One of the busiest roadside stops for tourists passing through the Canadian Badlands is officially a tourist destination.
 
Kneehill County Council has given final readings to a land use bylaw that changes Horseshoe Canyon from Agricultural District to Recreational District.
 
"We're kind of working on that next step of making sure that it's accessible to the public and that it's safe," remarked County Reeve Bob Long. "We're trying to control establishing trails and that down there so that we're controlling a little bit of the impact on that fragile environment."
 
The canyon and lookout area were purchased last year by the county from a private land owner who didn't want the legal liability associated with visitors.
 
So far they've built steps leading to the bottom from the parking lot and Long thinks it shouldn't be long before there is on-site camping.
 
"There is an application immediately to the south of us; there's a private campground going in there," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "That's all been approved (and) they're starting to work on that; they're hoping to get the electrical and stuff in there this spring."
 
"There's 39 acres attached to the development, but there's an old school site there that's grassed and I think that's where they're starting to develop that first," he added.
 
Kneehill County Council also approved a land use redesignation for a 5.4 acre parcel of land just off Highway 21 south of Three Hills that will be turned into a medieval themed campground with Hobbit type cottages.

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