Mirror, Alberta

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Mirror, Alberta is located in Alberta
Mirror, Alberta
Location of Mirror in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°28′00″N 113°06′14″W / 52.46667°N 113.10389°W / 52.46667; -113.10389Coordinates: 52°28′00″N 113°06′14″W / 52.46667°N 113.10389°W / 52.46667; -113.10389
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Census divisionNo. 8
Municipal districtLacombe County
 • Total2.34 km2 (0.90 sq mi)
 • Total502
 • Density210/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)

Mirror is a hamlet in Lacombe County, Central Alberta, Canada.[2] It is located at the junction of Highway 50 and Highway 21; approximately 42 km (26 mi) east of Lacombe and 52.2 km (32.47mi) northeast of Red Deer[3][circular reference].

Founded in 1870, Mirror was incorporated as a village on July 12, 1912 and remained a village until January 1st, 2004, when it was dissolved to become a hamlet under the jurisdiction of Lacombe County.[4]


As a designated place in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Mirror recorded a population of 502 living in 240 of its 261 total private dwellings, a change of 7.3% from its 2011 population of 468. With a land area of 2.3 km2 (0.89 sq mi), it had a population density of 218.3/km2 (565.3/sq mi) in 2016.[5]

As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Mirror had a population of 468 living in 225 of its 256 total dwellings, a -2.7% change from its 2006 population of 481. With a land area of 2.34 km2 (0.90 sq mi), it had a population density of 200.0/km2 (518.0/sq mi) in 2011.[1]


Pre-Railway Era[edit]

The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1911[6] built a branch line from the Southern Alberta to connect Edmonton and Calgary, running their railroad through Tofield,[7][circular reference] down to Camrose[8][circular reference], West of Buffalo Lake[9][circular reference], across the Red Deer River, towards Trochu[10][circular reference], Three Hills[11][circular reference], Beiseker[12][circular reference], and Southwest Calgary.[13]The railway was also expected to pass through the Lamerton trading post[14]. However, they ran into difficulty when they were trying to purchase the land and they constructed their divisional point 2 miles to the South. This resulted in the Village of Mirror being established. The construction of the railway in Mirror caused Lamerton to be quickly abandoned with its residents and many of its buildings being moved to Mirror.[14]

Arrival of the Railway[edit]

In 1912, many buildings were moved into the new townsite, which included a post office, hardware store, drug store, lumber yard, restaurant, as well as the Imperial Hotel. There were also two livery stables, two pool halls, and two banks opened for business as well. The Bank of Commerce from Lamerton and the Bank of Toronto opened in Mirror.

Dr. Meyers was the village doctor, followed by Dr. McLennan who practiced medicine in Mirror for years. Dr. Chown was the last doctor and served the community for 30 years. As well as the newspaper, The Mirror Journal, owned by C. Good, was printed for a time.[15]

Mirror was known as the railway town, which employed a large number of railway employees. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway became a part of the Canadian National Railway in 1920. Since then the line running through Mirror has been operated by CN.

The Anglican, United and the Catholic Church served the religious needs of the village for many years. Originally, Catholic services were held in local homes; The Anglican Church built in 1895 preceded Mirror, and the United church was the Methodist church from Lamerton.


With the introduction and the increasing popularity of diesel powered engines a divisional point in between Edmonton and Calgary was no longer necessary, rendering the facilities at Mirror obsolete. The roundhouse was eventually closed and leveled. All the bustle and activity that marked the village for so many decades, slowly died out as the majority of railway personnel were either transferred to other areas or retired.[16] As the railroaders left, the local economy declined as well eventually leading to Mirror being demoted to a Hamlet in 2004.


  • Buffalo Lake is located 22 km east.
  • The Narrows Provincial Recreation Area[17] is 10.2 km away from Mirror.

Name Origin[edit]

Mirror was named after a British national tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror of London, England.


  1. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ "Red Deer". Red Deer, AB. July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Lacombe County Municipal Profile". Retrieved 2010-02-10.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company".
  7. ^ "Town of Tofield".
  8. ^ "Camrose".
  9. ^ "Buffalo Lake".
  10. ^ "Trochu".
  11. ^ "Three Hills".
  12. ^ "Beiseker".
  13. ^ Land of the Lakes. Lamerton Historical Society. 1974. p. 421.
  14. ^ a b Land of the Lakes. Lamerton Historical Society. 1974. p. 70.
  15. ^ Land of the Lakes. Lamerton Historical Society. 1974. p. 422.
  16. ^ Land of the Lakes. Lamerton Historical Society. 1974. p. 422.
  17. ^ "The Narrows".