Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek is a small town that has a lot going on: rodeos, pow-wows and everything from huckleberry to kite festivals. But it's also a great place to discover Alberta's great outdoors.

Kite festival – Pincher Creek claims to be one of the windiest places in North America. Besides holding your own private family kite flying contest, you can also try your hand at gliding – there are several options for lessons.
Oldman River Dam Provincial Park – Just outside of town, you can hike, and use either day or overnight camp grounds. On the dam you can rent equipment to go kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing or boating. There are hikes for all levels here, and in nearby Castle Wilderness, Beauvais Lake Provincial Park and the Crowsnest Pass.
Go fishing – Whether you like to pull up waders or lie on a bank, there are lots of choices here. Get a fishing license at the local license office, then ask directions for any of the nearby lakes or river fishing favorites, like the Crowsnest River.
Castle Mountain ski area – In the winter, the Castle Mountain Ski Area is great for skiing and snowboarding, or rent a snowmobile to tour the area. Head over to the Pincher Creek Memorial Arena for ice-skating in the winter and in-line skating in the summer.
Swimming – If you're not ready for glacier lakes and mountain streams, there's always the Pincher Creek Swim Pool with both a lap pool and hot tub.
Back at the ranch - Really make the old west come to life by staying at a working ranch for a few days. Not enough time? You can still go for a trail ride with enough variety to suit everyone, from an' ol' ranch hand to the youngest buckaroo. Just want to tour a ranch? Ask in town – there are lots of choices: horse, cattle, buffalo, and llama.
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