Three Hills

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Three Hills
Town of Three Hills
Three Hills is located in Alberta
Three Hills
Three Hills
Location of Three Hills in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°42′26″N 113°15′53″W / 51.70722°N 113.26472°W / 51.70722; -113.26472Coordinates: 51°42′26″N 113°15′53″W / 51.70722°N 113.26472°W / 51.70722; -113.26472
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 5
Municipal district Kneehill County
Incorporated 1912 (village)
 • Mayor Timothy J. Shearlaw
 • Governing body Three Hills Town Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 896 m (2,940 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 3,198
 • Density 567.8/km2 (1,471/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Highways Highway 21
Highway 583
Waterway Threehills Creek
Website Official website

Three Hills is a town located in the southern part of the province of Alberta, Canada. It takes its name from the three highly visible hills that are situated to its north.


Three Hills was incorporated as a village in 1912, the year it was moved to its current location on the Canadian Northern Railway. With ranchers and farmers constituting its first residents, it soon became a centre for the surrounding wheat-growing area.

In 1922, the Prairie Bible Institute[4] was established in Three Hills with L.E. Maxwell as its founding principal. This occurrence helped to increase the population of the town proper and its adjacent settlements. By the mid 1980s, the 130-acre (0.53 km2) Bible College campus and the nearby hamlets of Grantville[5][6] and Ruarkville[7][8] were annexed to the town.

Although a relatively small community, Three Hills had the distinction of hosting the Alberta Seniors Games in the summer of 1998.[9] The town was chosen to host this event because of its ability to utilize large and well equipped facilities at the college. This included the opening and closing ceremonies which took place in the 4,300 seat Maxwell Memorial Tabernacle, located on the Bible College campus.

The Maxwell Tabernacle was Canada's largest religious auditorium before it was demolished in 2005. It operated from 1954 to 2005 as a local church, concert hall, and graduation auditorium for Prairie Bible Institute and Three Hills School high school classes.

Because of development regarding the nearby methane fields, the food and lodging industries in Three Hills have grown considerably over the past few years.


The Town of Three Hills' 2012 municipal census counted a population of 3,230,[10] a 2.8% decrease from its 2008 municipal census population of 3,322.[11]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Three Hills had a population of 3,198 living in 1,178 of its 1,257 total dwellings, a 3.5% change from its 2006 population of 3,089. With a land area of 5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi), it had a population density of 568.0/km2 (1,471.2/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

In 2006, Three Hills had a population of 3,089 living in 1,184 dwellings, a 6.4% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi) and a population density of 548.4/km2 (1,420/sq mi).[12]


  • The Capital – weekly newspaper[13]

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  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 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. ^ Prairie Bible College
  5. ^ "The Alberta Gazette (Town of Three Hills: Order No. 16267)" (PDF). Local Authorities Board. 1983-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  6. ^ "O.C. 483/83" (PDF). Province of Alberta. 1983-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  7. ^ "The Alberta Gazette (Town of Three Hills: Order No. 17120)" (PDF). Local Authorities Board. 1985-01-31. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  8. ^ "O.C. 942/84" (PDF). Province of Alberta. 1985-01-31. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  9. ^ Alberta Games Website
  10. ^ "Cindy Amos visits Three Hills Town Council". Three Hills Capital. Three Hills Capital. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  12. ^ Statistics Canada. "Canada 2006 Census: Three Hills - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  13. ^ The Capital
  14. ^ Massey, Pat. "Wonders never cease interview". Retrieved 2006-10-19. 

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