Olds, Alberta

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Town of Olds
Main Street Olds
Main Street Olds
Olds is located in Alberta
Location of Olds in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°47′34″N 114°06′24″W / 51.79278°N 114.10667°W / 51.79278; -114.10667Coordinates: 51°47′34″N 114°06′24″W / 51.79278°N 114.10667°W / 51.79278; -114.10667
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 6
Municipal district Mountain View County
 • Mayor Judy Dahl
 • Governing body Olds Town Council
 • MP Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer—Mountain View-Cons)
 • MLA Nathan Cooper (Canadian politician) (Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills-Wildrose)
Area (2011)[1]
 • Total 14.87 km2 (5.74 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 1,041 m (3,415 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 8,235
 • Density 553.8/km2 (1,434/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) -1+403, -1+587
Highways Highway 2A
Highway 27
Website Official website

Olds is a town in central Alberta, Canada, within Mountain View County. It is located 61 km (38 mi) south of Red Deer, the nearest city, and 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Calgary. The nearest towns are Didsbury to the south, Bowden to the north, Sundre to the west and Three Hills to the east.

The town is located at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 2A, 5 km (3.1 mi) west of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The Canadian Pacific Railway's main Edmonton–Calgary line runs through the town.

Olds is home to a big box retail development that opened in 2008. It features a Walmart, Canadian Tire and other major retailers. Olds is also home to Olds College, which is noted for its agricultural and fashion retail programs.[3] As of 2012 Olds College also boast a significant Land Use Planning and Land Agent Program through their School of Environment and has gained accreditation from the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians.




The population of the Town of Olds according to its 2014 municipal census is 8,617, a 1.2% change from its 2013 municipal census population of 8,511.[5]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Olds had a population of 8,235 living in 3,400 of its 3,702 total dwellings, a 13.5% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 7,253. With a land area of 14.87 km2 (5.74 sq mi), it had a population density of 553.8/km2 (1,434.3/sq mi) in 2011.[1]


Olds is home to 4 schools; École Olds Elementary School, École Deer Meadow School, Olds High School and Holy Trinity Catholic School, as well as Olds College, all of which have excellent educational programs. All schools in this area are part of the Chinooks Edge School Division

ÉOES is an elementary school containing grades k (kindergarten) - 4. The school contains a small gymnasium with a rock climbing wall. The gym doubles as the gymnastics center for the gymnastics club.

ÉDMS is a junior high school containing grades 5 - 8. There is a slightly larger gym as well as a music room for the students beginning in the band programs.

OHS is a junior/senior high school containing grades 9 - 12. The school is home to a huge gymnasium and fitness center, fine arts theater and is part of the Olds College Campus. The school has a verity of educational programs such as sports, band, shop, drama and one of only two schools in Alberta to have a stained glass program.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Olds is home to many sports team such as the Olds Grizzlys AJHL Hockey Team, Located at the Olds Sports Complex. Olds College Broncos part of the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, Olds Rapids Swim Club Located at the Olds Aquatic Centre. And many sporting events such as the Hay City Slam Skate Comp held every summer at the Olds Skate Park.

Home to 2 golf courses: Olds Central Highlands 23 hole course, 3 miles east of Olds off Hwy 27 as well as the brand new 9 Hole Trail Creek Golf course located 7 km west of Olds off Hwy 27 that opened in July 2015

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See Also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "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 9 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Olds College
  4. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1981–2010, accessed 9 November 2014
  5. ^ Joseph Ho (5 August 2014). "Slight growth in Olds according to town census numbers". Olds Albertan (Great West Newspapers LP). Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

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