Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada
travel, tourism information
Fort MacLeod is a historical destination located in the southern Alberta region of Canada. The community is situated on the banks of the Oldman River, east of the Porcupine Hills, with the Rocky Mountain Range hanging on the horizon far off in the distance.
Main Street in Fort MacLeod is a Provincial Historic Area with shops, boutiques and stores housed in heritage buildings.
The downtown of the community is Alberta's first designated historic area and includes over 60+ heritage buildings dating back to 1874.
The Museum of the Northwest Mounted Police is a wooden fort straight out of the 1900s. The 1888 Barracks is a Provincial Heritage Site. And just up the road is a buffalo jump which is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
There are many firsts in Fort MacLeod. There is Alberta's oldest newspaper, the MacLeod Gazette which was first printed in 1882. It is home to Alberta,s oldest theatre, The Empress Theatre which dates back to 1912 and includes its own ghost. It is also home to the first Chamber of Commerce in Alberta (1888) and the first golf course in Western Canada (1890).
There are some local parks, recreation areas and trails along the Oldman River which are popular for activities. Some of the activities enjoyed on the river and in the parks include fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, horseback riding and hiking.
Agriculture and tourism are the main industries in the region. Much of the landscape surrounding the community consists of farms, pastures and ranches - many with grazing cattle and sheep.
There are many services important to travelers which are available in the community of Fort MacLeod and the surrounding small villages. Some of the services include accommodations, campgrounds, tours, guides, restaurants, banks, grocery stores, gas station, laundromat, internet, liquor stores, post office, antique stores, art galleries and gift stores.