The Claresholm region caters to a selection of experiential and historical tourism. Five vacation ranches are located in the area giving visitors the opportunity to participate in modern farm and ranch life – riding the trails, rounding up cattle and helping out with daily work.
The region is home several museums including: the Claresholm & District Museum; a 1912 CPR Train Station which is a provincially designated historic resource; and an 8000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall which contains Claresholm’s first school from 1903, a 1920s log cabin and a CPR caboose and many other artifacts. Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump, a UNESCO designated Heritage Site promises visitors a vivid, educational perspective into Canadian First Nations’ culture.
The Claresholm Agriplex hosts over fifty ranching and rodeo events from January through October every year. A schedule of events and dates can be found here. Another four rodeos are held within the Municipal District of Willow Creek annually.
Claresholm is also home to the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada & Museum, the official registry of the Appaloosa Horse in Canada. The museum and archives aim is to collect, preserve, record and display artifacts, relics, books, pamphlets, publications, papers, documents, photographs and other materials illustrative of, or of interest to the history of the Appaloosa breed of horse.
Claresholm is centrally located and a great hub to stay in while you enjoy tourism opportunities and activities in the immediate vicinity including:
- The “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” – The Calgary Stampede;
- Local and regional rodeos;
- Western ranch vacations;
- Bed & breakfasts; and
- Several annual regional festivals and events.