Barons, Alberta

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Village of Barons
Barons' last remaining elevators along the CPR tracks prior to demolition
Barons' last remaining elevators along the CPR tracks prior to demolition
Wheat Heart of the West
Barons is located in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°59′59″N 113°04′58″W / 49.99972°N 113.08278°W / 49.99972; -113.08278
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division2
Municipal districtLethbridge County
 • VillageMay 6, 1910
 • Mayor[2]Ed Weistra
 • Governing bodyBarons Village Council
 • Land0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi)
965 m (3,166 ft)
 • Total341
 • Density419.5/km2 (1,087/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Postal code span
HighwaysHighway 23
Highway 520
WebsiteOfficial website

Barons is a village in southern Alberta, Canada in a region referred to as Palliser's Triangle. It is located 51 kilometres (32 mi) north of Lethbridge along Highway 23. Barons was a filming location for a scene in the 1978 film Superman.[4]


The Canadian Pacific Railway purchased the present townsite of Barons in early 1909. Charles S. Noble, an agent for the CPR sold lots to settlers. The train station was originally named "Baron", but public usage eventually evolved to "Barons".

Barons became a village on May 6, 1910 and early buildings included a hardware store, a grocery store, lumber yards, a bank, a feedmill, a dance hall, an opera house and a hotel.

The Village of Barons was subject to a study in 2004 that investigated dissolution of the village to hamlet status under the jurisdiction of the County of Lethbridge.[5]

The last two grain elevators were demolished in the summer of 2012.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Barons recorded a population of 341 living in 132 of its 148 total private dwellings, a change of 8.3% from its 2011 population of 315. With a land area of 0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.0/km2 (1,090.4/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Barons had a population of 315 living in 124 of its 139 total dwellings, a change of 14.1% from its 2006 population of 276. With a land area of 0.68 km2 (0.26 sq mi), it had a population density of 463.2/km2 (1,199.8/sq mi) in 2011.[6]

The population of the Village of Barons according to its 2010 municipal census is 326,[7] a 9.8% increase over its 2007 municipal census population of 297.[8]


The village is governed by a council comprising a mayor and two councillors.[2]


Barons' wastewater drains to a sewage lagoon 0.5 km (0.3 mi) west of the village.[9]

Water is supplied via a 16 km (9.9 mi) regional pipeline between Barons and the Village of Nobleford. The pipeline is a joint venture between Nobleford, Barons and the County of Lethbridge (NBC) in partnership with the Province of Alberta through its "Water for Life" program.[10]


High speed wireless Internet access is available from multiple providers.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Barons" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 14, 2016. p. 57. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Contacts Profile". Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ David Michael Petrou (1978). The Making of Superman the Movie. New York: Warner Books.
  5. ^ Village of Barons Dissolution Study. Alberta Municipal Affairs, Local Government Services Division, Municipal Services Branch. 2004.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  7. ^ "2010 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  8. ^ "2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  9. ^ "Barons, AB". Google Maps. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  10. ^ "Water Supply Partnership, NBC". Retrieved February 22, 2013.

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