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Benefits of operating a business in High River

High River is where Alberta-based businesses come to thrive. The perfect blend of rural and urban comes together a mere 30 minutes south of Calgary to offer the perfect location to settle down and start something. The result is a growing community of businesses drawn to our neighbourly culture and growing list of local sub-trades, suppliers and operational advantages.

Thanks to an engaged municipal planning department, flexible land use bylaws and no business taxes, High River is becoming home to those who dream of growing something bigger. As a result, we have seen significant growth in a variety of sectors including: agriculture, technology, construction, automotive, tourism, film, the arts and a mix of professional, scientific and technical services.

No matter what your vision of success, High River offers the ideal backdrop.

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Entrepreneurship & Our Fresh New Downtown

Here in High River, we’ve been developing an extraordinary place to live, work and raise a family since 2013. Our reinvented downtown core is vibrant and forward-thinking; the picture-perfect setting for a new era of entrepreneurship.

With a fresh and innovative approach to attracting businesses and families alike, like offering no-fee licenses for entrepreneurs 25 years and younger, we’re creating the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of small town living, without sacrificing comforts or conveniences.

High River's fresh new downtown
Commercial and industrial development in High River

Regional Health, Commercial & Industrial Hub

High River’s proximity to Highway 2 and central location within the rolling foothills has positioned it as a regional hub supporting the commercial needs of its surrounding rural communities.

At the heart of the region, High River anchors an ever-expanding Health and Wellness sector that includes the High River Hospital and recently added Cancer Centre.

In addition to serving the health needs of the community, the hospital is currently modernizing its maternity ward to ensure it continues to support the future needs of young, growing families.

Innovation & Protection

With the Town’s progressive Council at the helm, High River dares to be different, invests in innovation and builds to do it better.  Building itself anew, High River is focused on connecting; people to business and opportunity, neighbours to each other, communities to land and nature.

High River is now the most well protected town in Canada from flooding. To-date, over $200 million has been invested in flood mitigation and protection for our community.

Learn more about flood mitigation and protection in High River

Town Council, High River, AB

Town of High River Council

Downtown High River

View of downtown High River

Transportation in High River

The Town of High River is located 30 minutes south of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Highway 2 at the junction of Highways 2 and 23.

A close proximity to Calgary and Okotoks, as well as several other municipalities (Nanton, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, and Vulcan) creates opportunities for living and/or working in the area with short commuting times.

The High River Regional Airport is owned and operated by The Town of High River and the MD of Foothills and is located just south of Town limits.

High River now has electric vehicle charging stations

The Town of High River is known for its mission statement of ‘doing it better, being innovative and daring to be different’ – and now we are one of the few towns in Alberta that offers this service, helping to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

Charging stations are free to use and located at:

  • Downtown Public parking lot –  S.E. corner of 3 Avenue and 1 Street S.W.
  • Peavey Mart – 1500 12 Avenue S.E.
  • The Provincial Building – 129 4 Avenue S.W.

Learn more by watching our YouTube Video