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Location: On Highway 3, 15 km (9 miles) west of Pincher Creek. Population: 236. Visitor Information: www.albertasouthwest.com
Built in 1993, the elegant turbines of the famous Cowley Ridge wind power site mark Canada’s first commercial wind farm.
Cowley's grass airstrip was designated in 1997 by the Soaring Council of Canada as the nation’s first National Soaring Site. Rolling over the front range of the Rocky Mountains, the “Cowley Wave” lifts sailplanes to record-breaking altitudes.
The 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain featured Cowley as the fictional town of Signal, Wyoming.