Small Town, Big Heart
Fort Macleod is an easy commute to Lethbridge, located approximately 25 minutes west of the city, on HWY #3. Fort Macleod offers you high quality of life in a relaxed, family friendly, small town environment.
The town’s iconic Main Street boasts an impressive assembly of sandstone and brick heritage buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and has been featured in several movies and TV productions, including Passchendaele, Interstellar and Fargo S2.
Homes in Fort Macleod
Whether you’re looking to up-size, down-size, right-size or break into the real estate market for the first time, Fort Macleod offers you an affordable option. The average resale home price in Fort Macleod is $220,799 CAD (2017 MLS Stats), with an annual residential tax rate of 8.81499% in 2018, vs Lethbridge’s rate of 11.1067%. View Fort Macleod homes for sale.
Parks & Rec
Got “ICE TIME?” In Fort Macleod, you and your children will have better access to a variety of recreational amenities – including ice time – than you’re likely to get in larger centres. You’ll also find a brand new outdoor swimming pool in Spring of 2019, tennis courts, a skate park, a spray-park for the kids, ball diamonds, soccer fields, an Ironman worthy gym (complete with personal trainers, weekly classes and an annual triathlon), and the Ag Society’s Midnight Stadium, if horsing around is your thing.
The Great Outdoors on Your Doorstep
Alberta’s oldest greens, the Fort Macleod Golf Course, offers up 9-holes in a picturesque Oldman River valley setting. Across the river, you’ll find the town’s 200-acre Wilderness Park, with access to the river for fishing, kayaking or just skipping stones on the water. And if you get the sudden urge for alpine air, you can travel from your home in Fort Macleod to Castle Mountain, Waterton, or the Crowsnest Pass in less than an hour, or Fernie Snow Valley in under two.
Small Town, Big Venue
Whether you’re looking for a cheap movie night, a pottery class, or an instructor lead paint night, you’ll find the arts are very much alive and well in Fort Macleod. Home to the renowned Empress Theatre, you’ll often find world-class entertainers – like local favourites John Wort Hannam or Leeroy Stagger – performing on stage. If kicking back with a pint is more your speed, Fort Macleod is thrilled to have its very own brewery and tap house, Stronghold Brewing Co, opening this fall! And then there is, of course, South Country Fair….
You don’t have to go far to pick up what you need for your home. Fort Macleod’s Historic Main Street is thriving, with coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, including an exceptional Dutch bakery and micro-brewery (fall 2018). Antique stores, flower, décor and furniture shops offer unique gifts and home furnishings, while clothing stores offering the latest trends in European fashion for men and women. The town also has two groceries stores, pharmacies, and several options for building supplies and hardware. Banks include ATB, Chinook Financial and CIBC. Throughout the summer, the town hosts a popular weekly Market on Main featuring local produce, arts, crafts, antiques and collectables.
Education & Family Support
Calling Fort Macleod home is a great choice for young families. Numerous services and community groups offer up a multitude of options for keeping your pre-schoolers happy, healthy, entertained and educated all week long, at the Fort Macleod Library, through FCSS, and through the ground-breaking, award winning, brand new, $1.5m facility, the Kids First Family Centre (video).
Fort Macleod has two schools, AB Daley (K‑6) and F P Walshe (grades 7‑12). Both schools were completely refurbished in 2016 and 2017. Continuing academic pursuits after high school is a carpool commutable option, with the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College only half an hour away from your home in Fort Macleod.
The wait isn’t over, but it certainly is shorter at Fort Macleod’s Health Centre. The facility provides 24-hour emergency services, lab and x-ray, renal dialysis, short-term care, two full service medical clinics, and regional support services. Long-term care is also available in the town, as are professional services and massage therapists.
The town’s latest bragging point is the addition of a brand new $9m semi-assisted living facility, the Pioneer Lodge. The 40,000sf building includes 30 studio-style rooms and 10 one-bedroom units, housing up to 50 residents.
There are a multitude of ways to connect with your new community, including opportunities for volunteering over 100 different community groups and organizations. A full list of organizations and resources can be found in the town’s Community Resource Directory.