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Town of Eckville
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Eckville is located in Alberta
Location in Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 8
Municipal district Lacombe County
 • Village 3 November 1921
 • Town 1 July 1966
 • Land 1.61 km2 (0.62 sq mi)
930 m (3,050 ft)
 • Total 1,014
 • Density 629.5/km2 (1,630/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
T0M 0X0
Area code(s) 1+403
Highways Highway 766
Waterways Medicine River

Eckville is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is west of Red Deer on Highway 766 just north of Highway 11.


Eckville gets its name from A. E. T. Eckford, a pioneer citizen. Eckville relocated to its current location in 1912, after the Canadian Northern Railway completed its local line. The current location on the Canadian Northern Railway was briefly known as Kootuk, but the name Eckville prevailed. Eckville was incorporated as a village in 1921 and became a town in 1966.



Eckville experiences a climate that is borderline between subarctic (Köppen climate classification Dfc) and humid continental (Dfb).


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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Eckville recorded a population of 1,125 living in 443 of its 465 total private dwellings, which represents no change from its 2011 population of 1,125. With a land area of 1.6 km2 (0.62 sq mi), it had a population density of 703.1/km2 (1,821/sq mi) in 2016.


Eckville is home to several festivals and events throughout the year:

  • Eckville Indoor Rodeo
  • Bull-arena
  • Eckville 50s & 60s Dance Jamboree
  • Canada Day celebrations
  • Eckville Winter Carnival
  • Tree-lighting Ceremony


Eckville has two public schools, Eckville Junior/Senior High School and Eckville Elementary. The town is relatively close to Sylvan Lake and many students from Eckville attend schools there. Eckville is also a short drive from Red Deer College.

Eckville Junior/Senior High School attracted national attention in 1984 when history teacher and vice-principal James Keegstra was charged under the Criminal Code of Canada for teaching his students antisemitic material, including Holocaust denial. Keegstra was stripped of his teaching credentials and convicted. His appeals eventually reached the Supreme Court of Canada in 1990, where his conviction was upheld in R v Keegstra. Keegstra was mayor of Eckville at the time, but was defeated in a subsequent election.

Notable people

  • Mellisa Hollingsworth, Olympic medalist in skeleton
  • James Keegstra, former mayor, convicted of hate speech in a landmark Canadian legal case
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