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Location: Hwy 2; 90 km northwest of Lethbridge, 104 km south of Calgary. Population 3,758. Visitor Information: Claresholm & District Museum on Highway 2; Phone: (403) 625-3131 or (403) 625-1742.
Claresholm is a thriving agricultural center situated on the fringe of the Porcupine Hills, in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Centennial Park Campground offers beautiful tree-lined sites, hookups and showers right next door to a spray park for hot summer days. Several recreational sites are located nearby: Willow Creek Provincial Park provides rustic camping and picnicking spots; Pine Coulee offers fishing and boating; east of Claresholm, Clear Lake is great for camping under the stars, boating and kayaking; Chain Lakes Provincial Park, located on the “Cowboy Trail” (Hwy 22), has campsites tucked in stands of willow trees with community fire pits, shelters and a concession.
Golfers can challenge a contemporary front nine and a Les Furber ‘links style’ back nine at the Bridges at Claresholm Golf Club. Keep an eye out for the wildlife that frequent the water features on 13 of the 18 holes. The Claresholm Agriplex is a hub for equine activities in Alberta, with events nearly every weekend that showcase team roping, rodeos, penning and horse shows.