There are places on the prairie so open and vast, they take your breath away. You can stand in the middle of a grassy field, a warm westerly wind rustling your hair, and look miles into distance at the imposing peaks of the Rockies. The sky above is an overturned bowl, blue as the sea and wide as the heavens, and there’s an aura of calm in the air that incites quiet contemplation. When you’re in one of these places, you feel completely at ease, ready for whatever the next minute may bring and open to every possibility. You could search one out, or you could take our advice and visit Picture Butte, because this lovely prairie town happens to be one of those incredibly special places.
Located just 15 minutes north of Lethbridge along Highway 25, Picture Butte is known as the Livestock Feeding Capital of Canada, but the town’s reputation extends well beyond cattle. In addition to the uproarious South Country Jamboree that takes place in every August, Picture Butte is home to one of the most respected golf courses in southern Alberta – a 27 hole links-style course that challenges the best of players. Picture Butte Lake is another exceptional attraction, popular with hikers, nature lovers, and bird watchers alike.