|Town of Carstairs|
|Municipal district||Mountain View County|
|• Mayor||Lance Colby|
|• Governing body||Carstairs Town Council|
|• Manager||Carl McDonnell|
|• MP||Blake Richards, Wild Rose|
|• MLA||Richard Marz|
|• Total||11.53 km2 (4.45 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,060 m (3,480 ft)|
|• Density||298.4/km2 (773/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|Postal code||T0M 0N0|
Carstairs is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on Highway 2A, 241 kilometres (150 mi) south of the provincial capital, Edmonton, and 48 kilometres (30 mi) north of Calgary, the nearest major city. The closest neighbouring communities are the towns of Didsbury and Crossfield. Carstairs is located entirely within the rural Mountain View County.
Named after Carstairs, Scotland, Carstairs began life as a loading platform on the railway connecting Calgary to Edmonton. The first post office opened in 1900. The first school district was established in 1901.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Carstairs had a population of 3,442 living in 1,311 of its 1,397 total dwellings, a 27.5% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 2,699. With a land area of 11.53 km2 (4.45 sq mi), it had a population density of 298.5/km2 (773.2/sq mi) in 2011.
In 2006, Carstairs had a population of 2,656 living in 1,019 dwellings, a 17.8% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 5.00 km2 (1.93 sq mi) and a population density of 531.2 /km2 (1,376 /sq mi).
Carstairs is home to an 18-hole golf course, a Memorial Complex with abundant parks and playgrounds, and Tourist Information Center. Just west of town is the Silver Willow 9-hole golf course. Carstairs has historically been an agricultural community, as it once had seven grain elevators. It celebrates each year with the Ranch Rodeo in June, Beef & Barley Days and the annual rodeo in July, the High School Rodeo in September, 4-H Calf Show and Sale, Bull-A-Rama, Horticultural Show, and Pumpkin Festival.
There are seven churches in the town, including the Carstairs Church of God, St. Agnes Catholic Church, and the Carstairs Bancroft United Church. One of the churches is being used as a museum that often has religious services.
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