Blackfalds
Town
Town of Blackfalds
Blackfalds is located in Alberta
Blackfalds
Blackfalds
Location of Blackfalds in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°22′33″N 113°47′35″W / 52.37583°N 113.79306°W / 52.37583; -113.79306
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division8
Municipal districtLacombe County
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageJune 17, 1904
 • TownApril 1, 1980
Government
 • MayorJamie Hoover
 • Governing bodyBlackfalds Town Council: Rebecca Stendie, Laura Svab, Marina Appel, Edna Coulter, Benda Dennis, Jim Sands, Houston Goertz
 • MPBlaine Calkins
Area
 (2021)[3]
 • Land16.58 km2 (6.40 sq mi)
Elevation880 m (2,890 ft)
Population
 (2021)[3][7]
 • Total10,470
 • Density631.4/km2 (1,635/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2021)
11,105[5]
 • Estimate (2020)
11,974[6]
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
Area codes+1 403, +1 587
HighwayHighway 2A
WaterwaysBlindman River
Red Deer River
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[8]

Demographics

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.[3]

The population of the Town of Blackfalds according to its 2021 municipal census is 11,015,[5] a change of 9.7% from its 2018 municipal census population of 10,125.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Amenities

The town has many public facilities such as:

Education

The town has three public schools in the Wolf Creek school district and one catholic school in the Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools district:[12]

Media

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,[13] closed.

Blackfalds 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 (CKRI) and 106.7 Rewind Radio.[14]

Sports

The Blackfalds Bulldogs, formerly the Calgary Mustangs, of the AJHL will begin play in Blackfalds in 2021.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Blackfalds" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. June 17, 2016. p. 64. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Meet Your Town Council". Town of Blackfalds. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "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). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "2021 Census". Town of Blackfalds. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  6. ^ "Census Subdivision (Municipal) Population Estimates, July 1, 2016 to 2020, Alberta". Alberta Municipal Affairs. March 23, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Hamilton, William (1978). The Macmillan Book of Canadian Place Names. Toronto: Macmillan. p. 21. ISBN 0-7715-9754-1.
  9. ^ "2018 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. December 2018. ISBN 978-1-4601-4254-7. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Municipal Government Act". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "School Listings by Location". Wolf Creek Public Schools. Archived from the original on September 18, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Growing with Blackfalds". Blackfalds LIFE. August 22, 2014. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  14. ^ Radio stations in Blackfalds: KRAZE 101.3 (CKIK) CKGY (KG Country) Zed 99 Archived August 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Sunny 94 Big 105.5 The River 100.7 The Drive Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 52°23′N 113°48′W / 52.383°N 113.800°W / 52.383; -113.800 (Blackfalds)