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Southern Alberta’s rural charms, lakeside villages and western history make for all kinds of adventures you just couldn’t experience anywhere else. ● Cowboy culture: Hop on a horse for a day or three. You’ll see firsthand what indigenous people, early pioneers and ranchers saw in this part of the world when it was still a wild, wild west. ● Theatre: Dinosaurs and Jesus? Yeah, it happens in the world-renowned Canadian Badlands Passion Play. ● Go local: Hit a rural or urban farmers market for local produce and grass-fed beef, pickles and preserves, artisan crafts and homegrown entertainment.
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Leighton Art Centre is where art and nature come together in Southern Alberta’s Foothills. More than just a unique historic home once owned by a pair of renowned artists, it's a vibrant and open space for creativity, inspiring all who visit to explore, appreciate and create. In 2012, Barbara Leighton - a woman who lived and unconventional life and the Centre's founder - was posthumously honoured as one of '100 Outstanding Albertans' in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Her legacy is a beautiful one indeed.

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Castle Mountain Resort

Pincher Creek, Alberta
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Castle Mountain Resort is a hidden, not so little gem of the Canadian Rockies. Often called the best kept secret in the Rockies, the mountain was founded in 1966. More than 50 years later, Castle is lauded for its superior ski / snowboard terrain, laid-back community feel and, most of all, its sense of authenticity. Boasting almost 3,000 vertical feet of some of the longest continuous fall lines in North America, Castle is spread out over two mountains, with 94 + in-bounds trails and bowls, serviced by 7 lifts. The resort also boasts one of North America’s only resort based cat-ski operations; the Powder Stagecoach. From family cruisers, to the infamous steeps of the South Side Chutes, to wonderful tree skiing, Castle Mountain has terrain to satisfy every guest and every ability level.

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Maximum Adventure Park

Brooks, Alberta

Located in Brooks, Maximum Adventure Park is the place for paintball, laser tag, bumper cars, inflatable bouncers and interactive games.

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Museum of Miniatures

Nanton, Alberta
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For magical memories come to Nanton and experience the Old West at the Museum of Miniatures. Stroll through time while you visit miniature historical native villages, active western towns, farming, and logging communities. You'll also explore vivid miniature displays that include: wildlife scenes, a circus, African jungle animals, prehistoric animals, and fossils. Also included are over 160 top quality scale model cars, plus loads of pictures, sculptures, and artifacts. We are wheelchair friendly and have a wonderful gift shop. Open daily May 1 until September 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on weekends. (corner of #2 Hwy South and 19th Street)

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Castle Mountain Ski Lodge

Pincher Creek, Alberta

Castle Mountain central reservations will help you find suitable ski-in, ski-out accommodations from a selection of various on-hill cabins and condos. This is a great option for groups, families and long term guests all year long. Ski 'n Sleep packages are also available.

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Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort

Elkwater, Alberta
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Explore the incredible outdoor playground of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park when you stay in a suite, condo or cabin at this lodge in Elkwater. There's also an onsite restaurant.

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Aspen Crossing Caboose Cabins

Mossleigh, Alberta
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In the campground surrounded by hundreds of trees, the Caboose Cabins are situated on their own set of real railway tracks for a true train car experience. With all of the modern amenities a person could desire, the interior design provides the luxury of a modern hotel for the perfect getaway. Relax and enjoy both the indoor and outdoor space. Imagine your own deck right outside for lounging in the sun and a fire pit, perfect for late night marshmallow roasting and creating new memories with friends, family or even colleagues.

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Sunday Special

Set in the heart of the stunning Alberta prairies, you’ll enjoy a 3-hour train excursion where the landscape becomes a beautiful patchwork of brilliant yellows, green and tans, all set against expansive blue skies. You’ll also get to enjoy musical entertainment along with a good old fashioned train robbery!

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Signature Cat Ski Package - Castle Mountain Resort

Castle Mountain's Powder Stagecoach is Alberta's best Cat Skiing! The Signature Cat Ski Package brings together a guided day of cat skiing + a USB photo package of your day and a day of resort skiing, for one great rate. Rates from $458-$548. Cat skiing offered Thursday - Saturday.

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Pick Your DINOmite Deal

Create your perfect experience at Dinosaur Provincial Park with the Pick Your Dinomite Deal! Use the City of Brooks as your base for an exciting guided adventure at Dinosaur Provincial Park, a 35-minute drive away. This package includes accommodation, Dinosaur Provincial Park adventure, exhibit pass, continental breakfast, and snack pack.

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RyKie Images & Events

Duchess, Alberta

Capturing the beauty of the Badlands is the goal of many tourists, but sometimes achieving the images you want can be difficult. That’s why RyKie Images & Events has guided photo walk lessons in some of the most picturesque places within the Brooks Region. Lessons are available for all levels and ages, from the absolute beginner to more advanced hobbyists, your photography skills are guaranteed to be improved. Times and locations are flexible, starting at two hours of instruction. Half and full-day lessons (meals provided) are also available. Experience the stunning beauty of contrasting skies amidst the wilds of Dinosaur Provincial park, or marvel in the shadow of the Brooks Aqueduct - an engineering feat that placed a river in the sky. Or, you can check out the fantastic urban parks like Lake Stafford and see how wildlife can live in harmony with people. Fun is also key in these lessons, with an instructor that provides easy to understand information in a positive, low-key environment. In-depth knowledge of the area also means you will find the most interesting locations to improve your skills.

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Double Diamond Outfitters

Okotoks, Alberta

From the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, this Okotoks-based outfitter with over thirty years experience, conducts guided hunting trips for mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, moose, cougar, bear, waterfowl and upland birds.

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Homeplace Ranch

Priddis, Alberta
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Welcome to Homeplace Ranch - Horse Awareness Program, Day Riding, Riding Lessons and Wine and Beer Rides From 1974 to 2013, Mac Makenny, a passionate horseman, owned and operated Homeplace Ranch as a full service guest ranch. Since then, we no longer offer full guest packages, but lodge self catering rentals and Mac's special attention during day rides, lessons, and horse awareness opportunities. We are looking forward to another great season in 2016-17.

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Events

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Country Christmas Dinner Show

Hillspring, Alberta
2018-11-17 To 2018-11-17 MST | Show All Dates

The Holiday season is very special time for us here at the Great Canadian Barn Dance and beginning on November 17th we feature a festive Country Christmas Dinner Show for all ages! Bring the family, a group of friends or the entire gang to enjoy our Country Christmas Dinner Show with sounds of the season and festive costumes. Our Christmas Buffet features turkey and all the trimmings made from Chef Wilsons Kitchen so you know it's good! Enjoy a cup of hot wassail as you browse Granny's Christmas Gift Shop and don't forget to enter the Door prize draw on your way in for a chance to win a special gift hand picked by The Barn Dance Family!

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Christmas in the Country

Millarville, Alberta
2018-11-03 To 2018-11-04 MST

Leighton Art Centre hosts two weekends of Christmas cheer in Alberta's beautiful Foothills region, just 20 minutes from SW Calgary. Over a thousand pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists will fill the Historic Leighton Home this November, in perfect time for getting a head start on purchasing season gifts and getting into the Christmas spirit. Beautiful decorations, festive treats and the home's historic ambiance combine to make this special event a memorable part of your family's season. Discover over 100 talented artists and find truly unique gifts for your loved ones at this annual art sale. Free parking, free admission & complimentary festive treats throughout both weekends. Spectacular Rocky Mountain views included.

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Fall Paint-Out

Millarville, Alberta
2018-09-29 To 2018-09-30 MST

Fall Paint-Out is an outdoor painting party and your chance to unleash your inner artist! Head to Leighton Art Centre, located just 20 minutes from SW Calgary in Alberta's Foothills, for a weekend of activities and to help celebrate the area's great arts community. With 80 acres of land, the Leighton Art Centre gives you the opportunity to explore, appreciate and create as you enjoy the centre's art, history and landscape. You don't need to be an artist to enjoy this event! This very special weekend features Plein-Air Art Making, Mini-Workshops, Artist Demos & Talks, Art Exhibitions, Breathtaking Foothills Views, and Free Admission & Parking!

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