Heritage Planning

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As High River continues to grow and evolve through the coming years, the identification, conservation and celebration of its significant sites will help to maintain a strong connection between its past, present and future.

Heritage Planning is intended to protect a community’s historic character, identity and appearance, and can include various methods to help accomplish this objective, such as:

  • Identifying buildings and resources the community wants to preserve
  • Evaluating potential heritage sites and maintaining an inventory of Heritage Resources
  • Reviewing planning permit applications that may affect designated and potential heritage buildings
  • Recommending buildings to Council for municipal designation under the Alberta Historical Resources Act
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of local legislation that affects heritage conservation objectives and proposing appropriate amendments

Current Heritage Projects:

With provincial funding assistance from Community Donations Advisory Committee, the Town of High River Heritage Advisory Board has placed interpretive signs around town to describe some of the important historic heritage areas throughout High River.

Future Projects:

The Board is in the early stages of exploring other opportunities to recognize, celebrate, and improve public awareness about the importance of historic properties. Details on other initiatives will be posted on this site as they become available.

For further information about heritage in High River, please contact: Kim Unger, at kunger@highriver.ca or 403-603-3533.

Historical Context Paper

In 2016, Town staff prepared a Historical Context Paper with assistance provided by Ambrose University students under the guidance of Professor Kyle Jantzen, Chair of the Heritage Advisory Board. This reference document provides a strong foundation and framework for future heritage planning initiatives.