Brooks, Alberta is a community that is centrally located 186 kilometres (116 mi) south-east of Calgary, and 110 kilometres (68 mi) north-west of Medicine Hat in the heart of southeast Alberta and the Canadian Badlands. With a population of over 13,000 and a service area of approximately 30,000 people, the City of Brooks is situated at the junction of Highway #36 and the TransCanada, Highway #1. Brooks has a wide range of urban amenities, retail services and a large number of hotels and motels.
Bounded on the north by the Red Deer River and on the south by the Bow River, the area surrounding Brooks is known for great fishing. Just to the north is Dinosaur Park, a World Heritage Site and the world's largest deposit of late crustaceous period dinosaur fossils, and home of the field station of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. To the south is Lake Newell, one of the country's largest man made lakes, and the largest lake in southern Alberta. The lake is a major attraction for the camper, fisherman, boater and sailor.