With natural landscapes that stretch from prairies to rolling hills to Alberta's majestic Rocky Mountains, outdoor enthusiasts can take adventure to a new level in the Black Diamond area. Whether you're after an adrenalin rush or the peaceful solitude of a trail ride, look no further than Black Diamond, Alberta.
Only a short drive to both the mountains and the prairie, the Black Diamond area offers unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities. Camping enthusiasts will love it here.
Twenty minutes west of town lies Kananaskis Country, a provincial park offering amazing camping as well numerous hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, camping and cross-country skiing opportunities.
For details, pick up a copy of the Kananaskis Country Guide or call 403.949.3754.
The banks of the Sheep River in Centennial Park Campground are one of many excellent local fishing holes within town or a short driving distance.
With a natural landscape that offers up everything from prairie to rolling hills and Rocky Mountain vistas, the golfing opportunities are great for everyone from novice to expert.
Located 15 km east of Black Diamond on Highway 7, the Big Rock is believed to be the largest glacial erratic in the world. This enormous quartzite block was Alberta's first natural feature to be designated a provincial historic site. Parking and interpretive signs are provided on-site.
Bar-U Ranch National Historic Site
The Bar U Ranch has been part of Western Canada's ranching history for over 100 years. Nestled in the Foothills with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, this working museum features exhibits, video presentations, interpretations, the original ranch buildings, demonstrations and seasonal wagon rides.
Special events throughout the season and customized group and educational packages are also available.
For more information call 1-800-568-4996.
Sheep River Tour
A tour brochure of scenic walking and driving routes and locations of both well and lesser known points of interest in the foothills area from southwest Calgary to the Chain Lakes allow you to get off the beaten path and in touch with nature.
For more information call 403.933.2996 or visit online.
AnchorD Guiding and Outfitting
Explore the Canadian Rockies in authentic pioneer style and spirit, singing by campfire at night, winding your way along a crystal clear mountain stream or galloping through a mountain meadow. Their horseback riding vacations will satisfy the cowboy in everyone.
For more information, call 403.933.2867, email or visit online.
Black Diamond is the heart of the Cowboy Trail, a 350 km route that follows much of Highway 22 along the eastern slopes of the Rockies from Cardston to Mayerthorpe. The trail offers a one-of-a-kind experience with Alberta's most spectacular ranchlands scenery, a remarkable series of historic sites.
Enjoy farm and ranch vacations, a horseback trail ride or pack trip with an outfitter into some of Alberta's prettiest country. Take in a rodeo, festival or a pow-wow or any of our many world-class attractions. It's the best of western tradition, up close and personal like you've never experienced before.
For more information call 1.866.627.3051, email or visit online.
Trail of the Great Bear
This international tour traverses 3350 kilometers of the Canadian and US Rockies on existing highways, linking Yellowstone; the worlds first national park, Banff-Jasper, Canada's first national parks; and Glacier-Waterton, the world's first international peace park.
For more information call 1-800-215-2365 or visit online.
This rodeo features everyone's favourite wild events, including bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle and bareback bronco riding, barrel racing and calf roping.
For more information call 403.931.3411
Diamond Valley Parade Days
In this thirty-year tradition, Black Diamond comes together with the excitement of a country fair. Held on the first Saturday in June, the hour-long parade is accompanied by community-wide activities including a pancake breakfast, first-rate musical entertainment throughout the downtown, children's activities, Diamond Valley Fun Run, music and much more.
For more information call 403.390.7423 or email
Little New York Daze, Longview
Nestled at the foot of the Rockies, Longview offers scenic beauty and activities for all. Little New York Days is a celebration of the community's oil days featuring a parade, entertainment, a craft market, children's activities and great food
For more information call 403.558.3922
CU NIM Gliding Club
APRIL THRU OCTOBER
3 km East of Black Diamond on Hwy 7 and 2 km North on 128th St.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Cross-Country Week in May, Student Training Week in June.
Visitors are welcome to tour the planes & watch the flights. Introductory flights available by appointment. Flying takes place primariliy on the weekends with the exception of special week-long events during the summer.
For more information call 403.938.2796
Full Circle Adventures
Offering special eco-adventures in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, along the Cowboy Trail and in the City of Calgary. Day hikes, weekend retreats, sustaintable ranch tours, week long adventures, downtown nature walks, Nordic poling, slide show presentations, private group experiences and winter programs.
For more information call 403.933.4432