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Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek — Gateway to a Perfect Getaway


Nestled in SouthWest Alberta, Pincher Creek offers breathtaking vistas of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding foothills, a thriving arts scene, and a promising renewable energy sector. Here, rural tranquility blends with the excitement of outdoor adventure. As a gateway to Castle Mountain and the Rocky Mountains, tourism draws 500,000 visitors a year to fish, hike, ride, ski, soar, and sail.

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A man clinging to a bucking bronco in front of a rodeo crowd in Pincher Creek.

Did you Know?

Pincher Creek was named in 1874 by a patrol of the North West Mounted Police that was surprised to find a horseshoeing tool in the stream bottom.

About the Area

Pincher Creek is known for its windy weather, which also brings chinooks in the winter. In January 1962, chinook winds boosted Pincher Creek's temperature from -19° Celsius to +22° C in one hour! That's a Canadian record!

A line of hi-tech windmills on foothills separate foreground prairies and river from Alberta SouthWest Rocky Mountain peaks.

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Stunning views, a rich arts community, loads of (renewable) energy — Pincher Creek is a gateway to outdoor recreation, ample shopping, and amenities.

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