Cowley, Alberta

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Village of Cowley
Cowley is located in Alberta
Location of Cowley in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°34′03.7″N 114°04′08.7″W / 49.567694°N 114.069083°W / 49.567694; -114.069083Coordinates: 49°34′03.7″N 114°04′08.7″W / 49.567694°N 114.069083°W / 49.567694; -114.069083
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 3
Municipal district Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Incorporated 1906
 • Mayor Garry Hackler (Deputy)
 • Governing body Cowley Village Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 1.40 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1,175 m (3,855 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 236
 • Density 168.8/km2 (437/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) +1-403, +1-587
Highways Highway 3
Highway 510
Waterway Oldman River Reservoir

Cowley is a village in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9, Alberta. It is located west of Lethbridge in Southern Alberta.

It was settled in the 1880s and was named by a rancher. Cowley Post Office opened in 1900, and in 1906 Cowley was incorporated as village.


In the 2011 Census, the Village of Cowley had a population of 236 living in 104 of its 113 total dwellings, a 7.8% change from its 2006 population of 219. With a land area of 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi), it had a population density of 168.6/km2 (436.6/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

The population of the Village of Cowley according to its 2010 municipal census is 235.[4]

In 2006, Cowley had a population of 219 living in 103 dwellings, a 2.7% decrease from 2001. The Village has a land area of 1.40 km2 (0.54 sq mi) and a population density of 156.7/km2 (406/sq mi).[5]

Arts and culture[edit]

Cowley was featured in the 2005 motion picture Brokeback Mountain as the fictional town of Signal, Wyoming. Townpeople have welcomed fans of the movie from all over the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. July 22, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. 
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF) (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2010 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Cowley - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-06.