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Village of Barnwell
Barnwell is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Municipal District of Taber
 • Village January 1, 1980
 • Land 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
835 m (2,740 ft)
 • Total 978
 • Density 651.4/km2 (1,687/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."


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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.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1981 351 —    
1986 402 +14.5%
1991 492 +22.4%
1996 552 +12.2%
2001 548 −0.7%
2006 613 +11.9%
2011 771 +25.8%
2016 947 +22.8%
Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


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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