54 km from Calgary
Farming, ranching, healthcare and technology
Approximately 13,584 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and nearby post-secondary
Highwood River rolls and glides, trips and tumbles as it winds its way north to south. Wending its way across the southern part of the province, the Highwood curves past prairie and badlands, through forest and foothills. It zigzags through the northwestern tip of the Town of High River, and gives the community its name. In the distance, the jagged Canadian Rockies rise up out of the prairies.
If the setting sounds cinematic, it is. The area in and around High River has been used as the setting for a number of movies and television shows. It posed as Smallville in Superman II, provided the backdrop to Moondance Alexander on the silver screen, and features in a number of small screen hits: Caitlin’s Way, Fargo, Tin Star, and the popular Canadian series Heartland.
In town, you’ll discover a wonderful gem with walkable, tree-lined streets. Around town, painted murals highlight High River’s community heritage. Like many Alberta communities, the agricultural history is ever-present, with annual festivals tipping their hats to the farm and ranch way of life – like the wagon rides and heavy-horse demos at Spring Seeding Weekend, or the summer’s Little Britches Parade and Rodeo.
High River is a “People-First” community that provides a blend of homegrown entertainment and cosmopolitan influences. This includes a music festival, a weekend of international cuisine, and features a range of businesses, activities, and social groups to get involved in. Explore farmers and artisan markets for locally-grown, unique, and handmade treasures, galleries, gift shops, fashion boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, patios and live music venues.
There’s a full range of sports, recreation, and the arts to get involved in for kids – and adults - of all ages. From photography club and soccer to dance class and swimming, there’s plenty to do, including a tennis club, golf and country club, and even a shuffleboard league. The Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex and Cargill field house features a 25-metre swimming pool, two ice arenas, four curling sheets, a two-lane walking track, and a multi-purpose playing surface that accommodates soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, and badminton.
Outdoor parks and play spaces feature 28 kilometres of walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields, an off-leash area, outdoor fitness park, and splash park for the kids. Local campgrounds offer up dedicated space for horseshoes and bocce ball, and public washrooms with indoor plumbing. Nearby national and provincial parks make it easy to take a day outing to hike, mountain bike, go horseback riding, or just explore the natural beauty in your own backyard with a weekend camping trip.