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Black Diamond (pop. 2,700) and Turner Valley (pop. 2,560) are twin towns in the Calgary Region of Alberta, Canada; located southwest of the city of Calgary.

UnderstandEdit

Black Diamond and Turner Valley are twin towns tucked into the foothills at the base of the Rocky Mountains, separated by the Sheep River. Black Diamond gains its name from the nearby coal deposits, while Turner Valley is named after Robert and John Turner who settled in the area.

Alberta's first major oil and natural gas field was discovered in 1914 at Turner Valley, subsequent discoveries kept the oil and gas scene active in the Turner Valley area for the next 30 years. The Turner Valley Gas Plant was constructed shortly after the initial discovery, was operational until 1985, and now designated as a national and provincial historic site.

 
Map of Black Diamond and Turner Valley

Get inEdit

Black Diamond and Turner Valley at the junction of the Cowboy Trail (Highway 22) and Highway 7, 22 km (14 mi) west of Okotoks and 66 km (41 mi) southwest of Calgary.

Get aroundEdit

Black Diamond and Turner Valley are connected by Highway 22, it takes less than 5 minutes to drive between the two communities. The Friendship Trail runs parallel to the highway which allows for walking or cycling between the two towns.

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  • 1 Turner Valley Gas Plant, Sunset Boulevard SE, Turner Valley, +1-780-431-2321. Sa-Su: 10 am - 5 pm. Western Canada's first commercial oilfield and processing plant in Turner Valley. Take a guided tour around the site, exhibit hall, and through some of the historic buildings and explore the birthplace of Alberta's petroleum industry.  

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Nearby
  • Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 Street W, Millarville, +1 403-931-3633. Art Gallery, Museum and Arts Education Centre on 80 acres north of Turner Valley, near Millarville.
  • Millarville Farmers' Market, Millarville Race Track (20 minutes south of Calgary), Millarville (North of Turner Valley along Hwy 22, near Millarville), +1 403-931-2404. Jun-Nov: Sa 9AM-2PM. The hamlet of Millarville is roughly 45 minutes SW of Calgary. Millarville holds the largest farmers market in Southern Alberta, with fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, home-baked pies, cut and potted flowers, crafts and original jewellery and artwork. Take some time to enjoy free entertainment, grab some breakfast, or browse the craft stands and chat with the artists.

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  • Black Diamond Hotel, 105 Centre Avenue S, Black Diamond, +1-403-933-4656. Saloon-style bar beneath this hotel dates back to 1929.
  • Eau Claire Distillery, 113 Sunset Boulevard NW, Turner Valley, +1-403-933-5404. Set in a repurposed 1929 movie theatre, Eau Claire Distillery offers a variety of unique, handcrafted cocktails made from their specialty batches of gin, vodka and whisky.
  • Hard Knox Brewery, 445 1 Avenue NE, Black Diamond, +1-403-800-5603.

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Routes through Black Diamond and Turner Valley
END  W   E  OkotoksENDS at N   S
CochraneBragg Creek ← Jct   E  N   S  LongviewENDS at E   W


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