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Town of Olds
Main Street Olds
Main Street Olds
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 6
Municipal district Mountain View County
 • Village May 26, 1896
 • Town July 1, 1905
Area (2016)
 • Land 14.93 km2 (5.76 sq mi)
Elevation 1,041 m (3,415 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 9,184
 • Density 615.3/km2 (1,594/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) -1+403, -1+587
Highways Highway 2A
Highway 27

Olds (/ōlds/) is a town in the Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated in central Alberta within Mountain View County; located 61 km (38 mi) south of the nearest city, Red Deer and 90 km (56 mi) north of Calgary. The nearest towns are Didsbury to the south, Bowden to the north, Sundre to the west and Three Hills to the east. The town meets in an intersection between Highway 27 and Highway 2A, 5 km (3.1 mi) west of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The Canadian Pacific Railway's main Edmonton–Calgary line runs through the town.

Olds is home to a big box retail development that opened in 2008. It features a Walmart, Canadian Tire and other major retailers.

Olds is also home to Olds College, which is noted for its agricultural and fashion retail programs. As of 2012 Olds College also boast a significant Land Use Planning and Land Agent Program through their School of Environment and has gained accreditation from the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians.


Olds lies within the Grasslands Natural Region of Alberta. Downtown Olds is about 1,041 m (3,415 ft) above sea level. In 2011, the town covered a land area of 14.87 km2 (5.74 sq mi).


Olds has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) and falls into the NRC Plant Hardiness Zone 4b. The average temperature is around 11.5 °C (52.7 °F) in late July to -10.1 °C (15.2 °F) in mid-January.

Winters are cold with temperatures often dropping to or below −30 °C (−22 °F). These are broken up from the dry chinook winds from the mountains.

Summers can be fairly hot with temperatures reaching up to 30 °C (86 °F).

Flora and fauna

Olds has a various species living in and around it including poplar trees and various wild grasses. Olds is an agriculture based town, so a large portion of the flora grown are crops of canola (Brassica juncea subsp. juncea) and barley (Hordeum vulgare).

The majority of fauna consists of livestock like cattle, and poultry. Almost all of the surrounding farms own several horses and/or donkeys.

Residential areas and neighbourhoods

The town of Olds is surrounded by residential neighbourhoods that offer a variety of house styles, from upperclass to lower-class and anything in-between. There are several mobile home parks throughout the town.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Olds recorded a population of 9,184 living in 3,698 of its 3,942 total private dwellings, a change of 11.5% from its 2011 population of 8,235. With a land area of 14.93 km2 (5.76 sq mi), it had a population density of 615.1/km2 (1,593/sq mi) in 2016.

The population of the Town of Olds according to its 2014 municipal census is 8,617, a change of 1.2% from its 2013 municipal census population of 8,511.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Olds had a population of 8,235 living in 3,400 of its 3,702 total dwellings, a change of 13.5% from its 2006 adjusted population of 7,253. With a land area of 14.87 km2 (5.74 sq mi), it had a population density of 553.8/km2 (1,434/sq mi) in 2011.

Sport and recreation

Olds is home to many sports team such as the Olds Grizzlys AJHL Hockey Team, Located at the Olds Sports Complex. Olds College Broncos part of the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, Olds Rapids Swim Club Located at the Olds Aquatic Centre. And many sporting events such as the Hay City Slam Skate Comp held every summer at the Olds Skate Park.

Home to 2 golf courses: Olds Central Highlands 23 hole course, 3 miles east of Olds off Hwy 27 as well as the brand new 9 Hole Trail Creek Golf course located 7 km west of Olds off Hwy 27 that opened in July 2015

The Olds Gymnastics Club has recently migrated from their previous home in the Elementary School to a new building located along 25th Ave. The building was formerly a Sears building, and now is home to a gymnastics center.

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