ABOUT HIGH RIVER
High River is a medium-size town a short drive south from Calgary with a colourful history, historical homes and a dynamic culture. You can catch up on some of that history by taking a walk through downtown, where several historic murals adorn the sides of buildings, each one a vignette illustrating High River’s unique past. Downtown offers an interesting blend of shops and restaurants, with fast foods and convenience equally well represented.
High River is home to several talented artists; their work can be seen at local galleries as well as a local pottery studio. We are also home to a custom-made silversmith. Many other artists live in the surrounding areas and also display their work at these galleries. High River also plays host to many movies and made for television series such as Heartland and Fargo.
Our strong agricultural and western roots are well represented in the local activities as well as the flavour of our town. The High River Agricultural Society’s Rodeo grounds during the summer months is full of activity with rodeos, Chuck wagon racing and western competitions. High River is well-known on the rodeo circuit for the world famous Little Britches Rodeo and Parade held in May. In June, the thunder of the chuckwagons and the roar of the crowds echo through the area as exciting racing action hits the rodeo grounds.
Activities continue year round with fly-fishing, bicycling and walking along the river pathways being favourite summer activities for local residents and visitors alike. Hockey, skating, curling and cross-country skiing top the list of winter activities, while year-round visitors enjoy our galleries, museum, swimming pool, or perhaps some bird watching for rare species at the nearby Frank Lake Conservatory.
Visitors can enjoy a stay in one of our many hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts. Summer camping is available at beautiful George Lane Park, located in the heart of High River. Most of our accommodations are a short driving distance from grocery stores, eateries, laundry facilities and 24 hour convenience stores.
Our annual events include the Little Britches Parade, held downtown on the May long weekend. The same route hosts the Santa Claus Parade (we rival the other big Santa parades with yearly participation of 55+ floats). On the first Friday evening of December we celebrate the Santa Parade with the festival of lights at George Lane Park. Hot chocolate and gleeful children line the streets several rows deep as Santa arrives in the culmination of the good old fashioned Christmas Spirit. In between these parades the Chamber hosts a Trade show and an Artisan market at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex in April. During the summer months there is a farmers market downtown and in late fall visitors can walk down memory lane at the Labour Day Car show and Hot Air Balloon Championships.
The business community in High River is strong. Since 2013, the Town experienced more than a 90% recovery rate and 155,000+ square feet of commercial/industrial development space has opened in High River. This includes a new Canadian Tire, Mark’s Work Warehouse, Peavey Mart, Subway, Tim Hortons, Mac’s, Esso and more! It has also been very exciting to see many businesses return or expand such as Colossi’s, Carlson’s, Flys Etc., and the High River Library.