Town of Penhold
"Honouring The Past, Challenging The Future"
Penhold is located in Alberta
Location of Penhold in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°08′08″N 113°52′22″W / 52.13556°N 113.87278°W / 52.13556; -113.87278
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division8
Municipal districtRed Deer County
 • VillageMay 4, 1904
 • TownSeptember 1, 1980
 • MayorMichael Yargeau
 • Governing bodyPenhold Town Council
 • Land11.2 km2 (4.3 sq mi)
Elevation871 m (2,858 ft)
 • Total3,484
 • Density311/km2 (810/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0M 1R0
HighwayHighway 2A
Highway 42
WaterwayRed Deer River
WebsiteOfficial website

Penhold is a town in central Alberta, Canada. Penhold is surrounded by Red Deer County, 16 km (9.9 mi) south of Red Deer at the junction of Highway 2A and Highway 42. It is located 128 kilometres (80 mi) north of Calgary, east of the Red Deer River.


Originally, Penhold was one of the many whistle stops along the Canadian Pacific Railway. It incorporated as the Village of Penhold in 1904.

In 1981, the Village of Penhold incorporated as a town as a result of large population growth in the late 1970s.

RCAF Penhold

During the second world war a Royal Canadian Air Force Station was established near the community. The station was closed in 1994.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Penhold had a population of 3,484 living in 1,325 of its 1,396 total private dwellings, a change of 6% from its 2016 population of 3,287. With a land area of 11.2 km2 (4.3 sq mi), it had a population density of 311.1/km2 (805.7/sq mi) in 2021.[3]

The population of the Town of Penhold according to its 2019 municipal census is 3,563,[6] a change of 25.4% from its 2014 municipal census population of 2,842.[7]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Penhold recorded a population of 3,277 living in 1,235 of its 1,300 total private dwellings, a 38% change from its 2011 population of 2,375. With a land area of 5.29 km2 (2.04 sq mi), it had a population density of 619.5/km2 (1,604.4/sq mi) in 2016.[8]


Penhold Museum
Penhold Museum

Attractions in Penhold include a museum, a recreation centre with an indoor arena, a baseball diamond, library, a splash park, a campground, an outdoor ice rink, and a skate park/pump track. Two more ball diamonds, walking trails, and 2 soccer fields are in development.


The town is home to three public schools of the Chinook's Edge School Division: Jessie Duncan (Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 3), Penhold Elementary (Grade 4–6), and Penhold Crossing Secondary (Grade 7–12).[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Penhold" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 470. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs: Municipal Officials Search
  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 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  6. ^ "Request for Decision: Municipal Census - Census" (PDF). Town of Penhold. July 15, 2019. p. 29. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  7. ^ 2016 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. ISBN 978-1-4601-3127-5. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Homepage | Chinook's Edge School Division". Retrieved 2020-07-11.

Coordinates: 52°08′N 113°52′W / 52.133°N 113.867°W / 52.133; -113.867 (Penhold)