Eclectic Arts & One of a Kind Finds

Inspired Artists, Creative Spaces & Unique Boutiques


DRIVING TIME
approx. 2.25 hours
ROUNDTRIP FROM SOUTH CALGARY
approx. 195 KM

 Looking for a quiet small town stroll down streets lined with art and murals?
Seeking eclectic, unusual & delightful jewelry, art, clothing or décor that no one else will have?

With breathtaking scenery that encompasses prairie skies alive with colour, expansive vistas of rolling foothills, and the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, is it any wonder our Cool Little Towns attract such a talented range of inspired artists who call this place home?

Dozens of artisan shops, gift shops and antique boutiques, beautiful murals and public art, maker spaces, artist galleries, and working studios are scattered across our Cool Little Towns –each featuring carefully curated and crafted items you will not find anywhere else!

Take some time to tour this beautiful region on Calgary’s doorstep – meet our artists, tour their studios, enjoy their unique artwork – search for hidden treasures and maybe even discover that piece that speaks to you, and compels you to bring home a little piece of our special place.

Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta – “In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, dotted along Highway 22 (the Cowboy Trail) and Highway 2A, there is a community of artists, craftspeople and galleries who celebrate creativity and supporting each other’s talents. You are invited to join in and come for a tour of these galleries and private studios located in the stunningly beautiful foothills of southern Alberta!

Throughout the year, we organize periodic Open Studio Events, allowing you easy access to the private studios that are not usually open to the public without an appointment. Our galleries also put on a variety of special events; watch this website or our Facebook page for dates of all of our venues’ upcoming events.”

Be inspired to discover our ever changing, always inspired list of cool and creative things to see:

NantonNanton’s historic mainstreet and famous antique walk, Cowboy Country Clothing, Classic Rodeo Boutique, TeaZehri Loose Tea & Gift Shop, Because I Said So Coffee & Gifts, Iron Horse Gallery, Willow Creek Forge, The Candy Store in Nanton, Mosaic Art, Gift & Tattoo Gallery, Eamor’s Saddlery & Mercantile, Bomber Command Museum of Canada gift shop, Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage

High River:  Historic Murals & Sculpture Walk, High River’s Bustling Art Scene,  Markets & Shopping, Pike Pottery & Metal Studio, Art & Soul Studio Gallery, White Bull Clothing Co, Pixie Hollow, Walker’s Country N Western Wear, Shiflett Guitars, Salvage Soul Sisters Society, Museum of the Highwood gift shop, Flys etc.

Black Diamond: Bluerock Gallery, Bohemia, Bali Bling Boutique, Branch Market & Studio, Firebrand Glass Studio, Black Diamond Gallery, Cool Hand Luc’s Treasure Shop, Fringe Clothing Boutique

LongviewThe Lost American Art Gallery, Garside Gallery & Debra Garside Photography, Longview Leather,

Bragg CreekSuncatchers Design Studio, The Heart of Bragg CreekThe Painted Moose Art Collective, Crabapple Cottage, Gypsy Maries, Archer’s Antiques, Durango Trail Rustic Furniture, The Bragg Creek Trading PostThe Best Little Wordhouse in the West

Okotoks: Okotoks Hot Glass, Dale Gallery, Lineham House Galleries, Boothill Gallery & Shop, Okotoks Art Gallery, Paintworks Art Studios & Supplies, mint + maple, Ginger Laurier, Rhoda’s Elegance AgainSnowflakes & Blossoms Clothing for All Seasons, Created, Shared Spaces, A Very Delightful Boutique, Tribal Connections Market, The Emporium of Impossible Things, Loop Kids Boutique, All Through the House, Finishing Touches, Monkey Mountain Toys & Games, Unwind Wool Shop, Man of Distinction, Rumpled Quilt Skins

MD of Foothills:  Leighton Art Centre, Saskatoon Farm, Little Monkey Metal Works,