The Liveliest Ghost Town in Alberta

AT LAST COUNT, there were only six people living in the southern Alberta town of Rowley. But one wouldn’t know it when walking into Sam’s Saloon on the last Saturday of the month. That’s when area residents and volunteers throw open the doors to dish up the best pizza in the Drumheller region and celebrate an evening of neighbourly revelry. Grab your seat and take in your surroundings. The floor is covered in sawdust and there are animal trophy heads, old newspaper clippings and farm paraphernalia adorned on the walls.

To order your pizza, you have to walk to the community hall across the street. When your pizza is finished, the hall volunteers will deliver your pizza to your table at the saloon.

Be warned: those in the know arrive at the main-street watering hole before 5 p.m. because this place fills up quickly. If it’s your first time visiting Rowley, you’ll want to arrive even earlier to tour the dozen or so early 20th-century heritage buildings preserved by the Rowley Community Association. 403-368-3816

Originally published in Westworld Alberta magazine