Visit High River Today Saturday May 20, 2017

It’s high noon in High River today, Saturday May 20th.

There’s food, there’s music, a parade and a rodeo, what more could anyone want.

The Little Britches Parade gets underway first at 10 a.m. and the route is going backwards this year compared to other years so it starts by Jolee Electronics heading north turns onto Macleod Trail winding down 8th Street SE and ends past the High River Hospital.

Following the parade there are all kinds of events to take part in.

There is the River of Music Festival with busker’s and food trucks throughout the downtown, and the Battle of the Bands in George Lane Park starting at 11:30 a.m.

And the Cultural Taste of High River featuring dishes from countries around the world starts at 12 p.m. at the Highwood Memorial Centre.

Little Britches Parade Map

Little Britches Parade Route

The Town of High River and the organizers of this year’s Little Britches Parade have made a couple of changes to the route for this year.

Parade Co-Chair, Hank Leeferink, says it’ll be a familiar route, but backwards.

“We’re going to right back from 1st Street West, all the way from Jollee Electronics all the way north past the Southfork Restaurant and then turn onto Macleod Trail and go south from there, going all the way past Spitzee School, We’ll turn south again and then go right by the hospital. So, it’ll be almost like the original route, except we go the wrong way.”

From the Town of High River:

The theme is saluting 75 years of the 187 squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in High River and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

The air cadets will be granted Freedom of the City by Mayor Craig Snodgrass at a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Town Office.

The parade will require road closures and parking restrictions in and around the downtown.

Immediately after the parade the show bands will move to George Lane Park to continue to play in a battle of the bands.

There will also be street buskers set up throughout the downtown for the River of the Music Festival, and the Cultural Taste of High River will get started at noon.

The parade itself starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

New Tax Credits Webinar

New Tax Credits Webinars (see below how to register )

  • Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) encourages investment in non-traditional sectors with strong job creation potential.
  • Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC) supports investment for manufacturing, processing and tourism infrastructure that will spur economic diversification and job creation.

Webinar agenda’s include:

Program overview, Review of the program steps, Eligibility requirements, Registration process, Q&A

Lisa Houle, Ec.D.

Manager, Calgary Region | Regional Economic Development Services

Alberta Economic Development and Trade (ED&T)
P. 403.592.8168 | M. 587.297.5729 | E.

Visit us online: Community Economic Development Tools & Resources

How to register for this webinar.

once you have accessed the website mentioned above 

type in on the search bar webinar and then click on the register button in the notice 



Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Last one in the speaker series

Don’t miss this exciting speaker register today

by emailing the Chamber at

Todd Hirsch – Guest Speaker at our May Luncheon, Friday May 19th. His new book Spiders in Space will be the topic, Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change

Todd Hirsch is the Chief Economist of ATB Financial.  For over 20 years, Todd has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012, his second, Halfway Home in 2016 and his third, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change in 2017.   Todd provides economic commentary for many Canadian media outlets and is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail. He currently serves on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the University of Alberta’s Alumni Honour Award.  He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the U of A and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary.
Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change   From small disappointments to heartbreaking tragedies, unwanted change blindsides us and leaves us wondering what to do next. It might be new neighbours constantly blasting loud music late at night; it might be a technological breakthrough that leaves your business in its dust; it might be a heart attack that nearly kills you. Whatever form it takes, unwanted change requires us to adapt to a harsher environment. Like the spiders sent into space by NASA that found ways to spin their webs without the aid of gravity, we have to find ways to overcome the pitfalls that life places in our path.   Drawing on inspiring stories of individuals, organizations and businesses, Todd will explore a selection of adaptive traits that can help us not only survive, but thrive, when unwanted change comes our way. ​Based on Todd’s latest book with co-author Rob Roach, it’s a timely topic given the unwanted change brought about by two years of recession in Alberta.

All are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a member.

Friday May 19, 2017, Cost $20.00

Highwood Golf Course Noon to 1:15 pm

Please RSVP by May  15, 2017

to or 403-652-3336

A message from Jodi Dawson – Manager of Economic Development

Hello High River Businesses:

Please join us in congratulating Ethan Karter Construction for winning the Business Volunteer of the Year Award for building the Community Gardens for both the north and south locations in High River for a total of 74 gardens!

There are a couple of important and exciting events happening in Town for businesses this month:

  1. In 2017 the Visitor Information Centre is located at the Museum of the Highwood.  We’d like to invite you to a free Visitor Information Centre (VIC) wine and cheese launch party to be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 5-7 pm at the Museum for all businesses, special event organizers, or groups involved in bringing visitors to town.
  2. There is a Broadband Internet engagement session for High River Businesses to be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 7-9 pmat the Highwood Memorial Centre.  Please take a few moments to complete our survey.  We need to hear from you.

You can find the Broadband survey link here:

Please reply with your contact information if you would like to be emailed more information and reports about broadband studies in the region.

Please RSVP to with the number planning to attend.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at these events.

Jodi Dawson

Manager of Economic Development

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