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Coaldale
Town
Town of Coaldale
Parrish & Heimbecker elevator along the CPR tracks.
Parrish & Heimbecker elevator along the CPR tracks.
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Coaldale is located in Alberta
Coaldale
Coaldale
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district Lethbridge County
Incorporated  
 • Village December 27, 1919
 • Town January 7, 1952
Area
 (2021)
 • Land 13.58 km2 (5.24 sq mi)
Elevation
863 m (2,831 ft)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total 8,771
 • Density 645.9/km2 (1,673/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
T1M
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. Coaldale became a village in 1919 and then became incorporated as a town in 1952.

Demographics

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The population of the Town of Coaldale according to its 2019 municipal census is 8,691, a change of 15.5% from its 2013 municipal census population of 7,526.

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.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1926 (est.) 200 —    
1931 (est.) 300 +50.0%
1936 255 −15.0%
1941 285 +11.8%
1946 410 +43.9%
1951 806 +96.6%
1956 2,327 +188.7%
1961 2,592 +11.4%
1966 2,541 −2.0%
1971 2,798 +10.1%
1976 3,667 +31.1%
1981 4,651 +26.8%
1986 4,796 +3.1%
1991 5,310 +10.7%
1996 5,731 +7.9%
2001 6,008 +4.8%
2006 6,177 +2.8%
2011 7,493 +21.3%
2016 8,215 +9.6%
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Attractions

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.

Notable people

  • B. B. Janz, Mennonite minister
  • Joy Kogawa, Canadian author
  • Kyle McLaren, NHL hockey player
  • Theo Tams, Canadian Idol winner
  • Rudy Wiebe, Canadian author
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