A visit to high river may mean a detour off Hwy. 2 between Calgary and Nanton, but the town offers a perfect excuse to get out and stretch your legs. In the 1990s a local society commissioned a group of artists to paint murals on downtown buildings. The result: 16 works offering insight into the town’s fascinating history.
Subjects range from polo (pictured above) — a sport popular in the area until the First World War — to W.O. Mitchell, who lived in High River for more than 20 years and is buried in the local cemetery. A walking map with explanations of the murals is available at the visitor information centre in Sheppard Family Park, at the town museum or online.