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Drayton Valley is located in Alberta
Drayton Valley
Drayton Valley
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 11
Municipal district Brazeau County
 • Village January 1, 1956
 • New town June 1, 1956
 • Town February 1, 1957
 • Land 30.9 km2 (11.9 sq mi)
869 m (2,851 ft)
 • Total 7,291
 • Density 236/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
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Area code(s) +1-780, +1-587
Highways Highway 22
Waterways North Saskatchewan River

Drayton Valley is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located on Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail), approximately 133 kilometres (83 mi) southwest of Edmonton. It is surrounded by Brazeau County, known for its vast oil fields. The town is located between the North Saskatchewan River and the Pembina River.

The town was named after Drayton, Hampshire, the birthplace of the wife of one of the Alberta town's postmasters.


Drayton Valley is known for oil production

Prior to the 1953 oil boom, the community of Drayton Valley was sparsely populated. The main economic activities were farming and logging. Drayton Valley was incorporated as a village in 1956 and officially became a town in 1957. In 1955 a ferry was built to cross the North Saskatchewan River. The original bridge that replaced the ferry was eventually replaced by a new bridge in 2014.


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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Drayton Valley recorded a population of 7,235 living in 2,782 of its 3,116 total private dwellings, a 1.6% change from its 2011 population of 7,118. With a land area of 30.72 km2 (11.86 sq mi), it had a population density of 235.5/km2 (610/sq mi) in 2016.


Drayton Valley's Omniplex is a community sports centre that hosts ice hockey, ringette, curling, soccer, baseball and rodeo. The town also has a public swimming pool, a ski hill and the Drayton Valley Golf and Country Club.


Oil and gas is the primary driver of Drayton Valley's economy. Agriculture and forestry also play roles in the local economy. A sawmill is located in the town.


Drayton Valley is the home of the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Drayton Valley is also home to the annual DV100 bicycle race.


Drayton Valley has six public schools, two Catholic schools, and one outreach school. The public schools and outreach school are operated by the Wild Rose School Division while the Catholic schools are operated by the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division.

Wild Rose School Division
  • Aurora Elementary School
  • Drayton Christian School
  • Evergreen Elementary School
  • Frank Maddock High School
  • Frank Maddock Outreach School
  • H.W. Pickup Junior High School
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division
  • St. Anthony School
  • Holy Trinity Academy

Notable people

  • Diana Janet McQueen, Canadian politician, Progressive Conservative MLA (2008-2015)
  • Dave Hakstol, NHL Head Coach for the Seattle Kraken
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