Stettler, Alberta

Stettler is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada within the County of Stettler No. 6. It is located approximately 101 km (63 mi) east of Red Deer and 97 km (60 mi) north of Drumheller at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56 and approximately 183 km south of Alberta's capital city, Edmonton. The town is nicknamed "The Heart of Alberta."

Town of Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
The Heart of Alberta
Coordinates: 52°19′25″N 112°43′09″W
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division7
Municipal districtCounty of Stettler No. 6
  VillageJune 30, 1906
  TownNovember 23, 1906
  MayorSean Nolls
  Governing bodyStettler Town Council
  Land13.14 km2 (5.07 sq mi)
Elevation820 m (2,690 ft)
  Density453/km2 (1,170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0C 2L0 to 2L2
Area code(s)403, 587
HighwaysHighway 12
Highway 56
WaterwayRedwillow Creek
WebsiteOfficial website


Stettler was founded in 1905 and was named after Swiss immigrant Carl Stettler, who also founded a settlement east of the town at Blumenau, as well as being influential in the nearby community of Castor. He also served on the first Town Council of Stettler.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Stettler recorded a population of 5,952 living in 2,415 of its 2,607 total private dwellings, a 3.5% change from its 2011 population of 5,748. With a land area of 13.14 km2 (5.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 453.0/km2 (1,173.2/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Stettler had a population of 5,748 living in 2,350 of its 2,536 total dwellings, a 5.6% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 5,445. With a land area of 13.12 km2 (5.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 438.1/km2 (1,134.7/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

The population of the Town of Stettler according to its 2008 municipal census is 5,843.[8]

The median household income in 2005 for Stettler was $56,201, which is below the Alberta provincial average of $63,988.[9]


The following people have served as mayor of Stettler.

  • Bob Stewart
  • John Brennen
  • Redford Peeples
  • Robin Sloan
  • Gary McKay
  • Keith Ryder
  • James Hunter
  • Dick Richards[10]


The town has three schools in the Clearview Public Schools -(Clearview School Division No. 71):[11]

  • Stettler Elementary School[12]
  • William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus.[13]

As well as one school in the East Central Catholic School Division

  • Christ King Catholic School

As of 2019, The High school is known as the William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus and contains grades 7-12 with the town's Performing Arts Center, two gymnasiums and three dedicated welding, construction and mechanic shops. The Elementary school now runs K-6 and heavily stresses the 7 Habits program. The schools (including the Catholic school) are set on a large field containing playgrounds, soccer nets, a football, and the track and field facilitates built for the Summer Games when Stettler hosted them.


Stettler is also home to Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, a popular attraction delivering rail tours on a line running from Stettler to Big Valley, a 35 km (22 mi), one-hour trip.

In addition, Stettler has a historic Parrish & Heimbecker grain elevator overlooking the railway tracks. One of the last elevators in Alberta and the only survivor of the three elevators that previously operated in Stettler. It operates as a museum and also houses a 1887 Heeber and Son's Little Giant threshing machine, a 1912 International Harvester hit-and-miss engine called the Beast and a 1940s Ford tractor called Mickey Mouse. All run (including the elevator's "leg") and in 2016 the Little Giant traveled to Winnipeg and joined more than 150 other threshing machines that claimed a Guinness World Records record for the most threshing machines operating simultaneously. The Little Giant had the distinction of being the oldest one there and possibly may be one of the oldest still working threshing machines.

There is also a county museum featuring the original town train station which was moved and other historic buildings.



Stettler experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).

Notable people

See also


  1. "Location and History Profile: Town of Stettler" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 597. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. Town of Stettler. "Council". Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  3. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  5. "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  6. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  7. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  8. Alberta Municipal Affairs (15 September 2009). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  9. "Stettler, Alberta – Detailed City Profile". Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  10. Richard Froese (23 September 2009). "Richards acclaimed new mayor". Stettler Independent. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  14. Environment Canada. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
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