High River is a town within southwestern Alberta, Canada with a population of 10,716. It is 23 mi or 37 kilometres south of the city of Calgary, at the junction of Alberta Highways 2 and 23. Although reasonably distant from Calgary, the town is nonetheless considered to be part of the Calgary Area.
The Highwood River that runs through the town of High River is where the High River gets its name. The river will usually flood during the springtime.
Joe Clark, former Canadian Prime Minister was born in the town of High River. Various well-known former citizens consist of W.O. Mitchell, author of such books as Who Has Seen the Wind and Roses Are Difficult Here, and John "Pie" McKenzie, an NHL and WHA hockey player.
The town was the site for Smallville in Superman III and was the location used for Montana in Caitlin's Way, that is a series on Nickelodeon. Recently, Heartland, a CBC television series has found the town of High River its main filming spot. What's more, the movie Carolina Moon based on the book by Nora Roberts was filmed in the town of High River.
As part of High River's heritage and tourism endeavours, a number of murals were painted all over town in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. High River hosted the World Professional Chuckwagon Association Dodge Pro Tour Championships during the year 2006 and 2010.
There was a tree that stood near the current town location of High River which was known as the Medicine Tree. It was created through a natural grafting that happened between two cottonwood trees, when the branch of one grew into the trunk of the other.
The indigenous peoples, in particular the Stony and Blackfoot, considered this to be a sign from the Spirits that the location was favoured. It was likewise near the Medicine Tree that traders determined to build a fort, and soon after settlers came to claim the land that is now the town of High River.
The High River Culture Centre was designed to become a great place which was able to meet the needs of the local community, offering variety of activities, programs, and special events for the residents. Programs are for all ages and are intended to expose the local community to a wide variety of opportunities.
There is a large studio at the Culture Centre that can be utilized for several activities like dance, music and the arts, and general interest and health and wellness courses.