"Turner Valley" Turner Valley by twilightmuse

Turner Valley Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 28 photos

Turner Valley pop. 2167 is a nowhere town en route to somewhere else. People settled here because of the oil and gas boom and this area was one of the largest suppliers to the British Empire. Wikipeidia states that the town is currently going through a recession. This is an understatement. It is going through a slow and painful death like many a small town along the road to somewhere- it has no big business to keep it going or draw new comers to settle here.

Most of the surrounding land is owned by oil settlers or ranchers. There are new subdivisions going up but as of last year the census quoted the number of dwellings at a meger 934. Young parents of the area tend to say that there isn't much for their children here and end up having to make the drive to Okotoks 21km away.

Black Diamond is the sister town to Turner Valley -3km away, so in an attempt to keep traffic flowing through to the town they split the town's resources- the government buildings are in Turner Valley along with the library and an outdoor pool. They also have the only laundromat and daycare. There are also all of 2 taxi drivers in this area.Though they do have 3 liquor stores.

The two towns are sometimes called Diamond Valley so you can find local restaturants or taxi companies going by that moniker.

Unless you are heading along the cowboy trail to Cochrane, Canmore or Banff or out to Kananaskis there is no reason to end up in this town. Other then a trip to the library or you need to renew your license if you happen to live in the Diamond Valley area.

But having said that I will say this: if you happen to end up in this town they do have a cafe that serves the best coffee around and I will walk that 3km each way for a cuppa dark roast and a trip to the library where they will order in books from 150 other libraries. And the walk itself is beautiful. Along the friendship trail - a paved trail that follows the highway where you can see the mountains on one side and horses graze on the other. It is not uncommon to spot hawks flying by, a herd of deer grazing close by and I have even seen a bald eagle! If you are a treasure hunter then take a gander in Ben's thrift store- it is a hoarders paradise but you can find brand new books ( I scored the Help) for fifty cents. Just be sure to wash your hands afterwards.

Turner Valley is supposed to have some of the best horseback riding in the area as well as some very well kept secret paths that are fantastic hiking.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Best dark roast coffee around, 3 liquor stores
  • Cons:nothing else
  • In a nutshell:A blip on the radar to somewhere else.
  • Last visit to Turner Valley: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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