Rosebud, Alberta

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Rosebud, Alberta is a hamlet in southern Alberta, Canada within Wheatland County.[1] Previously an incorporated municipality, Rosebud dissolved from village status on January 1, 1946 to become part of the Municipal District of Grasswold No. 248.[2]

Rosebud is located on Highway 840, approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) northeast of Calgary and 25 kilometres (16 mi) southwest of Drumheller. It sits in a sheltered valley on the Rosebud River near the edge of the Canadian Badlands. This area was called Akokiniskway by the Blackfoot people, which translates roughly to "by the river of many roses".


The hamlet was founded in the 1885 by James Wishart. While following the Gleichen Trail to Montana with his family, they awoke to the river valley covered by wild roses, Alberta's official flower. Wishart then reportedly said, "Here's the promised land, we go no further."[3]

The beauty of the valley has attracted many people throughout the years, from nature lovers to artists. Notable artists A. Y. Jackson and H. G. Glyde, members of the Group of Seven, spent a summer in 1944 painting in the area.[4]

Over the years, farming and coal mining have been the primary industries. In 1972 the Severn Creek School was shut down as part of an Alberta wide education consolidating process and local children were bused to Standard and Drumheller. This resulted in many of the local businesses being closed and the hamlet population dropped to under a dozen people. However, the farming community of around 400 still supported three elevators and a seed cleaning plant.

Easter 1973, a group of young adults from Calgary brought about 40 teenagers out and camped in the then empty mercantile. This pilot event evolved into a summer camp initially funded by a grant from the Alberta government and then supported as Rosebud Camp of the Arts by Crescent Heights Baptist Church in Calgary. In 1977 a high school was founded using the old buildings of the town as classrooms and emphasizing practical, visual, music and the performing arts in its curriculum. In the 1980s, Rosebud School of the Arts began to run theatre, which eventually developed into Rosebud Theatre and the school shifted its emphasis to post-secondary education.


As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Rosebud had a population of 88 living in 29 of its 37 total dwellings, a -19.3% change from its 2006 population of 109. With a land area of 0.27 km2 (0.10 sq mi), it had a population density of 326/km2 (844/sq mi) in 2011.[5]


Currently the primary industries within the hamlet are tourism and the arts, with Rosebud Theatre drawing an estimated 40,000 visitors to the hamlet annually.[6] The theatre grew out of church outreach programme for Calgary youth.[7][8] Agriculture along with oil and gas production are significant industries in the surrounding area.

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  1. ^ "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 1, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Table 6a: Population by census divisions and subdivisions showing reorganization of rural areas, 1931-1946". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. p. 420. 
  3. ^ Hymas, Kay: Akokiniskway, by the river of many roses, page 39. Rosebud Historical Society. 1983.
  4. ^ Akokiniskway, by the river of many roses, page 33. Rosebud Historical Society. 1983.
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Cultural Beacon Shines Bright in Rosebud". Rosebud Theatre Press Release. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Bentall, Shirley (1975). Buckboard to brotherhood : the Baptist churches in Calgary. Calgary, Alberta: Century Calgary Publications. p. 112. 
  8. ^ "A Brief History". Rosebud School of the Arts. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  • Hymas, Kay: Akokiniskway, by the river of many roses, page 39. Rosebud Historical Society. 1983.
  • Akokiniskway, by the river of many roses, page 33. Rosebud Historical Society. 1983.

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Coordinates: 51°17′59″N 112°57′04″W / 51.29972°N 112.95111°W / 51.29972; -112.95111 (Rosebud)