Town of Irricana
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Coordinates: 51°19′08″N 113°36′38″W / 51.31889°N 113.61056°W / 51.31889; -113.61056Coordinates: 51°19′08″N 113°36′38″W / 51.31889°N 113.61056°W / 51.31889; -113.61056
Country Canada
Province Alberta
RegionCalgary Region
Census division6
Municipal districtRocky View County
 • VillageJune 9, 1911
 • TownJune 9, 2005
 • MayorFrank Friesen
 • Governing bodyIrricana Town Council
 • Land3.23 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
935 m (3,068 ft)
 • Total1,216
 • Density376.1/km2 (974/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)403, 587, 825, 368
HighwayHighway 9
WaterwayCrossfield Creek
WebsiteOfficial website

Irricana /ˌɪrɪˈkænə/ is a town in southern Alberta, Canada surrounded by Rocky View County. It is located adjacent to Highway 9, approximately 53 kilometres (33 mi) northeast of Calgary, west of the Drumheller badlands.

The name of the town is an contraction of the words "irrigation canals", which are found around the Irricana area.[4]

Despite the Town being a third level of government, the council under Mayor Frank Friesen has made comments on federal affairs when during a council meeting in 2019 Councillor Debbie Day asked during a formal meeting for someone to shoot the Prime Minister[5][6] during an address from the Federally Appointed Minister Martin Sheilds to the Town Council.


The name dates the town back to the irrigation projects in the area. By 1909, the town had a post office, hotel and store operated by the Irricana Trading Company.[7] Originally incorporated as a village on June 9, 1911, Irricana changed its status to a town 94 years later on June 9, 2005.[8] Irricana celebrated its centennial in 2011.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Irricana recorded a population of 1,216 living in 473 of its 479 total private dwellings, a 4.6% change from its 2011 population of 1,162. With a land area of 3.23 km2 (1.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 376.5/km2 (975.1/sq mi) in 2016.[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Irricana had a population of 1,162 living in 444 of its 480 total dwellings, a −6.5% change from its 2006 population of 1,243. With a land area of 3.18 km2 (1.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 365.4/km2 (946.4/sq mi) in 2011.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Irricana" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 344. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "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.
  4. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 68.
  5. ^ Buryn, Dan. "Town Of Irricana – Councillor Asks For Someone To Shoot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau During MP's Delegation | |". Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  6. ^ Alberta, Government of. "Irricana". Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  7. ^ Read, Tracy (1983). Acres and Empires : a history of the Municipal District of Rocky View no. 44. p. 79.
  8. ^ "Town of Irricana Location and History Profile". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  9. ^ "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.