Granum, Alberta

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Leavings (1904–1908)
Town of Granum
Granum is located in Alberta
Location of Granum in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°52′25″N 113°30′27″W / 49.87361°N 113.50750°W / 49.87361; -113.50750Coordinates: 49°52′25″N 113°30′27″W / 49.87361°N 113.50750°W / 49.87361; -113.50750
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 3
Municipal district Municipal District of Willow Creek No. 26
 • Village July 12, 1904
 • Name change March 31, 1908
 • Town November 7, 1910
 • Mayor Crystal Wilde
 • Governing body Granum Town Council
Area (2011)[3]
 • Total 1.87 km2 (0.72 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 991 m (3,251 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 447
 • Density 239.6/km2 (621/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Highways Highway 2
Highway 519
Website Official website

Granum is a town in southern Alberta, Canada. It is located at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 519 west of Lethbridge. It was known as the Village of Leavings between 1904 and 1908.[5] At a population of 447,[3] Granum is the smallest town in Alberta.


The community originally incorporated as the Village of Leavings on July 12, 1904.[5] It was named The Leavings as it was the site on Willow Creek west of Pultney siding where the old Bull-team Freighters stopped for water and to unload freight.[6] Predating the railroads, it was where a trail left a river and travellers were reminded to bring water.[7] Leavings changed its named to Granum on March 31, 1908 and then incorporated as a town on November 7, 1910.[5]

The campground in the town had a home built railroad which runs around the pond, this has been removed due to liability reasons. The roadbed can still be seen as a rubber walkway, the rails since removed. The train can still be seen onsite sinking into sand, now used as a playground for children. This engine used rubber on it's wheels to get up a very steep grade in the SE corner.


Granum is located on the edge of the prairie and the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Viewable from the town are the mountains of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park to the south, of the Crowsnest Pass to the west, and of Kananaskis Country to the northwest. With only 415 residents, Granum is the least populated town (incorporated as such) in the province of Alberta.


In the 2011 Census, the Town of Granum had a population of 447 living in 205 of its 220 total dwellings, a 7.7% change from its 2006 population of 415. With a land area of 1.87 km2 (0.72 sq mi), it had a population density of 239.0/km2 (619.1/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

The population of the Town of Granum according to its 2007 municipal census is 445.[8]

In 2006, Granum had a population of 415 living in 190 dwellings, a 5.9% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 1.87 km2 (0.72 sq mi) and a population density of 222.4/km2 (576/sq mi).[9]


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  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Granum" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 281. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "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. 
  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. ^ a b c "Location and History Profile: Town of Granum". Alberta Municipal Affairs. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Granum History Book Committee. (1977). Leavings by trail, Granum by rail. Granum, Alta.: Granum History Committee, p. 10.
  7. ^ Douglas, Helen (1965). Echoes of Willow Creek. Granum, Alberta: Willow Creek Historical Society. p. 9. 
  8. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2009-09-15). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  9. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Granum - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  10. ^ Strathern, Gloria M. (1988). Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982: An Historical Directory. Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, p.137
  11. ^ Strathern, Gloria M. (1988). Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982: An Historical Directory. Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, p.138

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