Town of Sundre
Main Street in Sundre
Main Street in Sundre
Official logo of Sundre
Sundre is located in Alberta
Location of Sundre in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°47′50″N 114°38′26″W / 51.79722°N 114.64056°W / 51.79722; -114.64056
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division6
Municipal districtMountain View County
 • VillageDecember 31, 1949
 • TownJanuary 1, 1956
 • MayorRichard Warnock
 • Governing bodySundre Town Council
 • MPBlake Richards (Conservative)
 • MLAJason Nixon (United Conservative Party)
 • Land10.84 km2 (4.19 sq mi)
Elevation1,093 m (3,586 ft)
 • Total2,672
 • Density246.4/km2 (638/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code
Area code(s)+1-403, +1-587
HighwaysCowboy Trail
Highway 27
WaterwayRed Deer River
WebsiteOfficial website

Sundre /ˈsʌndri/ is a town in central Alberta, Canada that is surrounded by Mountain View County. It is approximately 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Calgary on the Cowboy Trail in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.

Sundre takes its name from a town in Norway, the original home of Nels T. Hagen, the town's first postmaster.


Sundre's first postmaster, Nels T. Hagen, arrived in 1906. Sundre incorporated as a village in 1950 and then as a town in 1956.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Sundre had a population of 2,672 living in 1,187 of its 1,270 total private dwellings, a change of -2.1% from its 2016 population of 2,729. With a land area of 10.84 km2 (4.19 sq mi), it had a population density of 246.5/km2 (638.4/sq mi) in 2021.[2]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Sundre recorded a population of 2,729 living in 1,188 of its 1,256 total private dwellings, a 4.6% change from its 2011 population of 2,610. With a land area of 11.11 km2 (4.29 sq mi), it had a population density of 245.6/km2 (636.2/sq mi) in 2016.[5]

The Town of Sundre's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 2,695.[6]


Main industries in the area are petroleum production, forestry, agriculture, and ranching. The combined service, hospitality and tourism sector constitutes a major employment base within the community, as well. With two public schools, a public hospital, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, three municipalities in close proximity (Town of Sundre, Mountain View County, and Clearwater County), the public sector also represents a substantial employment area.[7]

Arts and culture

Cultural venues within Sundre include the Sundre Municipal Library[8] and the Sundre & District Pioneer Village Museum, which features "Chester Mjolsness' World of Wildlife" natural history exhibit of 150 taxidermy animals from across the world.[9] The Sundre Arts Development Centre is also a prominent cultural venue located with Sundre; the building is operated by the non-profit Sundre Allied Arts Society, as a venue to host live music, theatre productions, dance, and other performing arts.[10]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Sundre" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 618. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  3. ^ "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 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  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. ^ Dan Singleton (2012-07-10). "Town census finds 85 more residents". Sundre Round Up. Great West Newspapers LP. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  7. ^ Alberta, Town of Sundre. "Local Data & Business Intelligence". Retrieved 2023-08-02.
  8. ^ "Sundre Municipal Library". Sundre Municipal Library. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  9. ^ "Welcome to the Sundre & District Pioneer Village Museum!". Sundre & District Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  10. ^ "SDAAS | Home". SUNDRE ARTS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE. Retrieved 2023-08-02.