Taber is a town in southern Alberta, about 51 km east of the City of Lethbridge, at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 36. Taber is famous for its corn due to the large amounts of sunshine the area receives. It is therefore known as the Corn Capital of Canada and holds an annual “Cornfest” in the last week of August.
In 1907, the CPR first called the town “Tabor,” probably after Mount Tabor in the Holy Land. An alternate theory of the town’s name origin is that the first part of the word tabernacle was used by Mormon settlers in the vicinity, which is supported by the next Canadian Pacific Railway station was named Elcan (nacle spelled backwards).
Coal was mined in the area since the 1890s, but that industry declined over the 1920s. During the Second World War Japanese Canadians were forcibly relocated to Alberta where some were enslaved in sugar beet cultivation for the duration of the war. In 1950, a sugar beet processing plant (Roger’s Sugar) was built, which has become a vital part of the town’s economy. There are several food processing companies based here, including a Frito-Lay factory, making various snack products for Western Canada. A number of archaeological discoveries were made in the vicinity of Taber, including that of extinct buffalo.
mid June to mid September: Thursdays from 4-7 PM
The Town of Taber hosts the Farmers’ Market.
When: June 18th – September 10th)
Taber Pheasant Festival
Late October, annually
Canada’s largest hunting festival celebrating the perpetual draw to the natural world and the lasting respect between landowners and hunters. Received Travel Alberta’s ALTO Sustainable Tourism Award in 2015 and the event’s popularity continues to grow.