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Village of Barnwell
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Municipal District of Taber
 • Village January 1, 1980
 • Land 1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
835 m (2,740 ft)
 • Total 947
 • Density 625.6/km2 (1,620/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Highways Highway 3

Barnwell is a village in southern Alberta, Canada. It is located 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Taber and 43 km (27 mi) east of Lethbridge on Highway 3, in the Municipal District of Taber.


In the late 19th century, a boxcar was located on a rail siding in what is now Barnwell. It was used as a telegraph office for local settlers and the railroad, and the area was named Woodpecker. In 1908, the area was renamed Bountiful to correspond to the local school district. A short while later, it was renamed to Barnwell because another community already had the name of Bountiful. The name Barnwell came from William Barnwell, a longtime employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

In the early 1900s the Mormon pioneers, migrating members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, colonized Barnwell as well as other Southern Alberta areas. "By 1911 Latter-day Saints had established eighteen new communities in southern Alberta, and 10,000 Saints, mostly farmers and their families, lived in the area of southwest Alberta alone."


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Barnwell recorded a population of 947 living in 260 of its 266 total private dwellings, a 22.8% change from its 2011 population of 771. With a land area of 1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 627.2/km2 (1,624/sq mi) in 2016.

The population of the Village of Barnwell according to its 2015 municipal census is 960, a 18.2% change from its 2011 municipal census population of 812.

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Barnwell had a population of 771 living in 213 of its 217 total dwellings, a 24.8% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 618. With a land area of 1.49 km2 (0.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 517.4/km2 (1,340/sq mi) in 2011.

In 2006, Barnwell had a population of 613 living in 182 dwellings, an 11.9% increase from 2001. The village has an area of 0.90 km2 (0.35 sq mi) and a population density of 680.5/km2 (1,762/sq mi).


Barnwell is a small community, but it has several attractions. There is a seniors centre, a skate park, a K-9 school, a public library, three parks and a church. Fewer than 5 businesses operate in Barnwell.

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