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Experience the Cowboy Trails Howdy Folks! Welcome to our 5th annual guide to the rich authentic western culture found within much of Alberta.
The Cowboy Trail is home to many friendly merchants and artisans eager to make you feel at home. So unplug and take a long refreshing drink of western hospitality. If you are camping see page 62 for our Campground Directory.
We hope this magazine is your cherished companion while you explore all of the cowboy and the many Aboriginal attractions and events throughout southern and central Alberta.
For even more information, check out all the current and back issues of all of our Experience Travel Guides & Maps at ExperienceTravelGuides.com/library. There you can easily share your discoveries by using the toolbar at the top.
The Official Cowboy Trail runs along Hwy 5, 6 & 22 for 680 km from Cardston in the south to Mayerthorpe in the north. However, many now realize that The Cowboy Trail is more than a highway. It is a way of life! So we are expanding our coverage of “the trail”, to include the events, attractions & communities across the province that promote Alberta’s authentic western culture.
Check out our Calendars of Rodeos and Pow Wows and be sure to take along your camera when you go! Enter your best images, to our Photo Contest (pg 3) for a chance to win some great prizes and bragging rights. We are confident that this magazine can help you enjoy your visit and we are truly honoured to be of service. Happy Trails! Bob Harris, Publisher
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an independent writer and photographer living in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been featured in Westerworld, Westjet Magazine, Golf Magazine, Golf Tips, NBC.com, and many leading golf and lifestyle publications. When not travelling or working, he enjoys reading, movies, and just chilling out in the backyard with his wife, Dawn, and their four boys. (Cochrane: How the West is Now pg 47)
Calgary writer. He began his writing career working as a newspaper reporter in his home province of Ontario before moving west 45 years ago. While the first half of his career he worked as a writer and editor with various weekly and daily newspaper, for the past 28 years he has specialized as a writer and editor for agricultural publications. (The Millerville Market Experience pg 40)
passions brought her to Alberta in pursuit of a career as a government relation and community development specialist, bringing about positive social change. She is also a trained sommelier devoting her time to the art and science of wine. She does private tasting events and media work. tastingpleasures.ca. (The Most Beautiful Art Tour Along the Cowboy Trail pg 28)
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Experience the Cowboy Trails Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 Edition of Experience The Cowboy Trails Use it to plan your holiday and as your companion once you’ve arrived. CMI Publishing is a division of Complete Marketing Inc., a privately owned company with offices in Calgary, Ab. We specialize in the production of visitor guides and maps in print as well as digital formats. Printed copies are delivered in bulk to our network of distribution outlets throughout the region. Travellers are encouraged to pick up a FREE printed copy through these outlets or download a mobile-friendly digital copy of this, or any of our current or archived guides at ExperienceTravelGuides.com/Library Please support our advertisers and sponsors. If you get the chance, kindly mention where you saw their ad. Without their support this guide would not be possible. Publisher: Bob Harris Ph: (403) 259.8290 bob@CMIpublishing.ca Designers: • Christine Karchewski firstname.lastname@example.org • Kris Nielson email@example.com Editor: Larry Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Sales: • Joseph Macdonald, Calgary Joseph@CMIpublishing.ca • Allen R. Gibson, Lethbridge Allen@CMIpublishing.ca
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Table of Contents Communities Alder Flats 59 Black Diamond (Diamond Valley) 26 Bragg Creek 2, 42-43, 63 Cardston 20 Cochrane 46-51 Cremona 52 Crossfield 56 Drayton Valley 59 Kananaskis Country 15 Longview & The Bar U Ranch 22 Mayerthorpe 60 Millarville 40 Okotoks 37 & 38 Pincher Creek 20 Rocky Mountain House 57 Sundre 31 Turner Valley (Diamond Valley) 26 Waterton 20 Water Valley 53 Yellowhead County 59
Specialty Pages Alberta’s History Wrangler 7 Authentic Western Experience 34 Campground Directory 62 Cochrane: How The West is Now 47 Cool Little Towns 39 Fabulous Food Finds 24 Farmers Markets 41 Fishing Along the Cowboy Trails 54 Kananaskis Country on Horseback 18 Pow Wow Schedule 14 Reader Contests 3, 30 Real Cowboys Wear Nylons 36 Rodeo Schedule 13 Small Town Rodeos 12 Southern Alberta Bucket List 8 The ‘Big 4’ 44 TheCowboyTrail.com 31-33 The Most Beautiful Art Tour 28
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Alberta Fast Facts Capital City: Edmonton Population: 4.28 million History: Entered Canadian Confederation in 1905 Total Area: 661,848 km sq/255,541 mi sq Highest Point: Mount Columbia, 3,747 m/12,293 ft Lowest Point: Slave River, 152 m/499 ft above sea level Longest River: Peace River, 1,923 km/1,195 mi Provincial Flower: Wild Rose Provincial Tree: Lodgepole Pine Provincial Bird: Great Horned Owl Provincial Fish: Bull Trout Provincial Motto: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strong and Freeâ&#x20AC;?
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Alberta’s History Wrangler 2017 Cowboy Trail & Beyond Tour
Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday! Catch The History Wrangler this summer on his 2017 Cowboy Trail & Beyond Tour! All the dates and times of the History Wrangler’s free performances can be found on Twitter: @HistoryWrangler @AlbertaHistory Kick Off date: May 4th, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Home of the 1913 Stampede! June 1st August 1st Corner Store Diner, Turner Valley Cinnamon Spoon, Bragg Creek July 1st, Canada Day Historic Bar U Ranch
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September 1st Historic Bow Valley Ranche, Est 1873
The Historic Ranche at Fish Creek Provincial Park, The Home of Alberta’s History Wrangler Rob Lennard/The History Wrangler email@example.com | 403-607-5299
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A little bit about the History Wrangler Historian, Director of Education & Outreach, The Ranche Regional Coordinator- The Calgary & Region History Fair Canada’s History Liaison, Calgary region Award Winning Historical Fiction Writer Song Writing Specializing in History Themed Songs Musician/Performer FNMI Programming
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Discover our self guided tours TourSouthernAlberta.com Royal Tyrrell Museum Atlas Coal Mine
Fort Calgary Lougheed House Dinosaur Provincial Park 842
Okotoks Erratic High River
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Frank Slide Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre Leitch Collieries Lundbreck Falls
Waterton Lakes National Park
Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Coaldale
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Galt Museum Cypress Hills Provincial Park
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Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
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Atlas Coal Mine (Drumheller) Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller) Heritage Park (Calgary) Lougheed House (Calgary) Fort Calgary (Calgary) Dinosaur Provincial Park Interpretive Centre (Brooks) Medalta Potteries (Medicine Hat) Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens (Lethbridge) Fort Whoop-Up (Lethbridge) Galt Museum & Archives (Lethbridge) Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston) Frank Slide Interpretative Centre (Crowsnest Pass) Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Fort Macleod) Fort Museum of Northwest Mounted Police & First Nations (Fort Macleod) • Bar U Ranch (Longview) • Devils Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum (Warner)
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (Milk River) Brooks Aqueduct (Brooks) Cypress Hills Provincial Park (near Medicine Hat) Leitch Colleries (Crowsnest Pass) Okotoks Erratic (Okotoks) Waterton Lakes National Park SW Alberta Parks (the new Castle, Beauvais Lake, Chain Lakes)
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Experience the Cowboy Trail The Cowboy Trail Tourism Association was founded many years ago by ranchers, businesses and communities within southern Alberta’s foothills. Hwys 5, 6 & 22 became known as the Official Cowboy Trail. Together, they were promoted as the ultimate north-south “scenic route” in the province. Take in a rodeo, a cowboy poetry gathering, a pow wow, or a farmer’s market. Explore “The Trail’s” 700 km length and visit the setting of many movies and TV series. You can spend a few hours, days, or a lifetime exploring the trail’s hidden gems.
The Cowboy Trail is well connected to several major cities in Alberta as well as numerous rural communities. So in recent years, the focus has shifted beyond the trail, as folks from across Alberta come together to celebrate our western heritage. We embrace this evolution. This vision provide travellers with a scenic and historic connection to ranching communities, western hospitality, adventure, antique shopping, National Historic Sites, and pristine wilderness. It’s the perfect day trip or weekend getaway.
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Small Town Rodeos “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give that cowboy a hand - cause that’s all he’s going home with today.” A drawling announcer’s voice can be heard saying those words at any small town rodeo–acknowledging that, for this moment at least, beast has beaten man. And after the applause fades, bruises are the only memento that cowboy will have of this weekend. Unless tonight’s dance turns out the way he hopes! It took me awhile to appreciate the evening’s entertainment at a rodeo. Not something a six year old gave much thought to. I wasn’t really a country kid though. The Ruckmans’ hay barn and a good game of gunfight was as close as I ever got to living on a farm. Somehow though, the love of simple things - of dirt and straw, farm animals and those who work with them - got ingrained in me. I blame my dad. Each year he would drag me to one horsey event or another. Races or rodeos. Maybe a fall fair. I didn’t know it, but he had grown up with horses. But what kid knows such things about their dads? Dads just are - timeless and ever-present. So it seemed a bit strange to me how much delight my scrupulously clean chiropractor father found in quarter horses, or a plowing
competition at the fall fair. It was another side of the man, and one I came to appreciate after the third or fourth time we went to the Falkland Stampede. Held at a wide spot on the road, Falkland, BC, doubled in size each rodeo weekend. Spectators sat on flat board bleachers that gave new meaning to the term “hard-ass.” But you were on top of the action, and both you and your hotdog were slowly coated in the dust kicked up by the bulls and horses just a few feet away. It was visceral. It was real. It was authentic. The Calgary Stampede was also part of my childhood. But as exciting as the midway, animal displays, and mini donuts were, it could never compare to my experience of small town rodeos. And the good news is, such rodeos have never gone away. I got that same sense of visceral connection recently, standing by the rail of the clubhouse turn in High River when a clod of mud thrown up by a horse’s hooves hit me in the face as the chuckwagons pounded by. THAT is being part of the action!
It ain’t rodeo unless you can taste it. By: Allen R Gibson
Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Weekend August 17-20, 2017
Photo by Allison Croteau
Small Town, Big Rodeo. Pro Rodeo Parade Cabaret Vendors
Cardston’s mini-chucks run in August
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2017 Rodeo Schedule Rodeo
Date Town/City Website
Drayton Valley Pro Rodeo
Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo
Mayerthorpe Indoor Rodeo
Caroline Big Horn Stampede
Little Britches Rodeo
Alder Flats Rodeo
Grande Prairie Stompede
May 31-June 4
Leduc Black Gold Rodeo
Water Valley Stampede
Crossfield Pete Knight Rodeo
Rocky Pro Rodeo
Rocky Mtn House
Innisfail Pro Rodeo
Guy Weadick Days
Sundre Pro Rodeo
High River Rodeo
June 27-July 3
Airdrie Pro Rodeo
June 28-July 2
Benalto Pro Rodeo
Buck Lake Stampede
The Dogpound Rodeo
Mary Reimer Memorial Rodeo
Bowden Pro Rodeo
Cochrane Pro Rodeo
Jasper Heritage Rodeo
Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo
Bar U Ranch
Cochrane Lions Rodeo
Canadian Finals Rodeo
Old Time Ranch Rodeo Okotoks Pro Rodeo
draytonvalley.ca stavelyprorodeo.com mayerthorpe.ca/events carolinebighornstampede.webs.com
jasperheritagerodeo.com pinchercreekprorodeo.com fcarodeo.com
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2017 Pow Wow Schedule Pow Wow
Feb 25 - 26
Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow
High Prairie Traditional Pow Wow
June 3 - 4
Arlee Pow Wow
June 29 - July 4
Arlee, Montana USA
Ermineskin Cree Nation Pow Wow
June 30 - July2
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Pow Wow
July 7 - 9
Stampede Competitive Pow Wow
July 7 - 16
North American Indian Days
International Peace Pow Wow
Aboriginal Gathering Pow Wow U of C Graduation Banquet and Pow Wow
Browning, Montana USA blackfeetcountry.com
Kainai Pow Wow & Celebration
July 14 - 16
Tsuu T’ina Rodeo and Pow Wow
July 28 - 30
Tsuu T’ina Nation
Piikani Nation Annual Celebration Kehewin Cree Nation Pow Wow
Heart Butte Celebration
Siksika Nation Annual Pow Wow
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Samson Cree Nation Celebration
Wesley First Nation Labour Day Pow Wow
Samson Christmas Pow Wow
Heart Butte, Montana USA blackfeetcountry.com Siksika Nation
siksikanation.com samsoncree.com/samsoncelebration wesley-nation.ca samsoncree.com
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Remington Carriage Museum, Cardston
Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin THE
150 YEARS of
Carriages, Cars &Canada Dry Discover how this family of risk-takers shaped Canada’s transportation industry. See beautifully restored and as-found McLaughlins and McLaughlin-Buicks, join us behind the barriers to get up close and personal with vintage vehicles, and enjoy family fun with interactive games, toys, films and facility tours.
Save with the “Two Museum Experience” special offer on our Facebook pages RemingtonCarriageMuseum.org ReynoldsAlbertaMuseum.org
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Experience Kananaskis Country Kananaskis Country is a special place where people from around the world come to renew their spirit and reconnect with nature. Only half an hour west of Calgary, Kananaskis has become a cherished location for Albertans to be active yearround with friends and family. Kananaskis Country was created by the Alberta Government in 1978. It contains one million acres of parkland sprawling along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, just west of Hwy 22. A favourite location for hikers, skiers, fishers, golfers and lovers of water sports, equestrian activities in the rugged mountain terrain are very popular too, says Jill Sawyer with Alberta Parks.
trucks and trailers. Visitors are welcome to bring their horses to the park, or hire one of the professional outfitters in the area. Treat the kids to an overnight stay in a tipi, or be pampered at one of the finest resort hotels in the region. Raft the Kananaskis River, bike the many paved and back country trails. Take a day hike or backpack into spectacular wilderness. The area is a golfers paradise, and with the Kananaskis Country Golf Course scheduled to reopen soon, it will only get better.
Kananaskis Country, which takes its name from the Cree word (“Kine-e-a-kis”) was travelled by explorer John Palliser in 1858. It encompasses 6 provincial parks, 4 wildland provincial parks, 39 provincial recreational areas, 1 ecological reserve, 1 natural area, and 10 equestrian campgrounds, says Sawyer.
Kananaskis Country is home of grizzly and black bears, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, coyotes, and more. If you intend to go wildlife viewing, for your own safety, please discuss your plans with the friendly staff at the Kananaskis Visitor Centres (Pgs 16 & 17). They can help you plan your day and provide you with current safety information. While you’re there, ask for a copy of their free Official Trail Maps or purchase a detailed GemTrek map. Heading into the back country? Purchase your permit and bear spray here, too.
“Most designated campgrounds are outfitted with stables, hitching posts, and other horse-friendly features,” she stated. And parking at the campgrounds is designed to accommodate
For even more information, pick up a copy of Experience the Mountain Parks and Experience Calgary’s Parks ‘n’ Paths or visit ExperienceTravelGuides.com/Library
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Experience Kananaskis Country See pg 62 for campground directory For up to date seasonal trail maps ExperienceTravelGuides.com/library For more info on Kananaskis Country pick up a copy of Experience Calgary’s Parks ‘n’ Paths
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Chain Lakes, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass
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Experience Kananaskis Country on Horseback
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If you yearn to experience the cowboy trail on horseback, many great trails exist in Kananaskis Country where you and your horse can experience the spectacular scenery and secluded serenity together. Travelling south from Calgary on Alberta Hwy 22 and turning west onto Alberta Hwy 546 at Turner Valley about 20 km along you can access two of these in the Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park. The Sandy McNabb and the Death Valley Trail share a trail-head just off Hwy 546. If you want to go out for longer than a day
Sandy McNabb Equestrian Campground It is part of the Sandy McNabb Campground. It is open from April 29 to October 11 for camping. In the equestrian area, 21 vehicle-accessible sites are arranged around a loop at the north end of the campground. Both 15-amp and 30-amp electrical service is available. The campground is serviced by a treated, pressurized summer water system. In addition to the amenities for humans, there are amenities for the equine members of the team, including hitching rails, horse corrals, and a loading ramp. The camping price covers the fee for 2 horses; there are supplementary fees for each additional horse. In addition to the camping facilities, there are 3 day-use areas and an interpretive trail and trailhead. There are several biking, hiking, and equestrian trails accessible from Sandy McNabb. A playground in the regular campground and an informal amphitheater for summer interpretive programs are available
trip, the Sandy McNabb Equestrian Campground is in close proximity to both trails and has specialized facilities to accommodate horses and riders. Even in these idyllic areas, it is wise to be prepared for a variety of dangers that could be encountered. Familiarize yourself with the trail maps, let someone know your plans, dress in layers and bring water, waterproof matches, a firstaid kit, a bear bell and bear spray, and a hoof pick.
for patron’s use. In the winter, the equestrian campground provides winter camping and trailhead parking for the Sandy McNabb cross-country ski trails. Occasionally, equestrian users ride horses on designated trails in winter. An ice rink is also maintained at the day use area and one group camp is open for winter day use. Due to its proximity to Calgary, it fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended. The Sandy McNabb Trail Alexander “Sandy” McNabb, arrived in Turner Valley during the 1913-1915 oil boom. This native of Scotland loved fishing and spent many days riding the rutted road west from Turner Valley to his favourite fishing hole on the Sheep River near the trail that now bears his name. The current trailhead begins to the right of the parking at the Ranger Station. The easy 1.7 km ride along the Sandy McNabb trail curves through beautiful forests and wetlands to a viewpoint with a scenic panorama
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Experience Kananaskis Country on Horseback of the Sheep River valley. Sheep River Falls, Indian Oils and the Bluerock equestrian campground and facilities are located west of here along the Sheep Trail.
us sweeping westward views across meadows to mountains beyond the foothills. There are a number of interesting rocky landscape features, as well as remnants of forest fires from years past. The Death Valley Trail descends into the bottom of this valley and continues north to pass the junction at Windy Point Trail terminating at the Ware Creek Trail and 9999 Trail in this predominantly equestrian area.
This trail is not open to horses from December 1 - March 31, as it is designated for cross-country skiing during that time. The Death Valley Trail The horse and rider exploring this 12.5 km trail (one-way) will experience an easy, scenic foothills trail with an elevation gain of 220 metres. Death Valley Trail is often combined with Windy Point Trail, Foran Grade Trail and Sheep Trails (for a total ride of 16 km). If you want a shorter ride, Death Valley Loop is approximately 6.6 km.
Ranchers lease these lands to graze their cattle, so use caution especially in the presence of cow-calf pairs. Also, look at the contours on the maps to see how steep the trail is in order to evaluate whether your horse is fit enough to make the climb. It is important to keep an eye on the weather. For example, if significant amounts of rain have fallen or when natural springs are flowing near the trail, there can be sections with deep mud making passage a struggle at times.
The Sandy McNabb Trailhead gives you access to this outand-back trail. A well established path leads you into a mix of evergreen forest and deciduous aspen. Riding along the initial flat land it begins to gently ascends towards the top of Long Prairie Ridge trail. Sections of evergreen and aspen forests are punctuated by long stretches of grassland that open to provide
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Experience Cardston, Waterton & Pincher Creek
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The quaint community of Waterton is the most southerly town on The Cowboy Trail. Located 55 km southwest of Cardston on Hwy 5 and 57 km south of Pincher Creek on Hwy 6, Waterton is a peaceful place that will remain in your heart forever. Relax and breathe in the fresh crisp alpine air. The townsite of Waterton is at the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park which shares borders with the U.S.A. to the south and British Columbia to the west. This may be the smallest of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national mountain parks, but many
consider it to be the most stunning. Here, the grasslands of the Great Plains give way to lofty mountains. The lakes, streams and waterfalls will refresh your spirit. The climate here is moderated by warmer Pacific winds which often carry seeds. As a result, Waterton is home to 1,000 native plants and more than half of all the wildflower species found in Alberta. The flowers here are so numerous and diverse, the park is considered the Wildflower Capital of Canada! If you are here in June, be sure to attend the annual festival.
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Experience Cardston, Waterton & Pincher Creek Waterton is home to 60 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Wildlife is so abundant here that you’re likely to see more bighorn sheep then people. The diversity of wildlife was the genesis of a fall festival, the Waterton Wildlife Weekend. Waterton is so special it has earned the UNESCO designation of World Biosphere Reserve as well as World Heritage Site. In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park joined Montana’s Glacier National Park to form the world’s first International Peace Park. It’s a symbol of friendship between Canadians and Americans.
Horses played an important role in the early development of the area. Trails were created to link the great lodges and pack trains of horses would deliver supplies and the first tourists. By exploring Waterton on horseback, you can see the park in much the same way that the early explorers discovered it.
The Blackfoot people consider Waterton a sacred place. Learn more at the Crandell Mountain Interpretive Theatre’s Native Storyteller program. Be sure to visit the Maskinonge Overlook Exhibit and discover the origins of the sacred Beaver Bundle. It contains the essence of life and opens in the spring.
Many visitors use Waterton as a base while touring through the region. There are several authentic western adventures here such as the Great Canadian Barn Dance, Remington Carriage Museum, The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and Alpine Stables. Just be sure to arrange your accommodation well in advance.
Waterton Wildflower Festival June 15 - June 20 watertonwildflowers.com Canada Day July 1 Celebrate Canada’s birthday in Waterton!
For more Information visit mywaterton.ca, pinchercreek.ca, and cardston.ca
Parks Day Weekend July 17 & July 18
Blackfoot Arts and Heritage Festival August TBA
Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day July 25, from 9:30am - 3:30pm, at the Falls Theatre in Waterton Free of charge.
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Crandell Mountain Lodge www.crandellmountainlodge.com 1-866-859-2288
Pearls Cafe www.pearlscafe.ca (403) 859-2660
Aspen Village www.aspenvillageinn.com 1-888-859-8669
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See wildlife habitat and wildflowers galore as you meander through wooded trails of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Our guided rides are the ultimate western adventure for the whole family. Select hourly, half-day, full day or overnight trips. Across from the golf course.
Open May through Sept, 9am - 5pm
Experience the Bar U Ranch & Longview
Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only National Historic Site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada. Established in the 1880â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the Bar U was one of the first large corporate ranches. Pat Burns once owned this ranch, while Harry Longabaugh (better known as the Sundance Kid) worked here. Parks Canada has operated the site since 1991. Over the next five years, they will be restoring many of the historic buildings
on the ranch. A visitor orientation centre and a vibrant living history program interpret a time when the West was young. The Bar U Cafe offers authentic ranch house meals and the Gift Shop stocks quality western gifts and much more. The Bar U National Historic Site of Canada is located 13 km south of Longview and 41 km southwest of High River, at the intersection of Hwy 540. Their hours of operation: May 15 Sept. 30, 2017; 10am - 5pm, daily.
CELEBRATIONS START HERE! Hometown Heroes Weekend May 20 - May 21
Chuck Wagon Cook Off and Pack Horse Race June 18
Canada Day July 1
Parks Day July 15
Chuckwagon Cook-Off and Pack Horse Race Sunday, June 18, 2017 Sample some homemade stew and biscuits prepared over an open fire, then enjoy the pack horse competition!
Trail Ride - Friends of the Bar U
Old Time Ranch Rodeo Sunday, August 20, 2017 From wild cow milking, to team doctoring. come and enjoy the entire day as teams of working cowboys compete for bragging rights and trophy buckles!
Concert on Pekisko August 19
Old Time Ranch Rodeo August 20
Harvest and Heavy Horse Weekend
September 16 - 17 Visitor Information: parkscanada.gc.ca/baru
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 by taking advantage of free admission to all Parks Canada places for the entire year.
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Experience the Bar U Ranch & Longview Located in Longview amidst wind swept rolling hills crowned by the Rockies to the west, renowned artists Debra Garside, Donna Wilson and Happy Barlow invite you to discover the raw, yet refined, beauty of western arts including paintings, photography, bronze sculptures, jewellery and fine crafts. Garside Wilson Gallery 134 Morrison Road • 403-617-0588 truenorthfineimages.com/garside-wilson-gallery facebook.com/GarsideWilsonGallery
Photographer Debra Garside and bronze artist Donna Wilson have teamed up to showcase their work along with several local artists. They have a permanent exhibit of Sable Island Wild Horse images and other stunning photos, calendars, books, pottery and gifts. Debra and Donna offer photography and art workshops and special art events. Visit their gallery Facebook page for more information.
Garside Wilson Gallery Photo Courtesy of Debra Garside
The Lost American Art Gallery and Museum 122 Morrison Road •. 403-558-3693 truenorthfineimages.com/the-garside-wilson-gallery
Happy Barlow and Bob Caywood are passionate about landscape art and turquoise jewellery. Showcasing Longview area painters and sculptors, the gallery also sells Navajo rugs, Pendleton products and Ian Tyson CDs and books.
The Lost American Art Gallery and Museum Photo Courtesy of Happy Barlow
The Museum boasts Southwestern vintage turquoise jewelry, pottery, and baskets, as well as Edward S. Curtis photography. Also on display are Riley & McCormick chaps and saddles, plus rare bits, spurs and bridles from bygone days. Donations for admission are gratefully accepted. Prairie Light Studio 107 Morrison Road • 403-982-4272 prairielightstudio.com
The studio is a group of talented photographers including Dave Marshall, Maureen Bullock, Deanna Lavoie, & Robin Read. They showcase their passions in portraits, architecture, design, automobiles, animals, landscapes and geology. Stop, shop and pose. Book the Studio for personal and commercial photography as well as motorcycle portraits. By: Renée Delorme
Garside Wilson Gallery Photo Courtesy of Debra Garside
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Fabulous Food Finds on the Cowboy Trail
Corner House Cafe
Longview Steakhouse, Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Cheng
Little New York Bistro
I, like many other Calgarians, often find myself heading south on Hwy 22 for a scenic drive, a hike, a bike ride, or a camping trip. Just a few minutes past Calgary’s city limits is an entirely different world of endless skies, rolling foothills, breathing space, and a direct connection to Alberta’s western roots. Lately I’ve been making the trip to visit one of the many outstanding restaurants of the area. What follows is an unapologetically biased introduction to just a few of the many fantastic eateries well worth the visit.
Corner House Cafe
JCN Highway 22 & Highway 549, Millarville For years I drove by this tiny bungalow before finally noticing that, firstly, it’s indeed a restaurant, and secondly, its parking lot is nearly always full of vehicles. On a rainy Saturday last fall, it was time to investigate.
105 Sunset Boulevard NW, Turner Valley The Chuckwagon is also a recent find for me, although I’ll never know how I missed out on this local treasure for so long. Once featured on an episode of Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here, this red barn restaurant is the real deal when it comes to a cowboy experience and hearty, wholesome food. A friend has raved about the ‘Home Burger’ for years (after 12 years he still can’t bring himself to order anything else) and it’s no wonder—it’s a messy, juicy beauty. Every element is homemade, right down to the bun and relish, but it’s really the superior quality of the beef (sourced from the owner/chef’s very own ranch) where it delivers its greatest punch. You’ll be doing yourself a big favour if you arrive hungry!
A visit to the Corner House Cafe has the feel of stopping by the home of a welcoming friend—the kind of friend who can whip up a frothy espresso, and always has something bubbling on the stove and an abundance of fresh baking at hand. The service here is fast and friendly, and you may find yourself sharing a table with complete strangers, who instantly don’t feel like strangers at all. Best of all, the food is delicious and fresh. Their soups, especially Hungarian mushroom, deserve special mention—perhaps it was due to the rain, but I noticed that everyone who saw the soup had to have some. And its flavour fully lives up to the promise. I can’t wait to return for breakfast or some yummy baking and a latte.
I’ve been to the Chuckwagon a good many times in the past six months, and always I find a happy din from the friendly banter of the staff and a whole lot of happy patrons digging into a savoury meal. This busy spot usually has a lineup, but your patience will be well rewarded.
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Fabulous Food Finds on the Cowboy Trail Longview Steakhouse Highway 22, Longview I’m not sure I can do justice to my deep affection for the Longview Steakhouse. Hope it is okay to have a crush on a restaurant? - I confess I do. This is my favourite restaurant in the world and I find it hard to do anything but gush about it. The Longview Steakhouse is family run. Their new location is a short drive east up the hill from Hwy 22. It offers far more space than the old, yet the same intimate atmosphere prevails. The added bonus is an outstanding view of the Rockies. As for the food—if you want to experience the very best that western Canada has to offer this is your place. I’ve never had a better steak, and we Albertans tend to be particular about such things. Uniquely prepared fish, bison, venison, lamb, and chicken are also on offer, depending on the specials of the day. Your meal will come with a superb soup or salad, and don’t be fooled by the humble sound of “house dressing” or parsnip apple soup, these two dishes are exceptionally flavourful and delicious. Bon Appetit!
Chuckwagon Cafe Here is one of those terrific hidden gems along the Cowboy Trail. Winner of “Calgary’s Best Burger” awarded by Avenue Magazine for 2 years in a row. Featured for their “Flat Iron Eggs Benedict” on the TV Show “You Gotta Eat Here” produced by the Food Network Canada.
Look for the little red barn at the 4-way stop in Turner Valley. Open at 8 AM daily. Ph: 403-933-0003
Little New York Bistro 108 Morrison Road, Longview This gem of a restaurant was my first introduction to Cowboy Trail eating. Like many a weary traveller who neglects to pack snacks or a lunch, I was desperate to find a place to eat for my young family. “Bistro” certainly sounded appealing, and hinted of a kid-friendly item or two. As it turned out, this warm inviting restaurant was the happiest surprise of my long and checkered family dining life. The Little New York Bistro’s name is perhaps a bit misleading as their food is created with a definite European flair. But I won’t quibble! Their burgers, sandwiches, fries, and salads rise to a level far beyond what you would experience at the most popular chain restaurants. And I’d defy you to find a better Croque Monsieur anywhere. Trust me, I’ve researched the matter extensively. (Sorry France, not even close!) I’ve enjoyed many repeat visits to the Little New York Bistro over the years, sometimes escaping a cold winter day in its cozy log interior, and other times sipping a cold beer or glass of wine on the sunny patio. I think you get the picture; you simply can’t go wrong here. By Kristine Buffel
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Experience Diamond Valley
The town of Black Diamond is located 15 minutes north of Longview at the junction of Hwys 7 & 22. Turner Valley is only 5 minutes west of Black Diamond. The local Chamber of Commerce represents both towns and has adopted the name Diamond Valley! At the turn of the 20th century, settlers moved here because high grade coal was discovered in the area. Even though coal is no longer mined here, “the world’s largest black diamond” is displayed on Centre Avenue. Rub it for luck.
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Time stands still at Marv’s Classic Soda Shop, an authentic soda fountain and 50s diner. The ambience will stir the heart of any senior and everyone enjoys a handmade hamburger and home-cut fries. You may not find a better milkshake! On your way out, be sure to swing into the Black Diamond Bakery, right next door, for some Cowboy Trail sourdough bread. It goes great with George’s award winning chili. But there’s more than exceptional food in town; check out the local artwork, specialty clothing, gifts and jewellery. The Bluerock Gallery specializes in high quality handmade art and crafts created by Alberta artists. They have recently partnered with other galleries in the area to establish The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta. See Pg 28. Rusty Davidson has been travelling the world for over 40 years. He and his brother started importing the indigenous art styles of the Middle East, Asia, and South America before adding
Events In Diamond Valley June 3 Turner Valley’s Discovery Days & Black Diamond Parade
luxurious silk & wool carpets, teak root and hardwood furniture, hand carved sculptures and many other forms of captivating artifacts from around the globe. Open Daily: 10:00am to 5:30pm 134 Centre Ave, Black Diamond 403-933-5356 | blackdiamondgallery.com
July 1 Canada Day Celebrations July 23 Marv’s 10th Annual Rock & Roll Classic Show N Shine December 2 Diamond Valley Christmas Market and Light-Up
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Experience Diamond Valley
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Teak Root furniture, colourful kites and bright children’s clothing from Java, Bali and Indonesia. Their whole collection is displayed year-round at the Black Diamond Gallery. Both the Chuckwagon Cafe and the Country Store Diner are located in Turner Valley. The Chuckwagon Cafe has been awarded Calgary’s Best Burger twice. Their Flat Iron Eggs Benedict was featured on “You Gotta Eat Here”. This cafe is a very popular spot for breakfast. American tourists will receive a fair exchange rate on your US dollars, too.
Curtis Dixon recently converted an old pizza place into a full diner with an expanded menu. Make no doubt about it, you’ll still get a terrific pizza at the Country Store Diner, but don’t hesitate to try their pasta, poutine, and wings! More changes are underway for 2017, including a new take-out window. On a warm summer evening, sit on their patio. Open late! Many local events in Diamond Valley take place at Millennium Park which is located in downtown Turner Valley. Come soak up the sun. For more info visit: visitblackdiamond.ca
Marv’s Classic Soda Shop and Diner Black Diamond Bakery and Coffee Shop We serve: Hearty breakfasts including French Toast (on Saturdays only), a large selection of fresh sandwiches, 2 soups daily and our award winning chili.The bakery specializes in Danish baking and offers 4 kinds of Danish rye bread, as well as Trail of the Cowboy Sourdough bread. Breakfast served from 8:00am - 1:30pm. Open 8:00am - 5:30pm 119 Centre Ave W, Black Diamond Phone: (403) 933-4503 Fax: (403) 933-4501 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.blackdiamondbakery.ca
Authentic soda fountain and 50s diner. Over 150 flavours of soda pop. Handmade Burgers and Fries. Marv’s own frozen ice pops, paletas and ice cream. Summer Hours: Monday and Tuesday 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday to Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM Open holidays 11 AM to 5 PM Located at 121 Centre Ave. Black Diamond
Ph: 403-933-7001 www.marvsclassicsodashop.com
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Experience the Most Beautiful
Sage Studio Photo Courtesy of Sage Studio
Firebrand Glass Studio Photo Courtesy of John Dean
There is a reason why so many artists chose to live along the Rockies where the plains marry the mountains. They feel the wonderful energy of the land and the influence it has on their creative impulses. Henry David Thoreau, 19th century American poet, philosopher and naturalist, once said “it is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.”
under extreme heat and the capacity to make split second decisions. Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock crave the challenge and it shows. They are celebrated artists having won numerous awards and recognitions from many Canadian arts authorities and the Corning Museum of Glass. They are known for their exceedingly graceful and delicate works, many inspired by the crisp prairie light and windswept grasslands. Many pieces have found homes in private and corporate collections.
World-class artists Susan Kristoferson, Julia Reimer, Tyler Rock, Evonne Smulders and many others intrinsically understand this. These highly accomplished local artists have felt the magic of the area. Living in small towns where people and the land share deep connections enriches their art.
Julia and Tyler open their studio on a regular basis to those who want to witness the art of glassblowing. They also offer classes. Something I will definitely do in the coming year. Sage Studio
For these reasons, it is not surprising to see art studios and world-class art galleries dotting the countryside immediately south and west of Calgary. They make up a perfect day trip away from the big city. Add to your journey a visit to a quaint eatery or a picnic to one of the many parks and Voilà! You have yourself a perfect day, rain, shine or snow. Firebrand Glass Studio 634 3rd St. S.W., Black Diamond
320-1st Avenue N.W., Black Diamond evonnesmulders.com • 403-969-9594
Evonne Smulders is the salt of the earth. She embodies her philosophy of life, inviting you to slow down, be grateful and connect with nature, life and yourself. A potter for over 30 years, the clay has become an extension of who she is. Her pottery is wholesome, organic and vibrant. It is sure to find its purpose in your home.
firebrandglass.ca • 403 933-2264
Glassblowing is a fascinating art form as are the artists who devote their talents to it. Blowing glass is highly technical. It requires in-depth knowledge of material, their behaviours
On many occations throught the year, Evonne and husband Robert, open their studio to the public. You will not want to miss their warm welcome and discover Evonne’s work and how it can inspire you.
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Art Tour Along the Cowboy Trail
Kristoferson Studio Photo Courtesy of Susan Kristoferson
Bluerock Gallery Photo Courtesy of Bluerock Gallery
The Leighton Art Centre Photo Courtesy of Dori Weisenberger
and professional Alberta artists and offers programs initiating youth and adults to the arts. Situated between Calgary and Millarville, it is a perfect destination for the whole family, exploring the arts and enjoying a picnic on the front lawn.
Bluerock Gallery 110 Centre Ave W, Black Diamond bluerockgallery.ca • 403-933-5047
Art conveys feelings that words and thoughts cannot express. Karen Gimbel has long understood this. It fuels her passion to promote, collaborate and champion over 200 regional artists. “They are the voice, the eyes and the hands of the land”. Bluerock Gallery is a destination in itself. Karen gathered a full range of high quality fine art and fine craft in all media, sizes and prices. If you visit the gallery you will fall in love with local artists for what they offer and the way they inspire you. Bluerock also offers unique events featuring local artists. The Leighton Art Centre 282027 – 144 Street West, Foothills, AB leightoncentre.org • 403-931-3633
In 1924, Alfred Crocker (A.C.) Leighton, a member of the Royal Society of British Artists discovered the foothills. He and his wife, local artist Barbara Mary Harvey were smitten, stayed, and founded the Alberta Society of Artists and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Their home overlooked a large expanse of undulating hills where sun and clouds dance. That former residence is now the Leighton Art Centre featuring a museum, educational centre, art gallery and shop. The Leighton Foundation promotes over 400 young, emerging
Kristoferson Studio Visits by appointment kristoferson-studio.ca • 403-619-6875
Carefully following Susan Kristoferson’s instructions, I make my way up a narrow and windy road to her ridge top residence and studio, all the while scanning the sky’s “rays of glory” over the sensuous hills and mountain scape. Susan is an exquisite artist exploring the fine art of intricate hand painted paste papers and hand dyed “itajime” papers; an ancient Japanese art form she mastered. Her impressive career includes teaching in several fine arts universities and schools throughout the US. She has exhibited extensively at national and international levels. Susan will soon mentor students in her newly renovated studio offering workshops and art lessons. Her papers are used in bookbinding, note card making and even interior design. However, it is her intricate collage paper “paintings” of landscapes and abstract images and her small papers objects that are a must see. By Renée Delorme
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We have rides suitable for all ages and abilities from 1 hour to 6 days. Our Cowboy Cookouts can be enjoyed by horseback or covered wagon. Perfect for families with young children & seniors. Our Pack Trips take guests deep into the backcountry of Banff National Park for an experience like no other. Trips are available from 2-6 days with stays in cozy Backcountry Lodges or rustic Wilderness Tent Camps.
At Anchor D we have horseback adventures to satisfy the cowboy in everyone. Located just an hour Southwest of Calgary, Alberta. Whether you are looking for a 2 hour guided trail ride in the high foothills, a family-friendly weekend in the saddle, or even the legendary “Lost Trail Trip” in the Rocky Mountains, Anchor D can find the right trail for you. Our top quality horses are always matched to your ability to ensure an enjoyable ride.
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23 Sundre Museum & World of Wildlife Come to the Sundre Museum & World of Wildlife and travel around the world with us. You will be amazed for our museum has the “WOW” factor. Our Pioneer Village is situated on 4 acres of land and includes a number of buildings and artiacts that capture the pioneer story of our region. The World of Wildlife exhibit is a collection of over 170 animal and bird mounts from around the world portrayed in scenes of their natural habitat.
Adventures abound at Boundary Ranch; enjoy everything from a barbecue lunch at Rick’s Steakhouse to overnight trips in cozy backcountry camps. Trail rides range from one hour up to six days into remote areas of the high-country. For group entertainment; a private rodeo, a down n’ dirty gunfight, western-themed corporate team building, meals and much more! Boundary Ranch is located half way between Calgary and Banff, just 20 minutes south on Hwy#40.
Nestle among the evergreen & deciduous forests on the banks of the Red Deer River. And escape.
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Collaborating together to Create Community – Through Art! Our vision is to gather together and represent a full range of high quality fine art and fine craft, in all sizes and prices. A beloved destination for one-of-a-kind fine art and fine craft, we currently represent almost 200 regional fine artists and fine craftspeople. Their awesome talent and the art in our gallery make us proud every day – we have some fabulous artists living in the area!
Bragg Creek Trading Post
Historic Trading Post, Authentic Native Crafts, Moccasins, Mukluks, Genuine Cowichan Knitwear. Where else can you try on genuine moccasins, mukluks or mitts or a native knit Cowichan sweater around the warmth of a trusty wood stove amidst the aroma of freshly tanned hides. Or have the chance experience of meeting the native artists who bring their crafts in to trade or sell as you peruse all the other unusual and beautiful offerings?
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Shop and Diner
Marv’s is one of those places you expect to see in New Jersey or on Route 66 but it’s right here in Alberta on highway 22. An icon on main street Black Diamond since the turn of the century. Features a great handmade burger, fresh cut fries, ice cream and vintage soda fountain with over 150 varieties of vintage glass bottled soda flavours. Open year around. Summer hours: Mon & Tues 11-5 pm. Wed to Sun 11-9 pm. Open holidays 11-5 pm.
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10th Annual Rock & Roll Car Show & Shine July 30, 2017
Lucasia Ranch is a desigated historic site and a working cattle and horse ranch in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Lucas Family have been entertaining guests from all over the world for over 20 years now and continue to “Share their Western Heritage” with all inclusive guest packages.
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Our backcountry hideaway nestled between the majestic mountains of Banff National Park and the grasslands of the historic Ya Ha Tinda Ranch, offers Overnight to 6 day Guided Horseback, Bring Your Own Horse, Hiking and Stagecoach Holidays. Travel to The Outpost in our horse-drawn stagecoach, where cozy cabin accommodations, delectable home-cooked cuisine, and the most scenic and varied trails in the Rockies, await. We are the ”truly civilized way to leave civilization®”.
Providing horse enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy some of the best riding in Western Canada since 1991. With well-conditioned and responsive horses, our team of knowledgeable guides seeks to ensure every rider experiences the best of Alberta’s unspoiled beauty. Join us for a few hours or a few weeks. Day rides are offered from our base at the M&M ranch, less than an hour from Calgary and only minutes from Bragg Creek. Reservations Required.
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Nestled close to the base of the Livingstone Mountain Range in Southwestern Alberta is Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations – an authentic working cattle ranch. Featuring self-catering log cabins with all amenities. Whether you choose to “Cowboy Up” and take in some of the activities or sit back and just relax – the choice is yours! Randy & Ginny Donahue would love to be your guides whether it be a cattle drive or trail rides.
21 Sundance Lodges Come stay with us at Sundance Lodges - a family campground located in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of Kananaskis Country. For over 25 years, we’ve been offering adventure accommodation in beautiful Sioux tipis and comfortable trapper’s tents nestled in the forest bordering the pristine Kananaskis River. If you have a spirit of adventure and want something out of the ordinary, give us a call. Reservations Recommended.
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Trail ’s End Gathering
Music and stories of the West September 29 to October 1, 2017 1802-9 Ave SE, High River High River Full Gospel Church Weekend Pass: $35 • Friday, day only: Free • Friday evening: $20
Saturday, day only: Free • Saturday Evening: $20 • Saturday Beef Supper: $20 Tickets available at The Museum of the Highwood Phone: 403-652-7156 or Perry Jacobson, email@example.com Phone: 403.649.2701
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Experience Authentic Western Culture If you’re looking for entertainment check out the following coming events Mar 16 – 19, 2017: Kamloops Cowboy Festival
Aug 17 – 20, 2017: Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Jan 19 - 21, 2018: Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
May 26 – 28, 2017: Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival
Aug 18 – 20, 2017: Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry Festival
Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2018 (Elko, NV): National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
June 16 – 18, 2017: Willow Creek Cowboy Gathering
Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017: High River, Trail’s End Gathering
Feb 16 - 18, 2018 (Ellensburg, WA): Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering
We do our best to ensure the accuracy of postings, however we suggest you contact the event organizers directly to confirm. For more info go to: albertacowboypoetry.com/cowboy-gatherings.html
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Real Cowboys Wear Nylons Yoga pants on, donning my Australian outback hat, and throwing my duffel bag over my shoulder, I anticipated an exciting and intense week of trail riding in Waterton National Park – a Unesco World Heritage site. Come rain or shine we were going to ride world-class trails with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, a renowned riding association established back in 1923.
in a bit of the local western flavour and history. I asked the Bar U farrier Barry about the pantyhose secret. “Nope! I’ve never heard of it. Try Vaseline.” The week went by quickly. We rode the mountains’ backcountry in the sun, rain and the wind - through plains, hills and narrow ridges. The horses were always willing to work hard, sure-footed, even on narrow ledges. Most of all, they were very patient with us. By night we slept in tents and tepees, camaraderie and good food in abundance.
Bill, who is an old time Rodeo cowboy, still competing despite his age, clued me into the pantyhose trade secret. He claimed “Cowboys wear nylons, that’s how they avoid skin chafing. Ask them.” I mentioned Bill’s advice to other experienced riders. I only received quizzical looks.“Wear two pairs of pants”, “avoid polyester”, “use talcum powder”, they countered. Trusting Bill completely, I ignored them. He wanted to make sure I could ride upwards of 60 hours in 6 days without tissue damage or pain. He even offered a couple horse riding lessons. Surely he had my welfare at heart? I generated further throat clearing amongst my rider friends when I explained that I hiked and did yoga to strengthen my core. In the end, those activities did prove invaluable. Our group consisted of 4 veterinarians, 2 professors, social workers, a mathematician, local cowboys, retirees and myself. On our way to Waterton we stopped at the Bar U – a National Historic Site, and lived-in museum, south of Longview, taking
Our guides were a grandfather, a trapper and his grandson, and a teacher. They shared their knowledge of the area, about edible plants, bears and cougars and told us many stories. As to my nylon question, the old trapper gave me a perplexed look, clearly not understanding what I was talking about. We left Waterton wanting more. Many believe they can’t trail right without experience, but the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies cater to the uninitiated. Their secret for a successful ride? Trust yourself and your horse and, bring a sturdy sense of humour. They offer 4 and 6-day packages. As for the nylons, who knows? But be sure to wear a pair of padded cycling shorts under your riding pants. Trust me! Photos and Story by: Renée Delorme
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Experience Okotoks – Home of the ‘Big Rock’
Okotoks is part of the ‘Cool Little Towns’ group – a collection of communities south of Calgary that really ARE ‘cool’ little towns - and wonderful places for a day trip or weekend escape from the city. Their website features guided tours to historical sites, roads for motorcycling, and culinary experiences. Its name is based on the Blackfoot word for rock: “ohkotok.” First Nations used the huge glacial erratic located here as a guidepost to find the crossings over the Sheep River. The town grew from the early stopovers built around the ancient river crossings, which were used by wagon trains and travellers on the ‘Macleod Trail’ between Fort Macleod and Calgary in the early days of European settlement. The rock is so famous it inspired Alberta’s first craft brewer, whose “Big Rock Beer” can promotions have been seen wrapped around hay bales throughout Alberta over the years. Beginning in the late 1800’s the town’s lifeline was the railway. Today’s visitors will find the art gallery and visitor info centre located in the brick station on North Railway St., which makes
a great starting point for a walking tour. Downtown’s Elizabeth Street still holds wonderful examples of historic homes and businesses. Nearby coffee shops and bistros ensure you won’t go hungry. In fact, the town features over 80 eateries. Like many prairie towns, Okotoks was destroyed numerous times by floods and fires. It had only about 600 residents during most of the last century. But the town’s pleasant location, its 80 km of trails and paths networking the river valley, and easy access to Calgary for commuters, have transformed Okotoks into a vibrant community; one whose population has virtually doubled every decade since the 70’s to about 30,000 now. The town is home to lots of events including a Busker’s Fest in July, August Show and Shine, a 3-day Pro Rodeo, Foothills Highland Games, and Chili Fest all on the last weekend in August. September features a ‘Harvest and Blues Fest.’ And November “Light Up Okotoks” has seen up to 20,000 people to enjoy the stunning holiday light show. By Allen Gibson
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The Millarville Market Experience
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If you haven’t done so already, join the thousands of people from Alberta who connect with our heritage at the century-old racetrack and fair grounds near the hamlet of Millarville on summer Saturdays for the Millarville Farmers’ Market.
include several races; thoroughbred racing with pari-mutuel betting, stock horse (our local horses and riders), ladies’ sidesaddle, pack horse and beer gardens. An activity-filled program for children rounds out the offering.
With many vendors representing “growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists” the market, located just off the Cowboy Trail along Hwy 549 about 45 min southwest of Calgary, is a popular spot for those looking to escape the city, spend a day in the picturesque foothills, and find some of the freshest farmgrown products, and novel arts and crafts around Alberta.
The MRAS organizes other annual events this year including: the 21st Millarville Rodeo, July 19 to 23; the “Run to the Farmers’ Market, half marathon, June 17; and, the Christmas Market, Nov. 9 to 12. Also this year, the 110th annual Priddis & Millarville Country Fair, runs August 19 to 20.
The market runs Saturdays from June 17 to Oct. 7, 2017; with the gates open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3. The Farmers’ Market is just one of the six major attractions offered throughout the year by the 300 volunteer members of the Millarville Racetrack & Agricultural Society (MRAS). The society, which marks its 112th anniversary this year, started out as the Millarville Racing Club in 1905. From its beginnings, a highlight of the year is the running of the Millarville Races, this year held July 1, 2017 at 12 noon. This race will also celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Race day is also a Farmers’ Market Day so come early and browse through the vendor booths. Attractions during the day
The Millarville Farmers’ Market is a great way for consumers to connect directly with farmers, growers, and artisans — to learn about how their crops are grown and the skill and talent vested in making a wide range of products. Families are encouraged to join the Market Bucks program for kids 4-12 years. This initiative started in 2016 to get kids involved in discovering where their food comes from. They gain confidence in conversation with farmers and artisans, and making healthy food choices. Thereby, children have the sole responsibly for maintaining their own punch card — all for a monetary reward that they can spend anywhere within the Market. Sign up during your next visit at the information booth located near the concession. All new participants get their own shopping bag. By Lee Hart
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Farmers’ Markets Along the Cowboy Trails Dozens of communities along the Cowboy Trails host seasonal farmers’ markets each year. Here are some of the members of the Alberta Farmers’ Market Association you may want to check out during your travels this summer: Claresholm - Claresholm Arena Wednesdays; July to September
Carstairs - Curling Rink Tuesdays; June to August
Clearwater Market - RMH Rec Centre Thursdays; May to October
Millarville - Millarville Fair Grounds Saturdays; June to October
Bergen - Community Hall Saturdays; June to September
Caroline - Kurt Browning Arena Fridays; May to September
Okotoks - two miles north Fridays; June to September
Bentley - Curling Rink Saturdays; May to September
Spruce View - Spruce View Hall Mondays; May to September
Calgary - Deerfoot City North Sundays; May to October
Sundre - Curling Rink Fridays; May to September
Edson - Friendship Centre Fridays; April to December
Cochrane Ranche Historic Site Saturdays; June to October
Rimbey - Pask-a-Poo-Park Saturdays; May to October
Evansburg; Tipple Park Museum Saturdays; May to September
Crossfield - Banta Park Thursdays; June to September
Rocky Mountain House - Museum Saturdays; year round
Hinton - Switzer Drive Thursdays; March to December
For further information on these and other markets visit albertamarkets.com
Alberta Open Farm Days - an annual summer event that celebrates agriculture in the province - provides Albertans a backstage pass to visit many of the farms and ranches that are peppered throughout the province. It’s an opportunity to witness firsthand the behind-thescenes workings of an industry we are all connected to. At its roots this is an industry that makes life possible! Thanks to the maps provided on the Alberta Open Farm Days website, as well as a comprehensive list of participating farms and suggested itineraries, finding your way to the different farms and markets
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farms, fruit wineries, elk and bison ranches, to honey farms, there is something for everyone. The weekend includes a number of culinary events as well. Alberta Open Farm Days will take place August 19 & 20, 2017.
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Experience Bragg Creek
The hamlet of Priddis is only 20 km west of Macleod Trail. From this point west, pay attention for wildlife especially at dawn or dusk. And be ready for some jaw-dropping landscapes!
Bragg Creek is a favourite day trip destination for Calgarians. It’s the gateway to Elbow Valley, a recreation area enjoyed by all: hikers, bikers and riders. And this funky town also offers unique shops and some great dining experiences.
Bragg Creek gets its name from two young brother adventurers who arrived in 1885. Warren Bragg, aged 17 and John Bragg, aged 14 ran away from their home located Nova Scotia over a disagreement with their new, very young step-mother.
The 30-min drive to Bragg Creek along Hwy 22X is a winding, relaxing, and scenic experience. Watch your speed, as police monitor the 4-lane section of this road frequently for speeders.
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November 18 & 19 Artisans Christmas Sale December 2, 3 & 9, 10 Spirit of Christmas
Experience Bragg Creek Dr. George Ings prospected this area in the 1890s. He mined a thousand tons of coal out of Moose Mountain. The discovery of natural gas then fueled oil speculation. Many wells were drilled over the next 70 years but no oil was found. Bragg Creek is known for its enjoyable outdoor activities and beautiful landscape. It also has a number of popular shops throughout the hamlet. These stores are the perfect place to pick up a local memorabilia, high quality home and garden wares, and gifts you are not likely to find anywhere else. Kids of all ages enjoy an ice cream cone at Scoops & Snacks. The Bavarian Inn serves traditional German fare, the Italian Farmhouse draws those who love country food with passion, and Mountain Bistro specializes in fresh hand-tossed pizza. The Powderhorn Saloon offers great food and cold beer. With a live band playing on Fridays and a Jam session Wednesdays, there’s something for every two-stepper or toe-tapper. Creekers Bistro is open for Sunday Brunch, breakfast, lunch, and, dinner. They have a fine selection of craft beers on tap.
Bragg Creek was hit hard by the June Flood of 2013. Many businesses were simply washed out when the Elbow River rushed through town. One of the hardest hit businesses was the historic Bragg Creek Trading Post. It’s has since reopened and is located at the edge of town where White Ave turns into Hwy 758, adjacent to the Elbow River. The Trading Post was originally built by Guy Coates in 1925 and called the Upper Elbow General Store. In 1940, Jack Elsdon purchased it and delivered mail from Calgary to all the homes along Hwy 8. Jack’s daughter Barbara, rebuilt the business after the flood and runs an old fashioned store that provides native handicrafts, treats and mercantile goods. Hwy 758 continues west for another 1.5 km, to Bragg Creek Provincial Park, where you can enjoy a picnic listening to the river, or launch a tube if the river is not running high. Bragg Creek is a terrific destination and a jumping off point for exploring the Elbow River Valley. Check on hiking, biking and equestrian trails at the Elbow Valley Information Centre, located just 3 minutes west of town on Hwy 66.
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The “Big 4” of the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth Guy Weadick, the enthusiastic 27 year old American Cowboy, came to Calgary in 1912 with an ambitious plan to create “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. It was to be a celebration of Alberta’s “Golden age of Ranching”, which had diminished due to the arrival of thousands of settlers and the deadly cold winter of 19061907 where thousands of cattle perished.
Guy needed financial support for his over-the-top idea and fortunately 4 wealthy ranchers, collectively known as “The Big 4”, agreed to step up with $25,000 each on the condition the cowboy “made it the biggest thing of it’s kind in the world!”. Guy lived up to his part of the deal...and then some. We present to you the “Big 4” of The Calgary Stampede:
Herman Linder on “Pony Clyde” at Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Photo Courtesy of The Glenbow Museum (na-3252-5)
Alfred Ernest Cross (A.E. Cross)
was born in Montreal on June 26, 1861 and became a veterinary surgeon. He headed west to the District of Alberta at 22 years old and landed a job as a vet and bookkeeper at the British American Ranch Company (previously called the Cochrane Ranch). Two years later he started his own successful ranch, the a7, on Mosquito Creek, west of Nanton, Alberta.
Archibald (Archie) James McLean was born
In 1892, Alfred started a brewery called the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company. He then bought many Alberta hotels, which helped him sell the beer from his brewery. Around town he was known as “The Jolly, Jolly Brewer”. In 1899 he entered politics and became a member of the Legislative Assembly of the District of Alberta representing Calgary-East.
In 1909 Archie decided to enter politics and was elected as a Member of the Alberta Legislature for the Lethbridge District, in the province. When the Liberals were defeated in the 1921 elections, his political career ended and he returned to his first love by leasing a large area of land near Fort Macleod to start his own ranch.
in Aldborough, Ontario on September 25, 1860. His parents were farmers and Archie soon learned a lot about the farming business. Years later he took a job as a ranch hand on the CY Ranch near Taber, in the District of Alberta. He soon became the ranch manager and then part owner and the company went on to export and sell cattle to Great Britain.
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George Lane Photo Courtesy of The Glenbow Museum (NA-859-1)
Senator Pratick Burns Photo Courtesy of The Glenbow Museum (NB-16-150)
Archibald James McLean Photo Courtesy of The Glenbow Museum (PA-3709-43)
George Lane was born on March 6, 1856 in Booneville, Senator Patrick Burns was born in Victoria County, Iowa and at age 16 he followed his dad to Montana to search for gold. In his twenties he learned the ranching industry and moved to the District of Alberta in 1884 where he became a foreman at the Bar U Ranch south of Calgary. George soon earned the respect of other cowboys and ranchers. He left the Bar U Ranch about 3 years later. Then in 1902 he and his partners returned and bought the huge ranch, which today is a Parks Canada National Historic Site . Even though George was an expert in buying and selling cattle, he didn’t hesitate expanding his livestock business to include a herd of majestic Percheron work horses. George realized the new settlers would require thousands of them for plowing land and other farm activities. Additionally, George would travel to France and buy the best of the breed, which allowed him to win show competitions in Western Canada and the USA. The Prince of Wales came to the Bar U Ranch for a visit in 1919 and he was so impressed that he bought the ranch next door with George Lane’s help.
Ontario in 1855, he was the 4th of 11 children. Patrick, with his older brother, John Burns, left home and took a homestead in 1878 in Minnedosa, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. He worked on a railway gang and as a cowboy to earn extra money. He managed to obtain contracts across western Canada to supply meat to railroad construction camps. In 1890 Patrick made his way to Calgary where he built his first slaughterhouse. Senator Patrick Burns became known as the “Cattle King” and it’s not hard to see why. At one time his cattle empire stretched 450,000 acres from Cochrane south to the American border! He also, started or bought over 100 retail meat shops in the provinces of Alberta and BC. He established 65 creameries and cheese factories and 18 wholesale fruit houses. Finally, to celebrate his 75th birthday, a huge cake was baked that fed 15,000 people. In 2008, Senator Patrick Burns was voted “Alberta’s Greatest Citizen”. By: Rob Lennard
Experience Cochrane Cochrane is located just 30 min north of Bragg Creek and less than an hour from Banff. Here we find spectacular vistas of rolling foothills and majestic Rocky Mountains. Cochrane is a recreation playground for families, adventure enthusiasts and those seeking rest and relaxation in a beautiful natural setting.
The Home Quarter Mercantile boasts an excellent selection of affordable and authentic western wear. Joan & Clarence Longeway stock home decor and accent pieces, plus men’s and women’s clothing lines, jewellery, handbags, wallets, with new stock arriving regularly.
Cochrane combines a proud western heritage with all the modern conveniences required for a great vacation. Enjoy all of the quaint shops, boutiques, superb dining experiences, and the talents of local artisans. From running events, rodeos, skateboarding, or hiking through original ranch country, Cochrane has something for everyone!
The Bert Sheppard Stockmen’s Library is a must see and is housed the Cochrane Ranch Historic Site. Full of western memorabilia, ask to see their collection of 101 cowboy hats and their displays of barbed wire and saddles.
The Studio West Art Gallery & Bronze Foundry is a very unique attraction. Don & Shirley Begg have operated this lostwax bronze foundry since 1970. Since then, they have created more than 85 public bronze statues, many of which are on display along the Cowboy Trail. Be sure to stop for a free tour of sculpting and watch them work. Cochrane has a reputation for western culture. The Rockyview Hotel, Tony’s Western Wear, and Home Quarter Mercantile anchor the old Historic Downtown Cochrane.
After four years of working through red tape to secure a licence and purchase specialized equipment Krang Spirits quietly opened its doors in December 2016. The company offers a small slate of liqueurs, along with premium vodka. The Half Hitch Brewing Company is a family owned and operated microbrewery and restaurant. This one-of-a-kind monitor barn brewery embodies a rustic western charm. From the beer in the glass, to the table it’s resting on, the family has hand-crafted every aspect of the experience. Their restaurant opened in January 2017 and plans are underway to open a patio this summer.
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Cochrane: How The West Is Now
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Ask any true Albertan, our “western” ways are a major part of our collective DNA. From rodeos and Rockies to horses and cattle-peppered hills, “the west” is who, and what, we are. And, perhaps, no other community in Alberta represents our western ways, our western heritage, better than Cochrane. Located just half an hour northwest of Calgary on the Cowboy Trail, Cochrane (pop. 25,122) is a charming community with plenty of appeal. Rodeos, festivals, street markets, riverside paths, beautiful parks, and a historic downtown core teeming with eclectic shops and art galleries celebrating “the west” Cochrane has something for everyone. Not surprisingly, Cochrane has a rich ranching history. The Historic Cochrane Ranche Site, located near the intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 1A, was the site of Alberta’s first largescale livestock operation. Founded in 1881, the idyllic setting of the ranch is still enjoyed by thousands of people each year. The ranch is a 55-hectare (136-acre) public park with picnic tables, fire pits, walking trails, and an outdoor stage that has been the site of numerous events. While the pristine natural setting of the ranch is obviously one of its main draws, it’s also home to historic buildings, a museum with numerous displays and artifacts, an indoor theatre, corporate meeting space, and the town’s administrative offices.
A visit to nearby Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park should also be on your radar if Alberta’s colourful ranching history is something that interests you. The park, which was officially opened in 2011, is home to jaw-dropping mountain vistas, an extensive trail network, old ranch buildings and ruins, and much more. If you’re looking for that idyllic western scene of rolling foothills and meandering rivers framed by the “Blue Canadian Rockies,” this is your spot! While there are great photo opportunities at nearly every turn in the trail, a couple of standout spots for shutterbugs are the views from the Park Center and the Yodel Loop. For people looking to wheel through the classic “western” scenes, a rewarding way to enjoy the incredible countryside is a biking tour on the many secondary roads that meander in the Cochrane area. This region is renowned for its rolling road biking routes that capture the essence of what wild west landscapes are all about. Located just west of town, the loop that follows Horse Creek Road to Grand Valley Road is always a popular choice. This gorgeous 50 km trip will take cyclists through pastoral ranchland dotted with farms and acreages on winding roads with gentle grades. For more information on biking in the area, visit the Bike Bros bike shop in Cochrane. The friendly staff there will tell you everything you need to know about this cycling hot spot.
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Cochrane: How The West Is Now
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Sticking to the “wheel” theme, the Cochrane Youth Park features one of the best skate parks in Western Canada. The 1,300 square metre concrete park, beautifully positioned on a hillside overlooking the valley, was professionally designed and features plenty of awesome features such as bowls, pools, ramps, walls, rails, and informal seating areas. If skating isn’t your thing, just watching the action is a sport unto itself! No matter if you are hiking, biking, skating, golfing (The Links of Gleneagles is laced with postcard-pretty holes!), or
just passing through, a saunter through the historic downtown area should always be part of your plan. The western-themed downtown core is filled with interesting shops, galleries, cafes, saloons, and restaurants. Unquestionably, one of the most popular places to meet downtown is MacKay’s Ice Cream. Indeed, after any activity, there is nothing like a delicious ice cream cone at this legendary “cool down” spot. A Cochrane institution since 1948, MacKay’s handmade ice cream, made with high-quality butterfat cream,
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is dense and delicious. Although their maple walnut is a real classic, try their chocolate, bubble-gum, vanilla, chocolate fudge chunk, strawberry...you get the idea, the choices abound. What’s your favourite? While shopping at the many eclectic downtown stores - such as The Heavenly Outhouse (home decor), Poor David’s (cards and unique gifts), and Home Quarter Mercantile (western clothing and furnishings) – is reason enough to visit Cochrane, there are certainly many others!
For example, the rustic Rockyview Hotel – an ancient wild west enclave that’s actually the third oldest hotel in Alberta – tells the story of how Calgarians used to hop on a horse or the train and come to the hotel for a drink. In fact, it was one of the few places where it was actually legal for men and women to sit together in the same room and enjoy an alcoholic drink together. Not surprisingly, the “sinful” activity would lead to singing, dancing, and, well, who knows what else. The wild west had to be populated somehow, I guess. By Andrew Penner
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STUDIO WEST Art Gallery & Bronze Foundry Large Selection of Sculptures & Western Art A SCULPTURE EXPERIENCE See the lost-wax bronze casting process
205 - 2nd Ave E, Bow Street & 2nd Ave E, Cochrane 403-932-2611 www.DonBeggStudioWest.ca The Heavenly Outhouse carries a delightful collection of treats for your home – from bath and bed to furniture and art. Located next door is Poor David’s, a unique little gift and card shop that will charm your sweetheart and crack up your friends.
Located just minutes north of Cochrane, Spring Hill RV Park has become a favourite first stop for travellers who rent their RV in north Calgary or Airdrie. They simply follow Hwy 567 west for about half an hour to Hwy 22. That’s just long enough to get used to your new rig.
Senator Matthew Cochrane established the Cochrane Ranche in 1881. Four years later, the Canadian Pacific Railway created a town here and named it in his honour. Since then Cochrane has grown rapidly and earned a reputation as a centre for outdoor adventure, however the western roots here remain strong.
Bow RiversEdge Campground is located along the banks of the beautiful Bow River, close to the Sports Center and shopping. Owned by the local Rotary and Lions Club, each site has full hook-up facilities including the Internet! Spring Hill RV Park
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Experience Cochrane See cochrane-tourism.ca for up to date event listings Saturday mornings June - Sept: 9:30am - 1:30pm Cochrane Farmers’ Market
August 18-20, 2017: Cochrane Fair
July 1, 2017: Cochrane Canada Day Family Festival
August 19, 2017: Spring Hill Annual Charity Show & Shine
July 12, 2017: Stampede Breakfast, Spray Lake Sawmills
September 1, 2017: Slimdor Ranch Rodeo
July 13, 2017: Foothills Bucking Horse Futurity
September 2-4, 2017: 50th Annual Cochrane Lions Rodeo
July 16: Celebrate Parks Day at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
September 30, 2017: Cochrane Outhouse Races
July 29-30, 2017: Extreme Cowboy Show
October 21, 2017: Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation Annual Dinner & Auction
August 26, 2017: Zombie Survivor
November 18, 2017: Cochrane Light Up
August 19, 2017: Cochrane Classic Bullriding
November 19, 2017: Christmas Market
August 12, 2017: Calgary Police Rodeo with Barn Dance
December 9, 2017: Last Minute Christmas Market
August 12-13, 2017: Western Dressage Show
December 9, 2017: Cochrane Santa Claus Parade
• Over 140 sites (most are pull-through) • Beautiful riverside location • Next to Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre • Easy access via Hwy 22 to Griffin Rd • Close to all amenities • Power, water & sewer on every site • Showers, laundry • 30/50 Amp sites • Year round camping • Central washroom building • Wi-Fi Internet included
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Cochrane Street Market June 15, July 20, August 17, September 14, 2017: 1st Street West, 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The Cochrane Farmers’ Market in partnership with the Historic Downtown Cochrane businesses invite you to experience a unique shopping experience in our Historic Downtown. Enjoy market vendors, artisans, food trucks, music, buskers and late night shopping at local businesses.
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Experience Cremona & Water Valley
EXPERIENCE CREMONA Cremona and Water Valley are located in south central Alberta.
Cremona / Canada Day Celebration: July 1 Cremona/Water Valley Chamber of Commerce Show and Shine: September 9 Show and Shine Rain Out Date: September 16 Cremona Lions Garage Sale: November 4 Legion # 172 Remembrance Day Service: November 11 Winterfest! A Christmas Market Throughout the Village: December 2
Call us at 403.637.3762
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Experience Cremona & Water Valley
& WATER VALLEY Visit us on the Cowboy Trail (Hwy 22) and highways 580 & 579. Cremona and Water Valley offer a variety of experiences, from RV and back country camping, fishing, hunting, archery, quadding, farm and ranch vacations, golfing and trail riding. There are so many events between the two communities throughout the year, you can always find something going on!
THERE IS SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENING IN WATER VALLEY Water Valley Rodeo: June 3 & 4 Dog Pound Rodeo: July 18 & 19 Water Valley Celtic & Folk Festival: June 24 Water Valley Days: August 26 & 27 Christmas in the Valley: November 25
Visit us online at www.cremona.ca
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Fishing Along the Cowboy Trails
Photos Courtesy of Larry Thomas
Tracking, as it does, along the front slopes of the Rocky Mountains with its creeks, rivers and lakes, the Cowboy Trail offers some of the finest and most scenic fishing anywhere in North America. Few more uplifting moments exist than standing on the shores of Beavermines Lake, rod stooped with a 16-inch rainbow leaping out of the water with the sheer cliffs of Flattop Mountain rearing up behind you. As you head north the fishing changes from the fast, sparkling rills and blue lakes of the foothills on to the slow meandering creeks and mysterious dark lakes of the boreal forest. In the course of your journey, you will pass by three internationally famous trout streams - the Crowsnest, the Bow and the Ram. These rivers attract rich and famous fly fishing aficionados from around the world - not the least of whom George Bush Senior who, awhile back, fished the Bow almost every year.
The gear you need and the way you fish will vary with your experience, ranging from a bobber and worm, to a spinning rod and hardware right up to highly technical (read - stupidly difficult) dry fly fishing. In winter, many of the lakes along the ‘Trail’ are favoured destinations for ice-fisher folk. Rainbow trout, often stocked, are the common species in most of the lakes and a number of the streams and rivers. However, in the south, a number of the cooler streams hold Cutthroat trout, Bull trout and Rocky Mountain Whitefish. Not far east off the ‘Trail’, and especially along the north stretch, are lakes holding warm water species in them such as pike, perch, walleye and burbot. For the real enthusiasts, one lake in the Crowsnest area is reputed to contain Golden Trout, but I have never been there and am told that one must be crossed with a mountain goat to reach it.
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Fishing Along the Cowboy Trails Lets take a fishing journey from the US border northward and preview a few of the fishing opportunities along the Cowboy Trail. The South Stretch
The Central-North Stretch
All the way from Waterton Park through to Pincher Creek are a series of small lakes - Police Lake, Beauvais Lake, Beavermines Lake and others - regularly stocked with rainbow trout. All are easily accessed and fishable from the shore.
Waiporous Creek, which runs into the Ghost Dam just west of Cochrane, is noted for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Once you reach Caroline, you are back into lake country with a series of small lakes. Burnstick, Phyllis and Strubel lakes are favorite rainbow-stocked fishing spots - also good for ice fishing. For the real enthusiasts, Beaver Lake has trophy-sized rainbows (take a small watercraft). West of Rocky Mountain House is a feast of creeks and lakes. The Ram River system is renowned for big cutthroats and the Shunda and Prairie Creek, hold browns, rainbows and brook trout.
Lees Lake, just south of the Hwy 3, has large numbers of small rainbows. West of the ‘Trail’, the tributaries of the Castle River are small but fun to fish and full of small cutthroat. You will cross the famous Crowsnest River as you drive north, but unless you are a real keener, there are easier (and less populated) places to fish. Going north towards Longview you cross the Oldman River (small rainbow and cutthroat) and then climb up and over the edge of the Porcupine Hills and drop down to Chain Lakes - regularly stocked and fishable from shore or in a small boat. In winter, Chain is popular with ice fishers taking on a carnival like atmosphere. Just a short distance east of the Chain sits the Pine Coulee Dam with lots of small walleye, pike and burbot. North again you’ll cross the Highwood and the Sheep Rivers. Both of these rivers are tough to fish unless you know them. Onward again west of Calgary you cross the big blue-ribbon trout fishery Bow River at Cochrane. Though you might want to cast a line just to say you have, without a guide or knowledge of where to go and how to fish, luck should be your sidekick. However, fear not. Once you are out of the Bow River Valley there are a number of creeks to the west that hold both rainbow and brown trout easily fished with success.
North of Rocky Mountain House the mountains fade away and you ease into the boreal zone with its meandering creeks and small, dark-water lakes nestled in spruce forests. For fly fishermen these are chironomid waters. Most of them need a watercraft. Pontoon boats and float tubes will work. At Drayton, you will cross over the North Saskatchewan River - big water harboring pike, walleye and probably even goldeye. On to Mayerthorpe and the end of the ‘Trail’ the Pembina River has a range of both cold water and warm water species and around Mayerthorpe there are a number of lakes with lots of fishing opportunities. Just one more word - don’t forget that if you are over the age of sixteen, you do need a valid fishing license. And note, every lake and stream along the way has its own regulations with respect to what catch you can keep. Tight lines! By Chris Mills
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Experience Crossfield Crossfield is located 45 min northeast of Cochrane at the junction of Hwys 2A and 574. Access into Crossfield is easy as it is also adjacent to Hwy 2, the main north-south corridor between Calgary and Edmonton. You’ll find the town about 30 min north of the Calgary Airport. The community roots run deep for 125 years when, in 1890, Mrs. Hannington opened a stopping house on the CalgaryEdmonton Trail. Two years later, the C & E Railway linked these two large centres by rail and a siding, 29 miles north of Calgary that became identified as Crossfield, named for Mr. Crossfield, an engineer with CPR surveyor crew. In 1980, when the Village of Crossfield’s population reached 1,000 people, it was incorporated into a town. Facilities now include a splash park, library, parks, rodeo grounds, curling rink, fish ponds, golf course, wetlands and arena. Named after a famous rodeo star, the Pete Knight Memorial Centre provides an opportunity for youth to participate in winter sports like figure skating, minor hockey and lacrosse. The Center also hosts the Farmers’ Market and other events.
Numerous services are available in the Town of Crossfield for travellers, including several restaurants, hotel, groceries, pharmacy, gas bars and much more. However, one of the major retailers in the area became so big that they had to get out of town. You’ll find Irvine’s about 6 km NE of Crossfield, and it is worth the drive. Irvine’s prides itself as being Canada’s Largest Western Store. They were established as a family run business in 2004. With over 65,000 sq. ft of retail space, they carry more products than most traditional western stores. You will find everything from western apparel to saddles and from giftware to all your rodeo gear. They have 5,000 sq. ft dedicated just to ropes! Where are you off to next? If you’re following the Southern Alberta Heritage Circle Tour and on your way to Drumheller, head south from Crossfield to Hwy 72, then east through Beiseker and Hwy 9. Heading west to The Cowboy Trail? Follow Hwy 574 over to Water Valley and head north to Rocky Mountain House.
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Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 by taking advantage of free admission to all Parks Canada places for the entire year. Immerse yourself in stories of the fur trade, Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers. Just off the Cowboy Trail and David Thompson Highway. Stay awhile. parkscanada.gc.ca/rockymountainhouse In proud collaboration with MĂŠtis Local 845 and the Confluence Heritage Society.
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Experience the Northern Leg Rocky Mountain House Fur traders put Rocky Mountain House on the map 200 years ago when the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company established trading post forts on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The two companies competed for the lucrative beaver pelt market that flourished in this region until their merger in 1821. One of the early residents was David Thompson, the greatest chronicler of his day of landscapes, peoples and nature. His famous map of Canada covered 4 million sq. km. (1/6) of the continent, with unprecedented accuracy. The Rocky Mountain House fort was eventually deserted in 1875, however it lives on today as a National Historic Site that commemorates the era of the fur traders and explorers of Western Canada. Stroll along the interpretive trails. The kids will love the pint-sized play fort and puppet theatre and a chance to see the bison. Rocky Mountain House is aptly tagged “Where Adventure Begins” and there are hundreds of miles of wooded foothills and front-range mountains to explore. Here you can hook up
with well-established outfitters and ranches to try your hand at working cattle, backcountry trail riding, canoeing wilderness rivers, fishing spring fed trout streams, or just relaxing.There’s no need to rough it at the end of the day. Expect everything from hearty home-cooked meals to luxurious log cabins that are complete with hot tubs - guaranteed to sooth aching muscles! There are some fabulous lakes; Crimson, Cow and Sylvan close by with great beaches and lots of camping. The Grandview Stage offers bluegrass music, camping, cabins and chef prepared meals at its resort. Farther west on Hwy 11 and off the Forestry Trunk Road you will find the Land of the Falls: Siffluer, Crescent, Bighorn, Ram and Hummingbird to name just a few. At the west end of the Abraham Lake are the Kootenay Plains an important native heritage site with its unique grasslands where the North Saskatchewan River breaks out of the mountains. The Town of Rocky Mountain House will be hosting many events such as the pro-rodeo, world professional chuckwagons, a demolition derby and many others. For more information visit rockymtnhouse.com.
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Experience the Northern Leg Alder Flats to Drayton Valley The hamlet of Alder Flats is located 71 km north of Rocky Mountain House and 49 km south of Drayton Valley. There’s no shortage of things to do here. Raven Meadows Golf Resort is a mature, 18 hole course with lush irrigated greens. It also features a pro shop, restaurant, and RV campground. 10 minutes west you can visit a western ghost town movie set at Em-Te Town. Sip a cool one in the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Check out the jailhouse, morgue, livery stable, and two-storey outhouse. Indulge in a hearty steak supper after your trail ride, before bunking down. Kramer Pond Lodge is a hidden gem 10 minutes east of Raven Meadows. Their facilities are rustic but include all the modern conveniences. The rooms are self contained each with private kitchens, washrooms, and hot tubs. Their wedding tent seats up to 100 people and the outdoor oven can roast a full pig! Yellowhead County Here, the active outdoors person has plenty of opportunity for touring, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, ATV’ing, white water rafting, caving, snowmobiling or skiing.
Stay in one of seven County campgrounds, or our numerous Provincial Parks or Wildland Parks. Swimming, boating, and some of the best fishing in the province abound. Hiking trails in our canyons and hoodoos offer a unique perspective. Set up your base camp in Edson or Hinton, or pull into one of our many campgrounds, guest ranches, lodges or country bed & breakfasts as you explore all our region has to offer. Pembina River Provincial Park is located at the junction of the Yellowhead Highway. It’s a great place to stop for a picnic and on a hot day the river offers a cool respite. With more than 130 campsites, this park makes for another great hub from which to explore The Yellowhead County and The Cowboy Trail. The villages of Entwistle and Evansburg are located adjacent to the park. Entwistle started as a railway town to transport coal from Evansburg. It’s hard to imagine that this was once the “toughest town on the northwestern frontier” complete with brothels and gambling joints. Life became much quieter once the coal petered out and large numbers of immigrants moved in from the prairies to try their hand at homesteading.
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Mayerthorpe is located at the junction of Hwy 43, The Canamex Corridor, and Hwy 22, the northern terminus of The Cowboy Trail. We’ve always enjoyed a cowboy heritage and our town is home to many rodeo champions, cowboys, cowgirls, high school rodeo competitors, and Canada’s famous Hay Brothers. Throughout the year, there are so many activities to enjoy and places to visit that you should plan to spend at least a couple of days in the area. You can camp beside the golf course, stay at the local motel or at one of the nearby country guest ranches or check out the Cowboy Storyboard located in Town along Hwy 22. Mayerthorpe’s Fallen Four Memorial Park was built in 2008 to honour the memory of four slain RCMP officers, and as a tribute
to all peace officers. It is a popular attraction for visitors, a stopping-off point for weary travelers, and a beautiful location for marriage ceremonies and wedding and graduation photos. From Mayerthorpe, you can head 8 km east to the Rochfort Bridge Trestle and Museum, one of the longest wooden rail bridges in western Canada. If you want to cool off and enjoy some water sports, the Paddle River Dam is just a few kilometers south of the bridge’s viewpoint. If the thought of an old-fashioned country fair excites you, head into Mayerthorpe on the second weekend of August to enjoy the agricultural fair. You will see bench exhibits, horse and cattle shows, ball games, and enjoy live entertainment and exciting demonstrations. The kids can try their luck at the penny carnival and enjoy the petting zoo. Whatever the reason for your visit to Mayerthorpe, be sure to stop by our unique gift shops, to eat a great home-cooked style meal at one of our restaurants, and to experience the small town hospitality that we have to offer. Check out our website for more information about our town, visitor activities and attractions available in the area. @Mayerthorpe1
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