Clearwater County, Alberta

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Clearwater County
Municipal district
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Clearwater County, Alberta is located in Alberta
Clearwater County, Alberta
Location of Clearwater County in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°22′31″N 114°55′18″W / 52.37528°N 114.92167°W / 52.37528; -114.92167Coordinates: 52°22′31″N 114°55′18″W / 52.37528°N 114.92167°W / 52.37528; -114.92167
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division No. 9
Established 1985
Incorporated 2000
Government[1]
 • Reeve Pat Alexander
 • Governing body
 • CAO Ron Leaf
 • Office location Rocky Mountain House
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 18,691.78 km2 (7,216.94 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 12,278
 • Density 0.7/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Dwellings 4,891
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Website Official website

Clearwater County is a municipal district in west central Alberta, Canada in Division No. 9. Its northwest boundary is the Brazeau River. The municipal office is located in the Town of Rocky Mountain House. The county has a land area of 18,691.65 km² (7,216.89 sq mi) and comprises close to 99 percent of Census Division No. 9's land area of 18,921.38 km² (7,305.59 sq mi). Although the territory excluded is rather small in geographical area, it comprises the major population centre of Rocky Mountain House, which has one-third of Division No. 9's population, in addition to the communities of Caroline, Burnstick Lake and three Indian reserves. The county's 2006 census population was 11,826 inhabitants.

The economy of the county is based on agriculture, oil and gas and forestry, with tourism increasing in importance in recent years.[3]

On July 1, 2000, the name was changed from "Municipal District of Clearwater No. 99" to "Clearwater County".[4]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, Clearwater County had a population of 12,278 living in 4,698 of its 5,358 total dwellings, a 3.8% change from its 2006 population of 11,826. With a land area of 18,691.78 km2 (7,216.94 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.7/km2 (1.7/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

According to the Canada 2006 Census:[5]

  • Population: 11,826
  • % Change (2001-2006): 2.79
  • Dwellings: 4,891
  • Area (km²): 18,691.65
  • Density (persons per km²): 0.633

Attractions[edit]

  • Rocky Mountain House Historic Site in Rocky Mountain House
  • Historic minesite in Nordegg
  • Hiking in the Bighorn Wildland
  • Camping at Burnstick Lake campsite
  • Canoeing on lakes; Rafting and kayaking on Clearwater River and North Saskatchewan River
  • Cross-country skiing, snowmobile trail in the Chambers Creek area
  • Fishing (cutthroat, rainbow, brook and lake trout, whitefish) and hunting

Communities and localities[edit]

The following communities are located within Clearwater County:[6]

The following localities are located within Clearwater County:[7]

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Other places

Phoenix, a former coal mining community between Nordegg and Rocky Mountain House,[8] is also located within Clearwater County.

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