Stettler, Alberta

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Town of Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
Main Street, Stettler
Nickname(s): The Heart of Alberta
Stettler is located in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°19′25″N 112°43′09″W / 52.32361°N 112.71917°W / 52.32361; -112.71917Coordinates: 52°19′25″N 112°43′09″W / 52.32361°N 112.71917°W / 52.32361; -112.71917
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 7
Municipal district County of Stettler No. 6
Founded 1905
 • Mayor Dick Richards
 • Governing body Stettler Town Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 13.12 km2 (5.07 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 820 m (2,690 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 5,748
 • Density 438.2/km2 (1,135/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T0C 2L0 to 2L2
Area code(s) 403, 587
Highways Highway 12
Highway 56
Waterway Redwillow Creek
Website Official website

Stettler is a town in east-central Alberta, Canada within the County of Stettler No. 6. It is located approximately 101 km (63 mi) east of Red Deer at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56. The town is nicknamed "The Heart of Alberta."


Stettler was founded in 1905 and was named after Swiss immigrant Carl Stettler, who also founded a settlement east of the town at Blumenau, as well as being influential in the nearby community of Castor. He also served on the first town council of Stettler as a councillor.

In 1985 the town briefly gained international notoriety when a resident tried to eat his own underwear in attempt to foil a breathalyzer.[4]

Stettler celebrated its centennial in 2005.



Stettler experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).


In the 2011 Census, the Town of Stettler had a population of 5,748 living in 2,350 of its 2,536 total dwellings, a 5.6% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 5,445. With a land area of 13.12 km2 (5.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 438.1/km2 (1,134.7/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

The population of the Town of Stettler according to its 2008 municipal census is 5,843.[8]

In 2006, Stettler had a population of 5,418 living in 2,268 dwellings, a 3.9% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 9.50 km2 (3.67 sq mi) and a population density of 570.1/km2 (1,477/sq mi).[9]

The median household income in 2005 for Stettler was $56,201, which is below the Alberta provincial average of $63,988.[10]


Stettler is also home to Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, a popular attraction delivering rail tours on a line running from Stettler to Big Valley, a 35 km (22 mi), one-hour trip.


The following people have served as mayor of Stettler.

  • Bob Stewart
  • John Brennen
  • Redford Peeples
  • Robin Sloan
  • Gary McKay
  • Keith Ryder
  • James Hunter
  • Dick Richards[11]


The town has three schools in the Clearview Public Schools -(Clearview School Division No. 71):[12]

  • Stettler Elementary School[13]
  • Stettler Middle School[14]
  • William E. Hay Composite High School.[15]

As well as one school in the East Central Catholic School Division

  • Christ King Catholic School

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Town of Stettler. "Council". Retrieved 11 July 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  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. ^ "Undershorts Feast Fails". The Sun (Vancouver). 9 March 1985. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Environment Canada[1]. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Population and Dwelling Counts, for Canada, Provinces and Territories, and Census Divisions, 2001 and 1996 Censuses - 100% Data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  8. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (15 September 2009). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Stettler – Community Profile". Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  10. ^ "Stettler, Alberta – Detailed City Profile". Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Richard Froese (23 September 2009). "Richards acclaimed new mayor". Stettler Independent. Retrieved 15 October 2009. [dead link]
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