Welcome to Black Diamond - Population 2,373

Black Diamond & Turner Valley west view by Jim Nelson

Black Diamond, named after the high grade coal once mined here, maintains the traditional values of a small town community, where people care about their neighbors and work together to maintain a sense of pride and respect for one another, the town's history and it's beautiful surroundings. Our community events are formed in celebration of our heritage and lifestyle, many of which are partnered with the Town of Turner Valley, our neighbor 3 km west on Highway 22,  and currently comprising of the Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days in June; a Canada Day Celebration; Marv's Rock & Roll Classic in July; and the Diamond Valley Christmas Market and Light-Up in December.

Black Diamond, and surrounding area, is home to many talented artists and musicians, which is why our artistic and cultural community is embraced and thriving. Residents will gladly tell you that they love this community..... because it feels like home, whether they were born here or not, and because Black Diamond offers a high standard of safety and healthcare services, like our highly regarded Oilfields General Hospital, a medical clinic of 9 doctors, two pharmacies and a great selection of alternative health professionals. Other amenities include seniors' accommodations and activity centre; child daycare facilities; schools accommodating grades K to 12 and an Education Plus facility; a 59 site in-town campground along-side the Sheep River; a sports arena; curling club; skateboard park; fitness facilities; public parks and walking trails; an off-leash dog park; a community garden; and a host of community clubs and organizations to support the interests and well-being of our residents. 

Though we are located just 35 minutes Southwest of Calgary, the pace here is several notches calmer than the near-by big city. Yet we are at a busy crossroads for a daily average of 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles. No traffic lights and no parking meters here. You can park and walk the downtown with ease and will be pleasantly surprised at the friendly faces and the selection of treasures and goods you will find behind each storefront threshold of our "Boomtown" business district. Behold, everything from artwork and hand-crafted home decor, gifts, specialty clothing and jewelry, local food producers and variety of restaurants to supplies and services in automotive, health and beauty, pet and equine, home and garden, and grocery. Situated on the Cowboy Trail, on the bank of the Sheep River and on the doorstep to Kananaskis Country, surrounded by a wealth of agriculture, natural playgrounds and Rocky Mountain adventures, Black Diamond offers the best of western lifestyle and recreation. Horseback riding, fishing, camping, tubing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife.... all at our fingertips.

The Stop concert by Jim NelsonHistoric Black Diamond monument by Jim NelsonFoothills Lions Campground by Jim Nelson