Since 2007, High River has stood in as the fictional community of Hudson on the hit CBC family drama, Heartland. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the foothills of southern Alberta, close to the Rockies and Kananaskis Country, Heartland is regularly filmed in various places around High River, on nearby private-property locations, and on a sound studio just up the highway in the city of Calgary.
Heartland is primarily filmed at four locations; 1) The ranch, where the exterior of the house, barn, gate, paddock and jumping course are; 2) The dude ranch; 3) The town of High River, Alberta, which doubles for Hudson and where Maggie's Diner is; and 4) A studio in Calgary, where the interiors of the barn, vet clinic and ranch house are filmed. There are also special locations in the Calgary/ Millarville/High River area that are unique to each episode. Other films and television series have been shot in High River, too, such as Fargo, Joe Picket, Superman 3, and Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven.
Amy's graduation ceremony was filmed at George Lane Park, just down the street from Maggie's in the infamous red gazebo! There is a campground located in George Lane Park, open from May 1 to September 30th as well!
Across from the historic Wales theatre you will find the High River Motor Hotel; a classic small-town motel that has not only made appearances in Heartland, but also the movie Fubar.
If you're up for a drive, Lou’s Season 3 wedding took place at the Millarville Christ Church, a beautiful wooden chapel on Highway 549, just minutes away from the Millarville Farmer’s Market and Race Track, where all rodeo and racing scenes are filmed.The 100+ stall Millarville Market can be found here on Saturdays from June to September. The Racetrack has a Canada Day Race each year, as well as an old-fashioned country fair in August and a Christmas Market in November!
Millarville Christ Church
Hwy 549 East, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0
Millarville Race Track and Agricultural Society
306097 192 St W, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0
The Wales Theatre
Since 1927, the Wales Theatre has been the premier destination for movie-goers in High River and surrounding areas. It is an exquisite example of early prairie architecture and boasts one of the last free-standing balconies in Canada. With a dolby surround sound system, this ancient building has been completely renovated and accented with all modern amenities. While filming Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood would sit in the theatre each day after shooting to rewatch the day's takes!
Showtimes: Monday - Sunday 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees 2:00pm
Doors open ½ hr. prior to the showtime
Children 2 and under: FREE
Children 3 - 12: $9
Adults 13 - 64 $10
Golden agers 65 & over, armed forces personal - ( With ID )$9
People with disabilities
421 1 St SW, High River, AB T1V 1M6
Museum of the Highwood
Located in the iconic High River train station, The Museum of the Highwood's collection spans thousands of years of history with more than 45,000 objects, including a fantastic exhibit on film in the Foothills! The exhibit focuses heavily on Heartland, housing many props from Maggie's and other filming locations, including the dollhouse made for Roy's daughter in season seven! You can check out a menu from Maggie's Diner, see costumes worn by cast members, and even test your Heartland knowledge with a quiz! The exhibit also has props from Unforgiven, Fargo, and The Revenant.
Also located inside of the museum is the High River Visitor Information Centre and a small gift shop!
Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays 12 to 4 p.m.
Admission to the museum is by donation
406 1st St. SW, High River, AB, T1V 1M5
While Maggie's is unfortunately not a real diner, High River boasts some incredible cuisine. For the diner experience, head to Evelyn's Memory Lane! For some of the best Mexican food you've ever had, head to Rio Alto, right across the street from Maggie's! If you'd like to stop for coffee, you can't beat Collossi's, which is just across the alley from Maggie's. For an unforgettable experience, have lunch in a decommissioned CP Rail car at the Dining Car at High River Station, right next to the museum.
Evelyn's Memory Lane Diner: 118 4 Ave SW, High River, AB T1V 1P7
Rio Alto: 118 3 Ave SW, High River, AB T1V 1R3
Colossi's Coffee House: 114 4 Ave SW, High River, AB T1V 1R3
The Dining Car at High River Station: 408 1 St SW, High River, AB T1V 1M5
Shop High River
Olive + Finch, est. 2018, is located in the old saddlery attached to the Maggie's Diner. Olive + Finch is a purveyor of gifts, home decor, natural bath and beauty products, and products unique to Southern Alberta, such as repurposed barn doors and antique farm equipment from ranches like the ones seen on Heartland (there is also a selection of Heartland mercy that you won't want to miss! High River is also home to Seven Seas Trading Co, White Bull Clothing Co, Walkers General Store, The Daily Male Barber Shop, Sheena's Sweets, Blue Jay Vintage, and more!
Marshall's Country Store
Amber Marshall, who plays Amy Fleming, runs Marshalls Country Store in Turner Valley, a picturesque small town about 30 minutes west of High River. The town is also home to the infamous Chuckwagon Cafe and Eau Claire Distillery.
Tuesday: 10AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 10AM - 5PM
Thursday: 10AM - 5PM
Friday: 10AM - 6PM
Saturday: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday: 10AM - 4PM
146 Main St NW Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0
Erin Emily Ann Vance is the social media coordinator and community outreach specialist for Olive & Finch. She is a writer with a masters degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and masters degree in Irish Folklore and Ethnology from University College Dublin. She is also the owner and proprietor of Raven's Wick Candles and Bright Star: Inspired by Books. When she isn't working at Olive and Finch, she co-hosts the podcast Femmes Macabres and writes fiction and poetry. www.erinvance.ca