High Level, one of the most northerly municipalities in Alberta, Canada, uses as a motto, "Crossroads to Northern opportunity". Settled in 1947 and incorporated in 1965, it is one of Alberta's newest communities in the largest forest in Alberta, which contains 29,694 square miles.
The name "High Level" originated from the height of the land that separates the Hay River and the Peace River. The first fur traders arrived in 1786, and, dating back to 1788, when Beaver Indians roamed the area, it was a stopping place for trappers.
High Level is also known for its oil reserves. Oil fields were discovered in the 1960s, and two large oil and gas fields are located west of the town. High Level also has one of the northernmost Canadian lands suited for agriculture.
Many campgrounds are available, and there is great fishing and hunting in the area. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are also popular activities.
This vibrant community, with a population of approximately 3,650, has people flocking to it not only because of the majestic wilderness but also because it presents lucrative employment prospects. A typical residential area has a mixture of bi-levels and four level splits.
Mackenzie Crossroads Museum and Visitor Center. The approximately 6500 square foot museum has admission by donation. Displays cover the First Nations, the fur trade, commerce in a frontier community, the early agricultural settlement, and artifacts up to the 1930s.
Northern Trading Post. In 2006 the Hudson’s Bay trading post was moved to the museum grounds. Replicated is the interior of a trading post that dates back to 1909. Particularly interesting is a collection of 1,800 food, veterinary, medicine bottles and cans.
Events and Festivals
A summer rodeo is held in June. The first rodeo and parade took place in August of 1969.
Heritage Day is held at the museum each year on the Monday of the August long weekend.
The Chamber of Commerce holds an annual trade Fair in September.
A Northern Pieces Quilt Guild Show is held in September and October featuring quilts made locally.
Jack o’ Lantern Carving Contest in late October.
Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Craft and Bake Sale in November.