Fairview, Alberta

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Town of Fairview
Aerial image of Fairview from July 2016.
Aerial image of Fairview from July 2016.
Heart of the Peace Country!
Location in the MD of Fairview No. 136
Location in the MD of Fairview No. 136
Fairview is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Coordinates: 56°04′18″N 118°23′34″W / 56.07167°N 118.39278°W / 56.07167; -118.39278Coordinates: 56°04′18″N 118°23′34″W / 56.07167°N 118.39278°W / 56.07167; -118.39278
RegionNorthern Alberta
Planning regionUpper Peace
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Fairview No. 136
 • VillageMarch 28, 1929
 • TownApril 25, 1949
 • MayorGordon MacLeod
 • Governing bodyFairview Town Council
 • MPArnold Viersen (Cons)
 • MLAMargaret McCuaig-Boyd (NDP)
 • Land11.36 km2 (4.39 sq mi)
Elevation670 m (2,200 ft)
 • Total2,998
 • Density264/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
HighwaysHighway 2
Highway 64

Fairview is a town in northern Alberta within the heart of the Peace Country. It is located 82 km (51 mi) southwest of the Town of Peace River and 115 km (71 mi) north of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 64A.

The Town of Fairview is one of two different communities in Alberta that go by the name of Fairview. The Hamlet of Fairview in southern Alberta is the lesser known of the two.[5]



Fairview experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).


A sign welcoming drivers to the Town of Fairview.

In 1928, the railroad extended west from Whitelaw through the Beaver Indian Reserve across a stubble field where the Hamlet of Fairview was established. The community of Waterhole, five miles to the south, was packed onto skids and wagons and relocated to the railroad site. The first train rolled into Fairview on November 2, 1928. The hamlet was incorporated as a village on April 22, 1929. In 1949, the village was incorporated into the Town of Fairview.[7]


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Fairview recorded a population of 2,998 living in 1,251 of its 1,363 total private dwellings, a -5.2% change from its 2011 population of 3,162. With a land area of 11.36 km2 (4.39 sq mi), it had a population density of 263.9/km2 (683.5/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Fairview had a population of 3,162 living in 1,266 of its 1,322 total dwellings, a -4.1% change from its 2006 population of 3,297. With a land area of 11.3 km2 (4.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 279.8/km2 (724.7/sq mi) in 2011.[16]

The median household income in 2005 for Fairview was $56,954, which is below the Alberta provincial average of $63,988.[17]


The Town of Fairview is governed by a mayor (Gord MacLeod) and six councillors.[18] Fairview is part of the federal electoral district of Peace River—Westlock, and is represented in the House of Commons by Arnold Viersen of the Conservative Party of Canada. Provincially, Fairview is part of the electoral district of Central Peace-Notley and is represented in the Legislative Assembly by Todd Loewen of the United Conservative Party.

Arts and culture[edit]

Fairview hosts the following events:

  • Agriculture Society Fair
  • Fairview & District Lions Club Annual Old Time Country Music Festival
  • The Annual Waterhole Pro Rodeo and Parade[19]
  • Malanka Ukrainian New Year[20]
  • The Peace Classic Wheels Car Show
  • Annual Summers End Festival[21]
  • Emergency Services Regimental Ball


In terms of recreation, Fairview offers indoor swimming at the Fairview Aquatic Centre,[22] golfing at the Fairview Golf Course, skating at the Fairplex, skiing at the Fairview Ski Hill, curling, and bowling.

In 2010, the Fairplex Arena underwent a major upgrade which included the addition of 5 more dressing rooms, roof repairs and extra storage space.

The Fairview Regional Aquatic Centre was a $3.4M collaborative project taken on by the Town of Fairview and the M.D. of Fairview No. 136. The facility has a waterslide, a zero depth wading pool, a 25m lap pool, a tarzan swing, monkey bars, a whirlpool, and a climbing wall. The facility is home to the Fairview Olympians swim club and offers various programming.

Cummings Lake is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of the Town of Fairview. The Cummings Lake Recreation Area has six baseball diamonds, a day-use camping area, an overnight-use camping area, a playground and a boat launch. Cummings Lake has a 28-stall campground that offers coin-operated showers and toilets, free firewood, electrical hookups and non-potable water from a cistern via hand pump.

1000 Rainbow trout were stocked in Cummings Lake in both 2012 and 2013. Costing an estimated $3200.[23]

Surrounding the lake and campground area is a large portion of the 10.5 km (6.5 mi) trail system that stretches from 108 Avenue to the northern tip of Cummings Lake. The trail system loops around the lake, the golf course, and the town's reservoirs. The majority of the trail is paved, while the remaining is gravel. A 10.5 km (6.5 mi) of educational signed nature trail is connected to the main trail.

Dunvegan Provincial Park is nearby in the Peace River valley.

The Dunvegan Fish and Game Association operate a 535-yard gun range near Fairview.[24]


Club League Sport Venue Established League championships Provincial championships
Fairview Flyers[25] NWJHL Ice hockey 2012[26]

Notable people[edit]


Fairview has several schools, including:

  • St. Thomas More Catholic School (K-12)
  • EE Oliver School (K-6)
  • Fairview High School (7-12)
  • Grande Prairie Regional College - GPRC (Fairview Campus), formerly known as Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), which formerly existed as Fairview College (post-secondary).


The Fairview Post is local newspaper that covers the town and surrounding area. It was founded by Hec MacLean, a renowned sportswriter that formerly worked for the Calgary Herald. It is now owned by Sun Media Corporation, under Quebecor. Fairview is also served bi-weekly by an alternative newspaper, The Vault Magazine.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Fairview" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 239. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs: Municipal Officials Search
  3. ^ a b c d "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. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (July 2009). "Communities Within Specialized and Rural Municipalities" (PDF). Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  6. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 23 March 2010
  7. ^ Heart of the Peace History Book - Volume I, Town of Fairview History Book Committee. 2005.
  8. ^ "Table 5: Population of urban centres, 1916-1946, with guide to locations". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. pp. 397–400.
  9. ^ "Table 6: Population by sex, for census subdivisions, 1956 and 1951". Census of Canada, 1956. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1958.
  10. ^ "Table 9: Population by census subdivisions, 1966 by sex, and 1961". 1966 Census of Canada. Western Provinces. Population: Divisions and Subdivisions. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1967.
  11. ^ "Table 3: Population for census divisions and subdivisions, 1971 and 1976". 1976 Census of Canada. Census Divisions and Subdivisions, Western Provinces and the Territories. Population: Geographic Distributions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1977.
  12. ^ "Table 2: Census Subdivisions in Alphabetical Order, Showing Population Rank, Canada, 1981". 1981 Census of Canada. Census subdivisions in decreasing population order. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1982. ISBN 0-660-51563-6.
  13. ^ "Table 2: Population and Dwelling Counts, for Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 1986 and 1991 – 100% Data". 91 Census. Population and Dwelling Counts – Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. 1992. pp. 100–108. ISBN 0-660-57115-3.
  14. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses – 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  15. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. January 6, 2010. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "Fairview, Alberta - Detailed City Profile". Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  18. ^ "Fairview - Mayor and Council". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2014-09-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ http://www.fairviewpost.com/2014/01/29/veselka-dance-group-brings-fairy-tale-to-life
  21. ^ http://www.fairviewpost.com/2014/08/27/fairviews-summers-end-festival-a-great-success
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2014-09-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ http://www.albertafishingguide.com/location/water/all/cummings-lake#stock
  24. ^ http://www.dfga.ca/gun-range.html
  25. ^ Logan Clow (2012-07-04). "Fairview announces name of NWJHL team". Peace River Record-Gazette. Sun Media Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  26. ^ "Fairview joins NWJHL". North West Junior Hockey League. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-25. Retrieved 2015-05-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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