Historic Turner Valley
In the Heart of the Cowboy Trail
Mountains at our doorstep
Local Interest - Things to do
HISTORIC TURNER VALLEY
Come visit and see where Alberta's oil & gas industry began! Turner Valley
was named after James, Robert & John Turner, three Scottish brothers who
homesteaded and ranched in the area. Our picturesque community is tucked
into the Foothills and is a natural base from which to explore the Kananaskis,
the ranching lifestyle which is still alive & well along the Eastern slopes
of the Rocky Mountains, and of course to see how the oil & gas industry
began in Alberta.
When oil was discovered in 1914, Turner Valley and Alberta became known
over night as a new energy frontier. The Turner Valley Gas Plant has been
given a National Historic Site status. Both walking and driving tours
available where you can take a glimpse back in time. Booklets are available
at the Tourist Information Booth. As well there is a History Theatre with
slide shows, models of working oil rigs, videos & historic photos. Learn
about Hell's Half Acre, where gas burned off so extensively that the lights
in the sky could be seen as far away as Calgary. There are tales of early
cowboys that would "light the ground" & cook eggs in a skillet while discussing
the potential of tapping this natural resource. You
are sure to leave with a few tales of your own.
The town has an outdoor pool, The Friendship Trail which winds through
the valley to Black Diamond for a leisurely walk, summer weekend markets,
a tennis court, outdoor skating rink, an 18-hole golf course and much
Please check our other pages for suggested sights, sounds & events, that
will make your stay with us a memorable one. For more history on the area,
may we suggest:
- The Town of Turner Valley.
- The Town of Black Diamond.
- The Library of the Glenbow Museum.