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Town of Mayerthorpe
Highway 43 entrance to Mayerthorpe from the south.
Highway 43 entrance to Mayerthorpe from the south.
Mayerthorpe is located in Alberta
Location of Mayerthorpe in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°57′01″N 115°08′01″W / 53.95028°N 115.13361°W / 53.95028; -115.13361Coordinates: 53°57′01″N 115°08′01″W / 53.95028°N 115.13361°W / 53.95028; -115.13361
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 13
Municipal district Lac Ste. Anne County
 • Village March 5, 1927
 • Town March 20, 1961
 • Mayor Kate Patrick
 • Governing body Mayerthorpe Town Council
Area (2011)[3]
 • Total 4.78 km2 (1.85 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 712 m (2,336 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 1,398
 • Density 292.7/km2 (758/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) -1+780
Highways Highway 22
Highway 43
Waterway Paddle River
Website Official website

Mayerthorpe is a town in central Alberta, Canada, located approximately 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Edmonton at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail). The town is surrounded by Lac Ste. Anne County and is located within Alberta's Census Division No. 13.


Mayerthorpe incorporated as a village on March 5, 1927.[1] It then incorporated as a town just over 34 years later on March 20, 1961.[1]

On March 3, 2005, four officers serving with the Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt detachments of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were killed in the Mayerthorpe tragedy.

On July 29, 2008, the Mayerthorpe Arena was destroyed by a fire. In 2011, after three years of planning and fundraising, the new arena, now called the Mayerthorpe Exhibition Centre, was officially opened.[citation needed]

In 2016, a string of suspicious fires in the area resulted in the destruction of a CN trestle bridge.[5] The bridge was rebuilt shortly thereafter, in about twenty days.[6]


In the 2011 Census, the Town of Mayerthorpe had a population of 1,398 living in 589 of its 629 total dwellings, a -5.2% change from its 2006 population of 1,474. With a land area of 4.78 km2 (1.85 sq mi), it had a population density of 292.5/km2 (757.5/sq mi) in 2011.[3]

In 2006, Mayerthorpe had a population of 1,474 living in 636 dwellings, a 6.1% decrease from 2001. The town has a land area of 4.78 km2 (1.85 sq mi) and a population density of 308.6/km2 (799/sq mi).[7]


The local weekly newspaper serving Mayerthorpe and area is the Mayerthorpe Freelancer.[8]


The Whitecourt Wild Senior "AA" ice hockey team was added to the North Central Hockey League in 2013. The team plays in the Mayerthorpe Exhibition Centre.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c "Location and History Profile: Town of Mayerthorpe" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 386. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  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. ^ Andrea Ross, "Former Mayerthorpe mayor defends son accused of arson in CN fire," CBC News May 1, 2016, URL accessed May 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "Mayerthorpe's CN trestle bridge rebuilt after major fire". CBC News. May 17, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Mayerthorpe - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Mayerthorpe Freelancer". Sun Media Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Ann (September 10, 2013). "North Central Hockey League comes to Whitecourt". Whitecourt Star. 

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