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Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta is home to sights and scenery unique to this part of Canada. It also hosts unique events and festivals that set this area apart.

The Municipal District of Taber is known for a lot more than its rolling agricultural fields and high-producing oilfield sights. It's also a recreational paradise, for boaters, campers and hunters alike, with something for just about everyone. Chin Reservoir is often the place where you can catch locals out for an afternoon of fishing or a weekend of boating out with the family.

The M. D. of Taber Park is nestled at the bottom of the Oldman River, and boasts and amphitheatre, group-use areas and individual camping sites for families. Enchant Park in the M. D.'s northwest end,offers camping, golf, a small beach area andbaseball fields.

The area also features a number of vibrantsmall towns, villages and hamlets, headlined by Taber, a town of over 8,000 citizens. Taber's claim to fame is the annual Cornfest celebration, which goes Aug. 24-25. Taber also features the Aquafun Centre, a top-notch indoor pool, along with the skateboard park, ball diamonds, soccer pitches and football fields, and our arena. Just north of Taber is the Taber Motorsports Park.

Vauxhall is best known for Jets Stadium, a big-city baseball park nestled inside a very small town. With bleachers, a grass infield, lights for night games and too many other features to mention, Jets Stadium is trulyone of the best small-town ball parks. Of course, Vauxhall is also known for its July 1 celebration, which has traditionally include a demolition derby and a host of other events, including a fireworks displays, which caps off a full day.

The M. D. of Taber area is also home to villages and hamlets like Barnwell, Enchant, Grassy Lake and Hays.

In the County of Lethbridge, there is The Town of Coaldale, featuring the Gem of the West Museum. The community also has askating rink, curling rink, ball diamonds, soccer pitches and a skateboard park. There is a swimming pool, a tot lot and a spraypark. The community is an award winning Communities in Bloom town. Coaldale is also home to the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, a rehabilitation centre for birds of prey that also offers visitors an educational opportunity to learn about the birds. The town's annual Settler Days are highlighted by the ever popular Candy Parade.

The Town of Picture Butte has a swimming pool, ice arena and curling rink, along withball diamonds. Lions Park is popular spot for families, with playground equipment forthe youngsters. The community is home to Jamboree Days each August.

The Prairie Tractor and Engine Society alsomakes its home just south of the community and features an old-time pioneer village andantique vehicles and farm machinery. It is home to August's annual Threshing Show Aug. 18 and 19. The Picture Butte Golf Club includes 27 holes on the prairie.

The Town of Coalhurst is a growing community. It features ball parks and dirtbiking facilities, in addition to a school playground and a community centre. It is also home to Miners Days each summer.

The Village of Nobleford has its own museum, which details the story behind the development of the Noble Blade. The community also has a spray park and other recreational venues, including the nearby Keho Lake. The community hosts Heritage Days each summer.

The Village of Barons is one of the smallest communities in the county but has a rich agricultural history and a school that was thesite for some scenes for the first Superman movie. Throughout the county are hamlets such as Diamond City, Shaughnessy, Monarch, Iron Springs and Turin.

Within the borders of the county are several lakes and reservoirs including Park Lake Provincial Park, Keho Lake and Stafford Lake.

Nestled deep in the heart of Cypress County, 45 minutes south of Medicine Hat, lays the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. On the Alberta side, three different lakes provide great camping sites as well as great fishing. Full of trees, wildlife and a cougar or two, the Cypress Hills is the perfect place to getaway for a weekend.

Located north of Hilda, Sandy Point Parkis a perfect place for campers, fishers, or boaters alike. Sitting right on the South Saskatchewan River, Sandy Point Park is afun place out of the way of major tourist locations.

Forty Mile Park envelops the reservoir of the same name is a favourite camping, fishing, and boating in southeast Alberta. Located between Bow Island and Foremost,along Highway 879 the park offers day and seasonal camping sites, sandy beach, play area for the children, boat launch, concession area, showers, and coin laundry. Canada Day festivities are a highlight.

The Etzikom Windmill Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the prairie past, with a comprehensive outdoor display of wind power. Displays include those related to the early homesteading life of the area, fossils, petroglyphs, and early First Nations artifacts.