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Mountain View County
Municipal district
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Official logo of Mountain View County
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division No. 6
Established March 15, 1944 as M.D. of Mountain View No. 280
Incorporated January 1, 1961 as County of Mountain View No. 17
Name changed January 21, 1998 to Mountain View County
 • Land 3,782.64 km2 (1,460.49 sq mi)
 • Total 13,074
 • Density 3.5/km2 (9/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)

Mountain View County is a municipal district in Division No. 6 in the central Alberta, Canada. Located between the cities of Calgary and Red Deer within the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, its municipal office is located north of the Town of Didsbury. Mountain View County is a member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, and the Municipal Area Partnership.


The first government surveys of the area between Calgary and Edmonton were not made until 1883, around the time when the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived from Eastern Canada in Calgary, then just a small settlement. Just to the east of where the busy Queen Elizabeth II highway runs today, people and goods travelled between Calgary and Fort Edmonton by wagon along the original Calgary and Edmonton Trail. In 1890, the Calgary and Edmonton Railway was chartered, and construction began, with the line reaching the area now comprising the county by the end of that year.

While a handful of squatters had arrived pre-1890, settlement in the area did not begin in earnest until the arrival of the C & E Railway. On July 27, 1891, the first through train made the trip from Calgary to Strathcona, marking the beginning of regular scheduled passenger train service for the next 60 years. The operation of Calgary & Edmonton Railway passed to the Canadian Pacific Railway, which continues to operate the line as its main Calgary-Edmonton connection.

After 1891, homesteaders began to arrive in the region from across Europe and North America, with settlements sprouting up around the fourth (Carstairs), fifth (Didsbury) and sixth (Olds) sidings.

Settlement in the early days was typified by ethnic and usually religious groups living in close-knit communities or colonies. Notable among them were a group of Mennonite families who homesteaded in the Didsbury area from Europe via Ontario around the turn of the 19th century. A large number of German settlers from the American Midwest also settled around Olds; and a group of Norwegian pioneers blazed a trail westward towards Sundre and Bergen.

As the population grew, so did their needs. This led to the formation of local government, though the creation of local Improvement Districts. These were relatively small administrative units, generally no bigger than 72 square miles (190 km2) in size, and were responsible for a number of limited duties including setting local tax rates, and keeping track of necessary local improvements.

In December 1911 the Alberta government brought forward new legislation designed to introduce greater self-government into rural areas of the province. Specifically, the Municipal Act of 1912 encouraged local improvement districts to consolidate with one another to form larger rural municipalities.

Initially the response to the idea of consolidation was unenthusiastic. A majority of rural residents in Mountain View voted against consolidation with other L.I.D.'s in a series of plebiscites held in 1912. Only the Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 310 would be created out of four improvement districts around Olds and Didsbury, making it one of 55 rural municipalities to come into existence province-wide on December 9, 1912. While Mountain View was the first to consolidate, others would soon follow their lead.

The Municipal District of Mountain View No. 49 was formed into the County of Mountain View No. 17 as of January 1, 1961, with William J. Bagnall of Dogpound was selected as the county's first reeve. A municipal councillor prior to the county’s formation, Bagnall would continue to serve as reeve until 1980.

The newly formed county chose Didsbury as the location of its municipal office, and in October 1962, a new administration building was opened to house both the county administration and the school board. This building would serve the county until a new state-of-the-art office was built in 2005, near the Olds-Didsbury Airport along Highway 2A.

On January 21, 1998, the County of Mountain View No. 17 officially changed its name to Mountain View County, as it continues to be known today.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Mountain View County recorded a population of 13,074 living in 5,025 of its 5,666 total private dwellings, a 5.8% change from its 2011 population of 12,359. With a land area of 3,782.64 km2 (1,460.49 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.5/km2 (9.1/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, Mountain View County had a population of 12,359 living in 4,728 of its 5,351 total dwellings, a 0.4% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 12,308. With a land area of 3,779.34 km2 (1,459.21 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.3/km2 (8.5/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of Mountain View County according to its 2007 municipal census is 12,570.

In 2006, Mountain View County had a population of 12,391 living in 5,136 dwellings, a 2.2% increase from 2001. The county has a land area of 3,804.43 km2 (1,468.90 sq mi) and a population density of 3.3/km2 (8.5/sq mi).

In 2001, Mountain View County had a population of 12,134 in 4,851 dwellings, a 7.8% increase from 1996. On a surface of 3,805.06 km² it had a density of 3.2 inhabitants/km².

Communities and localities

Rural neighbourhoods

In 2008, Mountain View County established 20 districts as rural neighbourhoods.

  • Bearberry / Coalcamp
  • Bergen
  • Dogpound
  • Eagle Hill / Westward Ho
  • Elkton / Rugby
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