Fort MacleodFort Macleod is a town of about 3,000 people (2016) in Southern Alberta, Canada. It lies to the south of Oldman River.
Fort Macleod was founded as a North-West Mounted Police barracks, and is named in honour of the North-West Mounted Police Colonel James Macleod.
The fort was built as a 70 by 70 meters square (233 by 233 ft) on October 18, 1874. The east side held the men's quarters and the west side held those of the Mounties. Buildings such as hospitals, stores, and guardrooms were in the south end. Stables and the blacksmith's shop were in the north end.
The town grew on the location of the Fort Macleod North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) Barracks, the second headquarters of the NWMP after Fort Livingstone was abandoned in 1876. Fort Macleod was established in 1874 on an peninsula along the Oldman River, then moved in 1884 to the present town location.
Once agricultural settlement and the railway came to the region, Macleod boomed. The town became a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) divisional point and frontier wood construction began to be replaced by brick and sandstone. In 1906 a fire devastated the downtown and destroyed most of the wooden buildings. From 1906 to 1912 Macleod had its greatest period of building, as more new brick and stone building replaced the destroyed wooden ones. Then in 1912 the CPR moved the divisional point and 200 jobs to Lethbridge, devastating the local economy. Fort Macleod ceased to grow, and in 1924 was forced to declare bankruptcy. Until the 1970s, the town's economy stagnated and the buildings from the turn-of-the-century remained untouched.
In filmAng Lee's Academy Award-winning movie Brokeback Mountain was filmed in part in Fort Macleod. The laundry apartment is located at 2422 Third Avenue, where a sign is posted marking the "passionate reunion" of Jack and Ennis. Passchendaele was also filmed in Fort Macleod's historic downtown, which acted as a stand-in for Calgary circa 1915. Scenes involving the dust storm and Matthew McConaughey's character were also filmed in Fort Macleod in Christopher Nolan's 2014 film Interstellar, where the giant dust clouds were created on location using large fans to blow cellulose-based synthetic dust through the air.
Fort Macleod AirportGeneral aviation only, no scheduled service. Many of the buildings date from its days as a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan base.
phone: +1 403-553-2731This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been in use for 5,500 years as a place where the aboriginal people of the plains killed buffalo by stampeding them over a cliff. An interpretive centre built into a cliff has exhibits on the buffalo hunt.
phone: +1 553-4703address: 219 - 25th StreetCommemorates the role of the North West (later Royal) Mounted Police in bringing English authority to the Canadian Plains during the 19th century. Interpretive exhibits, museum displays. Demonstration of horseback riding four times daily during the summer.
phone: +1 403-553-4404address: 235 Main Street
phone: +1 403-634-5203address: 210 Main StVintage & artisan market gallery, repurposed/restyled/chalk painted decor, handcrafted objects made by local artists including jewellery, felting, paintings, mixed media.
Cafe Orangephone: +1 403-308-3905address: 257 24streetCoffee shop, café, breakfast and lunch menus. Gluten-free options.
BJ Teriyaki House & Wafflesphone: +1 403-553-0110address: 2323 7 AvenueTwo restaurants in one building: sushi on one side, waffles and ice cream on the other. Japanese, Sushi, Asian. No teriyaki waffles, because that would be gross.
phone: +1 403-553-4328address: 228 24 StArtisan baking of bread and pastries from scratch using ingredients from local producers and farmers where possible.
phone: +1 403-553-218860 seat café offers native-themed fare, including buffalo stew, buffalo burgers and buffalo chilli. Traditional lunch bar fare includes burgers & fries or soup & sandwich.
Century II Motelphone: +1 403 553-3331address: 462 24 StEach simply furnished room includes wi-fi (in all areas), flatscreen cable TV, microwave, fridge, coffee machine, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer. Some rooms feature a kitchenette.
Sunset Moteladdress: 104 Hwy 3 WFree WiFi and a flat-screen cable TV. 5 km from Fort Macleod airport. Free WiFi in all areas. A microwave, refrigerator and a coffee machine are provided in all rooms. A private bathroom is included. Some rooms feature a kitchenette.
Heritage Motelphone: +1 403 553-4205address: 146 24th Street
Fort Motelphone: +1 403 553-3115address: 451 24th StreetFree Wifi, air conditioning, non-smoking rooms, kitchenette, pets allowed.
DJ Motelphone: +1 403 553-4011address: 416 24th Street (Colonel Macleod Boulevard)