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Pincher Creek is a town of about 3,600 people in the foothills of Southern Alberta. It is a good base for exploring provibcisl parks in the region, and has some heritage sites.


Pincher Creek as seen from the North, with the rockies in the background.

The town received its name in 1868 when a group of prospectors lost a pincer in the small creek at this location. These pincers would have been used as a mechanism for trimming the feet of the horses and thus had some value to the group. In 1874, the North-West Mounted Police came to southern Alberta. One of them discovered the rusting tools in the creek, and they named the area Pincher Creek. In 1898, Pincher Creek was incorporated a village. In 1906, the community was incorporated as a town and named Pincher Creek.

Get in[edit]

St Johns Anglican Church

Pincher Creek is located along Highway 6. The Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) is located 3 km north of Pincher Creek at the hamlet of Pincher Station. Pincher Creek is 100 km (62 mi) west of Lethbridge and 217 km (135 mi) southwest of Calgary.

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Get around[edit]


  • 1 Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, 1037 Bev McLachlin Drive, +1 403-627-3684. Early Sep-late May: M-F 10AM-4:30PM; late May-early Sep: daily 10AM-6PM. Home to the Visitor Information Centre, Country Store, and a Western Canadian Frontier Village with 27 heritage cabins and two museum buildings. Adults $12, seniors $10, youth (7-17) $6, under 7 is free, family (2 adults and up to 4 youth) $30.
  • 2 Lebel Mansion (Allied Arts Council), 696 Kettles Street, +1 403-627-5272. Pincher Creek landmark was built in 1910 and served as the private residence of local businessman Timothee Lebel until 1924. Purchased by the Town of Pincher Creek in 1985 to become the current home of the Allied Arts Council.
  • 3 Lundbreck Falls (25 km (16 mi) northwest of Pincher Creek on Hwy 3). The Crowsnest River plunges 12 m (39 ft) into a deep pool in the canyon below. Watch the falls from the observation platform and then walk down into the limestone gorge for a closer look. Lundbreck Falls (Q29561240) on Wikidata Lundbreck Falls on Wikipedia
  • 4 Oldman Dam (14 km (9 mi) northeast of Pincher Creek on Hwy 785.). Oldman River Dam (Q24885463) on Wikidata Oldman River Dam on Wikipedia
  • 5 Heritage Acres Farm Museum (17 km (11 mi) northeast of Pincher Creek on Hwy 785.), +1 403-627-2082.


  • 1 Castle Mountain Ski Resort, Pincher Creek (45 km (28 mi) west of Pincher Creek along Hwy 507 and Hwy 774.), +1-403-627-5101, toll-free: +1-888-754-8667, . Kilometres of groomed skiing runs, natural half pipes, deep fresh powder, short lift lines and wide open spaces. Castle Mountain Resort (Q5050194) on Wikidata Castle Mountain Resort on Wikipedia
  • 2 Beauvais Lake Provincial Park (19 km (12 mi) west of Pincher Creek along Hwy 507.). Biking, bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing. Beauvais Lake Provincial Park (Q3364703) on Wikidata Beauvais Lake Provincial Park on Wikipedia











Go next[edit]

  • Waterton Lakes National Park: 50 km (31 mi) south of Pincher Creek on Highway 6; offers many outdoor recreation options and beautiful scenery.
  • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre: In 1903, the mining town of Frank, Alberta, was devastated by 82 million tonnes of limestone crashing down from Turtle Mountain. The Frank Slide Interpretative Centre in the Crowsnest Pass, 44 km (27 mi) west of Pincher Creek on Highway 3.

Routes through Pincher Creek
CranbrookCrowsnest Pass ← Jct N  W Crowsnest Highway E  Fort MacleodLethbridge
ENDS  N  S  Waterton Lakes N.P.Babb

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