Just 35 minutes southwest of Calgary, Turner Valley is where Alberta’s first major oilfield was discovered, a site that pumped out the black gold that has powered the province’s economy ever since.
At one time, Turner Valley was the largest oil-producing field in the British Empire.
Times change. Today, the picturesque community of almost 2,200 residents is a charming and pretty gateway to Kananaskis Country, one of western Canada’s favourite recreational playgrounds.
Tourism and the outdoors are the new businesses of choice, and to help support them, Turner Valley has great medical care, and recreational and retail facilities.
Turner Valley, known as the birthplace of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, saw its first well come into production in 1914.
For the next 30 years the Turner Valley oilfields saw a series of major booms that had ramifications across the economies of Calgary, Alberta and Canada. Oil production grew steadily in Turner Valley until the field peaked in 1942.
With a canvas like Turner Valley’s, it should come as no surprise that the community has attracted many artists over the years. Their work is readily apparent in the town centre’s shops.
The Sheep Creek Arts Council is a community arts organization that offers seasonal classes.
Within the limits of Turner Valley, there’s an outdoor pool, ice arena, outdoor skating rink, skateboard park, curling rink and golf course.
Outside of Turner Valley, well, there’s glorious Kananaskis Country, and seemingly unlimited outdoor adventures: camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching, etc.
Turner Valley has an elementary/junior high school and a high school under the Foothills School Division. For Catholic and alternative school systems, students generally commute to neighbouring communities.
There are a couple of routes to Turner Valley from Calgary: you could head south on Highway 2 and take the turn off for Okotoks (and keep heading west on Highway 7), or you could take Highway 22 south from just west of the city (off the Trans-Canada Highway or Twp Road 241).
For those looking to commute to Calgary there has been talk of a commuter shuttle service starting, but nothing official has launched as of yet.
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