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Town of Eckville
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Eckville is located in Alberta
Location of Eckville in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°21′44″N 114°21′41″W / 52.36222°N 114.36139°W / 52.36222; -114.36139Coordinates: 52°21′44″N 114°21′41″W / 52.36222°N 114.36139°W / 52.36222; -114.36139
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division8
Municipal districtLacombe County
 • Village3 November 1921
 • Town1 July 1966
 • MayorHelen Posti
 • Governing bodyEckville Town Council
 • MPBlaine Calkins -Cons
 • MLAJason Nixon (UCP) (Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre)
 • Land1.6 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Elevation930 m (3,050 ft)
 • Total1,125
 • Density703.3/km2 (1,822/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)1+403
HighwaysHighway 766
WaterwaysMedicine River
WebsiteOfficial website

Eckville is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located west of Red Deer on Highway 766 just north of Highway 11.


Eckville gets its name from A. E. T. Eckford, a pioneer citizen.[5] Eckville relocated to its current location in 1912, after the Canadian Northern Railway completed its local line. The current location on the Canadian Northern Railway was briefly known as Kootuk, but the name Eckville prevailed. Eckville was incorporated as a village in 1921 and became a town in 1966.



Eckville experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) which borders on a subarctic climate (Dfc).


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Eckville recorded a population of 1,125 living in 443 of its 465 total private dwellings, which represents no change from its 2011 population of 1,125. With a land area of 1.6 km2 (0.62 sq mi), it had a population density of 703.1/km2 (1,821.1/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Eckville had a population of 1,125 living in 436 of its 485 total dwellings, an 18.3% change from its 2006 population of 951. With a land area of 1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi), it had a population density of 712.0/km2 (1,844.1/sq mi) in 2011.[7]

The population of the Town of Eckville according to its 2007 municipal census is 1,002.[8]


Eckville is home to several festivals and events throughout the year:

  • Eckville Indoor Rodeo
  • Bull-arena
  • Eckville 50s & 60s Dance Jamboree
  • Canada Day celebrations
  • Eckville Winter Carnival
  • Tree-lighting Ceremony


Eckville has two public schools, Eckville Junior/Senior High School and Eckville Elementary. The town is relatively close to Sylvan Lake and many students from Eckville attend schools there. Eckville is also a short drive from Red Deer College.

Eckville Junior/Senior High School attracted national attention in 1984 when history teacher and vice-principal James Keegstra was charged under the Criminal Code of Canada for teaching his students antisemitic material, including Holocaust denial. Keegstra was stripped of his teaching credentials and convicted. His appeals eventually reached the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990, where his conviction was upheld. Keegstra was mayor of Eckville at the time, but was defeated in a subsequent election.

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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Eckville" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 7 October 2016. p. 218. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. ^ Town of Eckville. "Town Council". Archived from the original on 23 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  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. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  4. ^ "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 8 October 2013.
  5. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 46.
  6. ^ "Eckville, Alberta". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English and French). Environment Canada. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  8. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (15 September 2009). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2010.

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