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Village of Donalda
Donalda is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°34′58.2″N 112°34′18.2″W / 52.582833°N 112.571722°W / 52.582833; -112.571722Coordinates: 52°34′58.2″N 112°34′18.2″W / 52.582833°N 112.571722°W / 52.582833; -112.571722
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 7
Municipal district County of Stettler No. 6
 • Mayor Dan Knudtson
 • Governing body Donalda Village Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi)
Elevation 780 m (2,560 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 259
 • Density 262.3/km2 (679/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Highways Highway 53
Website Official website

Donalda is a village in central Alberta, east of Ponoka. It was founded in 1911 and takes its name from Donalda Crossway, a niece of Sir Donald Mann, a Canadian Northern Railway official.[3] It is home to the "World's Largest Oil Lamp", a 12.8 metres (42 ft) high structure, one of the Giants of the Prairies. The village was first named Eidswold by the Norwegian settlers who first founded the community.[4] It was renamed Donalda in 1910, when the railroad came through.[5]


In the 2011 Census, the Village of Donalda had a population of 259 living in 119 of its 140 total dwellings, a 15.6% change from its 2006 population of 224. With a land area of 0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 261.6/km2 (677.6/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

In 2006, Donalda had a population of 224 living in 115 dwellings, a -2.6% change from 2001. The village has a land area of 0.99 square kilometres (0.38 sq mi) and a population density of 226.9/km2 (588/sq mi).[6]


Notable person[edit]

Actress/model Tricia Helfer, best known for playing Number Six in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series, is from Donalda.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 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. ^ "Donalda". Unlock the Past with Central Alberta Regional Museum Network. Central Alberta Regional Museum Network. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Mot Kanadas Nordvast: Pioneer Settlement by Scandinavians in Central Alberta" by William C. Wonders. Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, Vol. 65, No. 2 (1983), pp. 129-152.
  5. ^ Donalda Jubliee Committee (1963). Fifty years on the coulee rim: factual history of Donalda and district. Donalda, Alberta. p. 5. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Donalda: Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  7. ^ Profile,; accessed April 12, 2014.

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