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Latest Posts

Posted: April 18


What makes you happy?

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: April 10

LitBit Answer


Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: April 3


Food Safe Course

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: April 3

April Family Literacy Newsletter


Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: April 3

April Adult Literacy Newsletter


Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: April 2

Mini Marathon Bingo

Come Out and Play

Sat, May 13, 2017

Charity Bingo, 4039 - 51 Street, RMH

Doors open @ 10:30 am

Games start @ 12:00 pm

Hosted by Ferrier Community Association. More information 403.845.5745.

Sponsored By Ferrier Community Association

Posted: March 29

Business @ Breakfast

Consumer Behaviour in Rural Communities

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Rotary Roo, Christenson SPorts & Wellness Centre, RMH

Consumer Behaviour: How it's changed and impacting YOUR business in rural communities!

Join us for this informative presentation from Ranchelle Van Bryce from Alexander Twomey Consulting


  • The major shift in consumer spending habits in 2017
  • How they will impact your sales and marketing activities
  • How you can use this information to increase your sales by 132%

7:00 am Breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 am Presentation


$25 per person includes light breakfast

Register @ 403.895.1493

Sponsored By RABC

Posted: March 28

Spring Community Cleanup

Rocky Mountain House

Tue, May 23 - Fri, May 26, 2017

There is no charge for spring clean up starting Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 am.

All items to be picked up are to be left at your usual location of garbage pick-up. The town will pick up everything except animal carcasses, fridges, freezers, old vehicles, and hazardous materials.

Pick Up Times Tuesday, May 23 to Friday May 26.

Deadline Items must be put out on or before 7:00 am Tuesday, May 19. Town workers will not re-attend a location they have previously attended under any circumstances.

More Information

Contact the Engineering & Operations Department @ 403.845.3220.

Posted: March 28

Volunteer Appreciation Tea and Awards

Come Celebrate our Volunteers

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Quick Lane Arena, Rocky Recreation Centre

Come and celebrate National Volunteer Week & celebrate our volunteers at the complimentary Volunteer Appreciation Tea.

Please RSVP

Mandy Mercia 403.845.3720 or fcssmanager@rockymtnhouse.com

Sponsored By FCSS, Volunteer Alberta

Posted: March 25


Reach you "literacy steps" with Rocky Learning Centre.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 24

Holistic Living Trade Fair

50/50 Raffle Proceeds to the Spray Park

Sat, Jun 03, 2017

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Clearwater Room, Walking Eagle Inn

Come and explore the amazing services that amazing people have to offer you and your family!

Grab bags to the first 50 people. Door prizes at each Vendor.

If you would like to be a vendor, contact Courtney: celubbers@live.ca or 403.895.1243.

Posted: March 23

Charity Bingo

Bingo Every Thursday

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

6:00 pm

4939 - 51st Street

Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Support local projects and non-profits.

Concession on site.

Sponsored By Various Community Groups

Posted: March 23

FRENCH Summer Day Camp at the National Historic Site

Fun-filled days at camp, ages 7 - 11

Tue, Jul 11 - Fri, Jul 14, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Fun-filled outdoor day camp focused on our Western Canadian history, heritage and culture!

  • Archeology
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Fur Trader Exploration
  • Crafts, Hikes, Games, Science
  • and Much More!
Summer Camp in EnglishEn français
Tuesday through FridayMardi à vendredi
July 11 - 14le 11 aux 14 juillet
August 15 - 18le 15 aux 18 août


7 - 11


$100 for 4 days, Subsidy Available

Registration is Limited

For more information or to register please contact 403.845.6680 or summercamp.chs@gmail.com

Lunch and Snacks

Please bring lunch and snacks for the day.

Sponsored By Confluence Heritage Society, Canadian Parents for French, Parks Canada

Posted: March 22

Rocky Gas Co-op AGM

44th Annual General Meeting

Wed, Jun 21, 2017

6:00 pm

Dovercourt Community Hall

Members welcome to the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Rocky Gas Co-op. 

6:00 pm  Complimentary Supper

7:00 pm  Business Meeting

Seeking nominations for directors.

** Door Prizes **

Please R.S.V.P. by June 7th to at info@rockygas.ca or call the office at 403.845.2766.

Sponsored By Rocky Gas Co-op

Posted: March 21

Community Survey Report

Share the results from our March 2 Community Survey

The results are in!  Please enjoy our report on the March 2 Community Survey event called:  Learn Local:  Join the Discussion (PDF Download)

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 20

Guess Who?


Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 20

SafeCheck Food Safety Certification

If you need Food Safety Certification in order to participate in markets, volunteering to cater special events or to gain/improve employment, you can call us to register!

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 19

Rotary Meeting

Neighbors, Friends, Leaders, and Problem-Solvers

Wed, Mar 22, 2017

12:00 pm

Rotary Board Room in the Christenson Sport and Wellness Center

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

Members of Rocky Rotary have decided to meet each Wednesday at noon for 6 weeks to assess whether there is enough commitment to re-activate the local club in Rocky Mountain House.

All Rotarians, former Rotarians and those interested in Rotary are invited.

Sponsored By Rotary International

Posted: March 14

Garage Sale for Shelter

8th Annual Garage Sale, Silent Auction and Live Music

Sat, May 13, 2017

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Old Bootsma's Video on Main, RMH

Royal LePage Tamarack Trail Realty is now collecting donations for our Annual Garage Sale!!! Please donate to this worthy cause.

Unwanted new and gently used items can be dropped off at one of our Drop Off location in Rocky. Please call or text 403-895-3707 with any questions or to make arrangements for drop off or stop by our office on Main Street during business hours.

Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

100% of the proceeds will be going to our local Women's Shelter. 

Great Deals for a Great Cause

On Saturday, May 13, more than eighty-five Royal LePage offices and other community locations across Canada will be transformed into a destination for bargain hunters with the return of the National Garage Sale for Shelter in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation – an organization committed to supporting women’s shelters and ending domestic violence in Canada.

Now in its ninth year, this Mother’s Day weekend event brings community members together with Royal LePage REALTORS® to raise funds and awareness to help break the cycle of family violence.

The Rocky Mountain House "National Garage Sale for Shelter" is sponsored by Royal LePage Tamarack Trail Realty.

There is no fee to attend the Garage Sale!

Visit the Garage Sale for Shelter webpage.

Sponsored By Royal LePage

Posted: March 13


Reach your "literacy steps" with the Rocky Learning Centre.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 13

Bingo Marathon

Everyone Welcome

Sat, Jun 17, 2017

12:00 pm

Dovercourt Community Hall

Doors open 10:30 am, Bingo starts at noon.

3 Rounds of Bingo. Supper Included

Concession Onsite

Pre-Selling Tickets

Faye: 403.845.7054   403.844.0751

Ron:   403.728.3589   403.350.6931

Sponsored By Dovercourt Community

Posted: March 10

Climbing Weekend

Weekend Designed for Climbers of All Skill Levels

Fri, Aug 04 - Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Come out and experience the the gorgeous climbing venues in the David Thompson Corridor! This weekend to focus on skills and techniques for climbing in the Rockies.

For all skill levels, (beginners welcome) ages 15 and up. Please note participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.


$195 +GST ($225 after May 1)

Register Online Here

Sponsored By Frontier Lodge

Posted: March 7

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Rock City Second Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney

Fri, May 05 - Sat, May 06, 2017

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Rocky Christian School

Cash Prizes, door prizes and half time games.

Accepting 10 teams

Adult (age 16+) 3 on 3 basketball tourney

$120 a team/max 4 people

Registration & More Information

Please call / text Nichole Petersen- Stewart @1.403.307.4937 to register your team today!

Sponsored By Rocky Mountain House Drop in Basketball

Posted: March 6



Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 1

Family Literacy Newsletter

March Family Literacy Newsletter

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 26

Adult Literacy Newsletter

March Newsletter.

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 23

New Futures

Reach your "Job Goals" with the "New Futures" program.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 21


Reach your "literacy steps" with the Rocky Learning Centre.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 21

Join the Discussion

Learn Local: Join the discussion.

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 17

Power Hour: Who Knows Who?

WOW Power Hour Mentoring Session

Tue, May 02, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Public Library Conference Room, RMH

Building your clients through referrals.

Session with Rema McCrae.

Please bring your own lunch.

Register online.



Sponsored By RABC

Posted: February 17

Power Hour: Networking Session

Increasing Summer Sales

Tue, Jun 06, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Public Library Conference Room, RMH

Session with Rema McCrae.

Please bring your own lunch.

Register online.



Sponsored By RABC

Posted: February 13

LitBit Steps

What are your thoughts?

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 6


Reach your "literacy steps" with the Rocky Learning Centre.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 3

Check out our video, courtesy of Ecole Rocky Elementary's 4E

Grade 4 students from Ecole Rocky Elementary experienced a trip back into Rocky Mountain House's history in May, 2016.


Announced By Rocky Mountain House Museum

Posted: February 1

February Adult Tutor Newsletter

Lesson Plans

February Newsletter 

Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: February 1

February Family Literacy Newsletter


Announced By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 31


Thank you for participating in the LitBit Challenge.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 30

Happy Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day

Happy Family Literacy Day. The High School Students came to help us pass out books to families on Main Street today! #bookitforwardrocky Wild Rose School Division

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 26

Book It Forward Day 4

Book It Forward

Overheard the students say afterward: "This is the biggest smile I have ever had!" "This was the best experience of my life!" "I gave 'Love You Forever' to a tiny baby" Thank you to the Leadership Group from École Rocky Elementary for joining us to hand out books at The Lord's Food Bank. #bookitforwardrocky 

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 26

Book it Forward

Book it Forward Day 3

Book It Forward Day 3: Thank you to the staff and students from St. Matthew Catholic School RMH for joining us to hand out books to families at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  #bookitforwardrocky

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 25

Book it Forward Day 2

Day 2 of Book It Forward.

Day 2 of Book It Forward. Thank you to the staff and Leadership Group from Rocky Christian School for coming to present a box of 25 books to the Mountain Rose Women's Shelter Association. Where will we "pop-up" tomorrow?!? 

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 24

Book it Forward

Book It Forward Day 1. Thank you for hosting us Christenson Sports & Wellness Centre. Thank you to partners Wild Rose School Division and Rocky Public Library. Thank you to the students from Pioneer School who came to help hand out free books!!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 22

Lightworkers Connect Psychic Fair

A group of psychic readers, mediums, card readers and healers come together to spread love and light to all

Sat, May 20, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Royal Canadian Legion, RMH

We are a group of lightworkers that have come together to give the public honest psychic readings, healing sessions and also great handmade product and jewellery from amazing people with amazing energy.

There will be products such as dreamcatchers, crystals, jewellry, and much much more.

Admission is free as always although we do always encourage a non perishable food donation which will be donated to the local food bank.

Sponsored By Lightworkers Connect Psychic Readings

Posted: January 20

Musical: The Little Mermaid

Local Theatre Group Showcases Amazing Talent

Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Lou Soppit Community Centre, RMH

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Performance Schedule

Friday: April 28, Saturday: April 29, Sunday: April 30

Thursday, May 4, Friday: May 5, Saturday: May 6

All performances at 7:00 pm, except Sunday April 30th performance at 2:00 pm.


Online tickets available now.

Tickets will be available at our live box office at Co-op Urban Threadz on Main Street in Rocky Mountain House, starting February 1, 2017.

For assistance call Merrin Fraser: 403.429.1173

Sponsored By Northern Crossing Music & Drama Society

Posted: January 18

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 17

Book Pick

Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 12

Book Pick

Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 12

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 11

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 10

Book Pick

Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 10

Family Literacy Activities

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 9

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Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 8

Family Literacy Activities 08

Family Literacy Fun

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Posted: January 7

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Family Literacy Fun

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Posted: January 6

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Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 5

Book Pick

The staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 5

Family Literacy Activities 05

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 4

Family Literacy Activities 04

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 3

Family Literacy Activities 03

Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 3

Book Pick

The Staff picked their favourite children's book.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 2

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Family Literacy Fun

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: January 1

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Family Literacy Fun

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Posted: December 26

Town & Country Farmer's Market

An indoor market with local produce and products.

Sat, Jan 07, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rocky Museum, Lower Level

An indoor market in the lower level of the museum.

Local produce, plants, baking, honey, beef, eggs, bison, preserves, gluten free, cheese, crafts, toys, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, health/household products, Watkins, Tupperware, Avon, Scentsy, Regal, artists & authors plus much more! 

Browse, have coffee and a snack or lunch.

The Town & Country Farmers Market is an Alberta Approved Market, operating as a not-for-profit for over three decades. Climate controlled, barrier-free access.

More Information

Iris, 403.845.4985

Posted: December 14

Life Long Learning

What is life long learning?

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: December 8

Life-long Learning

Life-long learning..............

Lifelong learning.....it's our business!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: November 24

Bible Study

Victory Church Bible Study Group

Thu, Nov 24, 2016

7:00 pm

Century 21 building @2, 4915 - 50 Street, RMH, rear entrance

Please join us each Thursday evening. Everyone welcome.

More Information


Sponsored By Victory Church

Posted: November 15

Math Tutors Needed

We are currently in need of volunteer Math tutors. If numbers are your game, please call or drop in to discuss tutoring.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: October 31

Happy Halloween from all of us!

Happy Halloween from all of us!

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: September 8

Al-Anon Family Group Meeting

When you don't know where to turn... because someone drinks too much...

Mon, Sep 12, 2016

7:30 am

Memorial Presbyterian Church (Back Door), 5108-50th Ave,RMH

Worried about how much someone drinks? Money problems because of someone else's drinking?

Anxious? Frustrated? Desperate? Helpless? Discouraged? Stressed?

At the end of your rope?

More Information


Sponsored By Al-Anon

Posted: May 9

What is a community adult learning program?

I often try to let others know what I do but coming up with some great explanation...here is a wonderful video to show you what the community adult learning program (CALP) is all about!

When I am asked what I do, I answer "I coordinate programs geared toward adult learners.  Everything from basic reading and writing all the way up to post-secondary planning and programs."  That is a lot to take in!  That is a lot to do. 

Every person that walks through our door has a different story, a different skill set and is on a different learning path.  

Here is where the planning happens.  Here is my support team and a quick run down of the outcomes we are trying to achieve in order to help the adult learners in our communities succeed.


Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: March 31

It's Official!

Rocky Learning Centre is now a GED Test Site!

Rocky Learning Centre is an Official GED Test Site!  

You will be able to write the GED Test in our classroom this Fall starting in September.  We are scheduling the test writing once a month from September to December.  

"What if I only need to write one of the GED subjects, like Math?"

You will be able to write the GED subject that you need.

"What happens if I don't pass the first one?"

You can re-write the Full GED test or re-write the subject you need.

"What are the costs to write the GED test?"

$200 / Full Test includes 5 subjects (Language Arts/Writing; Math; Social Studies, Science, Language Arts/Reading)

$50 / Subject (First time & re-write)

$150 / Re-write Full Test

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Mona Crocker

Posted: February 28

Great News

Olds College is delivering the Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate Program in Rocky Mountain House.

Two great Colleges coming to Rocky to deliver local programs to local people:

Health Care Aide Certificate program will be offered by NorQuest College:   
  • Part-time (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and two Saturdays per month)
  • Location: Rocky Mountain House
  • Duration: October 11, 2016 - June 15, 2017

Learn More (.pdf)


Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate program will be offered by Olds College:
  • Fall dates to be announced
  • Full time (Monday-Friday) 
  • Location:  Rocky Mountain House

Learn More (.pdf)

Everyone interested in taking these programs should attend the information sessions.  You will learn more about the programs, requirements, how to register, when to register, and your future.

Information sessions on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. (Health Care Aide) and 7:15 p.m. (Heavy Equipment Operator).  

Call to register:403.845.3276

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: September 25

Thank you Husky Energy

Husky Spring Swing Donation

A great big thank you to Husky Energy for choosing Rocky Learning Centre (RLC) as one of the recipient organizations for this summer's Husky Spring Swing (July 2015). RLC will be using the donation for the purchase of new laptop computers, software, and portable projectors.

Thank you to our #1 volunteer, Agnes Rieder, for spending a good part of May, June, and July in the pursuit of prize donations for the event.  RLC's staff, board members, and friends enjoyed a great day on the course watching for, but not seeing any hole-in-ones.

Blog Post By Rocky Learning Centre

Posted: August 20

Fit for Canning

Not all food is created equal. Some food will not work for canning, but you can store almost anything in jars. The historic Mason jar offers plenty of options to use for yourself or to give as gifts. Check them out.

Find out more HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: August 19

Smart Light Bulbs

These Wifi controlled lights are very sci-fi but very cool. Turn lights on and off and control the colour and intensity of the light from the free app on your phone!

Find out more HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: August 17

Getting Ready for Back to School

There’s soccer practice and music lessons. You stayed late to finish a project at work. And everybody’s hungry. How do you manage to prepare nutritious and healthy meals for your family? Check out great tips to help keep your family organized for back to school.

There’s soccer practice and music lessons. You stayed late to finish a project at work. And everybody’s hungry. How do you manage to prepare nutritious and healthy meals for your family?

“I start Saturday by looking at the week’s schedule,” said Co-op employee Debbie Unick. “I determine how much time I have to prepare a meal each night, who will be home and who can help in the kitchen.”

With two teenaged boys, Debbie has two large calendars in the kitchen – one for activities and one for meals. She has a list of standard recipes, but seeks inspiration from flyers and family members. After matching meals to fit their schedules, she makes her grocery list to ensure she has the ingredients she needs.

“If you do nothing else but this step, I guarantee it will be easier,” she said. “I hated coming home, walking in the door and having that dreaded ‘what’s for supper’ feeling and then looking in the fridge to see what I could make in 30 minutes.”

Debbie completes most meal preparation on Sunday. She chops vegetables en masse so only assembly is required for most parts of meals during the week. She also prepares larger meals on the weekend like turkey or lasagna that can be used as part of another meal – turkey for sandwiches, soup or pot pie – or simply reheated at a later date.

Debbie's Tips:

Make a list with your family’s favourite foods, frozen meals and slow cooker meals. When you’re in a slump, you’ll have something to refer to.

Invest in labels to identify the containers needed to assemble daily meals.

Use a separate bowl for waste/compost when prepping meals to prevent trips to the garbage and help with cleanup.

Not as organized as Debbie? That’s OK. Every family has different schedules and needs. Find something that works for you.

Start small and simple. Use the following tips to help break those ‘I’m hungry’ and ‘What’s for supper?’ statements.

Meal Planning:

Discover new recipes online as well as in flyers, magazines and cookbooks. Give it a rating.

Host a theme night once a month to experience flavours from around the world.

Organize Fun Friday with meals that have a playful component – building, dipping and rolling.

Make a meal plan based on cooking two or three ‘new’ meals per week, using leftovers in a new way.

Involve the whole family in meal planning, mixing individual favourites and new food experiences.

Cook breakfast for supper. Eggs are a quick and nutritious protein and form the base for breakfast sandwiches, omelets and scramblers.

Meal Preparation:

Precut and package vegetables to use in meals throughout the week.

Pick one day to prep meals for the entire week.

Cook your protein in advance if possible.

Cooked chicken breast can be reheated for lunches or made into chicken salad for sandwiches.

Boil a dozen eggs for a quick breakfast or salad topper.

Tonight’s dinner is tomorrow’s lunch - prep extra veggies for a mason jar salad.

Save time by preparing and freezing ingredients once a month, thawing in the refrigerater the night before. Great for stir-fry or crockpot meals.

Cheat on your homemade meals, not everything has to be from scratch. It’s okay to buy meal components – flatbreads, sauces and even burgers – to save time.

Snacks to Go:

Bake a large batch of muffins and freeze. Defrost and serve as needed.

Slice and freeze fruit in single serve packs. Combine fruit, yogurt and juice or milk in the blender for a quick smoothie.

Create individual servings of fruit, vegetables, nuts or trail mix for a quick snack.

Find out more HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: August 11

Recycling: Doing our Part

Canadians drank 2.4 billion litres of bottled water in 2014. That’s not only a lot of water, that’s a lot of plastic bottles. Fortunately, these bottles can be recycled into building materials, electronics, textiles or even – no surprise – new water bottles.

The blue-tinted bottles – recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to be specific – are produced and filled in Western Canada. Recycled bottles are sorted by colour, shredded into flakes to create resins which are then used to create new bottles.

According to the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), recycling this plastic conserves raw materials and uses 84% less energy, resulting in 71% lower greenhouse gas emissions. That’s enough to power 300 households for a year and to take 240 cars off the road for every 1,000 tons of PET recycled instead of landfilled.

Co-op is using the 100% recycled bottles in 1 L Carbonated Water, 12 x 500 mL, 24 x 500 mL and 12 x 710 mL cases.

Find out more HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: August 5

Sustainable Seafood

Co-op is committed to Sustainable Seafood. Sustainable seafood is fish or shellfish that is caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term viability of harvested populations and the ocean's health and ecological integrity.


Something different is happening at British Columbia’s West Creek Aquaculture.

Having already produced a plant fertilizer made from the water where the fish live, West Creek Aquaculture has turned its attention to aquaponics — growing plants in the stuff.

This is, of course, an aside to their main gig, raising salmon and trout in confined facilities in Vancouver’s lower mainland. What’s exceptional is that West Creek Aquaculture’s farm is many kilometres away from the ocean.

“Rather than trying to be a hyper, mega, global salmon producer, we produce what we can grow comfortably. The fish are healthy and the product is great,” said West Creek Aquaculture owner Don Read.


If you’ve visited a Co-op Food Store, there’s a good chance you’ll see fish from West Creek Aquaculture. It didn’t end up there by accident. With shoppers showing growing concern about the environmental impact of fisheries — which commonly farm Atlantic salmon in the ocean along the West Coast — a demand developed for more sustainable alternatives. West Creek Aquaculture responded by developing the country’s first salmon raised on land.

“We didn’t want to do Atlantic salmon. We felt that we are in the Pacific and in Western Canada. It just didn’t make sense to us,” said Read. “We are the only people in Canada that are producing Coho salmon on land for consumers.”

Grown in fresh water tanks, without antibiotics or growth hormones, West Creek Aquaculture’s farm eliminates the concerns raised about open ocean salmon farming. The fish can’t escape, possibly harming wild populations, and no waste is introduced into the ocean.

Kurtis Hayne from SeaChoice, a collection of four conservation organizations that helps shoppers identify sustainable seafood through a rating and labelling system, believes there are still misconceptions about sustainable seafood.

“One of the big connections a lot of people make is that farmed seafood is unsustainable, which is not the case,” said Hayne. “We have a lot of very good examples of very sustainable farmed seafood.”


West Creek Aquaculture’s forward approach to raising sustainable fish has been noticed. West Creek Pacific Coho salmon are recognized by Ocean Wise and SeaChoice as a best choice for sustainably produced seafood.

“It’s an exciting time to see that the consumer demand has helped to create a market for these innovative solutions that are addressing these big problems,” said Lana Gunnlaugson of SeaChoice.

SeaChoice ranks and recommends products based on how they are farmed, giving higher rankings for suppliers that factor in the long-term viability of the harvested populations and the ocean’s health. Seafood and fisheries can be given a poor ranking for overusing chemicals and antibiotics, destroying habitat, releasing waste into the environment and extensively using wild fish for feed.

Co-op has used the SeaChoice ranking and labelling system through its Reel in the Solution program since 2012. Since partnering with SeaChoice, Co-op has stopped selling fresh and frozen blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, barramundi, Atlantic cod, Chilean sea bass and other seafood that received the lowest ranking.

Last year, over two thirds of fresh and frozen seafood products sold at Co-op Food Stores carried a positive ranking. With the introduction of new Selva shrimp and Coho salmon products, shoppers have more sustainable seafood options.

“There’s not really any golden rule for sustainable seafood, whether it’s imported or local, wild or farmed. All have sustainable options,” said Hayne.

to find out more about sustainable seafood click HERE

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 26

Local Produce: The Cucumber Man

Want to learn about the local Albertan farmer behind many of Co-op's fresh, local produce? Meet the cucumber man!

Don’t be fooled by the name. The Cucumber Man delivers more than its namesake vegetable.

Not only does The Cucumber Man produce long English and mini cucumbers but 12 different varieties of tomatoes, sweet long Ramiro peppers, basil and butter lettuce.

“We wanted to get away from generic – beefsteak and vine (tomatoes) – which are your largest volume seller,” said co-owner Rick Wagenaar. “We wanted to create a line of Cucumber Man specialty products. We’re experimenting with that all the time.”

Vine-ripened produce from the Redcliff, Alta., operation are picked, packaged and in Co-op stores quickly – in some cases within 24 to 30 hours – to ensure freshness and quality.

“The taste and flavour is dictated by the sun, feeding program and how long it hangs on that plant,” Wagenaar explained. “The longer I keep that tomato on that plant, the bigger the taste.”

And he sees huge opportunity in being a local provider of sustainable, local, fresh and diverse product.


Wagenaar didn’t grow up on a farm, although his grandfather did have a dairy farm. When his family moved to Medicine Hat, Wagenaar worked in landscaping with stints in a local greenhouse. He liked the idea of being self-employed and the lifestyle the greenhouse business provided.

So in 1986, the 21-year-old bought a local operation using seed money from his brother-in-law. He built his seasonal business from six greenhouses that were 17,000 square feet in his back yard to three acres and nine employees.

“We were growing, but I saw a need for us to make a vast change of direction,” Wagenaar said.

Instead of being involved in every aspect of the operation, Wagenaar wanted to steer the company. So he sold his operation in 2006 and took a year to plan his next move. In one venture, he partnered with his brother-in-law and nephew, Albert and Ryan Cramer, to build a 15-acre greenhouse south of Medicine Hat for year-round production.

In a separate venture, Wagenaar partnered with Wayne Stigter and began acquiring other greenhouses in the area, including The Cucumber Man from Alf van Dam – whose father-in-law peddled cucumbers in Calgary going back to 1968. This would become the brand of the new business.


“When I started, it was about local,” he recalled. “The world got smaller….Everything is attainable just about anywhere.”

Wagenaar’s ventures are still family-based businesses – two of his four sons are now working with him – but he had to grow and specialize in order to compete.

He said the partnership with Co-op has enabled them to experiment with varieties, some they haven’t grown for 20 years.

“We grew these varieties when price wasn’t an issue. The budget forced us to grow tomatoes a little differently,” Wagenaar said. “Co-op has afforded us the opportunity to go back into the archives and look at things we used to do.”

Wagenaar’s passion is evident. He measures success by his nearly three decades in the industry. Even still, the work he’s doing today – ever since the direction change in 2006 – has renewed his love for the business.

“We’re not erasing what we did,” he said. “It brought us to where we are today.”

Find out more about local produce HERE 

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Posted: July 24

Events in Calendar View

Did You Know? You can see WeHub events in calendar view...

To see upcoming events in calendar view, choose 'Events' from the main menu. Then click on 'View' and choose 'Calendar' from the options.

Posted: July 22

Put A Lid On Your Canning Fears

Does the thought of canning make you nervous? Put a lid on your canning fears with these easy steps.

Check out more at http://crs.coopconnection.ca/coopfood-putalidonit.html

Canning has come a long way since Aunt Edna’s beets and beans. The process is experiencing a renaissance today that is producing both the best classics and new combinations in small-batch boutique home productions.

“There are some misconceptions that canning is difficult,” said Emerie Brine, Bernardin’s Chef and Brand Manager. “One of the greatest fears people have is preserving food in a manner that is unsafe for consumption.”

Any food preparation requires care and attention. Follow tested recipes and canning processes, and you will only have to worry about how to enjoy the fruits of your labour.


Canning involves some science; you cannot just preserve your favourite recipe or introduce new ingredients. So start simple with classics like strawberry jam or dill pickles. From there, explore recipes like salsas, chutneys and stews. The recipe will ultimately determine the canning process: freezer, boiling water canning or pressure canning.

Check out these great canning recipes.


Whether purchasing your ingredients or heading outside your own backdoor to your garden, when sourcing ingredients you want to use the best, freshest, blemish free produce. Looking for locally grown ingredients will help you achieve this goal offering the freshest and tastiest of flavours. It is also important to consider the seasonality of your ingredients to ensure the best flavours and help you time your canning efforts. Keeping these tips in mind when sourcing ingredients will ensure the best results when showing off the fruits of your labour!


Avoid jars with nicks, cracks or uneven rims that may prevent sealing or lead to breakage. Also avoid glass lids with rubber rings. Health Canada recommends using self-sealing lids and not reusing old lids, even if they appear in good condition.


Lay out all the equipment and ingredients. Ensure all fruits and vegetables are washed and all equipment and countertops are sterilized. Follow these simple steps to preserving. It is important to note, cooking times may vary by elevation. If you’re still hesitant, work with someone who’s done it before or organize a canning party with friends and family.

While an intact seal means food will keep indefinitely, for best quality, consume canned food within one year. With fresh ingredients and innovative recipes, though, it will be a challenge for it all to last that long!

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Posted: July 21

Canning 101

Do you want to do some canning this year but don't know where to start, we can help!

You can get more tips and recipes at http://crs.coopconnection.ca/coopfood-canning.html


1. Select and review your favourite recipe. The recipe determines the canning method: freezer, waterbath canning or pressure canning.

2. Gather your ingredients. Do not substitute ingredients as it may impact results.

3. Clean all tools, jars, lids and workspaces with hot soapy water, rinsing well. Keep jars warm until they are ready to use.

4. Prepare the recipe and fill jars, removing any food from the rims. Centre the lid and twist on the band, not overly tight as air must escape during canning.

Process as per the recipe’s directions, which differ by method. If using waterbath or pressure methods, press on the centre of the lid when jars have been removed and cooled. If the jar is sealed, the lid will not flex up or down.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 16

Co-op Supports Local Farmers

Your Co-op supports local farmers, ranchers and manufacturers who grow, raise and produce our food.

Find out more at the link below.


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Posted: July 15

Have YOU made the switch?

LED's represent the most profound advancement in lighting technology since the invention of the incandescent lightbulb. Making the switch to LED lightbults in your home is the single fastest and easiest way to see a significant energy savings in your home!

Click HERE to see more benefits of switching to LED lighting.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 10

How to defeat Burger Boredom

Just in time for the weekend, we're serving up some tasty burger tips and tricks.

Click HERE for ideas to spice up your burgers.

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Posted: July 9


Whether you are celebrating a graduation, a wedding, or just a beautiful summer evening fireworks are sure to make your party a blast! With the help of the following tips and guidelines you can treat your guests to an outstanding fireworks show!

Check out our tips and guidelines for safe and beautiful fireworks!

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: July 8

Sheds 101

Need help picking the perfect shed? We will help you narrow it down!

Is your backyard and garage crowded with scattered hoses, gardening tools, lawn equipment and patio furniture? Now is the time to invite style, beauty and storage to your outdoor living space! A storage shed will provide you with a solution to your storage problems and a new and attractive backyard accessory. (Plus you know it will make your neighbor jealous of your awesome shed)

Finding the right shed involves more than just picking your favourite one. We have put together a list of the key factors to consider before making a decision.


Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 28

Weekend Projects

Another weekend, another project. Find what you need for your home at your local Co-op Home Centre.

Another weekend, another project. Find what you need for your home at your local Co-op Home Centre.


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Posted: June 25

The Perfect Grill

Nothing says summer quite like grilling all your favorite foods on a brand new barbecue. Get the perfect grill at your local Co-op Home Centre. Let us help you pick the perfect one!

Can't decide? Look HERE to check out some of our popular models, or better yet, come in and let us help you choose the perfect grill.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 22

WeHub Welcomes Rocky Co-op

Rocky Co-op uses the WeHub platform

Rocky Co-op is now using WeHub to communicate with the local community.

Watch for their sales, contests and other specials in our Local Shopping section.

.... or, visit the Co-op's main website.

Posted: June 16

Outdoor Living

Get ready for summer outdoor projects! With spring cleaning out of the way, summer months are the ideal time for yard upgrades! Creating a backyard retreat is made easy with help from your Rocky Co-op Home Center.

Find out more about how we can help HERE.

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 1

Lawn Care 101

Spring has sprung and the grass is green...at least, it should be. Check out our tips to maintaining a healthier, greener lawn.

Check out tips here:  http://crs.coopconnection.ca/home13.html

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: June 1

Co-op Fair Trade

Fair trade is a different way of doing business. It's about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace. Your local Co-op is proud to bring you a variety of products that are Fairtrade certified.

Find out more here!

Blog Post By Rocky Mountain House Co-op

Posted: May 8

Trading Post Gift Ideas

Gift ideas for everyone.

Come to the Trading Post. With movie night Wednesday we're open at 9 pm and daily from 10-5. Come check out our stock...for the fisherman, desk job, nature enthusiast and something fun; amongst some ideas!

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Posted: May 4

WeHub Welcomes Rocky REA

Rocky REA Launches New Responsive Website

REA members and the general public are invited to visit their new site at www.rockyrea.com.

Volunteer at Concession on Canada Day

Posted: April 30

Volunteers are Critical to Our Success

Thanks to the Canada Day concession volunteers

Many thanks to the volunteers who came out to help us with the Concession. This has been a fundraiser for us for many years. The money raised helps with our summer programs.

Blog Post By Confluence Heritage Society

Posted: April 29

WeHub Welcomes Pinkwater Canada

Pinkwater Canada launches new website

Pinkwater Canada distributes hydrocarbon mitigation agents across Western Canada. 

Check out their website at www.pinkwatercanada.ca.

Posted: April 20

Co-op Community Spaces Funding

Up to $100,000 available for your community project. Deadline May 15th.

Don't forget the funding deadline on May 15th, 2015.    Funds are available for urban and rural areas.

If your group isn't non-profit, why don't you think about collaborating with a non-profit group that's already established?  Our community could have a beautiful new green space.

What is "Co-op Community Spaces"?

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute up to $1 million annually to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share.

Community Spaces Funding Categories

  • Recreation
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Urban Agriculture

Application deadline: May 15th, 2015

More details, online application.

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Mayor Fred Nash shows off the exhibit

Posted: February 11

Barbed Wire Exhibit Memories

Memory Lane: Many dignitaries gathered for the opening of the Barbed Wire Exhibit

L to R in photo, Bill Symko, Town of Rocky Mountain House, Ken Qually, donor, Mayor Fred Nash, Volunteer Lawrence Stewart, unknown, Rocky Museum President Joyce Brown, Dick Wymenga, Clearwater County, and Reeve Pat Alexander.

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Glacier School gets a new location, 2003

Posted: February 11

Remembering the Glacier School

Nostalgic photo of the Glacier School getting a new home

In the photo: Gordon Lea, volunteer, on the left wearing a plaid jacket.  Brian Mazza with the camera.  Joyce Brown, President, in front of the school.  Barb Richardson, Treasurer, on the right.

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