List of ghost towns in Alberta

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The province of Alberta has several ghost towns that have been completely or partially abandoned.[1] Many of Alberta's ghost towns exist as a result of a number of failed coal mining operations in the area during the early 20th century.

Ghost towns are communities that once had a considerable population, that have since dwindled in numbers causing some or all its business to close, either due to the rerouting of a highway, train tracks being pulled, or exhaustion of some natural resource.

Remains of Flowerdale
Hotel in Luscar in the 1950s
Sun setting on Maybutt
The road into Mountain Park
Vacant store in Nemiscam
Vacant store in Orion

List of ghost towns[edit]

Ghost town Municipality Location About Peak population
(year)
Latest population
(year)
Alderson Cypress County 50°16′59″N 111°19′59″W / 50.283°N 111.333°W / 50.283; -111.333 (Alderson) 161
(1911)[2]
Alexo Clearwater County 52°28′30″N 115°46′59″W / 52.475°N 115.783°W / 52.475; -115.783 (Alexo) Former coal mining community[3] 113
(1951)[4]
Allerston County of Warner No. 5 49°08′42″N 111°45′50″W / 49.145°N 111.764°W / 49.145; -111.764 (Allerston)
Allingham Kneehill County 51°42′00″N 113°36′00″W / 51.700°N 113.600°W / 51.700; -113.600 (Allingham)
Ardley Red Deer County[5] 52°15′40″N 113°13′41″W / 52.261°N 113.228°W / 52.261; -113.228 (Ardley) 17
(1991)[6]
Altorado County of Forty Mile No. 8
Amber Valley Athabasca County 54°43′59″N 112°55′01″W / 54.733°N 112.917°W / 54.733; -112.917 (Altorado)
Anthracite Improvement District No. 9 (Banff National Park) 51°11′56″N 115°30′00″W / 51.199°N 115.500°W / 51.199; -115.500 (Anthracite) 25
(1911)[7]
Ardenode Wheatland County 51°08′49″N 113°25′23″W / 51.147°N 113.423°W / 51.147; -113.423 (Ardenode) 0
(2016)[8]
Bankhead Improvement District No. 9 (Banff National Park) 51°12′00″N 115°31′59″W / 51.200°N 115.533°W / 51.200; -115.533 (Bankhead) Former coal mining community 694
(1911)[7]
Bardo Beaver County 53°18′07″N 112°41′06″W / 53.302°N 112.685°W / 53.302; -112.685 (Bardo)
Battle Bend Flagstaff County 52°26′02″N 111°26′38″W / 52.434°N 111.444°W / 52.434; -111.444 (Battle Bend)
Beazer Cardston County 49°06′58″N 113°28′52″W / 49.116°N 113.481°W / 49.116; -113.481 (Beazer) 11
(2008)[9]
Belloy Birch Hills County 55°45′00″N 118°15′00″W / 55.750°N 118.250°W / 55.750; -118.250 (Belloy)
Bindloss Special Area No. 2 50°52′44″N 110°16′34″W / 50.879°N 110.276°W / 50.879; -110.276 (Bindloss) 14
(1991)[6]
Bingham County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°28′48″N 111°16′34″W / 49.480°N 111.276°W / 49.480; -111.276 (Bingham)
Bliss Yellowhead County 652
(1956)[10]
Buffalo Special Area No. 2 50°48′00″N 110°40′01″W / 50.800°N 110.667°W / 50.800; -110.667 (Buffalo)
Bulwark County of Paintearth No. 18 52°15′00″N 111°34′59″W / 52.250°N 111.583°W / 52.250; -111.583 (Bulwark)
Butte Clearwater County 52°10′59″N 114°43′59″W / 52.183°N 114.733°W / 52.183; -114.733 (Butte)
Cadomin Yellowhead County 53°01′55″N 117°19′37″W / 53.032°N 117.327°W / 53.032; -117.327 (Cadomin) 1,053
(1941)[4]
40
(2016)[8]
Cambria Town of Drumheller 51°23′46″N 112°35′35″W / 51.396°N 112.593°W / 51.396; -112.593 (Cambria) 239
(1951)[4]
Chisholm Mills Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124 54°54′36″N 114°10′12″W / 54.910°N 114.170°W / 54.910; -114.170 (Chisholm Mills) 323
(1941)[4]
25
(2016)[8]
Coal Valley Yellowhead County 53°04′59″N 116°48′00″W / 53.083°N 116.800°W / 53.083; -116.800 (Coal Valley) 194
(1951)[4]
Coalspur Yellowhead County 53°10′59″N 117°01′01″W / 53.183°N 117.017°W / 53.183; -117.017 (Coalspur) 133
(1951)[4]
Commerce Lethbridge County 49°55′01″N 112°56′20″W / 49.917°N 112.939°W / 49.917; -112.939 (Commerce) 360
(1921)[2]
Conquerville County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°40′12″N 111°13′26″W / 49.670°N 111.224°W / 49.670; -111.224 (Conquerville)
Conrad County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°31′01″N 111°58′01″W / 49.517°N 111.967°W / 49.517; -111.967 (Conrad)
Del Bonita Cardston County 49°01′44″N 112°47′20″W / 49.029°N 112.789°W / 49.029; -112.789 (Del Bonita) 8
(2008)[9]
Dorothy Starland County 51°18′00″N 112°19′01″W / 51.300°N 112.317°W / 51.300; -112.317 (Dorothy) 14
(1991)[6]
East Coulee Town of Drumheller 51°20′10″N 112°29′20″W / 51.336°N 112.489°W / 51.336; -112.489 (East Coulee) 1,831
(1941)[4]
148
(2016)[8]
Embarras Landing Yellowhead County 53°18′00″N 116°54′00″W / 53.300°N 116.900°W / 53.300; -116.900 (Embarras Landing)
Evarts Red Deer County 52°15′40″N 114°16′19″W / 52.261°N 114.272°W / 52.261; -114.272 (Evarts) 25
(1911)[2]
Flowerdale[11] Special Area No. 2 51°21′58″N 111°33′54″W / 51.366°N 111.565°W / 51.366; -111.565 (Flowerdale) The settlement was abandoned in the early 1920s and destroyed by a prairie fire soon after.[12] Flowerdale had a post office, Flowerdale Holdings, a general store, a schoolhouse and many other businesses.[12]
Foothills Yellowhead County 224
(1956)[10]
Frank Municipality of Crowsnest Pass 49°36′00″N 114°24′18″W / 49.600°N 114.405°W / 49.600; -114.405 (Frank) 1,178
(1906)[13]
85
(2016)[8]
Frankburg[14] Municipal District of Foothills No. 31 50°31′44″N 113°38′38″W / 50.529°N 113.644°W / 50.529; -113.644 (Frankburg)
Georgetown Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8 51°06′29″N 115°23′38″W / 51.108°N 115.394°W / 51.108; -115.394 (Georgetown)
Harrisville[15] Cardston County 49°09′32″N 113°38′28″W / 49.159°N 113.641°W / 49.159; -113.641 (Harrisville)
Judson Cardston County 49°31′59″N 112°21′00″W / 49.533°N 112.350°W / 49.533; -112.350 (Judson)
Kimball Cardston County 49°04′59″N 113°12′00″W / 49.083°N 113.200°W / 49.083; -113.200 (Kimball) 26
(2008)[9]
Kovach Kananaskis Improvement District 50°55′59″N 115°12′00″W / 50.933°N 115.200°W / 50.933; -115.200 (Kovach)
Legend County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°28′55″N 111°35′53″W / 49.482°N 111.598°W / 49.482; -111.598 (Legend)
Lehigh Town of Drumheller 51°21′14″N 112°30′50″W / 51.354°N 112.514°W / 51.354; -112.514 (Lehigh) 133
(1941)[4]
Lille Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66 49°39′04″N 114°23′53″W / 49.651°N 114.398°W / 49.651; -114.398 (Lille) 413[2]
(1906)[2]
Luscar Yellowhead County 53°04′05″N 117°24′00″W / 53.068°N 117.400°W / 53.068; -117.400 (Luscar) Former coal mining community 620
(1941)[4]
Mannix Brazeau County 369
(1961)[2]
Maybutt County of Warner No. 5 49°31′05″N 112°31′41″W / 49.518°N 112.528°W / 49.518; -112.528 (Maybutt)
Mercoal Yellowhead County 53°10′01″N 117°04′59″W / 53.167°N 117.083°W / 53.167; -117.083 (Mercoal) Former coal mining community 977
(1951)[4]
Mintlaw Red Deer County 52°13′19″N 113°54′50″W / 52.222°N 113.914°W / 52.222; -113.914 (Mintlaw)
Mitford Rocky View County 51°12′43″N 114°33′04″W / 51.212°N 114.551°W / 51.212; -114.551 (Mitford)
Mountain Park Yellowhead County 52°55′01″N 117°16′01″W / 52.917°N 117.267°W / 52.917; -117.267 (Mountain Park) Former coal mining community
Nordegg Clearwater County 52°28′05″N 116°04′52″W / 52.468°N 116.081°W / 52.468; -116.081 (Nordegg) Former coal mining community/National Historic Site 875
(1951)[4]
53
(1986)[16]
Pakowki County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°27′58″N 110°56′53″W / 49.466°N 110.948°W / 49.466; -110.948 (Pakowki)
Passburg Municipality of Crowsnest Pass 49°33′25″N 114°20′24″W / 49.557°N 114.340°W / 49.557; -114.340 (Passburg) 305
(1911)[7]
Port Cornwall Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124 55°10′01″N 114°03′29″W / 55.167°N 114.058°W / 55.167; -114.058 (Port Cornwall) 200
(1913)[17]
Pendant d'Oreille County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°12′11″N 110°52′01″W / 49.203°N 110.867°W / 49.203; -110.867 (Pendant d'Oreille)
Queenstown Vulcan County 50°38′17″N 112°56′17″W / 50.638°N 112.938°W / 50.638; -112.938 (Queenstown) 666
(1911)[7]
8
(2007)[9]
Raley Cardston County 49°17′28″N 113°10′55″W / 49.291°N 113.182°W / 49.291; -113.182 (Raley)
Retlaw Municipal District of Taber 50°04′01″N 112°16′01″W / 50.067°N 112.267°W / 50.067; -112.267 (Retlaw) 154
(1921)[2]
Rowley Starland County 51°45′54″N 112°47′17″W / 51.765°N 112.788°W / 51.765; -112.788 (Rowley) 76
(1951)[4]
8
(2013)[18]
Royalties Foothills County 50°33′18″N 114°13′52″W / 50.555°N 114.231°W / 50.555; -114.231 (Royalties) 824
(1941)[4]
St. Michael Lamont County 52°49′55″N 112°37′44″W / 52.832°N 112.629°W / 52.832; -112.629 (St. Michael) 342
(1951)[4]
39
(1991)[6]
Seebe Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8 51°05′46″N 115°03′53″W / 51.096°N 115.0648°W / 51.096; -115.0648 (Seebe) 147
(1951)[4]
0
(2016)[8]
Sterco Yellowhead County 53°06′00″N 116°49′41″W / 53.100°N 116.828°W / 53.100; -116.828 (Sterco) 224
(1941)[4]
Taylorville Cardston County 49°01′59″N 113°07′01″W / 49.033°N 113.117°W / 49.033; -113.117 (Taylorville)
Tollerton Yellowhead County 53°32′10″N 116°28′08″W / 53.536°N 116.469°W / 53.536; -116.469 (Tollerton) 180
(1916)[19]
Travers Vulcan County 50°15′07″N 112°32′53″W / 50.252°N 112.548°W / 50.252; -112.548 (Travers) 0
(2007)[9]
Twin River Cardston County
Violet Grove Brazeau County 53°09′47″N 115°02′17″W / 53.163°N 115.038°W / 53.163; -115.038 (Violet Grove) 712
(1956)[10]
141
(2005)[20]
Wardlow Special Area No. 2 50°54′22″N 111°33′04″W / 50.906°N 111.551°W / 50.906; -111.551 (Wardlow) 28
(1991)[6]
Wayne Town of Drumheller 51°22′55″N 112°39′36″W / 51.382°N 112.660°W / 51.382; -112.660 (Wayne) 601
(1941)[4]
Whiskey Gap Cardston County 49°01′59″N 113°01′59″W / 49.033°N 113.033°W / 49.033; -113.033 (Whiskey Gap)
Whitford Lamont County 53°52′01″N 112°13′01″W / 53.867°N 112.217°W / 53.867; -112.217 (Whitford) 6
(1981)[21]
Whitla County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°52′01″N 111°03′00″W / 49.867°N 111.050°W / 49.867; -111.050 (Whitla)
Wimborne Kneehill County 51°51′54″N 113°35′38″W / 51.865°N 113.594°W / 51.865; -113.594 (Wimborne) 90
(1951)[4]
20
(2016)[8]
Windfall Woodlands County 54°11′13″N 116°13′08″W / 54.187°N 116.219°W / 54.187; -116.219 (Windfall) Former gas plant community founded by Canadian Fina Oil Ltd.[22] 101
(1961)[2]
Winnifred County of Forty Mile No. 8 49°54′00″N 111°12′00″W / 49.900°N 111.200°W / 49.900; -111.200 (Winnifred) 80
(1941)[4]
Woolford Cardston County 49°10′59″N 113°07′59″W / 49.183°N 113.133°W / 49.183; -113.133 (Woolford) 13
(1986)[16]
Wostok Lamont County 53°51′00″N 112°28′01″W / 53.850°N 112.467°W / 53.850; -112.467 (Wostok) 15
(1991)[6]
Yates Yellowhead County 53°01′55″N 117°19′37″W / 53.032°N 117.327°W / 53.032; -117.327 (Yates) 301
(1951)[4]

See also[edit]

NB
PE
Canadian Provinces and Territories
Ghost towns in Canada by province or territory

References[edit]

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