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Clearwater County
Official seal of Clearwater County
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 9
Established 1985
Incorporated 2000
 • Land 18,605.71 km2 (7,183.70 sq mi)
 • Total 11,865
 • Density 0.6/km2 (2/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)

Clearwater County is a municipal district in west central Alberta, Canada in Division No. 9. Its northwest boundary is the Brazeau River. The municipal office is located in the Town of Rocky Mountain House. The county has a land area of 18,691.65 km2 (7,216.89 sq mi) and comprises close to 99% of Census Division No. 9's land area of 18,921.38 km2 (7,305.59 sq mi). Although the territory excluded is rather small in geographical area, it comprises the major population centre of Rocky Mountain House, which has one-third of Division No. 9's population, in addition to the communities of Caroline, Burnstick Lake and three Indian reserves. The county's 2016 census population was 11,947.

The economy of the county is based on agriculture, oil and gas and forestry, with tourism increasing in importance in recent years.

On July 1, 2000, the name was changed from "Municipal District of Clearwater No. 99" to "Clearwater County".


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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Clearwater County recorded a population of 11,947 living in 4,699 of its 5,486 total private dwellings, a -2.7% change from its 2011 population of 12,278. With a land area of 18,682.45 km2 (7,213.33 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.6/km2 (1.6/sq mi) in 2016.


  • Rocky Mountain House Historic Site in Rocky Mountain House
  • Historic minesite in Nordegg
  • Hiking in the Bighorn Wildland
  • Camping at Burnstick Lake campsite
  • Canoeing on lakes; Rafting and kayaking on Clearwater River and North Saskatchewan River
  • Cross-country skiing, snowmobile trail in the Chambers Creek area
  • Fishing (cutthroat, rainbow, brook and lake trout, whitefish) and hunting

Communities and localities

The following urban municipalities are surrounded by Clearwater County:

The following localities are located within Clearwater County:

Other places

Phoenix, a former coal mining community between Nordegg and Rocky Mountain House, is also located within Clearwater County.

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