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Winter Ways to Play!

Despite the rules in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, winter and holiday season in High River can still be a magical play to play! Visit this page to discover all that High River has to offer during this special season.

Happy Trails

Go for a stroll through the many scenic pathways that wind along the Highwood River as well as the serene and welcoming communities. Get your 10,000 steps while completely immersing yourself in the natural beauty of High River. We think you’ll find our “Happy Trails” live up to their name and then some! Explore on your own or use the Happy Trails map of High River to guide you.


Birding at Emerson Lake – High River, AB

Over 103 different species of birds can be found at Emerson Lake in High River, with records dating back to the 1900s.

Birding at Frank Lake Conservation Area

Frank Lake is listed by Duck’s Unlimited as one of 597 Important Bird Areas in Canada, and is one of the best birding venues in the Calgary area. The lake is a shallow slough, typical of the prairie grasslands in Southern Alberta. It is a productive wetland that encompasses three basins totaling nearly 3,100 acres of flooded area with an additional 1,700 acres of managed upland habitat. The uplands are both native and seeded grasslands that benefit wildlife and waterfowl nesting. To date, 190 plant species, 194 bird species and over 16 mammal species have been recorded at the lake, including many that are regionally or provincially rare in status.

Fishing in and around High River

The picturesque Highwood River that flows through the centre of High River, Alberta, Canada, is well-known for its flyfishing, and there are plenty of other sportfishing opportunities around the area.

Originating in the Canadian Rockies, in the Highwood Pass, below Mount Arethusa, the river flows south parallel to the Kananaskis Trail, before its turns east, to flow along Highway 541 and through the community of Longview. Continuing east, the Highwood River passes through High River, ending when it enters the Bow River, southeast of Calgary. Click here to see a Google Map of the Highwood River.

Alberta Fishing Licenses can be purchased in High River at: Flys Etc., 609 Centre Street SW, High River, 403-601-6120; or online at: My Wild Alberta.

Flys Etc. is also an excellent source for local fishing information, maps, gear and supplies.

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