May 12, 2020:
Horseshoe Canyon will open to the public May 15, 2020, with the following restrictions in place due to COVID-19:
- No washrooms or outhouse will be available at any of the sites
- Garbage cans will be blocked open to avoid any contact during disposal
- Picnic shelters should not to be used; regular and routine sanitization of hard surfaces is not taking place
- Use at your own risk. Please continue to practice good hygiene and physical distancing when accessing these parks, and do not visit the parks if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Horseshoe Canyon Master Plan
Horseshoe Canyon’s prime location, rugged terrain, and natural beauty draw in thousands of visitors every year. The Horseshoe Canyon Masterplan includes concepts that support future Kneehill County tourism and economic development by creating possible revenue streams and recreation opportunities.
The Horseshoe Canyon Master Plan aligns with Council’s Strategic priority to "Improve Fiscal Sustainability." While each concept listed in the Master Plan holds potential, Council intends to bring only a few aspects forward to the 2020 budget deliberations.
Click to view the Horseshoe Canyon Masterplan. (200 MB)
A must-see attraction along the Highway 9 corridor with over 400,000 visitors annually, Horseshoe Canyon boasts hiking trails, amazing views, day-use and rest areas.
Horseshoe Canyon in the News
Horseshoe Canyon offers Stunning views, Opportunity
Kneehill Notes, October 2016
Kneehill County residents, guests, and partner in tourism were treated to some good fortune Friday, September 30, when a dreary morning transformed into blue skies and warm sunshine, just in time for the Horseshoe Canyon Inaugural Event.
Offering stunning vistas and scenic hiking trails, Horseshoe Canyon is a must-see attraction along Highway 9. With over 150,000 visitors to date in 2016, the canyon provides Kneehill County with an incredible opportunity to promote tourism and grow economic development.
The canyon was originally purchased by Jack Lowen SR in 1946, it was used as pasture land for his cattle with its excellent prairie wool grassland on the upper plateaus. The land was later passed down to his sons Ralph and Jack Jr. who also used it for grazing and hay land. The land was further handed down to their daughters Judy Lowen (Goodine), Cindy Lowen (Groeneveld), Janice Lowen (Blackie-Goodine) and son Alec Lowen.
With an agreement to carry on the Lowen's family love of Horseshoe Canyon, its long-term preservation while still allowing the public to experience and enjoy the dramatic natural landscape and geology, the property was sold to Kneehill County in July 2016.
Kneehill County Council sees this investment in Horseshoe Canyon as a way to further their strategic vision as a place to "Live, Work, Play." Indeed, since the purchase in July, Kneehill County's Agriculture and Parks Department has worked tirelessly to make the site safer for visitors. Improvements include a staircase from the observation deck to the canyon floor, erosion matting and numerous new lookouts constructed upon the hills.
Trees and shrubs will be added next spring with the contribution of $25,000 from Canadian National Railways and their CN Eco Connexions From the Ground Up Program. With its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, CN EcoConnexions helps Canadian Municipalities establish tree plantings in a sustainable manner.
For more information contact Kneehill County Communications, 403-443-5541