Town of Mundare
Mundare is located in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°35′28″N 112°20′11″W / 53.59111°N 112.33639°W / 53.59111; -112.33639
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division10
Municipal districtLamont County
 • VillageMarch 6, 1907
 • TownJanuary 4, 1951
 • MayorCheryl Calinou
 • Governing bodyMundare Town Council
 • Land4.12 km2 (1.59 sq mi)
Elevation678 m (2,224 ft)
 • Total689
 • Density167.3/km2 (433/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code-1+780
HighwaysHighway 16
Highway 15
Highway 855
WaterwayBeaverhill Lake
WebsiteOfficial website

Mundare is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is approximately 70 km (43 mi) east of Edmonton at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 855, 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the Yellowhead Highway. The Canadian National Railway tracks run through the town.

Beaverhill Lake lies southwest of the town, and Elk Island National Park is located 30 km (19 mi) west of Mundare.


Two Ukrainian women on a street in Mundare, 1911

Mundare was named after William Mundare, a railway station agent. In July 2007, the town marked its 100th anniversary with a three-day celebration.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Mundare had a population of 689 living in 301 of its 352 total private dwellings, a change of -19.1% from its 2016 population of 852. With a land area of 4.12 km2 (1.59 sq mi), it had a population density of 167.2/km2 (433.1/sq mi) in 2021.[3]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Mundare recorded a population of 852 living in 359 of its 390 total private dwellings, a -0.4% change from its 2011 population of 855. With a land area of 4.21 km2 (1.63 sq mi), it had a population density of 202.4/km2 (524.1/sq mi) in 2016.[5]


Giant kovbasa in Mundare

Mundare is host to The Basilian Fathers' Museum that presents the history of the Ukrainian settlement and Basilian Fathers' Mission in east-central Alberta. It holds a unique collection of 16th and 17th century liturgical books from Ukraine. The museum is off of the highway 855 that borders the eastern part of town and is across from the "Grotto" called the "Golgotha of Mundare", an elegant garden and shrine that was built by the Basilian Fathers in 1934.

It is also home of the world's largest garlic sausage (kielbasa or kovbasa), which cost about $120,000 to build and erect.[6]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Mundare" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 421. 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: 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). Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Big Things. Mundare giant Kielbasa