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.
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.
- 1 Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, 1037 Bev McLachlin Drive, ☏ . 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, ☏ . 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.
- 4 Oldman Dam (14 km (9 mi) northeast of Pincher Creek on Hwy 785.).
- 5 Heritage Acres Farm Museum (17 km (11 mi) northeast of Pincher Creek on Hwy 785.), ☏ .
- 1 Castle Mountain Ski Resort, Pincher Creek (45 km (28 mi) west of Pincher Creek along Hwy 507 and Hwy 774.), ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Kilometres of groomed skiing runs, natural half pipes, deep fresh powder, short lift lines and wide open spaces.
- 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.
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- Bright Pearl, 745 Main Street, ☏ . Chinese.
- Green Bamboo Peking House, 757 Main Street, ☏ . Chinese, Asian fusion.
- The Grill (inside the Legendary King Edward Hotel), 729 Main Street, ☏ . Pizza.
- Harvest Coffeehouse, 766 Main Street, ☏ . Coffee, tea, sandwiches, soup.
- Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, 919 Waterton Avenue (Hwy 6), ☏ , toll-free: .
- Ramada by Wyndham, 1132 Table Mountain Street, toll-free: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Super 8 by Wyndham, 1307 Freebairn Avenue, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Blue Mountain Motel, 981 Main Street, ☏ .
- Foothills Motel, 1049 Waterton Avenue, ☏ , fax: .
- Parkway Motel & European Lodges, 1070 Waterton Avenue.
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- 1 Beauvais Lake Provincial Park (19 km (12 mi) west of Pincher Creek along Hwy 507.). Two campgrounds; Beauvais Lake Campground and Beauvais Walk-In Tenting Campground
- 2 Lundbreck Falls Campground (25 km (16 mi) northwest of Pincher Creek on Hwy 3.), ☏ , toll-free: . Unserviced & walk-in tenting: $23; power $30.
- Sleepy Hollow Campground, 1229 Waterton Avenue, ☏ .
- Veterans Memorial Campground (Pincher Creek Municipal Campground), 940 Lawrence Street, ☏ .
- 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|
|Cranbrook ← Crowsnest Pass ← Jct N ←||W E||→ Fort Macleod → Lethbridge|
|ENDS ←||N S||→ Waterton Lakes N.P. → Babb|