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Town of Oyen
Oyen is located in Alberta
Location of Oyen in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°21′08″N 110°28′26″W / 51.35222°N 110.47389°W / 51.35222; -110.47389Coordinates: 51°21′08″N 110°28′26″W / 51.35222°N 110.47389°W / 51.35222; -110.47389
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 4
Special Area No. 3
 • Mayor Douglas A. Jones
 • Governing body Oyen Town Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 4.93 km2 (1.90 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 770 m (2,530 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 973
 • Density 197.4/km2 (511/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T0J 2J0
Highways Highway 9
Highway 41
Highway 895
Website Official website

Oyen is a small town in eastern Alberta, close to the Saskatchewan boundary, north of Medicine Hat. The town is located on Highway 41, 4 km (2.5 mi) south of its junction with Highway 9, and is the first major centre within Alberta for travellers entering from nearby Saskatchewan.

Oyen is the service centre for a large but sparsely populated dryland farming area. In the surrounding area wheat, barley, and canola are important crops, and beef cattle are raised.



Oyen experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). Winters are long, cold and dry, while summers are short and warm. Precipitation is low, with an annual average of 322 mm, and is heavily concentrated in the warmer months.


The Town of Oyen's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 1,070,[5] a 10.1% decrease over its 2009 municipal census population of 1,190.[6]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Oyen had a population of 973 living in 383 of its 418 total dwellings, a -4.1% change from its 2006 population of 1,015. With a land area of 4.93 km2 (1.90 sq mi), it had a population density of 197.4/km2 (511.2/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

In 2006, Oyen had a population of 1,015 living in 404 dwellings, a 0.5% decrease from 2001. The town has a land area of 4.93 km2 (1.90 sq mi) and a population density of 205.9/km2 (533/sq mi).[7]


Oyen has a golf course and a local museum. Oyen also contains an arena, curling rink, and outdoor pool. Oyen is also home to the Badlands Badgers baseball academy for high school students.


A major highway rest stop is located north of the town at the junction of Highway 41 and Highway 9. It is developed with a service station, A&W restaurant, a motel and a visitor information centre operated by Travel Alberta. There is Oyen Municipal Airport nearby. Oyen also has a hospital.


Oyen is home to a regional public high school and a small Catholic elementary school. The high school is known as South Central High School (SCHS) with students grade ten to twelve. Oyen Public School (OPS) hosts students from kindergarten to grade nine. Assumption Roman Catholic school has students from kindergarten to grade six.

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  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. July 22, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "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 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Environment Canada[1]. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  5. ^ "2012 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  7. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Oyen – Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-12. 

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