Rafting, golfing, rodeo and more in Alberta’s foothills

With its location in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains along the banks of the Red Deer River, you can’t blame Alberta vacationers for flocking to the Sundre area.

Sitting just an hour from Calgary, Sundre boasts a population of 2,700 permanent residents. However, bolstered by the town’s idyllic location, that number can increase by the thousands given the town’s thriving RV scene.

Along with the list of amenities in the town itself — which includes an aquaplex, arena and curling rink — Sundre’s considerable outdoor offerings provide a wealth of opportunity for permanent and temporary residents alike.

Rather than simply providing a spot on which to set up your temporary home, Sundre’s Tall Timber Leisure Park provides a list of amenities that rivals the town itself. With an on-sight community centre, laundromat, two playground facilities, an indoor pool and hot tub, the term “roughing it” need not apply.

Of course, even with so many things to keep the family busy nearby, the long-term appeal of any home will depend largely on keeping a family busy for months and even years to come. From horse tours and rafting adventures to a day on the links, choosing Sundre as a spot to call home for a month or for good bring a host of opportunities onto the doorsteps of area residents.

For golfers, the area’s three courses offer ample opportunity to spend a day on the links without having to drive far and wide.

Sundre’s showcase event — the annual Sundre Pro Rodeo — provides plenty of excitement every June. Now in its 36th year, the three-day event features a parade, pancake breakfast, fireworks and of course bull riding and chuckwagon races.

With the town’s prime location on the Red Deer River, there are plenty of options to add even more excitement with the summer tradition of rafting. With local companies offering trips ranging from a few hours to multi-day excursions, the sleepy little town 60 minutes northwest of Calgary makes a compelling argument as an exciting place to call home, or second home.