Calgary neighbourhoods: Black Diamond /Turner Valley



Black Diamond and Turner Valley are virtually sister cities, separated only by a 3 kilometer stretch of roadway from town center to town center, and in fact they almost voted in a plebiscite to merge the two. They are about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Calgary

These two towns, each about 2,000 residents, are located in the scenic Alberta foothills in the middle of Alberta ranching country. Turner Valley is "ground zero" for the province's oil & gas industry back in 1917, and for 30 years, the Turner Valley Oilfields was the largest producer of oil and gas in the British Empire.

The towns have a hospital, several hotels, schools and recreational facilities.

Schools

Turner Valley has an elementary and Jr. high school (Grades K-6) and Black Diamond has the high school (grades 7-12)

Shopping

There is shopping along the main street of each town, though resident head east to Okotoks for any major shopping.

Recreation

These towns have a hockey rink, a Boys and Girls Club, a Golf and Country Club, an outdoor swimming pool, and outdoor rink (in winter) and skateboard park (in summer), and a 3 km paved Friendship Trail recreational pathway between the two towns.

These towns are about 25 km from a more undeveloped & rustic portion of Kananaskis Country, where there is camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching. The towns also lie on the historic The Cowboy Trail, a This 700 km route along highway 22 which connects to a number of cowboy-related features and exhibits in foothills towns to the north and to the south

Homes

Most homes in these two towns are single family homes, or rural acreages or ranches.

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