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Carstairs was named for Carstairs, Scotland (in Lanarkshire, southeast of Glasgow). Carstairs is a growing town along the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, often used as a traveller's shortcut to bypass Calgary (through the Carstairs/Cremona/Cochrane) to Banff. The economy of the Carstairs area is a mix of oil & gas and agriculture.
Annual events include: Beef & Barley Days (late July), Pumpkin Days (end Sept)
Carstairs Business Directory
This museum, in the Know Presbyterian Church features a fully furnished 1901 homestead. From July to August, the museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., and September to June on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Highway 580, 9 km E of strong>
This working sheep farm has a gallery featuring African tapestries and Canadian crafts. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Custom Woolen Mills
24 km E on Hwy 581, and 5 km N
See wool processing demonstrated using traditional methods and on machines dating back to 1860. Open year-round weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tours $1/person. Self-guided tours free.
Silver Willow Golf and Sporting Club
4 km W of strong> on Hwy 580
Silver Willow offers a fun, enjoyable, unique day activity for people – pre-teens to seniors – which includes Sporting Clays, Golf and Food/Beverages in a beautiful, western prairie setting located just north of Calgary by 40 minutes. The location of the club is ideal and benefits from remarkable scenery, rolling hills, wildlife, to provide a true rural experience for its visitors. The clubhouse is unique, environmentally friendly and provides a warm and welcoming environment for both golfers and sporting clay visitors. Open Tuesday to Sunday dawn to dusk.