People First

High River is a “people first” community on the Highwood River that is a great place to live, work and play! The town offers an enviable quality of life for which people line up to be a part – all located just 30 minutes south of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

High River now has a fresh new downtown complete with beautiful flowers and tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. Residents can enjoy a short walk or bike ride along the river pathways and visit their favourite shops, stop by the local library, and then head back to the comforts of home.

Innovation & Protection

With the Town’s progressive Council at the helm, High River dares to be different – to be innovative and 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 $100 million has been invested in flood mitigation and protection for our community.

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Flood Mitigation & Protection

What We Offer

The family-friendly neighborhoods and the vast array of cultural and recreational opportunities are just a few of the amenities that make High River such a desirable place to put down roots.

The town offers more than 1,000 unique businesses including fashion boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. A variety of churches, grocery stores and banks are available for day to day needs and, there’s live music, a movie theatre and a large Recreation Complex to keep you happy, healthy and entertained.

As a lifestyle community, High River has its own Hospital and a variety of medical and dental offices, including pharmacies.  Veterinary Clinics, pet grooming and kennels are offered for your furry family members as well!

High River is also a senior-friendly community and offers long-term care facilities as well as handi-bus services for those residents with mobility concerns. A number of childcare options are also available for the professional family on the go.

You can learn more about what we have to offer in the High River Vital Signs report.

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High River's Vital Signs Report

High River’s beautiful parks and green spaces, high quality of life, and strong community engagement are just a few of the assets highlighted in the Vital Signs report that was released on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Vital Signs survey was an opportunity for residents to have a voice in the community and celebrate all the things that are positively contributing to life in High River. It also allowed for the collection of feedback on areas that they thought could require more attention.

In total, 571 participants completed the survey in June of 2016. They were asked to grade quality of life indicators throughout the community. This information was combined with data from service providers, organizations and local experts to create a broad snapshot of the community.

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.

In October, 2016 the new ‘On It’ regional transit commuter bus will begin service and connect the communities of High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, and Okotoks to Calgary. This provides an environmentally friendly option to residents who may not have regular access to a vehicle.

Ride the system for free Mondays and Fridays for the month of January – CLICK HERE for more information.