Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
There is one campground in Rocky Mountain House and a couple more full service RV parks nearby.
Propitiously located at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Saskatchewan Rivers, Rocky Mountain House is a town with a venerable name and matching history. In the 1700s, fur traders named it and used it as a post for the prosperous trade with native tribes from the Kootenay and Blackfoot nations. After the merger of the two main companies, even with the North West Company swallowed up and the Hudson's Bay Company alone remaining, the name given by the Nor' Westers stuck.
The fur trade era ended in about 1875 but the next wave of activity to hit Rocky Mountain House came with the explorers. David Thompson used the post as a base for his surveying and exploring activities. The David Thompson Highway (#11) is a lasting reminder of his work.
The last wave involved settlers in search of farmland and wishing to gain a living from the many natural resources of the area. The town of Rocky Mountain House was established in 1912, and most of its residents were Scandinavian.
The local economy is linked to petroleum transportation, oil and gas production, forestry, tourism and agriculture. The town crest brings these features together with its image of an oil derrick and lodgepole pines framing mountains. This image is also used in the Rocky Mountain House municipal flag.
- Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada
- the Historic Site also has a spread of field, marsh and old spruce forest with habitats for varied wildlife as well as a herd of plains bison
- Brigade Days, middle of July
- 5 km Petro Canada Bicentennial Bike Trail
- Rocky Mountain House Museum
- Pine Hills Golf Club
- unique adventures: guest ranch, family resort, guided fishing trips, llama treks