Cayley, Alberta

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Cayley, Alberta is located in Alberta
Cayley, Alberta
Location of Cayley in Alberta
Coordinates: 50°26′53″N 113°50′50″W / 50.4481°N 113.8472°W / 50.4481; -113.8472
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Census divisionNo. 6
Municipal districtM.D. of Foothills No. 31
 • TypeUnincorporated
 • Reevevacant
 • Governing body
 • Land0.48 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
 • Total340
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)

Cayley is a hamlet in southern Alberta, Canada within the Municipal District (M.D.) of Foothills No. 31.[2] It is also recognized as a designated place by Statistics Canada.[3]

Cayley is approximately 73 kilometres (45 mi) south of Calgary, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of High River and 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) west of Highway 2 on Range Road 290 (former designated as Highway 2A). It is located within Alberta Census Division No. 6.


The community was named for the Hon. Hugh St. Quentin Cayley, a barrister and the publisher of the Calgary Herald in 1884, who also represented Calgary in the Northwest Territories legislature from 1886 to 1894.[4] The hamlet originally contained at least seven grain elevators; all have been demolished. Cayley is also home to a Hutterite colony and a colony school; in 2001, two Cayley Colony girls were the first students from an Alberta colony school to write provincial diploma exams and graduate from high school.[5]

Incorporation history[edit]

Previously incorporated as a village on August 4, 1904, Cayley dissolved to hamlet status on June 1, 1996.[6]


As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Cayley recorded a population of 340 living in 143 of its 143 total private dwellings, a change of 28.3% from its 2011 population of 265. With a land area of 0.48 km2 (0.19 sq mi), it had a population density of 708.3/km2 (1,834.6/sq mi) in 2016.[1]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Cayley had a population of 265 living in 97 of its 104 total dwellings, a -18.5% change from its 2006 population of 325. With a land area of 0.54 km2 (0.21 sq mi), it had a population density of 491/km2 (1,271/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

Historical population
1926 {est.} 135—    
1936 135+0.0%
2011 265+96.3%
2016 340+28.3%
Sources: [1] [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  3. ^ Statistics Canada (2007). "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2006 and 2001 censuses". Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  4. ^ "Hugh St. Quenton Cayley biography". Southern Alberta Pioneers. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  5. ^ "Alberta Teachers' Association - In the News - Two firsts for Cayley Colony School". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-11-13.
  6. ^ Alberta Queen's Printer (1996-04-24). "Order in Council (O.C.) 173/96" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-06.

Coordinates: 50°26′53″N 113°50′50″W / 50.44806°N 113.84722°W / 50.44806; -113.84722