The area saw the first school district of Bituma created in 1912. The school opened in 1914, and it was no easy trek for the children as they laboured through the snowy and spring-mudded fields on horseback and on foot. WWI saw the land homesteaded by Veterans and many farms sprung up.
The community of Water Valley became known as such when the official Water Valley School District was formed in 1921. The name was selected by a drawing from the hat. Water Valley School opened in 1926 in what is now called the Chinook Creative Arts Building. The school served the area until 1963 (since then, local children are bussed to Cremona).
The school helped to form the community bringing families together through events such as Christmas concerts. It wasn’t long before the need for a hall became ever present, and in 1932, the first community hall, a log building was created by a group of volunteers. It burned down in 1942, causing a new hall to be built by the mid 1940’s.
The community has seen changes in businesses and buildings over the last hundred years too. In the 1930’s, the Christ the King Church was built (now privately owned), land was donated for a cemetery, community hall and ball diamond.
Visitors and residents have a wide choice of outdoor activities including equestrian activities at the arena or trail riding at a local riding stable. Fishermen travel to the area to cast from the banks of the Little Red Deer River or Winchell Lake and hunters stop in Water Valley on their way west in search of deer, elk and moose. Recreational vehicles can use one of the campgrounds in the area and spend time hiking, swimming or floating on a tube down the Little Red Deer River.
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