Heartland is an iconic Canadian TV show that covers the highs and lows of a ranching family, and has been filming at various locations throughout the foothills since 2007. This version of the tour will take you from Calgary through the foothills to downtown Hudson (aka High River).
This tour starts off with a stop at the historic Spruce Meadows. These incredible grounds are worth visiting on their own, but also showcase some additional filming locations of iconic Heartland scenes.
Hoping back in your vehicle, your next stop will be at the beautiful Leighton Art Centre. While some filming has been done here, a stop for the art, history and view are also well worth it all on their own.
Venturing deeper into the foothills. some unique filming locations for iconic scenes in the show await. Heading south, you'll stop at the Millarville Racetrack. Home to one of the foothills best farmer's markets (Saturdays June to October), it's also home to all of the rodeo, horse racing, and green/white stable scenes.
Mere minutes away, you can next stop at the Millarville Church, a beautiful log chapel where Lou's wedding took place.
After soaking in the view and snapping a few pics, you'll be heading to "Hudson" via Okotoks. You can choose to stop here for lunch, or push on to High River to fuel up for what should be an afternoon of Heartland overload.
When you're ready to kick it into high gear, stop in at the unofficial home of Heartland, the Museum of The Highwood. This historic Canadian Pacific Railway station houses an exhibit featuring costumes, props, pictures, and even a menu from Maggie's Diner. It also offers knowledgeable staff for Heartland insights and tour recommendations, as well as the opportunity to test your knowledge with a Heartland quiz or pick up your favourite souvenirs!
A walk in any direction will show more Heartland hot spots, from mementos available at Walkers Western Wear and Olive & Finch, to strolling down 3rd to visit the fictional downtown of Hudson and cafe Maggie's Diner.
While 4th avenue also offers some Heartland history, you'll most likely want to head over to George Lane Park to relive the action shot at the red gazebo within its boundaries.
This tour can also be done in reverse, or can be altered to include horseback ride that showcases the home ranch and countryside the show is filmed on.