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Taber Travel Guide

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Welcome to Taber!

Taber was settled on the banks of the Oldman River in the 1890s and water has played a significant part in its history. Located 275 km (171 mi) southeast of Calgary in Southern Alberta, the town was originally known as "Tank No. 77" along the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat railway and was merely used to replenish water supplies. That same water supply has resulted in Taber today becoming the self-proclaimed corn capital of Canada but not before the town established itself as a coal mining centre in the early 1900s. The decline of mining in the 1920s and the development of irrigation shortly thereafter, however, brought new opportunity to the land. The Irrigation Impact Museum here gives testament to the effect such developments had on the area, as do the vast tracts of surrounding land that now grow sugar beets and corn. Due to the long, hot, sunny days and cool nights the area experiences in summer, Taber is famous for its unusually sweet corn and is now home to the annual Cornfest. Held every August, the festival includes an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment and, not surprisingly, plenty of all things corn.

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