Halkirk, Village

Tourism Opportunities

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Community Information

Halkirk is a rural village located at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 855, near the northern edge of the Canadian Badlands. From Halkirk, it is an easy 15 minute commute to Castor or 25 minutes to Stettler. The cities of Red Deer, Camrose, or Drumheller are all within an hour and half drive away. Halkirk has a population of 120 within the village and a rural population of aproximately 700.

Though small in size, Halkirk is an energy centre with a history of coal production that continues today at the Paintearth Coal Mine north of Halkirk. The mine supplies coal to the turbines at Battle River Power Generating Station. Capital Power’s Halkirk 1 Wind Project, the largest wind turbine farm in Alberta, rises majestically over the eastern skyline. The oils and gas sector are significant to Halkirk. Besides the oilfields that dot the agricultural lands surrounding Halkirk, there are three oilfield manufacturing industries located in the Halkirk area.

Halkirk’s historic hotel, general store and church are prime examples of early prairie architecture. Halkirk Circle Square Youth Ranch, located in the scenic Paintearth Creek Badlands, brings hundreds of youth and their families to the area each summer. The Western themed  Ranch is available for retreats or small conferences in the off season. The annual Bullarama in late August also attracts many visitors to the Village.

Big Knife Provincial Park located on the Battle River Reservoir north of Halkirk has camping, hiking, fishing (pike), and boating. The river reservoir is available for water activities. Diplomat Mine Historic Site is just north of the park.

Trout fishing is available 15 minutes south at the stocked Boelke Pond and hunting is also popular in the area. Golf courses, swimming pools, and museums are located in Castor and / or Stettler. 

Local recreation facilities include ball diamonds, rodeo grounds, Community Hall, Senior Centre, curling rink, parks and playgrounds, and outdoor winter skating.    Campers in the Village can choose the full service Berry Street Campsite or the Recreation grounds.


For information on tourism related opportunities or development assistance, contact the organizations below.

Village of Halkirk
Doris Cordel, Administrator: halkirk@wildroseinternet.ca   403.884.2464

Paintearth Economic Partnership Society (PEPS)
Carol Thompson, EDO: CThompson@countypaintearth.ca   403.882.3211

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