Carbon, Alberta

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Village of Carbon
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Carbon, Alberta is located in Alberta
Carbon, Alberta
Location in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°29′19.7″N 113°09′14.0″W / 51.488806°N 113.153889°W / 51.488806; -113.153889Coordinates: 51°29′19.7″N 113°09′14.0″W / 51.488806°N 113.153889°W / 51.488806; -113.153889
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division5
Municipal districtKneehill County
 • VillageNovember 18, 1912
 • MayorBryan Peever
 • Governing bodyCarbon Village Council
 • Land1.99 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
 • Total454
 • Density227.7/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
Postal code span
Area code(s)+1-403
HighwaysHighway 575
Highway 836
WaterwayKneehill Creek
WebsiteOfficial website

Carbon is a village in central Alberta, Canada.

It is located in Kneehill County, 41 kilometres (25 mi) west of Drumheller and 120 kilometres (75 mi) northeast of Calgary, along Highway 836, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) each of Highway 21 on Highway 575. Built at the beginning of the 20th century in the Kneehill Creek Valley, Carbon is a village with paved, quiet streets lined with trees.


The Carbon district has a very colorful and interesting history. Ranching, farming and coal mining were the major activities of the early settlers. The name Carbon was suggested by L.D. Elliot, an area rancher, and was adopted for the new post office opened on October 1, 1904.[4] The village was incorporated in 1912.

Carbon had a railroad running through it which has since been removed. This railroad is on the south side of the Kneehill Creek. On both sides of the village (west/east) you can still see this railroad flying over (2016). This railroad was operated by CP rail. Glenbow museum in Calgary has photos of this railroad under construction on file. This railroad was primarily used to support the coal mining in the area.


The population of the Village of Carbon according to its 2017 municipal census is 500.[5]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Carbon recorded a population of 500 living in 199 of its 222 total private dwellings, a -23.3% change from its 2011 population of 592. With a land area of 1.99 km2 (0.77 sq mi), it had a population density of 228.1/km2 (590.9/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Carbon had a population of 592 living in 208 of its 226 total dwellings, a 3.9% change from its 2006 population of 570. With a land area of 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi), it had a population density of 296.0/km2 (766.6/sq mi) in 2011.[6]

Facilities and amenities[edit]

The village also features a K-9 school, swimming pool, museum and art gallery, curling rink, and two campgrounds. Maintained walking paths are also available year-round, following the creek through the valley.

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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Village of Carbon" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 14, 2016. p. 120. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  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. ^ Gibson, Walter Jean (1975). Carbon District : crop, coal, and cattle centre : 1895-1962. Red Deer: Fletcher Printing. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  5. ^ "2017 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3652-2. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.

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