Welcome to the exciting Town of Fort Macleod
The original fort was located on an island in the Old Man River Valley, approximately one mile east of present day Fort Macleod. Spring flood waters made the site inaccessible during spring months and by 1884, the North West Mounted Police relocated their headquarters to the south bank of the Old Man River, just west of present day Fort Macleod.
Fort Macleod is a town full of carefully maintained history and pride. Care has been taken to preserve many of the town's historical buildings and homes. A drive down Main Street (Colonel Macleod Blvd.) Fort Macleod and through many of the residential streets reveals many historical houses, churches, B&Bs, shops, a theatre, newspaper office, town office and more.... Look for strategically placed historical signs detailing the history of the area. With so much to see and do in Fort Macleod and area, make southwest Alberta and Fort Macleod your travel destination this year!
- The Empress Theatre - 101 years old and loving it!
Along with these great attractions, our town also boasts an outdoor swimming pool open during the summer months, skateboard park, numerous playgrounds, western Canada's largest mural portraying Fort Macleod's history, a picturesque walking path along the south riverbank in town, a skating and curling rink located in the town's sports centre, numerous campgrounds, motels and B&Bs, and many excellent restaurants!
Neighbouring Communities and Attractions Include:
Waterton Lakes National Park - 1 hour southwest of Fort Macleod
Pincher Creek - 1/2 hour west of Fort Macleod
Claresholm - 25 minutes north of Fort Macleod
Granum - 15 minutes north of Fort Macleod
Cardston - 1/2 hour south of Fort Macleod
Piikani Nation - 15 minutes west of Fort Macleod
Blood Tribe - Kainai - 15 minutes south of Fort Macleod
Lethbridge- 1/2 hour east of Fort Macleod
Crowsnest Pass - 1 hour west of Fort Macleod