What To See
Giant Black Diamond Monument & Restored Coal Cart
YEAR ROUND. No cost. A monument paying homage to the town's coal mining history. Located at the Town of Black Diamond Municipal Office, which provides visitor information weekdays 8am-4:30pm.
Historic Main Street
YEAR ROUND. No cost to stroll and window shop. We highly recommend you park and take a self-guided walking tour of our Historic Main Street to brush up on some interesting Alberta history. Between 1999 and 2005, many of the buildings in the town took part in the provincial government's Alberta Main Street project. The participating buildings underwent restorations to depict the original "Boomtown" era of the 1940's & 50's. Each restored building has a plaque mounted on it's outside wall recapping it's history. Most of these buildings are operational as vibrant businesses with friendly merchants and an array of treasures to be found. Enjoy sitting & savoring a special coffee or ice cream cone in our unique Pocket Gardens between the restored buildings. 3 large Historic Downtown business directory maps are situated throughout the Town of Black Diamond with a listing of all of the town's distinctive shops & trendy eateries.
Sheep River Traveller - Driving Tour
MOSTLY OPEN YEAR ROUND. No cost to tour. Some attractions charge an admission fee. A tour of scenic walking and driving routes and locations of both well and lesser known points of interest in the foothills area from southwest Calgary to the Chain Lakes allow you to get off the beaten path and in touch with nature. For more information call 403.933.2996 or visit online.
YEAR ROUND. No cost. Located 15 km east of Black Diamond on Highway 7, the Big Rock is believed to be the largest glacial erratic in the world. This enormous quartzite block was Alberta's first natural feature to be designated a provincial historic site. Parking and interpretive signs are provided on-site.
SELECT AREAS OPEN YEAR ROUND. No cost to visit or drive through. Explore nature's paradise at our doorstep where a world of outdoor activities await you. Day-trips, camping, hiking, golfing, skiing, fishing, kayaking and horseback riding are just a few of the suggestions.
Bar-U Ranch National Historic Site
OPEN MAY TO SEPTEMBER. Admission fee. The Bar U Ranch has been part of Western Canada's ranching history for over 100 years. Nestled in the Foothills with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, this working museum features exhibits, video presentations, interpretations, the original ranch buildings, demonstrations and seasonal wagon rides. Special events throughout the season and customized group and educational packages are also available. For more information call 1-800-568-4996.