|Town of Blackfalds|
|Municipal district||Lacombe County|
|• Village||June 17, 1904|
|• Town||April 1, 1980|
|• Governing body||Blackfalds Town Council: Laura Svab, Rebecca Stendie, Marina Appel, Edna Coulter, Brenda Dennis, Jim Sands|
|• MP||Blaine Calkins|
|• Land||16.58 km2 (6.40 sq mi)|
|Elevation||880 m (2,890 ft)|
|• Density||631.4/km2 (1,635/sq mi)|
|• Municipal census (2021)||11,105|
|• Estimate (2020)||11,974|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation area|
|Area codes||+1 403, +1 587|
Red Deer River
Blackfalds is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located along Highway 2A 13.5 km north of Red Deer. The town's name, Waghorn (for Walter Waghorn, post master), changed in 1903 to Blackfalds, after Blackfalds, a Scottish hamlet.
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Blackfalds had a population of 10,470 living in 3,780 of its 3,952 total private dwellings, a change of 12.2% from its 2016 population of 9,328. With a land area of 16.58 km2 (6.40 sq mi), it had a population density of 631.5/km2 (1,635.5/sq mi) in 2021.
The population of the Town of Blackfalds according to its 2021 municipal census is 11,015, a change of 9.7% from its 2018 municipal census population of 10,125. At its current population, Blackfalds is one of the largest towns in the province and is eligible for city status. According to Alberta's Municipal Government Act, a town is eligible for city status when it reaches 10,000 residents.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Blackfalds recorded a population of 9,328 living in 3,302 of its 3,552 total private dwellings, a 48.1% change from its 2011 population of 6,300. With a land area of 16.44 km2 (6.35 sq mi), it had a population density of 567.4/km2 (1,469.6/sq mi) in 2016.
The town has many public facilities such as:
The town has three public schools in the Wolf Creek school district and one catholic school in the Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools district:
The Town of Blackfalds is primarily served by regional weekly newspapers and one major daily. As of 2018, the town no longer has a newspaper of their own as the Blackfalds LIFE, which began circulation in August 2014, closed.
Blackfalds has access to rdnewsNOW, and receives the Red Deer Advocate and Lacombe Express.
Blackfalds is served by numerous radio stations from Red Deer and Lacombe, including Kraze 101.3 (CKIK), Real Country 95.5, Zed 99, Sunny 94, Big 105, X 100.7 (CKEX) and 106.7 Rewind Radio.
The Blackfalds Bulldogs, formerly the Calgary Mustangs, of the AJHL will begin play in Blackfalds in 2021.