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Town of Coaldale
Parrish & Heimbecker elevator along the CPR tracks.
Parrish & Heimbecker elevator along the CPR tracks.
Flag of Coaldale
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Lethbridge County
 • Village December 27, 1919
 • Town January 7, 1952
 • Land 7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
863 m (2,831 ft)
 • Total 8,215
 • Density 1,028.5/km2 (2,664/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Highways Highway 3
Highway 845

Coaldale is a town in southern Alberta, Canada, located 11 km (6.8 mi) east of Lethbridge, along the Crowsnest Highway. It was named Coaldale in 1883 to distinguish it from Coal Banks in Lethbridge.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Coaldale recorded a population of 8,215 living in 3,007 of its 3,070 total private dwellings, a 9.6% change from its 2011 population of 7,493. With a land area of 7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,028.2/km2 (2,663/sq mi) in 2016.

The Town of Coaldale's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 7,526, an 8.4% increase over its 2009 municipal census population of 6,943.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Coaldale had a population of 7,493 living in 2,751 of its 2,844 total dwellings, a 21.3% change from its 2006 population of 6,177. With a land area of 7.95 km2 (3.07 sq mi), it had a population density of 942.5/km2 (2,441/sq mi) in 2011.


The main attractions are the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, the Land o' Lakes Golf Course, and the Gem of the West Museum.

Chin Lakes are located 20 minutes east of Coaldale, and offers such recreational services as waterskiing and campfire pits. The Indian Hills Golf Course is another golf course, 9 holes, and is approximately 15 minutes south-west of Coaldale. Across the road is a small campground and a lake, which is commonly regarded as an ideal place for fishing.

McCain Foods has a processing plant in Coaldale, which was opened in 2000.

Stafford Lake is located approximately 10 minutes east of the town.

The Coaldale Copperheads playing out of the Heritage Junior Hockey League call the Sportsplex (The SnakePit) home and have one of the best attended home crowds in the HJHL. They relocated from Lethbridge in 2007.

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