If not for the Highwood River, the Town of High River may never have come into being. Originally a stopping place for First Nations people and explorers, the area served as an easy crossing point over the river.
As a stopping place along the historic Macleod Trail, the area became known as The Crossing, named by travellers heading along the trail to and from Calgary.
From these humble beginnings, a community grew and it officially earned town status in 1906 when the population pushed past 500.
Over the course of the next century, the town continued to grow as its residents made an impact on the area.
From John Ware, one of the greatest ranchers in the history of Alberta, to Guy Weadick and George Lane, two of the founders of the world-famous Calgary Stampede, High River residents have played significant roles in the shaping of the region.
Today, High River is a lively community of residents who celebrate its past, present and future.
The Museum of the Highwood provides visitors with a vivid look into the town’s past through ever-changing exhibits.
High River is a vibrant cultural community with several art galleries that feature a wide variety of artists, many of whom are proud to call the town an inspiring place to live.
A leisurely stroll along the Town of High River’s Happy Trails system is an excellent way to pass a sunny afternoon. While exploring the town, one passes through parks and along lakes, giving those who walk the trails a unique view of this beautiful town.
After becoming immersed in High River’s history and art galleries and exploring the great outdoors, visitors can enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants in town.
Take part in the main events the town puts on through the year, including the flourishing River City Classics Show n’ Shine, Guy Weadick Days and the Little Britches Parade.
High River received national attention when it was hit hard by the 2013 Alberta floods. As the town approaches the four-year anniversary, High River continues to have the strength to pull together towards a bright future.