|Census division||No. 14|
|Municipal district||Yellowhead County|
|• Mayor||Gerald Soroka|
|• Governing body|
|• Total||1.14 km2 (0.44 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,520 m (4,990 ft)|
|• Density||31.5/km2 (82/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC−7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC−6)|
Cadomin // is a hamlet in the west-central Alberta, Canada within Yellowhead County. It is located along the McLeod River in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Hinton near the Bighorn Highway. It is served by a spur of the Canadian National Railway.
Cadomin is one of many towns in the Alberta Coal Branch area that thrived from the 1920s to the 1950s. During the early 1930s, Cadomin's population peaked at 1,800. Other Coal Branch towns included Mountain Park, Luscar, Mercoal, and farther to the east, Robb, Embarras, Coalspur, Coal Valley, Lovett, and Foothills.
The Cadomin Coal Company began operations in 1917 and four underground mines were eventually developed, as well as a surface mine that operated from 1944 to 1950. The main coal seam, called the No. 1 Seam, averaged 33 feet (10 m) in thicknesses. The strata in the area are strongly folded and faulted, and the seam is strongly inclined to overturned, so a variety of methods were employed to work it. The coal was sold primarily as steam coal for railroad use, and the Cadomin coal mines closed in 1952 due to declining markets as the railroads replaced steam locomotives with diesel.
Cadomin Quarry, operated by the Lehigh Cement Company (formerly Inland Cement), continues to employ a small number of local residents.
As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Cadomin had a population of 36 living in 22 of its 96 total dwellings, a -35.7% change from its 2006 population of 56. With a land area of 1.14 km2 (0.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 31.6/km2 (81.8/sq mi) in 2011.
Cadomin Cave, located several kilometres to the south, attracts a number of tourists during the summer months, although it remains undeveloped.
In the area around Cadomin, there are extensive trails for horse back riding, all terrain vehicles and dirt biking. Mountain biking is becoming increasingly popular as well.
The fall provides numerous big game hunting opportunities for deer, moose and bighorn sheep.
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||Jasper National Park||Hinton||Edson|
|Jasper National Park||Saskatchewan River Crossing||Nordegg|