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Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Go Skijoring, Learn About the Forts or Enjoy the Scenery

  • Author: Angie, Head Prairie Traveler
  • Date Posted: Jul 26, 2013
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  • Address: Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta has a wild and adventurous past and it seems to have held on to these traits a full century later. Learn the story of the area’s trading posts and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. You’ll be glad you did.

History of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky Mountain House in Alberta

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta has a wild and adventurous past

Photo Credit : Kevin M Klerks

Rocky Mountain House was once a North West Company post set up specifically to trade with the area’s natives. The fort (and another one nearby built by the Hudson’s Bay Company) always seemed to struggle, however. It would be closed and reopened several times. The forts had even been burned out and abandoned several times. Eventually, however, the Montana Gold Rush and the arrival of prospectors and American traders killed off most of the company’s business since the aboriginals seemed to prefer the Americans . That is until the North West Mounted Police drove out the American whiskey traders.

Settlers did start to move into the area in the early 1900s, and in 1912, Rocky Mountain House got its first post office. The Calgary-Edmonton CPR line would continue to bring in settlers and in 1939, it officially became a town. Today, it is still known as the town “where adventure began”.

Interesting Facts About

Amenities

Arts & Culture

  • Art On the Range
  • Ravenscrag Alpacas and Zelda’s Tea Nook
  • Alpaca Fiber Artist
  • Earth n’ Fire
  • Pottery & Soy Candles
  • Spirit Rider Gallery & Studio

Events

  • Big Horn Rodeo
  • Marketplace on Main
  • Thompson Country Horse Trials
  • Rocky Air Show
  • Leslieville Antique Days

Historic Sites

  • Nordegg Mine Site
  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
  • Rocky Museum
  • Historic Walk on Main Street

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golfing
  • Kayaking
  • Oval Skating
  • Dog Sledding
  • Skijoring

Restaurants & Bars

  • Zelda’s Tea Nook and Gifts
  • The Sandwich Hutch
  • The Ritz
  • New Dragons place
  • Mano Romanos Pizza and Donair
  • David Thomsen Resort

Accommodations

  • Canyon Creek Golf & Camping
  • Centennial Park
  • Aurum Lodge
  • Rocky Alpine Motel
  • Bridle Path Ranches
  • Bushvelder B&B
  • Grandview Stage
  • Chinook Inn