AREA ATTRACTIONS & PHOTO GALLERY
The Town of Fort Macleod:
Downtown Memorial Park: The park has a sports complex that houses a hockey and curling rink. There is a skateboard park outside with an outdoor swimming pool. Here is where you see the Anniversary Mural.
Empress Theatre:www.empresstheatre.ab.ca 1-800-540-9229 245 Colonel Macleod Blvd.(historic main street), Fort Macleod, AB, T0L 0Z0
2 blocks from the house; I have watched several movies and theatre performances. The latest was a presentation called 'the ugliest girl meets Elvis Presley' (a chapter from the era of residential schools in Canada). The chairs, the ceiling and environment gives you a feeling of nostalgia and closeness. I met a couple from New York, had lunch after the performance and made friends for life. Of course I must not forget the GHOST that lurks in here.
Northwest Mounted Police 1884 Barracks Provincial Historic Site: www.nwmp.ca 403-553-3255 Located on Hwy 3 on the western outskirts of Fort Macleod. When the Old Fort site near the Oldman River flooded over, the NWMP moved to these barracks in 1884. After the reconstruction of 3 buildings , the historic site was officially opened in August 2005. Sitting on the original 30-acre site are three buildings with period displays including the saddlery, prison and gallows, the firearms and medicine room. Since September 2013,the site is being used for training school children.
River Valley Wilderness Park: across the street from our house is the Oldman River and park, it's home to a variety of wildlife including deer, moose, ducks, rabbits, beavers and fish. It is quite an experience to get up in the morning and walk over to listen to the birds chirping, the fish jumping and Oldman Beaver working on his house. At the main entrance to the park, across the historic Mckenzie Bridge, there are various walking paths, children's playground and watch the river as it meanders around the park.
The Fort - Museum of the North West Mounted Police:www.nwmpmuseum.com 1-866-273-6841 or 403-553-4703 219 Jerry Potts Blvd., Fort Macleod, AB, T0L 0Z0 Open: Early May to Thanksgiving weekend I was impressed by the setup of the museum. I especially enjoy the ever famous NWMP musical ride held in the summer. The history, the buildings, the goats, horses and the artifacts tell a story of the early years of Fort Macleod, the NWMP and the First Nations.
Fishing:The Oldman River has fishing at various locations along the banks and you can find Brown Trout, White Fish, Northern Pike and Walleye.
Golf:Fort Macleod is the home of the 1st golf course and now is a 18-hole Golf Course with a Club serving excellent meals.
Attractions around Fort Macleod
•Coadale - Birds of Prey park
•Cardston - Mormon Temple, Remington- Steele Carriage Museum
•Crowsnest Pass- Lumbreck Falls, Wind Towers, Frank Slide and old mines
•Granum - best pie shop, Annual Gospel Jamboree (last week of July)
•Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump which is located less than 30 minutes from our house.
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•Heritage Acres Historic Farm
•Hill Spring - Great Canadian Barn Dance
•Nanton - Chain lakes (ice fishing), Bombardier museum, Granaries
Oldman River Dam Recreation Park
•Pincher Creek- Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Castle Mountain Resort (52 km) and Beauvais Lake (19 km)
•Waterton National Park
•Wind Rafters Barn Dance
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