Day-tripping & Driving Tours
"DIAMOND VALLEY" is a name used to represent the region in which the close-knit communities of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview and Millarville reside in. Touring our region is a favorite passtime for city folk because of our region's location scenic beauty and proximaty to Kananaskis country. Driving along the winding roads through the foothills provides our region with a view like no other. Heavily treed rolling hills meet ranchlands, populated with a mix of ranches dating back generations and lavish acreage estates. In the backdrop, the majestic snowcapped Rocky Mountain range stands tall and provides a runoff of many creeks and rivers near and through our communities, lending to the beautiful year-round recreation areas so easily accessible. A day drive through the region will not only present a fabulous view, but also an array of quaint businesses, points of interest and historical markers. To assist you to locate our attractions when setting out to tour our region, the following publications and websites are available for reference:
A long-standing publication that is updated annually and provides a wonderful driving tour of the Diamond Valley region. The map can be picked up at the Black Diamond and Turner Valley municipal offices, the Visitors Information Centre, the Sheep River Library and most of the shops and eateries in the communities. It can also be downloaded and printed off the website. Check out the link for more information.
Another long-standing annual publication available throughout Alberta that showcases all the communities along Highway 22, also known as the Cowboy Trail, from Mayerthorpe in Central Alberta to Cardston in Southern Alberta and everything in between. The Diamond Valley region is approximately the halfway point and, with our assortment of shops and eateries, makes a perfect rest stop. Check out the link for more details.
A website designed to help daytrippers plan a visit to the smaller foothills communities of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview, High River and Nanton. In the near future, we plan to have some tour maps availalbe on the site to help visitors plan their day-trip route. In the meantime, check out the great selection of shops, eateries, events and attractions that are awaiting your visit.
There are 36 Alberta communities enrolled in this year's Icon Passport Program and if you plan to vacation in Canada this summer, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore Alberta. It is open to all Canadian residents. So pack up the car and the kids and plan out your course. You have a chance to win one of three prizes. For more info, go to: www.albertaicons.com.
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