Ponoka Travel Guide

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Ponoka Overview

‘Ponoka’ means elk in Blackfoot. Our small town originated in 1891 as a delivery point along the Calgary-Edmonton Trail. In 1985,a sign was put up to identify the community by an unknown railway worker. It was in 1904, settlers arrived from easter Canada and midwestern America to begin devoloping the town.

Today, growing in the beautiful Battle River Valley, the vibrant rural town is home to more than 6500+ residents. Ponoka is considered to be one of "Alberta's best kept secrets"

Ponoka features many wonderful attractions and facilities. This is definitly shown throughout all the available activities Ponoka offers its community. We are very lucky to have – ice arena, curling rink, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, racquetball courts, ball diamonds, soccer pitches, horse shoe pitches, a bowling alley, fitness centres, parks and picnic areas, and top notch rodeo/equine facilities and events. Ponoka also has a bingo hall and a movie theatre. For the golfing enthusiasts, Ponoka boasts two top notch golf courses - Wolf Creek Golf Resort (36 holes) & the Ponoka Community Golf Club (18 holes).

And don't forget to make your annual visit to Ponoka for the largest event the town offers - The Ponoka Stampede, considered the Largest 7 Day Rodeo in Canada and one of Alberta's top Rodeos to attend for cowboys, cowgirls and spectators. It begins at the end of June and follows into the July long weekend. Check out the Ponoka Stampede website for further details for Rodeo and Chuckwagon events.

Ponoka is a service hub for both the oil and gas industry, along with agricultural sector. And Ponoka is also known for its leading edge mental health and brain injury centre.