Small Towns on the Big Screen

High River and Okotoks are burgeoning film hubs

Even for those who don’t watch CBC’s family-drama series Heartland – now in its 11th season – the town of High River has become synonymous with the show.

“Heartland has become a part of the community,” said Irene Kerr, the curator and director of High River’s Museum of the Highwood. High River poses as the town of Hudson on Heartland. One of the show’s most well-known locales, Maggie’s Diner, is a building right along High River’s Main Street.

“We noticed a shift around 2015, when people who were visiting High River stopped asking about the 2013 flood and wanted to see where they were filming Heartland,” said Kerr.

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Living on the edge

New developments in surrounding areas limited price growth in 2017

When it comes to Calgary’s housing market, there’s a lot of activity on the outskirts and in surrounding areas.

“We have a number of new communities and areas with many new developments offering competing products for the resale market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

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Close-knit community

Ontario transplants Andrew Palmer and Vicki Bernier built their dream home in Okotoks’ MountainView

Andrew Palmer and Vicki Bernier had been tossing around the idea of relocating to the Calgary area to be closer to family and to carve out a better lifestyle for their family. With two teens – Kaelyn, 15, and Jake, 13 – and two dogs, finding the right home in the right neighbourhood was a key factor in the couple’s decision-making process. They found the perfect match with Excel Homes in the Okotoks community of MountainView. (more…)

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