|Neighbourhood |||Turner Valley|
|Getting There |||52 kms southwest. Take Hwy 22x west to Hwy 22 south.|
|Cross Street |||Hwy 7 and Hwy 22|
Profile Last Updated: June 11, 2008
Black Diamond is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at the crossroads of Hwys 7 and 22. It is just 30 minutes south of Calgary, with a population of around 2000. Black Diamond is rich in arts and culture with a variety of clubs and organizations. This other small town is just a couple minutes (4 kms) east of Turner Valley on Hwy 7.
In the early 1900s, the area had a coalmine, owned by Add McPherson, along the Sheep River named the Black Diamond Coal Mine and Herb Arnold opened up the area's first store and post office. The post office needed a name: McPherson wanted to call it Black Diamond and Arnold wanted to name it Arnoldville. They drew a name from the hat and the rest is history.
Today Black Diamond has lots to do. There’s the 3-km Friendship Trail, fishing and camping on the banks of Sheep River, and all the activities at the Oilfield Regional Arena. There is figure skating, hockey, pool tables and they even have roller skating as well. There is a local curling club and of course mountains to hike. This small town is full of fun activities and shops and has a main drag that is worth a visit.
Take Note: From May to September you can visit Millarville’s Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8:30am. – 12 noon.