chuckwagon Races Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival Canada Day Barn Dance and Roast Beef Dinner Model T Show and Shine Opening Day Canada Day Celebrations Museum Community Day -Free Admission Picture Butte Piyami Show and Shine 100th Barn Birthday and Family Festival Street Wheelers Street Machine Weekend Taber Pro Rodeo Thunder in the Valley Historical Graveyard Tour Rum Runner Days South Country Fair (2012 Jul 21-23) Heritage Barn Dance and Roast Beef Dinner Lethbridge International Air Show 24th Annual Heritage Days Antiques on the Creek Heritage Festival and Quilt Show Round-Up Days World Miniature Horse Chuckwagon Championship Prairie Tractor’s 29th Annual Threshing Show & Jamboree Days Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo and Fair Last day of Musical Ride

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Remington Carriage Museum Lethbridge Exhibition Park Town of Vulcan Aspen Crossing Garden Centre Lethbridge Exhibition Park Empress Theatre, Fort Macleod Galt Museum Galt Museum Town of Vulcan Remington Carriage Museum Fort Macleod Historic Main Street Galt Museum Fort Museum of the NWMP Galt Museum Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Alberta Birds of Prey Centre High River All Windy Rafters Barn Dance Town of Nanton Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village Windy Rafters Barn Dance Horseshoe Pavilion Windy Rafters Barn Dance Aspen Crossing Garden Centre Trail of the Great Bear Galt Museum High River Rodeo Grounds Henderson Lake Windy Rafters Barn Dance Heritage Acres All All Museums Picture Butte Lions Park Great Canadian Barn Dance Exhibition Park, Galt Gardens Taber Agri-plex Crowsnest Pass Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village Crowsnest Pass Fish & Game Park, Lyndon Road Windy Rafters Barn Dance Lethbridge Airport Heritage Acres Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village Fort Museum of the NWMP Town of Nanton Remington Carriage Museum Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum Jubilee Park Fort Museum of the NWMP

Cardston Lethbridge Vulcan Mossleigh Lethbridge Fort Macleod Lethbridge Lethbridge Vulcan Cardston Fort Macleod Lethbridge Fort Macleod Lethbridge Lethbridge Coaldale High River All Fort Macleod Nanton Vulcan Pincher Creek Fort Macleod Pincher Creek Fort Macleod Mossleigh Waterton Lethbridge High River Lethbridge Fort Macleod Pincher Creek All Lethbridge Picture Butte Hill Spring Lethbridge Taber Crowsnest Pass Pincher Creek Crowsnest Pass Fort Macleod Fort Macleod Lethbridge Pincher Creek Pincher Creek Fort Macleod Nanton Cardston Picture Butte Pincher Creek Fort Macleod

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2011 Event

Venue

Aug 23-27 Whoop Up Days, Parade and Rodeo (2012 Aug 21-25) Lethbridge Exhibition Park Aug-27 Whoop-Up Barn Dance and Roast Beef Dinner Windy Rafters Barn Dance Sep 2-4 Okotoks Rodeo Okotoks Recreation Centre Sep-10 Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Closing Day Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Sep-16 Grand Old Opry Country Music Entertainment Windy Rafters Barn Dance Sep 16-17 Harvest Festival Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village Sep 23-25 3 Dimensions Sculpture Exhibit - ArtWalk Galt Museum Sep 23-25 Waterton Wildlife Weekend (2012 Sep 21-23) Trail of the Great Bear Sep-24 Summer’s End Harvest Festival Great Canadian Barn Dance Oct-10 Nikka Yuko Closing Day (2012 Oct 15) Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens Oct-07 NWMP Museum Closing Day Fort Museum of the NWMP Nov 11-12 Christmas Craft Sale Remington Carriage Museum Nov-26 Nanton Lights the Way and Distinctly Nanton Market Town of Nanton Nov-26 Santa Claus Parade Fort Macleod Historic Main Street Dec-31 16th Annual Family Fest Lethbridge Exhibition Park

Town Lethbridge Fort Macleod Okotoks Coaldale Fort Macleod Pincher Creek Lethbridge Waterton Hill Spring Lethbridge Fort Macleod Cardston Nanton Fort Macleod Lethbridge

Contact 403-317-3222 403-553-2130 info@okotoksprorodeo.com 403-345-4262 403-553-2130 403-627-3684 403-320-3907 1-800-215-2395 1-866-626-3407 403-328-3511 403-553-4703 403-653-5139 403-646-2029 403-553-4425 403-317-3222

On-Going Summer Events

All Summer July/August July/August July/August July/August

Flight Demonstrations Every Day (Weather Permitting) NWMP Musical Ride and Red Serge VIP Horse Program Drumming and Dancing on the Plaza (Wednesdays) New West Theatre Productions Carriage House Theatre Live Theatre Productions

Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Fort Museum of the NWMP Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump Yates Memorial Centre Carriage House Theatre

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403-223-2265 – Taber and District Chamber of Commerce 403-223-5500 – Town of Taber

Fascinating! The Lantic Sugar Factory is a landmark which can be seen clearly from Highway 3 and 36, and is one of the largest employers in Taber.

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Taber is known as the “Sweet Corn Capital of Canada” because of its reputation for producing this delicious delicacy year after year.

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Population: 7,821

Library Services: Taber Public Library

Location: Hwy 3 and 36

Recreational Facilities: Confederation Park Skateboard Park Community Centre: Aquafun Centre, ice arenas, curling rink, archery range, health club, auditorium and meeting rooms. Ken McDonald Memorial Sports Complex Neighbourhood Park & Playgrounds

Latitude: 49 Deg. 47 Min. N Longitude: 112 Deg. 9 Min. W 262 km (163 miles) south east of Calgary 54 km (33 miles) east of Lethbridge 98 km (60 miles) north of U.S. Border Elevation: 815 metres (2,674 ft) Number of Schools: 12

History

Famous People

Devin Setoguchi: NHL hockey player for the San Jose Sharks (2008 – present).

Jeff Perrett: Alouettes Football team member (2007-present), winners of the 2009 Grey Cup. Johnny Longden: A famous horse jockey, and inductee of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Did you know?

Facts & Features

Taber started out as a coal-mining town. The coal was shipped to Medicine Hat via river steamers, then by a narrow gauge railway. When the mining declined dramatically, there was an extensive development of irrigation in Southern Alberta, which led to a major recovery of economy from the Great Depression. Sugar beets became a primary produce and led to development of the Roger’s Sugar Ltd., now Lantic Inc. It is still the only sugar factory in Alberta, and the largest employer in Taber. Today Taber is also famous for another crop - corn. Taber corn is among the highest standard of corn grown anywhere and is known for its sweet taste.

Major Attractions Taber Aquafun Centre: Saltwater pool, hot tub, wading pool and indoor slide. Taber Golf Club: 9 holes lined with trees, 9 more open, all challenging for all experience levels. Taber Parade: May Taber Rodeo: May & July Taber Cornfest: Last weekend in August annually. Accommodations: 6 motels/hotels Financial Services Restaurants/Conference Centres

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Taber attractions, accommodations and other services.

 aber corn tastes so good because of the perfect Taber weather and soil. Hot summer days and T soil that keeps the heat in, combined with cool nights, brings out the sweetness in the corn.

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Western Heritage There has been much said about Cowboy Culture, but for those who live it, it is sacred. The words below are from an old cowboy.

They chewed tobacco and they spit. They didn’t smoke much for fear of fire, and because it was hard to keep their powder dry.

“After the Fort Whoop Up scoundrels beat it back to the States, they were replaced by the cowboys.

They slept on the ground.

It is generally agreed that the cowboys were former army men who saw or heard of Southern Alberta from their comrades. There is no clear evidence that they were really explorers, but without a doubt, they were the foundation of our area. They were tough. They were rough. They stank. It is often said that the only time you washed was to soak the rest of your long johns off so you could put new ones on. Their food was plain. The coffee that always started their day was strong enough to float a horseshoe. They used five or six holes in their belts to keep away the hunger pains in case they didn’t have enough to eat.

They were braggarts. They were proud. They were without a doubt, the toughest breed of men on earth. They still are. There is probably nothing else on earth that has more ups and downs than raising a cow on the range. Ya ain’t never been a cowboy until ya held a dead calf in your arms and bawled.

Southwest Alberta is rich with the living history of the cowboys and ranchers who settled this land. Head in any direction and at some point you will see a farm or ranch where hard working families continue the traditions of planting and harvesting, tending to animals, and praying for the weather to be kind. The beautiful scenery of prairies and rolling hills steals the hearts of many who visit. Highway 22, known as The Cowboy Trail, is an especially beautiful and popular travel route. Throughout Southwest Alberta today you can experience western traditions at guest ranches, rodeos, Cowboy Poetry events, and attractions such as The Bar U Ranch and the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.

They honoured women to a fault. No matter what her vocation, a woman was to be treated like a queen.

Some Good Cowboy Advice:

They could shoot the pips out of a playing card at 50 paces and never thought it was much.

• Shoot straight, not often.

They were the builders. They were the stayers. They are still here and will always be.

• N  ever argue with a preacher, but you don’t have to listen either.

God bless them all.”

• It always hurts when you know you are wrong.

• If it don’t feel right, it ain’t.

• Some things that ain’t worth doing should be done tomorrow. • Never be afraid to try something new as long as it don’t hurt someone. • Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. There ain’t no harm in spittin’. • A woman is always right, but often is contrary. • Yes usually just means that they heard ya. • No is usually good advice. • It’s easier to be comfortable than pretty. • Don’t squat with your spurs on.

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Visitor Information: 403-654-2174 • www.town.vauxhall.ab.ca

Fascinating!

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Vauxhall is home to the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball, started in the Vauxhall High School in 2006.

Vauxhall is called the Potato Capital of Canada because of its excellent soils for the growth of potatoes, as well as its output of potatoes to the region and beyond.

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Vauxhall is diversified with oil, agriculture, retail and service industries.

Facts & Features Population: 1,069

Location: Hwy 36, 864 Latitude: 50 Deg. 3 Min. N Longitude: 112 Deg. 8 Min W 245 km (152 miles) south east of Calgary 89 km (55 miles) east of Lethbridge Elevation: 778 metres (2,552 ft) Number of Schools: 3 Health Services: Vauxhall Community Health Library Services: Vauxhall Public Library Recreational Facilities: Vauxhall Legion Park Vauxhall Recreation Complex Community Hall, Meeting Room, Arena, Curling Rink Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)

History

In 1894, C.P. Railroad constructed a rail line, bringing settlers and farmers into the area that would become Vauxhall. Irrigation was introduced in 1906, and farming became the primary industry in the district. Since then irrigation has played a major role in Vauxhall becoming a thriving agricultural community. The unique delivery of water through irrigation canals to area farms provided a fertile environment for specialty crops such as grain cereals, sugar beets, beans, peas, corn and in particular potatoes, earning Vauxhall the title “Potato Capital of the West.” Today, a full complement of industry and commerce keeps Vauxhall prosperous however agriculture continues to be a major economic base within the community.

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Vauxhall attractions, accommodations and other services.

Did you know?

Vauxhall means “Hall in the Valley”

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403-485-2994 www.vulcantourism.com

Fascinating!

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Vulcan’s Starship’s base plaque greets visitors in English, Klingon and Vulcan.

Vulcan was officially recognized by CBS Studios Inc. as the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada.

The Annual VulCON: Spock Days/Galaxyfest is held in June and hundreds of participants come far and wide to dress up and Trek out. Live Long and Prosper!

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Vulcan hosts the Vulcan Tinman Triathlon, which takes place in June. It attracts nearly 1,000 participants in classes of all ages and skill levels, including children and teams.

Facts & Features Population: 1,940 Location: Hwy 23 Latitude: 50 N/24 Longitude: 113 W/15 127 km (79 miles) south east of Calgary 95 km (59 miles) north of Lethbridge Elevation: 1,055 metres (3,461 ft) Number of Schools: 3 Library Services: Vulcan Municipal Library Health Services: Vulcan Community Health Centre Recreational Facilities: Vulcan Lions Pool Ice Arena Baseball Diamonds Soccer Fields Bodyworks Fitness Club

History

Originally named after the Roman god of fire, Vulcan was a quiet place of agriculture, boasting the most grain elevators in a town west of Manitoba. Due to changing economics of the agricultural industry, all but one grain elevator was torn down. There are still the hangars and runways of the old RCAF Station Vulcan, located a few kilometres southwest of town during the Second World War used as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan air force base. Then, Star Trek was born. Vulcan, sharing the same name as Spock’s race and planet, created a Star Trek themed tourist station in 1998 (The Tourism and Trek Station) which provides information of the area, Star Trek memorabilia and unique photo opportunities with costumes to dress as your favourite character. Visitors can participate in an interactive Geocache tour of both the Town of Vulcan and Vulcan Country.

Major Attractions

Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station: This Starship replica building houses visitor information, Star Trek memorabilia and unique photo opportunities with costumes to dress as your favourite character. Visitors can also play the Vulcan Space Adventure virtual reality game.

Vulcan Lions Park: Play, swim, skateboard, skate or play beach volleyball here!

Star Trek Walking Tour of Vulcan: ‘Trek’ the town of Vulcan and view some of the town’s tributes for Star Trek! Vulcan & District Historical Society Archives & Museum: The history and archives of Vulcan & District.

Aspen Crossing Garden Centre and Train Gift Shop: Dine in the restored 1887 dining car that was once used as former Prime Minister John Deifenbaker’s private car when he travelled across Canada.

Vulcan Golf & Country Club: an 18hole mid-range course that is neither forgiving nor too punishing.

Carmangay Tipi Rings: Witness the rings that mark an old tipi village of the nomadic Blackfoot.

Arrowwood Museum and Siphon Exhibit: A history of Arrowwood and the different siphons used over the years.

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Vulcan attractions, accommodations and other services.

Did you know?

 ulcan’s replica of Starship Enterprise is named FX6-1995-A, for the Vulcan airport’s identifier, the V year it was unveiled, and A to signify the town’s first major project regarding the Star Trek theme.

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Traditional Dress

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park

Blackfoot Culture Alberta is home to a vibrant and diverse array of First Nations cultures. The Blackfoot Confederacy includes the Siksika (Blackfoot), Pikani (Peigan) and the Kainai (Bloods) in Southern Alberta, and the Blackfeet located in Montana. The Blackfoot historic sites in Southwest Alberta showcase traditional aboriginal culture through dance, drumming, pow-wows, arts and crafts and ceremonies.

Historic Sites and Museums Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Beyond Vulcan, Alberta, you will find this inspiring National Heritage Site. The interpretive centre was designed to incorporate many sacred icons of the Siksika People, and overlooks a 6,000 acre park along the Bow River Valley. Authentic cultural experiences include storytelling by native elders and a visit to the gravesite of Chief Crowfoot, signatory of Treaty 7. For more information visit www.blackfootcrossing.ca

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located off Highway 2 near Fort Macleod on a breathtaking landscape where the prairies meet the mountains. Here you will learn about the art of the buffalo hunt as it was practiced for 6,000 years. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is the largest and best preserved jump in North America. For more information visit www.head-smashed-in.com

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Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park First Nations people created rock art to depict important events in their lives, and here you will find the largest collection of rock art in North America. Featuring both petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings). Writing-On-Stone Park offers an educational experience like no other, among the amazing hoodoos of the Canadian Badlands. For more information visit www.milkriver.ca


Visitor Information: Village of Warner 403-642-3877 • www.warner.ca

Fascinating!

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Warner is one of two communities in Canada with six or more grain elevators.

The Warner Hockey School team is coached by former NHL player Mikko Makela.

The Warner Athlete’s Centre is one of the top state of the art fitness facilities in Southern Alberta, complete with top of the line equipment, 24 hour access and very reasonable visitor rates.

Facts & Features Population: 383 Location: Hwy 4 Latitude: 49 Deg. 16 Min. N Longitude: 112 Deg. 12 Min. W 279 km (173 miles) south east of Calgary 68.8 km (42.75 miles) south east of Lethbridge Elevation: 1,010 metres (3,313 ft) Number of Schools: 1 Library Services: Warner Memorial Library Recreational Facilities: W  arner Elks Club Warner Athlete’s Centre Lions Park Campground

Attractions Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Museum: Featuring exhibits of a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) nest and embryo, ancient fossils, and dinosaur models, as well as the Heritage Gallery which features the “more recent” past of the early days of the Warner area. Interpretive tours to the site of the find can be booked through the Museum. Warner Grain Elevator Row: One of the two last rows still standing in Canada today, Warner’s Grain Row boasts 6 grain elevators running north to south at Warner’s eastern end on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Warner attractions, accommodations and other services.

Did you know?

The Warner Hockey School was the first elite girls’ hockey school in Western Canada.

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403-859-5133 • mywaterton.ca Fascinating!

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Some of the best hikes and nature walks in the Canadian Rockies traverse Waterton’s unique landscape.

Waterton Lakes National Park and adjacent Glacier National Park in the United States combine to make the world’s first International Peace Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

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Waterton is home to more than half of all the wildflower species found in Alberta, along with an abundance of wildlife.

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History

For more than 10,000 years, this area has been special to the aboriginal people of this region. Waterton became forever protected Visitation: 4  00,000 in 1895 as a National Park and was Location: supervised by “Kootenai” Brown, a colourful 49 Deg. 45 Min. N, 113 Deg. 55 Min W local character. Since then, preservation 270 km (167 miles) South of Calgary of the beauty of Waterton has been a key 133 km (82 miles) Southwest of factor for all involved. Breathtaking, its deep Lethbridge lakes and streams, forests, grasslands and Elevation:1,290 metres (4,232 ft) – mountain top views make this a truly unique 2,910 m (9,547 ft) place to explore. Though small, it is never crowded. Frommers Travel Guide called Waterton “the least travelled and quite possibly the most spectacular of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Parks.” Waterton is the core of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Guaranteed if you visit it once, you’ll be planning your next visit before you leave!

“Crown of the Continent”

Major Attractions

Cameron Falls: One of the most photographed scenic spots in Waterton, it is so much more than just the perfect “photo-op”. Located right in the townsite, serenity can be found here on warm summer days or in the evening twilight. In winter, the cascades are beautifully frozen. Red Rock Canyon: The Canyon Loop, a 0.7 km walk around the site offers fantastic views of the colourful canyon. The scenic parkway has numerous interpretive pullouts to satisfy your curiosity and is a great place to see wildlife, especially bears! Crypt Lake Trail: An 8.5 km (5.3 mile) day hike that begins with a short boat ride from the Village Marina to Crypt Landing.

Full of adrenaline pumping, tunnel crawling excitement, the end result is a spectacular tightly walled-in lake. Keep an eye on your watch though, you don’t want to miss the boat! Oil City: In 1901, John Lineham created the Rocky Mountain Development Company to drill for oil in the Akamina Valley of Waterton. They struck a good flow in 1902 making it the first producing oil well in Western Canada. All that’s left today is a solitary monument dedicated to the history of “Oil City,” a designated National Historic Site. Cameron Lake: A summer playground for canoeing, kayaking and fishing, this high mountain lake is set against a classic glacial cirque. In winter, it is a prime destination for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

More Information: See pages 49 – 62 for information about Waterton Lakes attractions, accommodations and other services.

Did you know?

 ore than 50 of Canada’s rare flowers are found in Waterton National Park, and 30 of them are M found only in Waterton.

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WELCOME TO ALBERTA

SOUTHWEST CARDSTON COUNTY

VILLAGE of GLENWOOD

TOWN of CARDSTON

TOWN of GRANUM

TOWN of CLARESHOLM

VILLAGE of HILL SPRING

VILLAGE of COWLEY

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT of PINCHER CREEK

MUNICIPALITY of CROWSNEST PASS

TOWN of PINCHER CREEK

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT of RANCHLAND TOWN of STAVELY WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK MUNICIPAL DISTRICT of WILLOW CREEK

TOWN of FORT MACLEOD

FOR THOSE WHO SEEK THE EXTRAORDINARY Whether you want to hike, ski, bird watch, visit museums, spend a lazy afternoon watching trains, play a round of golf or view the landscape from the saddle of a horse - you will find it here. Visit our new website to discover for yourself all of the spectacular things that await you in Alberta SouthWest. From maps to photo galleries to ideas for things to do when you are here, you will find everything you need to start planning your next vacation. Need trip planning assistance? Make sure to contact one of the many tour operators in the region (listed on our website). Their knowledge and experience will bring Alberta SouthWest’s history, culture and landscape to life!

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Heading South thru Stirling on Hwy. 846, turn straight west on Hwy. 52 for the fifteen minute drive to your next stop: Raymond.

Raymond Turn left on Broadway, and head south thru the business district to find two beautiful heritage buildings. On your right is the Raymond Museum. The amazingly well organized collection is obviously the result of thousands of hours of volunteer time! A covered wagon in the basement is a highlight, along with the mountain panorama painting. Kitty-corner to the museum is the building that now houses Raymond’s Town Hall and library. A gorgeous example of brick architecture, the building was originally the Mormon church - different than a Temple. The symmetrical wings and lovely rotunda show the pride that early settlers put into their sacred buildings. Come in and look around. Like each of the towns on The Mormon Trail, the library here is a thing of beauty.

Magrath Many came at the insistence of their church. Their mission? Build settlements on the dry, windy prairie of southern Alberta. And begin the irrigation canal system – the first of its kind in Canada - that would, eventually, turn this into some of the province’s richest farmland. Along the way, the Mormon settlers built the unique towns of Cardston, Magrath, Raymond and Stirling – all laid out according to church mandate, with their wide avenues, and cooperative structure. Today, the Mormon Trail features a mix of national and provincial historic sites, safe, walkable communities, and a unique cultural heritage. Learn more about these proud pioneers, and see what they have wrought – take a drive down The Mormon Trail !

Stirling Only 20 minutes southeast of Lethbridge on Hwy. 4, Stirling is the natural place to start. The village layout follows the “Plat of Zion” format decreed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making it a National Historic Site. Echoes of this layout are to be found in all four towns of The Mormon Trail. To understand the Plat system, a great place to start is the cutaway house on the corner of 1st St. and 4th Ave. Here, plaques explain why Mormon settlers built the irrigation canals that brought riches to southwest agriculture. Other sights in Stirling include the 1907 Victorian-style Michelsen Farmstead, to see how early pioneers lived, and the Galt Historic Railway Park, a restored station of the Great Falls and Canada Railway, which once ran to Lethbridge. Stirling has exactly one gas station/deli/store. Stop in for a map of the village and some excellent hard ice cream. Visitors can stay at the new Country Barn B&B - in a renovated barn, of course! Stirling also has its famous Haunted Mansion, scary any time of year.

To get here, turn off Hwy. 5 before the big grain elevators, and head south on 1st St., with it’s restaurants, banks and gas stations. Magrath is called “The Garden City,” echoing the utopian community movement of the late 19th century and its ideals of sustainable town planning. Beyond the town hall, down the hill you’ll spot the fish pond park and campsite – and another national historic site – the Galt Canal Locks. Most of the early settlers came to build this canal. The Nature Trail here offers great bird watching - see if you can spot one of the leopard frogs! Further south, turn right just before the cemetery for the golf course, with its restaurant - open to 9 p.m. all summer, including Sundays - and nice views over the creek valley. From Magrath, back on Hwy. 5, a 30 minute drive southwest will bring you to Cardston. Along the way, you’ll see St. Mary’s Reservoir on the right – site of some of the world’s best fossil finds, including prehistoric camels!

Cardston Cardston is the home to the gorgeous Mormon temple. This national historic sight is said to be “the first consciously modern building in the province of Alberta.” Church rules prevent you from seeing inside, but there is a small visitor’s centre at the front, and the incredible architecture of this gleaming marble edifice is a sight to see. Stroll along Main St. for a visit to the Card Home, the original ‘little house on the prairie;’ built for the leader of the 1887 settlers. A few steps away is the Carriage House Theatre, with movies or live theatre in a beautifully renovated deco building. Dozens of cast members perform family-friendly musicals. Book ahead - LDS families take up a lot of seats, and most shows sell out! South on Main St., over the bridge, is the Visitor’s Centre. Behind it is the Remington Carriage Museum. Started with a collection donated by an LDS rancher, it now features over 250 horse-drawn vehicles – all brought to life with great displays, videos, and lively interpreters. Today, a statue of Cardston son George Woolf riding Seabiscuit proudly stands near the stables, where the wagon rides begin. In 1906, the ‘horseless carriage’ speed limit here was 10 miles per hour in town. A wagon ride will remind you how things moved at a much different pace, when hardy early pioneers were building The Mormon Trail!

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June, 1887: 40 Mormons from Utah join Charles Ora Card on a wagon migration to Cardston. Five inches of snow greet their arrival.

Card Home

Hunting Hunting for for Leopard Leopard Frogs, Frogs, Magrath Magrath

Wagon rides in Cardston

Did you know that the temple is closed on Sundays? LDS members worship at their churches on Sundays. The temple is reserved for the most holy occasions.

The Galt Locks, Magrath

Carriage House Theatre Dancers

Cardston’s Mormon Temple

The Michelsen, Stirling

Family history at the Michelsen Farmstead

Bridge Home, Raymond

Galt Railway Park, Stirling

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When it’s time to bid farewell . . . Montana is a delightful vacation destination, especially for those who savour outdoor adventures. Here you’ll find a large variety of wildlife, and firstclass western-style lodges, restaurants and museums. Take the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road, an 85 kilometre route that travels through the heart of Glacier National Park. The road was completed in 1932 and is the only road that crosses the park, going over the

Continental Divide at Logan’s Pass. Check our Travel Information pages for border crossing requirements. For more information on Montana, visit www.visitmt.com. In Calgary, urban sophistication and warm western hospitality mingle in a unique way in this growing, world-class destination. Whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan or outdoor adventure, you’ll find it all in Calgary. Major attractions include the Calgary Stampede, The Calgary Tower, The Calgary Zoo, Canada Olympic Park, Fort Calgary, The Glenbow Museum, Heritage Park Historical Village, The Military Museum, Spruce Meadows and Calaway Park. The Calgary International Airport is a two hour and one half hour drive from Lethbridge. For more information on Calgary, visit www.VisitCalgary.com. On Highway 3, just beyond Crowsnest Pass lies the Alberta/British Columbia boundary. This route will take you all the way to Vancouver, or perhaps you’ll

choose a circle tour that brings you back to Southwest Alberta. Visits to Sparwood and Fernie offer spectacular scenery. Fort Steele Heritage Town near Cranbrook is a destination the whole family will enjoy, offering steam train rides, live historic street dramas and the Wild Horse Theatre. Continuing north, Fairmont and Radium Hotsprings beckon and Kootenay and Banff National Parks lie just beyond. For more information, visit www.kootenayrockies.com. Medicine Hat is your gateway to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and Southern Saskatchewan. Entering from the west, you’ll be greeted by the Saamis Tipi where you can enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the Saamis archaeological site. Catch a ride down a waterslide and perhaps a live performance at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. For more information on Medicine Hat, visit www.tourismmedicinehat.com.

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Close to shopping and attractions. Clean, spacious rooms. Kitchenettes, smoking rooms and pet-friendly rooms on request. Wheelchair accessibility. Cable TV, fridge, microwave, in-room coffee and hairdryer. Continental breakfast, high-speed internet, business and fitness centre. Access to indoor pool and hot tub nearby. Major credit cards accepted. 1124 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1K 2P8 P: 403-328-5591 Toll free: 1-877-777-5591 frontdesk@econolodge-lethbridge.com EconoLodge www.econolodge-lethbridge.com

Self-contained units of two- and fourbedroom townhouses and single suites with queen beds available. Comfortable units for group or individual stays. Full wheelchair access. Kitchenettes, high-speed Internet available. Please contact for payment options. Perfect for teams, large groups, or temporary housing. Available May-August. 3010 College Dr. S. T1K 8A2 P: 403-329-7218 Toll Free: 1-800-572-0103 ext. 7218 Res.life@lethbridgecollege.ab.ca College Lethbridge www.lethbridgecollege.ab.ca

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Newly renovated hotel offers 103 guest rooms with 32" flat panel TV’s, fridge, microwave and coffee centre. Guests receive complimentary high-speed internet, local phone calls, and daily newspapers. Suites available with fireplaces and in-suite Jacuzzi’s. The hotel offers complimentary parking, 24 hour business centre, the Firestone Restaurant & Lounge, a gaming lounge, and meeting and conference rooms. A recreation centre with indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness room is also available.

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Featured Accommodations Ramada Lethbridge Family, group & team specialists. Full wheelchair access. Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse & Bar. Huge indoor water park with slides. Fitness room on site. Cable TV and high speed, wireless internet. Pets welcome. Banquet facilities and on-site catering. Snack Shop including hot and cold items. Family suites available. 2375 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1K 7M1 P: 403-380-5050 Toll Free: 1-877-233-1233 info@ramadalethbridge.ca Ramada Lethbridge www.ramadalethbridge.ca

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What is a Coulee?

A coulee is a steep-sided V-shaped valley or ravine. The name “coulee” was first used by early French Canadian Voyageurs crossing the Great Plains. The word coulee comes from the French word “couler”, meaning “to flow”. The coulees are distinct formations, some of which have been created by glacial erosion after the last ice age, and others from continued water and wind erosion.

Ramada Hotel Pincher Creek Top rated accommodation for business or leisure travel. Close to skiing, outdoor adventure and Waterton Park. Partial wheelchair Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Pincher Creek access. Business centre, fitness centre, meeting and banquet facilities. Free high speed internet. Pets allowed. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Major credit cards accepted. 1132 Table Mountain Street T0K 1W0 P: 403-627-3777 Ramada Hotel Pincher Creek Full service hotel & convention centre. Wheelchair accessibility. www.ramada.com Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness room. $20 pet charge. Free high speed & Wi-Fi internet. Seasons Café and Eatery. Cactus W Parrot Lounge with VLT’s . Banquet & Convention facilities. AMEX / INTER / MC / VISA Coin-op guest laundry. Family, Jacuzzi and kitchenette suites

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available. Air conditioned rooms. In room coffee, hairdryer, fridge, microwave; irons available. 919 Waterton Ave, Hwy #6, Box 399, T0K 1W0 P: 403-627-5000 Toll Free: 1-888-888-4374 F: 403-627-3936 Info.pinchercreek@heritageinn.net Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Pincher Creek www.heritageinn.net

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Taber Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Taber

Full service hotel & convention centre. Wheelchair access. Seasons Café & Eatery. Heritage Lounge with VLT’s. Tank 77 Bar & Grill. Banquet & Convention facilities. Indoor tropical atrium, hot tub & sauna. Air conditioned rooms. In-room coffee maker, fridge, microwave, iron, hairdryer available. $20 pet charge. Free high speed & Wi-Fi internet. Suites available. 4830 – 46 Ave., Hwy #3, T1G 2A4 P: 403-223-4424 Toll Free: 1-888-888-4374 F: 403-223-1733 Info.taber@heritageinn.net Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Taber www.heritageinn.net

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Featured Accommodations Waterton Prince of Wales Hotel National Historical Site hotel located high on a bluff overlooking Waterton Village & lake. Partial wheelchair access. Royal Stewart Dining Room and Windsor Lounge. Afternoon tea and box lunches available. No pets allowed. Authentic historic experience with no TV and internet. Breathtaking scenery. One of the most photographed hotels in North America. Visa, Mastercard, American Express accepted. Reservations: 403-236-3400 Direct line: 403-859-2231 Prince of Wales Hotel www.princeofwaleswaterton.com

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Service Directory Cardston

Remington Carriage Museum

Coaldale Sportsplex

North America’s largest carriage museum. Over 250 horse-drawn carriages and vehicles. Audio-visual presentations. Interactive exhibits. Restoration shop. Stables. Cafeteria. Adjacent Campground. Seasonal carriage rides. Open year-round. Main Street, Cardston 403-653-5139 (toll free 310-0000 then number) info@remingtoncarriagemuseum.com www.remingtoncarriagemusem.com

Skating Rink. Curling Rink. Community Swimming Pool. Public swimming, children’s and adult swimming lessons, private functions and fitness classes are available. Please call 403-345-1344. 1213 – 20 Avenue 403-345-1344 Town of Coaldale www.coaldalechamber.com

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Land O Lakes Golf and Country Club

Delicious submarine sandwiches, 7 grams of fat. Perfect for lunches during a hike or as a quick meal during a shopping spree in beautiful Waterton International Peace Park. Eat Fresh! 403-859-2121

18-hole velvet course. 12 lakes. Large banquet facilities. Excellent for all calibre of players, amateur to professional alike. Fully supplied pro shop. Full licensed restaurant. Prairie and Farmland surroundings. Pro Shop: 403-345-2200 Coaldale landolakesproshop@shaw.ca www.landolakesgolf.com

Claresholm Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada & Museum Home of the official registry of the Appaloosa Horse in Canada since 1954 and the Hall of Fame. Great for Appaloosa breed or general horse lovers. Register Appaloosas here. 4189 – 3 St. S.E. Claresholm 403-625-3326 www.appaloosa.ca

Bluebird Motel Meticulously clean and quiet with heritage theme rooms. Antique furnishings and memorabilia combine with modern amenities to provide our guests with rooms rich in our western heritage and local history. Highway #2, Claresholm Toll Free 1-800-661-4891 bbird@telusplanet.net www.bluebirdmotel.ab.ca

Centennial Park Campground Carriage House Theatre The Carriage House Theatre entertains audiences with refreshing broadway musicals in their air conditioned theatre for 40 nights of the summer. This company has been in operation for 22 years. 353 Main Street PO Box 1148 Cardston, AB. T0K 0K0 Reservations: 403-653-1000ext. #3 www.carriagehousetheatre.com

Rangeview Ranch Vacations Stay on an authentic working ranch! Join in cattle roping, herding, and all other manner of chores and tasks a working ranch needs done. Trail rides, tubing and other activities available. 20 miles SE of Cardston, Milk River Ridge area 403-653-2292 vacations@rangeviewranch.com www.abworkranch.com

Water & power and many sites have sewer. Camp kitchen, clean well-maintained bath house with wash rooms and showers. Spray park and playground. No open fires. Not open in winter. 366 – 46 Ave S., Claresholm 403-625-2751 www.townofclaresholm.com

Claresholm Museum & Tourist Information Centre Preserving the history of this unique region, the museum is a historic sandstone railway station that was originally part of Calgary’s C.P.R. depot and was rebuilt in Claresholm in 1912. 5126 – 1 St. W. Claresholm 403-625-3131 www.townofclaresholm.com

Coaldale Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Thrill as a falcon swoops by at 60 mph or a huge eagle comes soaring down to land on a trainers arm. Raptor rescue and conservation. Interactive. Open seasonally. 2124 – 16th Ave in Coaldale 403-345-4262 info@burrowingowl.com www.burrowingowl.com

Crowsnest Pass Frank Slide Interpretive Centre Canada’s deadliest rockslide. Interactive display galleries. Scientific equipment. Survivor stories. Children’s activity areas. High definition show. Educational programs. Walking trails, picnic area. Gift Shop. 3D map of the Crowsnest Pass. 403-562-7388 (toll free 310-0000 then number) Crowsnest Pass info@frankslide.com www.frankslide.com

Fort Macleod Empress Theatre Completed in 1912, it was one of three theatres in town. Almost 100 years later, it is the only one remaining. Now used for live performances and new release movies. 235 Main Street, Fort Macleod 1-800-540-9229 www.empresstheatre.ab.ca

The Fort NWMP and First Nations Interpretive Centre & Gift Shop History Museum of the North West Mounted Police and the local First Nations People. Interactive displays and family friendly activities. Musical Ride July and August. Extensive gift shop with unique gifts and novelties. 219 Jerry Potts Blvd, Fort Macleod 403-553-4703 info@nwmpmuseum.com Nwmpmuseum.com

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oldest discovered buffalo jump. Blackfoot historic interpretive centre. Blackfoot guides. Archaeological dig site. Artifact displays. Educational programs. Teepee camping. Cafeteria. Open year-round. 403-553-2731 (toll free 310-0000 then number) Hwy 785, 15 min. From Fort Macleod info@head-smashed-in.com www.head-smashed-in.com

Historic Downtown Fort Macleod Coaldale Community Centre 2,000 square foot facility with seating for 200 people. Separate bar area and recently updated kitchen to meet the needs of any function. Great for meetings, workshops, showers, weddings and dances. 403-345-1300 Coaldale admin@coaldale.ca www.coaldale.ca

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Stroll down the Main Street of Historic Downtown with its original storefronts, old fashioned stores and cafes, and friendly people. Local stores and cafes have unique crafts and tasty treats!

Western Canada’s Largest Mural Depicts over 100 years of history in Fort Macleod, including the natives that dealt and traded with the North West Mounted Police, the whiskey traders, pioneers and settlers. Fort Macleod


Service Directory Windy Rafters Barn Dance Experience a country dinner & dance in a 100 year old barn. Dinner by reservations only. Open 2nd & 4th Saturday, JuneSeptember. Private event bookings available. Between Lethbridge & Fort Macleod just off Hwy. 3 403-553-2130 wrbarndance.tripod.com

Room to Grow Market Farm Pesticide free produce with a rich and incredible taste. Fresh inseason vegetables, berries, tomatoes and cucumbers. U-pick or we pick. Year round juices, organic beef, chicken & turkeys. Off Highway 810 on township road 55 – between Pincher Creek & Glenwood. 403-626-3223 www.nhdsimm-rm2grow.com

Glenwood Blue Trail RV & Sun Shadow Golf Course Blue Trail RV Park

Year round lots and storage - permanent camping. Beautiful location right on the Waterton River. Internet available - group camp available for booking. Septic and fresh water service right to your unit. Our campers are happy campers.

Sun Shadow Golf Course

9 hole - par 3 walking course.

Blue Trail RV & Sun Shadow Golf Course Glenwood, Alberta

(South of Fort Macleod on Hwy. #810)

403.626.3491 www.bluetrailrv.com

High River High River Centennial Library Enjoy internet, books and knowledge, all that you can experience at the High River Centennial Library! Stop in for a quick internet trip, or stay for some quality reading time. 909 – 1 Street SW High River 403-652-2917 ahrmlibrary@marigold.ab.ca www.marigold.ab.ca

Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex 25 metre indoor swimming pool, two ice arenas and a curling rink are available. Facility admissions information available online or by phone. Swimming and skating lessons available seasonally. 228 – 12 Ave. SE High River 403-652-4041 www.highriver.ca

George Lane Park and Campground Enjoy this wonderful park located right Downtown High River! Full of wonderful walking trails, a stunning gazebo and home to a campground with 55 camping stalls! 323 MacLeod Trail S.W. High River www.highriver.ca

Hillspring Great Canadian Barn Dance Join your hosts the Kunkel family with down-home live entertainment, live music, great dancing, great food and great fun! Great for the whole family. Camping, B&B, cottage or RV available. Hwy 505 and Wynder Road, Hillspring. 1-866-626-3407 barndance@gcbd.ca www.gcbd.ca

Lethbridge Bowman Arts Centre Professional venue for community, local, regional and provincial exhibitions of traditional and non-traditional works. Meeting and production space for visual & performing arts and meeting space. 811 – 5th Ave S. www.communityartscentre.org

Days Inn Lethbridge In the heart of downtown. Indulge in your shopping and enjoy the best of downtown cuisine just steps away. Deluxe Daybreak complimentary breakfast. Free wireless internet. Indoor pool, waterslide. Pet friendly. 100 – 3rd Ave S., Lethbridge Toll Free 1-800-661-8085 sales@ladaysinn.com www.ladaysinn.com

Broxburn Vegetables & Café U-Pick strawberries and greenhouse vegetables farm. Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce and peppers of the finest quality. No pesticides used. Produce store and café with fresh homemade pies and vegetables every day. Broxburn Road, 5 minutes from Lethbridge 403-327-0909 info@broxburn-vegetables.com www.broxburn-vegetables.com

Downtown Lethbridge Experience the lively character and rich atmosphere in Downtown Lethbridge. Shop at the local boutiques, have a business lunch at an outdoor patio or enjoy the stimulating ‘coffee culture’. 310 - 6 Street S. 403-327-9002 www.downtownlethbridge.com

Econolodge® & Suites

Casino Lethbridge Full service western casino with slot machines and table games. Stagecoach Grill, Deli, Buffalo Bar. Live entertainment weekends. Executive room for private banquets, receptions or meetings up to 48 people. 3756 – 2nd Avenue South, Lethbridge 403-381-WINS (9467)

Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Conference Centre Indoor swimming pool. Hot tub. Cable TV. Fridge, microwave and coffee centre. Conference facility accommodates up to 850 people. Full wheelchair accessibility. Firestone Restaurant and Lounge. 403-327-5701 526 Mayor Magrath Dr. S., Lethbridge info@coasthotels.com www.coasthotels.com

Alberta Birds of Prey Centre COALDALE, ALBERTA

Daily flight shows

(weather permitting)

Experience Alberta’s incredible wildlife at our 70 acre prairie oasis. All visitors have the opportunity to have a live owl or falcon perch on their arm for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. See daily flying demonstrations and interpretive programs. Comments such as “worth the 2,000 mile drive” “the highlight of my Alberta vacation” fill the guestbook. OPEN DAILY May 10th to Sept. 10th 9:30 am to 5:00 pm 403-345-4262 Lots of Free RV Parking Located in Coaldale 10 minutes east of Lethbridge on Hwy 3 2 hours south of Calgary

www.burrowingowl.com

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Friendly staff, continental breakfast, fitness and business centre. Smoking , Non-Smoking, pet friendly rooms. Deluxe, bridal suites and handicap rooms. Wireless internet. Close to college, exhibition, restaurants, attractions and shopping. 1124 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge 403- 328-5591 www.econolodge.com/hotel-lethbridge-canada-CN038

Evergreen Golf Centre Par 3 golf course, driving range, miniature golf, go karts, snack bar, golf shop and professional club builder. Great place to host family reunions, team or corporate functions. Open year round. 2 km east of Mayor Magrath Dr. on highway FORE! 403-329-4500 Lethbridge www.evergreengolfcentre.com


Service Directory Exhibition Park

Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Lethbridge Public Library

The fourth oldest Agriculture Society in Alberta. Since the first fair in 1897, it has hosted more than a century of agriculture, tradeshows, midways, rodeos, sporting events, and numerous special events. 3401 Parkside Drive S. 403-328-4491 www.exhibitionpark.ca

Experience nature first hand. Explore the cottonwood floodplains and coulee ecosystem through centre programs, exhibits, and walking trails. Wildlife and natural environments. Group and individual programs available. Open year round. Scenic Drive and south on 3rd Ave S. into the river valley 403-320-3064 hscc@lethbridge.ca

Local history, books, eResources, newspapers and periodicals. Meeting room space. Services and events for children, teens, adults & seniors. Main Branch: 810 – 5 Avenue S., 403-380-7310 The Crossings Branch: 255 Britannia Way Blvd. W. 403-320-4037 Lpl@lethlib.ca

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site

Lethbridge Centre

Before there were Mounties, before there was an Alberta, there was a Whoop-Up! Experience life in the infamous whiskey trade through interpretive displays of the Fort, NWMP and Blackfoot culture. South on 3rd Ave S. into the river valley. 403-329-0444 www.fortwhoopup.com

Galt Museum & Archives

Enclosed two storey multi-use complex with retail, department and professional services available. Tallest office tower in downtown Lethbridge! The Bay, TD Bank, women’s fitness, day spas and family resource centres available. 200 – 4th Avenue South, Lethbridge 403-327-6211 www.lethbridgecentre.ca

New West Theatre Top live entertainment attraction showcasing popular musiccomedy revues and contemporary Canadian Theatre. Tickets by single production purchase or subscription. six shows per year. All seasons. 1002 – 4 Avenue S. 403-329-SEAT (7328) www.newwesttheatre.com

Lethbridge College Housing

Vibrant community gathering place where stories of Southwestern Alberta unfold in hands-on exhibits, tours, programs and events. Museum Store carries unique Alberta books and gifts. Amazing view, gardens, interpretive trails. West end of 5 Avenue S, off Scenic Drive 403-320-GALT (4258) info@galtmuseum.com www.galtmuseum.com

Perfect for family events, sports tournaments and out-of-town guests! Affordable housing for short and long-term stays between May and August. Fully-furnished, modern two-bedroom suites or four-bedroom town houses. 403-329-7218 1-800-572-0103 ext. 7218 Lethbridge College, Lethbridge Res.life@lethbridgecollege.ab.ca www.lethbridgecollege.ab.ca/go/residence

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Heidelberg Inn

Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre

Premier Inn & Suites

Standard rooms and king business rooms, internet, business centre, restaurant & lounge, sauna and fitness room. Close to hospital, college, exhibition, shopping and restaurants. Excellent for business, leisure or family. 1303 Mayor Magrath Dr S. Lethbridge 1-800-791-8488 info@heidelberginn.com www.heidelberginn.com

Unique New Orleans-style indoor oasis courtyard. Enjoy the tropical hot tub, pool or the courtyard lounge. Year round oasis takes you away from it all. On-site dining, banquet and meeting space. 320 Scenic Drive S., Lethbridge Toll Free: 1-800-661-1232 Reservations.lethbridgelodge@silverbirchhotels.com www.lethbridgelodge.com

Modern comfort with old fashioned values. Single, double & family rooms in a new property. Continental breakfast, accessible rooms, Jacuzzi, exercise room. Non smoking facility. Green Key Eco-rating Program. 2225 Mayor Magrath Dr. S., Lethbridge Toll Free 1-888-757-6884 www.premierinnsandsuites.com

Refresh your senses in an oasis of tranquility and celebrate Japanese-Canadian culture. The authentic Japanese gardens reflect the magnificent mountain and prairie scenery of southern Alberta. Open seasonally at 9th Avenue S & Mayor Magrath Dr. 403-328-3511 info@nikkayuko.com

Ramada Lethbridge Family friendly, spacious and modern. Ultimate fun at the water slide and park! Onsite restaurant Mr. Mikes Steakhouse and Bar with room service. Meeting and banquet facilities seating to 180. 2375 Mayor Magrath Drive S. Lethbridge Toll Free: 1-877-233-1233 info@ramadalethbridge.ca www.ramadalethbridge.ca

Ric’s Grill Steak Seafood & Chophouse Fine dining high above Lethbridge in a refurbished water tower. Panoramic views of city, prairie & mountains. Come up to see the view. Lounge with sparkling night views. Reservations accepted. 103 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. in the Lethbridge water tower. 403-317-7427 www.ricsgrill.com

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Service Directory Mossleigh

Sandman Hotel Jacuzzi, corporate, and king suites available. Fitness facilities and indoor pool. Free high speed internet. Denny’s 24 hour restaurant with room service. Bar One Urban Lounge. Meeting and banquet facilities available. 421 Mayor Magrath Dr. Lethbridge 1-800-266-4660 www.sandmanhotels.com/hotel/alberta/lethbridge

Southern Alberta Art Gallery One of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries. Rotating exhibitions, educational and public programming, films and a tempting shop, make the Southern Alberta Art Gallery a “must see” in Lethbridge. 601 – 3rd Avenue S. 403-327-8770 www.saag.ca

Super 8 Lethbridge Friendly staff, free continental breakfast indoor pool and hot-tub. Smoking , Non-Smoking, pet friendly rooms and meeting room. Free wireless internet. Close to hospital, exhibition, restaurants, attractions and shopping. 1030 Mayor Magrath Drive S. Lethbridge 403-328-6636 www.super8.com

The Ticket Centre Central ticket sales for Lethbridge Hurricanes, ENMAX Centre, Yates Memorial Theatre, Southminster United Church (Symphony) and other major concerts and events. ENMAX Centre - 2510 Scenic Drive South Yates Memorial Centre - 1002 - 4 Avenue South. 403- 329-SEAT www.lethbridge.ca\tickets or www.enmaxcentre.ca

University of Lethbridge We’re here for U! Accommodation facilities are perfect for group/ team bookings with 200+ beds in 73 rooms, conference & meeting rooms for groups up to 500, and event management services available. 4401 University Drive W. Lethbridge 403-329-2650 www.uleth.ca/conference

Longview Bar U Ranch National Historic Site We commemorate the history of ranching in Canada. Join us this summer and explore our historic buildings, visit with our interpreters and enjoy our special events hosted throughout the summer. Located 13 km south of Longview on Hwy #22 1-888-773-8888 403-395-3044 www.parkscanada.gc.ca

Montana

Nanton

Aspen Crossing Diefenbaker Dining Car

Nanton Thelma Fanning Memorial Library

1887 Pullman Rail Car, used as former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s private travelling car across Western Canada. Tasteful lunch or delicious dinner, high tea or coffee with friends! Reservations recommended. 1-866-440-3500 info@aspencrossing.com www.aspencrossing.com

Conveniently located adjacent to the Town Office along the southbound highway between 19th and 20th Streets. Free public computer access and wireless internet connection. Open Tuesday to Saturday. 1907 – 21 Ave 403-646-5535 www.chinookarch.ab.ca

Unique Gift Store and Beautiful Garden Centre

Nanton Playground

Visit Aspen Crossing Garden Centre, with trees, perennials and annuals, open year round! The Gift Store is filled with pottery, soaps and other unique gifts for a unique experience. 1-866-440-3500 info@aspencrossing.com www.aspencrossing.com

Colourful new state-of-the-art playground centrally located in Centennial Park next to the Nanton Memorial Community Centre and Nanton Bomber Command Museum. Dedicated to any parent who has lost a child.

Aspen Crossing Campground 85 sites, group areas available. Full service hook-ups. Sanidump station, hot showers and laundry, flush toilets. Special rates available. Treed location. RV and tent sites available. Perfect for family reunions. 1-866-440-3500 Hwy 24, Mossleigh info@aspencrossing.com www.aspencrossing.com

Tom Hornecker Recreation Center Outdoor pool facility available from long weekend of May to long weekend of September. The Centre houses a large ice rink, three curling sheets, a comfortable lounge and a racquetball court. 2122 – 18 Street 403-646-2522 rec@town.nanton.ab.ca

Nobleford

Mountainview Mountainview Market and Motel Quiet, family operated motel. Queen beds, TV, kitchen suites to accommodate up to 14 people. Children free younger than 12 with adult. Activities within a half hour’s drive. 15 minutes from Waterton on Hwy 5 403-653-1992 Mystic-spirit.com/mtnviewmarket

Market Grocery and convenience store with gift shop and gas station. Video rentals available. Fishing, hunting licenses and camping supplies available. Canada Post outlet. Great for forgotten items or that last minute souvenir! Hwy 5 403-653-1992 Mystic-spirit.com/mtnviewmarket/page2.html

Mountain Meadows Trail Rides Visit the Historic Nelson Ranch and explore the Legendary Mountain West next to Waterton Lakes National Park. 1.5 hr to full day rides. Overnight riding trips with wilderness base camp. 1-866-653-2413 meadow1@telusplanet.net www.mountainmeadowtrailrides.com

Lewis & Clark RV Park

Simply the Best Bed and Breakfast

Large rigs & caravans welcome, pull through spaces. Water, electric, some sewer, internet, dump station and showers you will love! Laundry, ice and RV supplies available. Your best Alaska journey stopover! North on I-15 Exit #364, Shelby MT, Toll Free1-888-434-2710 www.LewisandClarkRVPark.com lewisandclarkrvpark@riversdbs.net

Comfortable, well-lit rooms, continental and hot breakfast served. Cable and internet available. 15 minutes from Waterton National Park, Great Canadian Barn Dance and Remington Carriage Museum. Smoke and alcohol free. Box 8 Mountain View 403-653-2462 www.simplythebestbb.com

The Nobleford Area Museum Society Showcasing the history of Nobleford and the Noble Blade. Most of the original Noble Blades, manufactured in Nobleford, are on display in the Blade Park at the entrance to Nobleford. 225 Milnes St. 403-824-3909 www.village.nobleford.ab.ca

Okotoks Okotoks Art Gallery at the Station Okotoks art gallery and visitor information centre. Adult, family and birthday programs are available. Unique displays year round and exhibits changing every 5 weeks. Historic Train Station. 53 North Railway Street. 403-938-3204 visitorinfo@okotoks.ca. www.okotoksculture.ca

Okotoks Museum and Archives History of Okotoks and surrounding area. Permanent and changing exhibits available. Family, birthday and adult programs are available. Archives are available online. 49 North Railway Street. 403-938-8969 www.okotoksculture.ca culture&history@okotoks.ca

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Service Directory Olde Towne Okotoks Beautiful and unique shops, boutiques and world-class dining. Discover these secrets worth sharing. Jewellery, clothing, original gifts and unique opportunities! Shop, dine, and indulge. 15 minutes from Calgary. 403-938-3204 visitorinfo@okotoks.ca www.oldetowneokotoks.ca

Pincher Creek

Siksika Blackfoot Crossing Canadian historic site. Artifacts, galleries, exhibits on the Blackfoot. Indoor and outdoor tours. Meeting areas. School tours. Tipi village camping. Dance performances. Gift Shop. Restaurant. Blackfoot tour guides. Open year round. Siksika Reserve, Cluny, AB. 1-888-654-6274 www.blackfootcrossing.ca. info@blackfootcrossing.ca

Picture Butte

Taber Taber Aquafun Centre

Corner Mountain Inn and Wellness Centre

Camping Facilities Available Town-owned and operated Regional Park offers 9 camping stall area with camp kitchens. Close to Walk-on-the-Wild Side and fishing nearby. First-come / first-served 403-732-4555 www.picturebutte.ca

Countryside Campground Across from the Picture Butte Golf Course, is privately owned and operated, offering 30 spots. 403-732-5371 E-Mail: countrysidecampground@shaw.ca

North County Recreation Complex / Lions Aquatic Centre The Recreation Complex has a regulation-sized hockey rink and four-sheet curling rink. The Lions Aquatic Centre (outdoor swimming pool) is adjacent. Both facilities are great for family events and can be rented. 108 – 4th Street North 403-732-4555 www.picturebutte.ca

Picture Butte Golf Club A unique 27-hole course complete with grass greens, driving range and new club house. Pick your challenge by playing the green nine, the yellow nine or the red nine! 1 mile West and 1 mile South of Picture Butte. 403-732-4202 www.picturebuttegolf.com

Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum Society Over 100 antique farm machines and irrigation equipment on display. Tour the Pioneer Village, with an original Eaton’s Catalogue House. Open May 15 to Sept. 15th. 1.5 km south of Picture Butte. Hwy 843 403-732-5451 www.prairietractormuseum.ca

The perfect balance of backcountry wilderness and comfortable modern life. This perfect wellness getaway includes hiking during the day, essential oil massage and sauna at night and delicious food. 5 miles north of Waterton Lakes National Park 15 minutes north of Waterton Lakes National Park 403-627-5184 www.cornermountaininn.com

Heritage Acres Farm Museum Features an antique car and truck collection, vintage horse drawn equipment and an extensive collection of pioneer and farm related artifacts. Many historically significant, relocated buildings also adorn the site. Located N/E of Pincher Creek on Hwy.785 Heritageacres@ymail.com www.heritageacres.org for hours and event info.

Ramada Pincher Creek Indoor pool, waterslide and hot tub. Business, meeting and banquet facilities available. Free continental breakfast. Pets welcome. Rooms available with fireplace, fridge, hardwired internet, jetted tub, microwave and wifi. 1-866-473-3777 1132 Table Mountain Street, Pincher Creek gm@ramadapinchercreek.com www.ramada.ca

Super 8 Pincher Creek Located at the junction of highway 6 and highway 507 close to attractions, skiing, shopping and restaurants. Superstart breakfast, high speed internet, fridges, and hair dryers. Exercise room. Truck/RV parking. 1307 Freebairn Avenue, Pincher Creek 403-627-5671 super8@telusplanet.net www.super8.com

Three Rivers Rock and Fossil Museum Cephalopods, ammonite, geodes, sharks teeth, plant and fish fossils and coprolite! Largest personal collection of cephalopods in Canada. Corals, starfish and gemstone carvings also displayed. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. 17 km north of Pincher Creek on Hwy 510 403-627-2206

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3 separate saltwater pools. 200 foot waterslide, children’s play lagoon, rapids channel, sauna, steamroom and hot tub. Great for family reunions, birthday parties and more! Toys and equipment available. 4700 – 50 Street 403-223-5500 town@taber.ca www.taber.ca

Taber Golf Club 18-hole course. The first nine are tree-lined and challenge the beginner to advanced golfer. The last nine make you use almost every club in your bag! 4909 – 44th Street 403-223-2951 proshop@tabergolf.ca www.tabergolf.ca

Taber Irrigation Impact Museum Museum, interpretive centre, archives and art gallery focused on gathering artifacts and stories regarding the people that created Taber, Alberta as well as displaying art from local artists within 100 miles. 4702 – 50 Street 403-223-5708 timchin@telusplanet.net www.aroundtaber.com

Vauxhall Sam and Samantha Spud Visitors entering Vauxhall northbound on hwy 36 will be greeted by two famous spuds, Sam and Samantha. They represent the strong agricultural economy of Vauxhall. www.town.vauxhall.ab.ca

Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Vauxhall has a long history of baseball. Since 2006 Academy students have successfully received scholarships, 18 have made Canada’s National Baseball Team, and 9 have been drafted to the pro leagues. 403-654-2145 www.vauxhallbaseball.com

Vauxhall Legion Park The ultimate place for recreation in Vauxhall, our community parks include picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, basketball court, camping, mini-golf and more! www.town.vauxhall.ab.ca


Service Directory Vulcan

Warner Seniors Centre A fun place for anyone 55 and up!! There are a variety of activities daily to satisfy the members in their quest for enjoyment, social activities and support. Come join us! 403-642-3939 103 – 3 Ave, Warner

Waterton Lakes National Park Food to Fanny Packs...Fuel to Film

Vulcan Golf and Country Club 18 hole midrange course. Challenging putting and tee-off holes. Slopes, sand traps and water on certain holes. Club holds banquet facilities, patio, lounge and BBQ. Non-member facility. Open Seasonally. 403-485-2553 www.golfvulcan.com

Vulcan Lions Club Ice arena, pool, soccer and baseball facilities are all run by the Vulcan Lions Club. Facilities are available for rent for private functions. Summer and winter events and functions available for locals and visitors. Addresses vary. 403-485-2554 bellis@townofvulcan.ca www.townofvulcan.ca/recreation

We are your Resort Support! Sandwiches • Day packs Fanny packs • Energy bars • Fruit & Nuts Pastries • Good coffee Great Coca-Cola Slush • Gas & Propane Rentals available for: Mopeds • Mountain bikes Surreys • Baby strollers • Tennis racquets Binoculars We carry film and digital camera support!

Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station Star Trek Capital of Canada. Official Star Trek souvenirs. Vulcan Space Adventure Virtual Reality Game. Life-sized Star Trek cutouts are available for photo opportunities. Costumes supplied to join in the Star Trek photo fun. 115 Centre Street E. 403-485-2994 www.vulcantourism.com

403.859.2266

224 Mt. View Road, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Located on the shore of beautiful Waterton Lake, the Bayshore Inn is a perfect and relaxing lakefront mountain getaway with spacious rooms, fine dining, boutique shopping and the Serenity Spa. 111 Waterton Ave, Waterton Toll Free: 1-888-527-9555 info@bayshoreinn.com www.bayshoreinn.com

Crandell Mountain Lodge

Vulcan Truck and RV

A cozy country lodge ideal for travelers looking for a quaint experience. Rooms with fireplaces, country décor and lots of character. Enjoy the feeling of a country cottage and the comfort of home. 1-866-859-2288 102 Mountview Road, Waterton reservations@crandellmountainlodge.com www.crandellmountainlodge.com Become a fan on Facebook!

Full service, power & Water only sites, pull through sites. Sani dump, fire rings, coin laundry showers. Nearby Petro-Can with A&W express, liquor store and full & self-service gas station. Highway 23 at Petro-Can 403-485-6905

Warner Warner Athlete’s Centre:

Great Hikes-Bear’s Hump Trail

Warner is now home to a state of the art fitness facility with complete top of the line equipment, 24 hour access year round with very reasonable rates. 403-642-3877 208 – 4 Ave, Warner www.warner.ca

A breathtaking viewpoint! The short invigorating 1.5 km hike up Crandell (Bear) Mountain ends on the flat dome of the “Hump.” One of many exceptional nature walks and hikes. Hike begins near the visitor information centre. www.mywaterton.ca

Warner Lion’s Park 8 RV lots, local camp kitchen and bathrooms. Playground available. Large walking path for hikers, bikers and walkers. Donations accepted. Open seasonally. Located just inside the Village of Warner limits. 403-642-3877 www.warner.ca

Aspen Village Inn This affordable family friendly lodging offers spectacular mountain views, playground, BBQ and picnic area. Spacious, well appointed rooms ranging from double suites to cottages with full kitchens and fireplaces. 1-888-859-8669 111 Windflower Avenue, Waterton reservations@theaspenvillageinn.com www.aspenvillageinn.com/ Become a fan on Facebook!

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Pat’s Waterton Downtown convenience store, gas station, car repairs, gift shop, camping and hardware supplies – your one stop shop. Experience a quadracycle or rent a moped, mountain bikes, strollers, binoculars and tennis rackets. Waterton Lakes National Park town site 403-859-2266 http://www.watertoninfo.com/m/pats.html


Service Directory Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

Waterton Shoreline Cruises

Afternoon Tea is a highlight of the Waterton Park experience blending the wild and sophisticated into one. Teatime is served daily in the lobby from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Unique chalets, scenic balconies, contemporary dining in Vimy’s, an indoor pool, and a fitness center on site. Comfort and relaxation is what you will find at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort! 1-888-985-6343 101 Clematis Ave, Waterton reservations@watertonlakeslodge.com www.watertonlakeslodge.com Become a fan on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter @ watertonresort

Book your special event or romantic mountain wedding. Prewedding cruises, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, charters, private groups, family reunions, business retreats and receptions. 48-200 passengers. 403-859-2362 Waterton Marina, Waterton cruise.info@watertoncruise.com

Royal Stewart Dining Room offers Old World and Continental Canadian Cuisine dining in this picturesque hotel. The restaurant seats on a first-come-first served basis, casual attire is welcome, and does not accept reservations. 403-859-2231 Waterton www.princeofwaleswaterton.com

Waterton Natural History Association

Scenic Drives and Rides Red Rock Canyon, Akamina and Chief Mountain parkways offer excellent wildlife viewing and stunning views for both cars and bicycles. The Park entrance parkway offers a new cycling lane! www.mywaterton.ca

Waterton Golf Course An 18-hole unforgettable course. Set in beautiful Waterton, created by golf course architect Stanley Thompson, play this classic game in the company of deer, squirrels and the occasional bear! 403-859-2114 www.mywaterton.ca

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Visit downtown Waterton’s Heritage Centre and wander through our historical museum and bookstore while camping at the wonderful Crooked Creek Campground located 6 km east of the Waterton Park Gate. Open May – September 30. 117 Waterton Ave., Waterton 403-859-2267 Crooked Creek Campground 403-653-1100 wnha@toughcountry.net www.wnha.ca

FACTS FACTS

Area of Alberta: 661,185 sq. km (255,303 sq. miles). Alberta is the fourth largest province in Canada. Area of Alberta: 661,185 sq. km (255,303 sq. miles). Alberta Coordinates: Between 49 tois60the fourth largest in Canada. degrees north province latitude and between 110 and 120 degrees west Coordinates: Between 49 to 60 longitude. degrees north latitude and between 110 andand 120Length: degrees west Width longitude. North to South – 1223 km (764 miles) Width East to and WestLength: - 660 km (412 miles) North to South – 1223 km (764 miles) Population of Alberta: 3,700,00 East to West - 660 km (412 miles) approx. in 2010

Provincial Flag: Under the Flag Act, passed Provincial Flag: during the 1968 Under the FlagAlberta Legislature, a session of the Act, passed blue flag with the Coat of Arms in during thewas 1968 the centre pointed and declared session of the Alberta Legislature, a as the Flag of Alberta. This Act was blue flag with Coat proclaimed bythe Order ofof theArms in the centre was pointedinand declared Lieutenant Governor Council of as the1,Flag of Alberta. This Act was June 1968. proclaimed by Order of the Lieutenant Motto: GovernorFORTIS in Council Provincial ET of June 1, 1968. LIBER (Strong and free)

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PopulationFlower: of Alberta: Provincial The 3,700,00 Wild Rose approx. in 2010was chosen in the (rosa acicularis) Area Alberta:Act 661,185 sq. km FloralofEmblem of 1930. (255,303 sq. miles). Alberta the Provincial Flower: The WildisRose fourth largest province in Canada. (rosa acicularis) was chosen in the Floral Emblem Act of 1930. Coordinates: Between 49 to 60 degrees north latitude and between 110 and 120 degrees west

Motto: FORTIS ET Provincial Bird: LIBER (Strong and free) The Great Horned Owl Provincial Bird: Provincial Flag: The Great Horned Under the Flag Owl Act, passed during the 1968 session of the Alberta Legislature, a blue flag with the Coat of Arms in 62 and declared the centre was pointed

The Triple Crown of Waterton Are you up for the challenge? 3 hikes, over 40 km, one great adventure! Complete three world class hikes; Crypt Lake, Akamina Ridge and Alderson-Carthew in one summer. Visit www.experiencewaterton.com for details.

Provincial Mammal: Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep Mammal: Provincial Coat of Arms: On May Rocky Mountain Big Hornassigned Sheep 30, 1907 a Royal Warrant the Arms of the Province of Provincial Coat of Arms: On May Alberta. Topped 30,a1907 a Royal Warrant assigned by red St. the ArmsCross of theon Province of George’s aAlberta. white Topped by a red St. the background, George’s Crossaon Arms features a white blue sky behind a background, range of snowthe covered mountains Armsgreen features and hills,a prairie, and a field blue sky behind of wheat in front.a The crest has a rangeon of top snowofcovered crow a beavermountains sitting on a and green hills, prairie, field helmet with a silver andand red awreath. of wheat in front. The crest has a Provincial crow on topMammal: of a beaver sitting on a Stone: Rocky Mountain Bigand Horn helmet with a silver red Sheep wreath. Petrified Wood Provincial Coat Stone:of Arms: On May Fish: 30, 1907 a Royal Warrant assigned Petrified Wood Bull Trout the Arms of the Province of Alberta. Topped Fish: Lodgepole Pine Provincial Tree: by red St. Bulla Trout George’s Cross on Provincial Colours: blue and gold aProvincial white Tree: Lodgepole Pine background, the Arms features a Provincial Colours: blue and gold blue sky behind a range of snow covered mountains and green hills, prairie, and a field of wheat in front. The crest has a crow on top of a beaver sitting on a


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FUN FACTS

WRITING-ON-STONE PARK has the largest collection of rock art on the North American Plains. Both petroglyphs (rock art carved into stone) and pictographs (rock art painted onto stone) are clearly visible on the sandstone hoodoos in the park, and some are over 5,000 years old. THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE in Lethbridge is the longest, highest trestle bridge in the world. The bridge is 5,327 feet (1,623 metres) in length and 314 feet (95.7 metres) in height above the bed of the Oldman River. The bridge was celebrated for its 100th birthday in 2009 and is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. THE ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE is the largest facility of its type in Canada. This rescue and visitors centre is situated on a 70 acre wetland and is home to hawks, falcons, eagles, owls and more. RIC’S GRILL in Lethbridge is housed in the city’s former water tower. This structure once held 300,000 gallons of water but now contains dining and lounge space on two floors. Visitors experience 360 degree views of the city and region from 150 ft. in the air.

AMMOLITE is unique to Southern Alberta; this is the only place in the world where AAA quality ammolite gemstone can be found. The numbers of mineral deposits in the soil create ammonite fossils and ammonite gemstones that showcase a rainbow of colours, the rarest being blue and purple. The City of Lethbridge has formally adopted ammolite as its official gemstone. DEVIL’S COULEE IN WARNER is where the largest group of dinosaur eggs in Canada was discovered in May 1987. The nest contained ten eggs of the Hadrosaur (duckbill) dinosaur. THE OKOTOKS ERRATIC is the largest known glacial erratic in the world. It can be found about 10 km west of the Town of Okotoks and is part of the Foothills Erratic Train, a trail of unusual rock formations that once travelled on an advancing glacier. Aboriginal pictographs can also be seen if you get up close. Okotoks is the Blackfoot name for “Big Rock”. THE KAINAI (BLOOD) NATION is Canada’s largest Indian Reserve in terms of land area. The Kainai are members of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

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THE BAR U RANCH was one of the first corporate ranches in Western Canada. From 1882 to 1950 it was recognized for its outstanding management practices, as well as for the colourful characters it attracted including former slave John Ware, and outlaw, The Sundance Kid. ACCORDING TO THE GEO-HAZARDS TEAM of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, Turtle Mountain (Frank Slide) in the Crowsnest Pass is one of the most carefully scrutinized pieces of natural property on the planet. Turtle Mountain continues to move between 2 – 4.5 millimetres each year. CASTLE MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT located west of Pincher Creek, boasts the longest fall line in Canada. The resort features 67 trails with runs for all levels of ability. REMINGTON CARRIAGE MUSEUM in Cardston houses one of the largest collections of horse-drawn vehicles in the world, and is the largest carriage museum in North America.


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Great Canadian Barn Dance

We offer the best in down-home country cooking, live entertainment, clean family friendly camping and accommodations: and the perfect base for exploring the sights in this beautiful area.

Mountain Meadow Trail Rides

Western Wilderness Horseback Adventures… Next to spectacular Waterton Lakes/Glacier National Park. In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains of South West Alberta. Discover Pack Trips and Trail Rides “with a difference”.

403-626-3407 • Toll Free: 1-866-626-3407 www.gcbd.ca

403-653-2413 • Toll Free:1-866-653-2413 www.mountainmeadowtrailrides.com

Corner Mountain Inn & Wellness Center 403-627-5184 • www.cornermountaininn.com

A B&B and Wellness Centre. Breathe in the backcountry wilderness and savor the luxuries of our modern life. Great food, massage, reflexology and cedar sauna, just around the corner from Waterton Park.

Comfortable, well lit rooms; continental and hot breakfast served; internet and cable; within 15 minutes of Waterton National Park, Great Canadian Barn Dance, Cardston Remington Center & Alberta Temple. Smoke free, alcohol free enviornment.

Simply The Best Bed and Breakfast 403-653-2462 • www.simplythebestbb.com


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Springdale

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711 - 2nd Avenue “A” North (Hwy #3; Stafford Drive Off-Ramp) Lethbridge, Alberta • 1-866-329-3933 • 403-329-3933


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