Things To Do
The Oldman River has fishing for Brown Trout, White Fish, Northern Pike and Walleye. The water temperature and conditions vary greatly throughout the seasons so ask at the local fishing shop for up-to-date information.
Fort Macleod holds the distinction of not only being the first golf course in Alberta, but also the oldest layout in Canada west of Winnipeg. Golf has been played on this land since 1890 when it was just a series of grassy flats near the old Northwest Mounted Police Fort. Over the years many historical relics from the fort have been dug up, and some of these are on display in the fort's museum.
As one might expect for a course over one hundred years old, many changes have occurred to its layout. Some of the biggest improvements to the course were the replacement of the original 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th holes plus the installation of grass greens. Today Fort Macleod possesses a fully mature and challenging 9 hole layout that is a delight to play. One of its best holes is the redesigned 4th - a picturesque 173 yard par three that requires an accurate shot from the tee to avoid trouble. Golfers must be careful to avoid an out of bounds down the left side of the fairway and thick trees to the right. Two large traps in front of the green and more trees to the back provide additional hazard. All in all, a great hole on a great course.
River Valley Wilderness Park
The River Valley Wilderness Park, located along the banks of the Oldman River, is home to a multitude of wildlife including deer, rabbits, beavers and fish.
The 120-acre park is one of the few places where the narrow-leaf cottonwood tree species still survives. The park has an extensive pathway system and playground that allows visitors to enjoy its natural beauty and peaceful surroundings.
The evening and morning hours are a treat for walking through this urban wilderness park.
Swimming / Tennis / Skateboard Park
The swimming pool is available for public swimming during the summer months. Over the last year the outdoor pool has undergone major renovations and was reopened to the public on May 31, 2003. For a complete pool schedule click here.
One of the tennis courts has recently been turned into a Skateboard Park. The skate park has been spearheaded by a dedicated group of young people.
There is still one tennis court available at this location. While the kids are swimming take in a game with a friend.
The River Valley Wilderness Park is one of Fort Macleod's greatest treasurers and a must to visit. To find the park, follow Sixth Avenue north (Hwy 811) over the green Mackenzie bridge, and take your first left into the gravel parking lot.