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Town of Mundare
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 10
Municipal district Lamont County
 • Village March 6, 1907
 • Town January 4, 1951
 • Land 4.21 km2 (1.63 sq mi)
678 m (2,224 ft)
 • Total 852
 • Density 202.1/km2 (523/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code(s) -1+780
Highways Highway 16
Highway 15
Highway 855
Waterway Beaverhill Lake

Mundare is a small town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located 70 km (43 mi) east of Edmonton and 24 km (15 mi) west of Vegreville, at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 855, 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the Yellowhead Highway. The Canadian National Railway tracks run through the town.

Beaverhill Lake lies southwest of the town, and Elk Island National Park is located 30 km (19 mi) west of Mundare.


Street scene, Mundare, Alberta (HS85-10-23667)-cr
Two Ukrainian women on the street in Mundare, 1911

Mundare was named after William Mundare, a railway station agent. In July 2007, the town marked its 100th anniversary with a three-day celebration.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Mundare recorded a population of 852 living in 359 of its 390 total private dwellings, a -0.4% change from its 2011 population of 855. With a land area of 4.21 km2 (1.63 sq mi), it had a population density of 202.4/km2 (524/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Mundare had a population of 855 living in 349 of its 387 total dwellings, a 20.1% change from its 2006 population of 712. With a land area of 4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi), it had a population density of 203.6/km2 (527/sq mi) in 2011.

The population of the Town of Mundare according to its 2009 municipal census is 823.


Giant kovbasa in Mundare

Mundare is host to The Basilian Father's Museum that presents the history of the Ukrainian settlement and Basilian Fathers Mission in east-central Alberta. It holds a unique collection of 16th and 17th century liturgical books from Ukraine. The museum is off of the highway 855 that borders the eastern part of town and is across from the "Grotto" called the "Golgotha of Mundare", an elegant garden and shrine that was built by the Basilian Fathers in 1934.

It is also home of the world's largest garlic sausage (kielbasa or kovbasa), which cost about $120,000 to build and erect.

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