Hill Spring Agriculture
July 12, 13, & 14, 2007
We are staying in the campground at The Great Canadian Barn Dance in Hill Spring, Alberta. The campground is a PPA park $12.50 weekdays with no discount on weekends thus $25 for 30-amps and water. We located this place 6-years ago and had a good time at the Barn Dance, this time we decided to stay at their campground. These are great people. If you are looking for the Great Canadian Barn Dance and Campground it is located at: N49° 20.635' W113° 36.972' for those of you not into GPS drive 14-miles south of Pincher Creek on PH 6, then turn east on PR 505 and go another 14-mles where you will see the signs for the Great Canadian Barn Dance. Turn north on that road the Great Canadian Barn Dance will be less than 3-miles up that road on the west side.
For those of you that are not familiar with PPA (Pass Port America) it is an organization you can join for less than $50 per-year. Campgrounds that belong to PPA offer 1/2 price discounts. That kind of savings can quickly add up. While participating PPA parks generally have some restrictions on dates the PPA offer is valid, or possibly days of the week the discount is valid, or perhaps the number of days that the PPA discount will be honored the discount is genuine. Many times PPA campgrounds are new campgrounds that need help in getting established. Other times PPA campgrounds may be on the outskirts of town instead of in the "prime" location thus they need to provide an incentive for campers to stay with them. Whatever the reason PPA campgrounds generally provide a much cheaper option. PPA is the only campground organization that I think is worth the cost. PPA does not have a gimmick. What you see is what you get. Once you join they send you a directory listing all participating campgrounds. The PPA directory is the FIRST directory we check when trying to locate a place to spend the night. You can join PPA by calling 228-452-9972. If you decide to join PPA, it would be nice if you gave them my number "R-0156251" as the PPA member that told you about PPA. In return PPA will give me a $10 credit toward next years membership. I will thank you in advance for that kindness. Thank you.
Hill Spring dairy
A few dairies dotted the landscape. Even this dairy was surrounded by grain fields.
Grain field with Canadian Rockies as a backdrop from Hill Spring
A typically lush grain field in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies less than 20-miles from Waterton National Park.
Beautiful Hay fields in Hill Spring, Alberta near the Great Canadian Barn Dance
The land around here is either producing hay or grain or sometimes canola. This farmer is putting up a lot of hay.
Beautiful rolling hay fields near Great Canadian Barn Dance, Hill Spring, Alberta
Grain Fields Hill Spring, Alberta
This grain field and many others stretched as far as the eye could see.
Grain Fields Hill Spring, Alberta
Grain comes in many colors.
A farm house surrounded by grain in Hill Spring, Alberta
Grain as far as the eye can see Hill Spring, Alberta
Can you imagine how many combines it is going to take running around the clock to harvest all this grain.
Canola Field Hill Spring, Alberta
More and more farmers are planting canola instead of grain. Six years ago when we visited this area neither of us recall seeing any canola.
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