Fairview, Alberta

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Town of Fairview
Motto: Heart of the Peace Country!
Fairview is located in Alberta
Location of Fairview 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
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division 19
Municipal district M.D. of Fairview No. 136
 • Mayor Gordon MacLeod
 • Governing body Fairview Town Council
 • MP Chris Warkentin
 • MLA Margaret McCuaig-Boyd
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 11.30 km2 (4.36 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 670 m (2,200 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 3,162
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T0H 1L0
Highways Highway 2
Highway 64
Website www.fairview.ca

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.[4]



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


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.[6]


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.[2]

In 2006, Fairview had:

  • a population of 3,297 living in 1,389 dwellings, a 4.5% increase from 2001
  • a land area of 9.65 km2 (3.73 sq mi)
  • a population density of 341.7/km2 (885/sq mi).[7]

The median household income in 2005 for Fairview was $56,954, which is below the Alberta provincial average of $63,988.[8]


The Town of Fairview is governed by a mayor (Gord MacLeod) and six councillors.[9] It is currently located in the Peace River Federal Electoral District,[10] and as such is represented by MP Chris Warkentin;[11] in the next federal election it will become part of the new riding of Peace River—Westlock.[12]

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[13]
  • Malanka Ukrainian New Year[14]
  • The Peace Classic Wheels Car Show
  • Annual Summers End Festival[15]
  • Emergency Services Regimental Ball


In terms of recreation, Fairview offers indoor swimming at the Fairview Aquatic Centre,[16] 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 stalls 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.[17]

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.[18]


Club League Sport Venue Established League championships Provincial championships
Fairview Flyers[19] NWJHL Ice hockey 2012[20]

Notable people[edit]

Rachel Notley - politician[21]


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.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs: Municipal Officials Search
  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. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (July 2009). "Communities Within Specialized and Rural Municipalities" (PDF). Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 23 March 2010
  6. ^ Heart of the Peace History Book - Volume I, Town of Fairview History Book Committee. 2005.
  7. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Fairview - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Fairview, Alberta - Detailed City Profile". Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Fairview - Mayor and Council". Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Map of Peace River Electoral District". Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Chris Warkentin's Website". Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  12. ^ "Map of Peace River-Westlock Electoral District". Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  13. ^ http://www.fairviewagriculturalsociety.com/Default.aspx?PageID=b724
  14. ^ http://www.fairviewpost.com/2014/01/29/veselka-dance-group-brings-fairy-tale-to-life
  15. ^ http://www.fairviewpost.com/2014/08/27/fairviews-summers-end-festival-a-great-success
  16. ^ http://www.fairview.ca/aquatic-centre-information
  17. ^ http://www.albertafishingguide.com/location/water/all/cummings-lake#stock
  18. ^ http://www.dfga.ca/gun-range.html
  19. ^ Logan Clow (2012-07-04). "Fairview announces name of NWJHL team". Peace River Record-Gazette. Sun Media Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  20. ^ "Fairview joins NWJHL". North West Junior Hockey League. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  21. ^ McConnell, Rick (May 5, 2015). "Rachel Notley: a premier 50 years in the making". CBC News. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  22. ^ http://www.thevaultmag.com/

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